7001 Madison Street
Holland, Ohio 43528
Principal: Mrs. Dana Falkenberg
Asst. Principal: Mr. Gary Devol
Asst. Principal: Mr. Jeff Pendry
Doors Open at 7:15 AM
School Starts at 7:35 AM
Dismissal: 6th/2:25; 7th,8th/2:30 PM
Click here for the SMS Calendar on Google
Click here for October Events
Welcome to Springfield Middle School (SMS). Meeting the educational needs of young adolescents requires special curricula that feature content that connects with the everyday lives of students as well as activities that actively involve them in the learning process. SMS academic standards are high. Although the Ohio Department of Education's rating system has recently changed, it is important to reflect that SMS has consistently achieved an "Excellent" rating over the past several years! We are very proud of the entire SMS family - students, parents, faculty, and staff - for consistently being recognized for outstanding academic achievement. We truly are committed to being exceptional - - without exception!
Opportunities to enrich student learning, including the availability of Honors courses, foreign language offerings, problem-based learning approaches all challenge today’s learners to develop and refine the critical thinking skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders. Classes are offered to students on a trimester schedule. The school mascot is the Blue Devil.
Academics are complimented by a full range of creative, athletic and extracurricular programs, including:
|Robotic Lego League
||7th Football; 8th Football
||Power of the Pen
|ACADEMIC AND INFORMATION LINKS:
for information and access to School Messenger
, the district's Instant Alert System
to download instructions on how you can receive frequent email updatesClick here
for SMS Happenings (Announcements)Click here
to link to the SMS Technology Resource Page
Click here soon to view the most recent Devils' DispatchClick here
for the SMS Media Center LinkClick here
for Miss Holden's WebpageClick here
for the link for students on formatting papers MLA-style
Springfield Middle School
"As an alumnus of Springfield Local Schools, one may expect my opinion to be nothing less than favorable. I can tell you that as an active parent and community member, Springfield Local Schools consistently raises the bar for producing a quality education.
The staff amaze me on a daily basis as to their willingness to go the extra mile and put forth consistent effort both in and out of the classroom. I am very pleased to see the tradition continue as I watch my own children receive the same first-class education that helped make me the person I am today."
SLS Parent and Alum
Principal's Weekly Message
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SMS Students D.A.R.E. to Do the Right Thing!
On Wednesday, October 8th, approximately 100 7th grade students attending Springfield Middle School and their parents celebrated their reaffirmation to live drug, alcohol and violence free lives at the school’s first D.A.R.E. breakfast of the year.
Deputy Brett Warner, Sheriff John Tharpe, and Dr. Michael O’Shea were present to congratulate and commend students on their choice at a breakfast in the middle school cafeteria. Sheriff Tharpe spoke to the 7th graders and their families about his commitment and commended the district for theirs to continue this collaborative program in effort to keep kids safe. The D.A.R.E. program is a joint effort between the school district and the Sheriff’s department to provide the supports and tools necessary to students when they must make difficult but important decisions as they face challenging situations now and in the years ahead.
Throughout the 2014-15 school year all 7th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in D.A.R.E. Two more breakfasts are being scheduled – one during winter and another in the spring. We are thrilled to have The Sheriff’s Department as a partner and colleague Deputy Warner in our school again this year!
Thank you SMS counselor Mr. Andrew Ward for offering the following regarding “Differentiated Instruction.”
Does every student learn at the same pace? Does every student complete tests and assignments with the same level of achievement? The answer to these questions seems obvious, and the duty of educators is to provide opportunities for each student to receive a quality education based on their unique academic needs. At SMS, staff members are being given the opportunity to strengthen their professional skills in the area of differentiated instruction, so that they can provide further opportunities to meet students’ unique learning needs in the classroom. This professional development will be offered in the form of a ten-session book study, which will examine effective teaching strategies found in Diane Heacox’s book Differentiating Instruction in the Regular Classroom.
If you have never heard of differentiated instruction then you are not alone. This style of classroom instruction simply provides students with different learning routes to the same learning goals and objectives. You can compare differentiated instruction to taking the highway to particular destination versus taking side streets to the same location. Both routes will allow you to arrive at the same place; however, the two paths to get there may look significantly different.
Differentiated instruction can be utilized in a number of ways to modify classroom content, process, student classwork and environment. Content refers to the knowledge and skills that instructors are teaching to students. The content may be modified in order to meet the needs of students who already understand a great deal of the course content, and also those that find the material more challenging. Classroom process refers to the activities and strategies that provide students opportunities to learn, and it may be differentiated to enhance various student learning styles. For example, students may be able to use various forms of graphic organizers, graphs, diagrams or charts to share their comprehension of the same content standards. Student classwork may also be differentiated, which allows students to submit unique course assignments and projects that vary in complexity based on students’ understanding of course content. Differentiating the learning environment is also an option for teachers that have the ability to alter the classroom setting, such as; seating, lighting, visual aids and the limitation of distractions.
The opportunity for SMS staff to take advantage of this unique professional development opportunity is not only a significant benefit to the teaching staff at SMS, but more importantly a benefit to all students and the unique academic challenges that they encounter each day. The goal of SMS is to provide opportunities for each student to develop successful academic tools that will provide them resources in the future, and the goals they set out to achieve. Thank you for taking the time to involve yourself in the academic growth of your student and strengthening your knowledge of the successful school culture that SMS continues to support.
Springfield Middle School 8th grade Science Department has kicked-off the school year teaching students about life science.
This year, we are implementing a new way to teach life science skills that provides a learning environment conducive to meet the needs of all students. This new style of teaching is called a layered curriculum. Modeled after creator, Kathie Nunley, this teaching method is one of the easiest ways to differentiate instruction and assessments to meet the needs of all students. A layered curriculum allows students to move at their own pace and holds students accountable for their own learning. This independent learning style allows teachers to monitor students while providing immediate positive and corrective feedback to students.
The curriculum is broken into three layers called, ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘C.’ The C layer consists of multiple activities that pertain to basic content knowledge, concepts and key vocabulary. A student who completes this level is considered proficient and/or on grade level with state standards. The B layer contains computer-based assignments that allow students to demonstrate their application of the knowledge and skills gained in the C Layer. A student who completes this level is considered accelerated or slightly above grade level with the understanding of state standards. The A layer requires students to analyze a real-world/real-life issue or problem usually in the form of research using the content learned in the B and C layers. A student who completes this level is considered advanced or above grade level in accordance with state standards. Students work their way through the various layers which then determine their earned mark of a C, B or A grade. The benefits to this learning style are numerous and include more one-on-one instruction from the teacher to the student and less stress on the student to perform a final cumulative assessment by demonstrating mastery skills at each level.
Those wishing to vote in the November 4, 2014 election must be registered to vote. The deadline to do so is October 6, 2014. Those new to the Holland Springfield community who were previously registered to vote must also update their information with the Board of Elections by that same date. Need Help? We are offering this link on where to register to vote in Lucas County! On this site you can also: become a paid poll worker, obtain an absentee ballot application, and learn many more exciting things about the election process.