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Marshall Middle School

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Description of School and Teaching/Administrative/Pupil Services Situation:

The School District of Janesville is an urban district comprised of nineteen (19) schools; twelve (12) elementary schools, grades PreK-5, three (3) middle schools, grades 6-8; two (2) high schools, grades 9-12, and two (2) high school charter schools. Rock River Charter School is available to the most alienated at-risk high school students. The Academy for International Studies Charter School is open for those students with an interest in global studies, world languages, or international studies. The district offers a comprehensive educational program, which includes a wide variety of special and regular education options at all levels. In September of 2007 the School District of Janesville will open an additional three charter schools; a virtual school, an at-risk middle-high school and a sober school. Educational services are provided consistent with the District’s “Beyond 2010 Strategic Plan for Educational Excellence.”

Beyond 2010 includes eight key teaching and learning goals. These goals provide a framework and direction for the school district. The goals of Beyond 2010 are to:

  1. Continue to develop our instructional delivery system;
  2. Provide students with academic, co-curricular and enrichment opportunities;
  3. foster active partnerships among home, school, and community;
  4. provide a comprehensive system of student assessment that allows for these of school and district data to direct instructional decisions;
  5. Provide a healthy school environment that is safe, welcoming and nurturing;
  6. Promote a positive work ethic and core values;
  7. Promote acceptance and appreciation of diversity and sensitivity toward others; and
  8. Promote school-to-work and service learning opportunities, which help students, succeed in a global society.

Janesville is a community with a population of approximately 65,000. It is known as the “city of parks.” Residents frequently refer to Janesville as “big small town.” The city is strategically located near Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well a Rockford and Chicago, Illinois. The School District of Janesville employs 1,378.70 FTE (1518 total staff) (2006-2007) regular employees 50 administrative support staff, 31 administrators, 858 teachers, psychologists and counselors, 20 nurses/OT/PT, 31 miscellaneous/ confidential staff, 166 custodians/maintenance/food service, and 362 secretaries/clerks/aides serving approximately 10,495 students. A nine (9) member Board of Education is responsible for employing the superintendent who is assisted by four (4) directors: A Director of Business Services; a Director of Administrative and Human Services, a Director of Student Services, and a Director of Instructional Services. In addiction to a principal, each elementary school has a building assistant, a learning support teacher, a full-time library/media specialist and a full-time counselor. An assistant principal, a learning support teacher, a school resource officer, a full-time library/media specialist and two (2) counselors support middle school principals. High school principals receive support from three (3) assistant principals, a reading/writing teacher, two full-time library media specialists and, four (4) guidance counselors and a Police liaison officer. Additionally, schools at all levels receive support from a .5 psychologist and social worker services. Staffing for the latter is determined by school enrollment and student demographics.

District ethnicity data (2004-2005) currently reflect the student population to be 8,933 White, 711 Hispanic, 642 Black, 223 Asian, and 50 American Indian. Over the past five years there has been an increase in the number of minority students enrolled in the district. There also continues to be an increase in the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Current figures reflect a 32% (K-12) poverty level. Eleven years ago No Child Left Behind legislation reveal an increase in the number of homeless students. Data for 2005-2006 reveal a total of 274 homeless students. The district has also seen an increase in the English Language Learner (ELL) population: 368 elementary, 148 middle school, and 113 high school. The total ELL population for the spring of 2006 was 552. In December of 2006 it was 629 or an increase of 77 students. The District has a 15% special education enrollment.

I am currently teaching _________________ at ___________________ School. This is my _____ year at __________________. (Include additional background such as: What subjects/classes you teach, what you have taught in the past, etc.) _____________-has approximately ______ students in grades ____________.

Our student population includes:

  • 84.8% White
  • 5.4% Hispanic
  • 1.3% Asian
  • 8.2% Black
  • .3% American Indian
  • 15.7% English Language Learners
  • 32.3% Economically Disadvantaged
  • 2.6% Behavioral Disabilities
  • 9.5% Learning Disabilities
  • .9% Speech and Language
  • 1.1% Cognitively Disabled

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