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Make AP Gains

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TAUNTON PUBLIC

SCHOOLS

215 Harris Street

Taunton, MA 02780

Winter 2017

Last year, the Taunton School CommiƩee approved the launch

of a

Middle School InnovaƟon

pilot program at John F. Parker

Middle School. This fall, the district began implemenƟng many

of the educaƟonal prioriƟes targeted in the pilot, including:



Technology:

Chromebook carts have been placed in each

classroom at Parker. Staff parƟcipated in training over the

summer in the use of Google Classroom and report that the

majority of classes are now using it on a regular basis.



Trimesters:

Parker has moved to a trimester scheduling

and grading system which beƩer coincides with curriculum

delivery, benchmark tesƟng, and extracurricular programs.



AŌer‐School AcƟviƟes:

Parker offered 12 different aŌer‐

school clubs, sports, or enrichment programs during the

first trimester alone. AcƟviƟes such as roboƟcs, forensic

science, and culinary arts have been popular with students.



Social/EmoƟonal Supports:

Homeroom at Parker has been

reimagined to beƩer address student well‐being, with

breakfast in the classroom and the exploraƟon of biweekly

themes such as school culture, moƟvaƟon, and ciƟzenship.

Other planned innovaƟons as the pilot moves forward include

conƟnuing to strengthen the Honors program to increase both

student parƟcipaƟon and academic rigor, and expanding Career

VocaƟonal and Technical EducaƟon (CVTE) opportuniƟes.

The best pracƟces being modeled in this pilot are leading the

way for future improvements at all Taunton middle schools.

CelebraƟng the spirit and achievements of the TPS community 

Middle School Innovation

Initiative Launched at Parker

Academic excellence for every student, in every classroom, in every school.