Who We Are
With 540 students in grades 6-8, Northeastern Randolph Middle School is located in the Northeastern corner of one of North Carolina’s largest counties geographically. Randolph County is situated in the center of the state. Our attendance zone borders Alamance, Chatham, and Guilford Counties. Students who attend the school are from the rural communities of Gray’s Chapel, Liberty, and Level Cross. While all three communities encompass small town life, there are important distinctions. Economic development varies considerably across the school attendance region.
Our school’s mission statement is “Our Best on the Road to Success” and our vision is “Preparing students for success in an ever-changing world”. The school’s faculty and staff believe that we accomplish this through:
The purpose is embodied in the school in a variety of ways. For example, the school community is frequently reminded about our “road to success” through bulletin boards, weekly School Messenger calls, and daily announcements. Curriculum expectations include “reading, writing, speaking, and listening” in daily lesson designs. These are all skills needed for the flexibility to succeed in an ever-changing world. Character is stressed through monthly student recognitions by counselors and school board recognitions that take place three times per year. Relevance in the classroom continues to be a focus. Math teachers, for example, are moving to a more project-based format in their classrooms.
Programming is an additional area of the school that reflects who we are as a community. “Pack” time is built into the day as an intervention/enrichment period. Because of the school’s location, transportation to after school tutoring is a challenge, so in 2014 the school revamped the daily schedule and added a 40 minute period that uses assessment information to divide students into groups to better meet individual academic needs. Exceptional children receive additional academic support through a broad range of offerings such as resource, curriculum support, and inclusion settings. The elective “wheel” provided to non-band sixth graders (majority) allows students to experience a variety of offerings before committing themselves more specifically in seventh and eighth grade. The importance of physical activity is supported by daily physical education for all students.
Expectations for students align with the school community’s beliefs about student success. Students are expected to comply with the district’s code of conduct and the focus of disciplinary measures taken by administrators is to educate the child about better choices and improved behaviors.
In August 2015 an in depth review of available data, such as attendance, disciplinary, and lexile growth information, was used to develop the goals for the school improvement plan. Like any school, we have many areas where we aim to improve, but we determined that the four most pressing goals should be the priority of the plan.
Students are offered a wide variety of services for their support. Examples of services are noted below.
- School nurse (shared position but available and “on call”)
- Guidance counseling (individual, small, class)
- Speech and language therapy
- Psychologist (esp. for assessment services)
- Comprehensive exceptional children services
- ESL services
- School resource officer
- Student advocate
- Daily remediation period
- Back pack program (food for children over the weekend) – with assistance from Communities in Schools
- Teen court
- Mentoring program