McCormick Middle School
201 South Main St.
Principals: Tim Simpson (intermediate), Craig Housum (junior high)
Intermediate office hours: 7:15 to 3:15 p.m.
Junior high office hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Grades: Fourth through eighth
The goal at McCormick Middle School this year is communication.
Principals Craig Housum and Tim Simpson said contact with teachers and parents is crucial to success.
To get started, the school has a Facebook page called the McCormick Parents Group as a way to get word out about games, classes, and more.
The principals are also working out details to host a community meeting twice a month. Simpson said he wants parents and community members to attend the casual meetings to discuss all types of items, including problems they see or any ideas they have to improve the school.
“It’ll help us build a bridge between our parents, our teachers, and the school,” Simpson said. “It’s all in an effort to do better.”
Simpson said the staff values and depends on parent input to move progress along.
Principals have also been preparing for a state-mandated curriculum change to the Common Core.
Housum said the state is expecting to see an overall decline in test scores during the switch but hopefully MMS will be ahead of the curve since the district started introducing the math and literacy changes two years ago.
Housum said teaching to the new Common Core could explain why the middle school hasn’t performed very well on the Ohio Achievement Assessments in recent years.
Principals and teaching staff have been working to deal with every change as they come but Simpson said he still expects some issues to arise since new assessments will be given in every grade.
“With anything new, we don’t know what to expect,” he said. “This year is definitely going to be a learning year.”
The building’s schedule will be completely different this year.
Instead of 40-minute classes across the board and each grade level having a different time line, the entire school will be on one schedule and math and English classes will double in length.
Simpson said they’ve been working on the schedule since last year in hopes of finding something that will work when they move into the new middle school building now under construction.
Having more intervention periods with students is also important, Housum said. He’s hoping to have retired teachers go in during those times to work with kids.
McCormick will also have to work around a delayed start time on Wednesdays like other Wellington schools. But that won’t start until Sept. 17, Simpson said. He also noted the delayed start won’t happen during testing weeks.
Another schedule change for this year comes at the end of the day.
Instead of different dismissal times for walkers and bus and car riders, Simpson said everyone will get out at 2:40 p.m.