Make AP Gains
215 Harris Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Last year, the Taunton School CommiƩee approved the launch
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:
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.
Parker has moved to a trimester scheduling
and grading system which beƩer coincides with curriculum
delivery, benchmark tesƟng, and extracurricular programs.
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.
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.