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 is at 2:55 PM
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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. During the school year, SMS achieved an "Excellent" rating from the Ohio Department of Education. 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:
to link to the SMS Technology Resource PageClick 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 Pilot the Next Generation Assessments
From Monday March 24th through Friday March 28th, and again on Monday, April 7th students across all three grade levels and in all four core content areas were a part of the state and national pilots for online testing. The national performance assessment field tests, in the areas of English and Math are created and hosted by PARCC (The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). Ohio’s field tests, in the areas of science and social studies, were developed and hosted by AIR (American Institute for Research). Most of our students who participated in these field tests accessed the assessments online so we were able to test our infrastructure and learn that we do have the necessary data access to make online testing work efficiently. However, when we are testing the entire student body in upcoming years, the hardware necessary to do so will be another issue to resolve. The English-language arts portion of the assessment that we piloted was in four different classrooms, two in the 8th grade and two in the 7th grade. These were still pencil and paper assessments, but the students were able to get a feel for the difference in rigor they can expect on upcoming years’ assessments. Unlike the current Reading test that is given in one 2 ½ hour session, this assessment is given in three sessions, two for 70 minutes and one for 60 minutes.
In math, five of our 6th grade classrooms took the online assessment, consisting of two sessions of 70 minutes each. These students were able to experience the new format of questions in which the might have to drop and drag, manipulate items, or highlight on their computer screens. This brings an entirely different level of need in technology preparation to our school experience.
One classroom of 8th graders piloted the online science assessment through AIR, and one classroom of 6th graders took the social studies assessment as well. And although this was a shortened version of what the eventual assessment might be, students in these pilots also got a glimpse as to how technology can enhance the types of questions and the thinking processes required to answer questions in this platform. In late May, several 8th grade classes will be piloting the online end of year assessment in Math from PARCC as well.
We appreciate all the work that students and teachers who participated in these pilots afforded to the process as well as parents who supported their students in the endeavor. Although we don’t know a great deal about the assessments of the future, a little peek and the chance to test our technology means and skills give us a very useful glimpse at what we need to prepare for this upcoming reality.
Below you will find some FAQ’s and responses from ODE that you may find helpful regarding Ohio’s Next Generation Assessment field tests:
How are the Next Generation tests different from the current Ohio tests?
The new tests are computer-based, not traditional paper and pencil. There are two parts of the new tests—performance-based and end-of-year. Each part occurs at different times in the 2014-2015 school year. In several years, your child will take each part when your teacher believes he or she is ready, not in one specific month. Until that time, students will take the tests per the district test schedule.
What is a performance-based test?
This part allows your child to show what they can do with what they have learned in the first seven months of the school year. The performance-based test does take more time to score, which is why this part will come first. Previous generations of students experienced this type of test as the essay part of a test. However, technology did not exist in tests of previous generations. Your child will use more than words to answers these questions. They will use technology to create visuals as well as words to answer a question.
What is an end-of-year test?
This part allows your child to show what they have learned in the school year. The computer scans the answers and scores the test. Because results are quicker, the end-of-year tests will occur late in the school year. Previous generations of students experienced this type of test as the final exam in a course or the grade-level state test in a subject. The majority of questions will be multiple choice.
What is a field test?
The field test measures the quality of the test; it does not measure your child’s knowledge or skills. There are no scores for your child in a field test. Information learned from the field test is critical to develop good tests that allow your child to show what he or she knows and can do when they take the actual tests in the 2014-2015 school year.