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ERIC Number: EJ894691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School: Banishing Anonymity
Principal Leadership, v10 n9 p20-25 May 2010
It is no accident that the staff at Fieldale-Collinsville Middle School adopted a central tenet of "Breaking Ranks in the Middle"--to banish anonymity by creating a personalized learning environment for all of its students. The school was created six years ago when the four middle schools in Henry County, VA, were consolidated into two middle schools. The consolidation left the students, the staff members, and the community angry and disjointed. The board of education, supported by the community, recognized that an effort had to be made to provide a quality education for every student. After a challenging first year of consolidation, the staff, led by principal Moriah Dollarhite, embraced the idea of grade-level teams, breaking the school into small groups to create camaraderie and school spirit. The respect and trust that the staff members have in one another and their students serves as a model for everyone else in the school. This article discusses how the principal and the teachers removed the anonymity that was initially present at the school's inception. Today, the school stands as a shining example of the power of a personalized learning environment for all students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia