Welcome to EIS Middle School!

Middle School is a fun, but challenging stage of development, and we recognize and celebrate the needs of our students during these years. Our students need a learning environment that stimulates and challenges development and curiosity, and one that also supports complex social and emotional growth. Through our academic and co-curricular offerings, we cultivate in students a strong sense of belonging and a healthy self-esteem, so that they can advocate for themselves and recognize the important contributions they can make in their community.
Our Middle School teachers are experts in addressing the unique needs of 11-15 year olds. The desire for more independence, but also the need to belong is an example of one of the many contradictory emotions that our students experience. During this transitional time in their lives, we work to help students understand and manage their emotions and develop essential skills for life.
We believe a strong partnership with parents is essential in helping our students to navigate the middle school years. Open communication is critical and teachers, administrators, learning support specialists, and counselors welcome and invite conversations with parents.

Brian Sturgeon

Mission Statement

We are the Middle School Student Lighthouse Team. We are willing to go from good to great and guide our classmates to success. We promise to be role models and follow the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. We will stand up for each other and place our values as a priority. We will work together to make a better Middle School!

In Middle School We Believe that:
Innovative Quality Teaching and Learning, Diversity and Inclusion, Character and Values Make a Global Citizen.

Community and Communication
Educational Excellence
Character and Leadership
Effective Space to Meet Future Needs
Media and Technology
Goal 1
Community and Communication

We will create and cultivate a community supported by accessible and effective communication, which is essential in a fast-paced and information-rich world. We strive to provide our community with timely and accurate information to enrich their experiences at EIS and their connections within the community.

Educational Excellence

The key to the success of our school’s mission is the commitment to an outstanding program that teaches our students to think critically, to communicate clearly, to collaborate effectively, and to contribute meaningfully as students and citizens. While developing the self awareness and self-confidence needed to engage with the intellectual, emotional, and social tasks before them, our students must be challenged and supported by a talented faculty that is well trained, creative, and committed to our mission and program.

Character and Leadership

We recognize the value of promoting in our students a sense of empathy, cultural understanding and the obligation to serve others. Students must participate in authentic and meaningful service opportunities and learn the elements of effective leadership skills. We must extend the walls of our classrooms to our city and create young adults with a commitment to responsible participation in the world around them.

We seek to promote in our students a sense of life outside the classroom. We guide and assist our students in realizing their potential, celebrating diversity, and cultivating a respect of the environment through comprehensive counseling services, a diverse selection of athletics and activities, and a school-wide articulated health and wellness program.

Effective Space to Meet Future Needs

We must provide the proper facilities for flexible instruction, a sense of community, program integration, physical education, the arts and athletics. Our goal is to improve our facilities so as to enhance our environmental performance.Our facilities must be of a standard to support the school’s current programs and future aspirations. Inviting and attractive facilities inspire a higher level of learning and engagement within the community, and we will take thoughtful and deliberate steps to enhance and expand these environments.

Media and Technology

We will prepare students for success in a technology and media-driven world, we will strive to incorporate modern technology and media into the classroom, integrate technology and media into training and the curriculum, and provide state-of-the-art web services to enhance communication and parent involvement in the learning process – all within a safe, ethical and ecologically friendly environment.

Goal 1

Challenge each student to maximize his or her potential and to excel academically, socially, emotionally and physically for life, college and career readiness.


Curriculum and Instruction:

  • Teacher Goal Setting
  • Student Goal Setting
  • Application of TCI Social Studies with Student Notebooks.
  • Integrate opportunities for Global Leadership in Curriculum by applying Global Issues, Community Issues, and opportunities to connect with SPS community.

Revision of the Social Science and Spanish Curriculum:

  1. Standards and Essential Question/ Essential Understandings
  2. Performance tasks
  3. Formative Assessments


Teacher Application of Differentiation strategies and Inquiry in Lessons/ Social Science/Spanish

Align Curriculum from Middle School and High school.

Inclusion Model



Self Monitoring of Growth

Application of Assessments that develop student ownership of learning anchored by the use of student-friendly “learning targets”. “I can” statements or explicit goals, clear success criteria, and ongoing feedback.


Interventions and Parent Involvement:

  • Teach students how to write their personal goals
  • Communicate to parents about student goals
  • Support connections with the Instruction of the Global Issues, Community Issues, and Connections.
  • Present to parents the assessments of Character Growth and Academic Growth