ERIC Number: ED402071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Coming from Behind: A "Catch-up" Philosophy in Education. The Story of Carver Middle School.
Markham, Robert M.; Shelly, Paul
Because of the high number of at-risk students at Carver Middle School (Meridian, Mississippi), the principal developed several programs to bring student achievement to the level commensurate with other students around the nation. The Early Bird Program is a Chapter One program of individualized work in math, reading, and language arts classes to provide remediation for students reading below grade level. The Safety Patrol program involves selection of students who are repeatedly referred to the principal's office for behavior problems to serve as patrol guards, with the goals of: (1) teaching participants self discipline; (2) giving students the chance to succeed and shoulder real responsibility; and (3) offering positive reinforcement and incentives for students who change their behavior. The Adopt-a-Student/Advisor-Advisee program involves the "adoption" of 6 to 15 students by a teacher who takes a special interest in each student's life. The Adopt-a-School program has expanded to involve the sponsorship of the school by 67 businesses. Other programs implemented at Carver Middle School include: (1) the Triangle Connection, a school-student-parent communication program; and (2) the Lean on Me program, which uses volunteers from Carver's National Junior Honor Society to tutor students who are having difficulty with school work. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Block Scheduling, Educational Improvement, High Risk Students, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Low Income Groups, Mentors, Middle School Students, Middle Schools, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Peer Teaching, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Remedial Instruction, School Community Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship, Team Teaching, Tutoring
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Meridian Public School District, MS.