IMPORTANT THOUGHTS FROM

North Branch Area Middle School



Our Community Appreciates

Technology

I think the use of technology in this district is awesome. We have come a long way and the kids are really benefiting from it.

Great staff

I appreciate so many staff members who are working hard to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. There are many who go out of their way to get to know the students and their unique gifts and challenges.

5 day school week

Glad the school went back to five days a week.

Middle School has a positive environment for all

The Middle School staff and building administration work together to make our building a great place for kids and staff. People treat each other with respect and enjoy working together.

Smaller class sizes

My son has a much smaller class size this year.

Some Concerns Are

High potential

I do not feel our school offers enough programs for high potential students, especially at the elementary and middle school ages. We focus more on poorly achieving students than helping students on the other end of the spectrum excel as well. Need more of a balance.

Trying to do too much/too many things instead of a few things well

Each year it seems like the teachers at NBAPS are given new directives, new programs, new things that the school board, administration, or superintendent, want us to do. How about we strive to do really well with each new initiative before we are given more to add to our already full plate?

Math instruction

My kids lost ground in math in the middle school years. It's time to consider a new curriculum.

Funding

I am concerned this year and every year about the amount of funding that North Branch receives. It seems as though every year more programs are cut and the costs keep going up for activities.

Turnover in staff

Seems like many teachers are new this year. Concerned about retaining quality teachers

Additional Thoughts Shared

Retaining quality staff and students

We need to be sure North Branch is a place where teachers and students want to stay for their whole school careers. We need both groups to have pride in their district to get our community to grow.

It is time for this district to have a swimming program

For swimming lessons or competition, we are surrounded by districts with pools. If the school district cannot provide this opportunity, perhaps they could partner with NB for a community center pool.

Community

Keep the schools involved in the community! I am a main street business owner. I was disappointed there wasn't window painting for homecoming. Make the whole community be involved in the events at the school.

Traffic concerns

Concerned about traffic from the Middle School trying to turn left at Grand. Very unsafe. Need traffic control or right turn only encouraged.

Real skills

Teach them that they must earn the grades and understand the content rather than simply pass the state tests.

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District

North Branch Area Middle School

Staff Member22174
Parent/Guardian560181
Student11
Community Member172
Other20
Total 801 258

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