The School District of Springfield Township has one middle school which serves all district students in grades 6-8.
The Middle School program is based on the principles that are advocated by the Association of Middle Level Education. These include a supportive and healthful school climate in which teachers focus upon the needs of the adolescent in transition as a strong corollary to the teaching of rigorous academic content.
The school program is characterized by a warm, but orderly and purposeful environment, in which students are taught the basic organizational skills that lead to early adulthood, as well as a strong emphasis upon the acquisition of solid academic skills in the basic academic disciplines.
Springfield Township Middle School is a dynamic learning community committed to the unique needs of today's adolescents. Our vision promotes a safe and welcoming environment that values learning, fosters both critical and creative thinking, provides individualized support, and encourages personal responsibility. We provide students with the tools they need to thrive in the 21st century.
We believe in providing an inspiring learning environment where all students can reach their potential. A dedicated faculty with high expectations, a focus on the academic and affective needs of middle level learners, and the use of differentiated instruction serve as the foundation for student success.
A Vision for Middle School
The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) publishes a vision for middle school called This We Believe from which the Springfield Township Middle School takes its guiding principles. As we strive to continually improve the quality of the work we do for students each day, we keep four values in mind. Middle level education should be developmentally responsive to the needs of young adolescents, academically rigorous, socially equitable, and should function according to streamlined systems and processes to make life easier for students, families, and staff. As we work with our community to continue to provide excellent middle level instruction, we look for the intersection of these values to constantly improve our programming at every decision point. Feedback from our students, staff, parents, and broader community is encouraged in achieving those ends.
P.R.I.D.E. Points (PBIS)
Our P.R.I.D.E. point program at STMS is a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. Positive Behavior Intervention and Support is an approach used in schools to encourage positive behaviors and improve the overall learning environment. It focuses on teaching and reinforcing desired behaviors rather than solely punishing negative ones. At STMS we set clear behavior expectations using the acronym P.R.I.D.E., which stands for perseverance, respect, integrity, dependability, and empathy. When students model these behaviors they are rewarded with points. The points can be exchanged for raffle tickets to win prizes and for entry into fun events throughout the school year on the PBIS rewards website. By promoting a positive and supportive atmosphere, the P.R.I.D.E. point program’s goal is to create a positive school climate where all students can learn and grow.