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Roosevelt Gets "Middle School Matters" Treatment

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We have an update on the new "Middle School Matters" initiative at Roosevelt Middle School. We were first to tell you in August, that Roosevelt is one of three schools nationwide chosen by the Bush Institute to receive special resources and development. We went back to Roosevelt today, where students had the day off, and the teachers were doing the learning. Those doing the training, are from the Meadows Center for preventing educational risk at the University of Texas, at Austin.

Seventy teachers, the entire Roosevelt faculty, were very engaged as they considered best classroom practices to keep students interested and growing.  The goal is to improve student performance, attendance and behavior.  According to David Osman, the Tier III Coordinator for Middle School Matters, the stakes are very high.  "We know that students in middle school when they're not successful they may still attend middle school, but when they get to high school, they tend to drop out," said Osman.

Seventh grade Science teacher, Kerry Branton says learning about the research based best practices is helpful, as they try to keep students engaged and growing.  "And a thing we talk about is having grit, that stick toitiveness that allows the student to want to stick with a problem and solve it," said Branton. 

Principal Teresa Szumigala says that already this fall attendance is up 3% and in classroom visits, she can see that students are more invested in learning.  "Just the fact that we're bringing in new ideas and best practices that we can use to help our children be successful, is the best thing we could ever hope for," said Szumigala.

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