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PARENT PROTEST STOPS WMS DEPARTMENTALIZATION

Sep 4th, 2009 | 0

By ASHLEY AMASON
Parent protest prevented Walton Middle School (WMS) from changing to departmentalization for the 2009-10 school-year.
WMS is currently separated into sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade buildings, with both students and teachers having little to no interaction.
Departmentalization would implement a math, social science, science, and language arts building, in which teachers of a discipline would plan together and communicate as students progress through grade-levels.   Sixth through eighth-grade students would be in a designated building for a subject lesson, but would have separate classrooms and walkways. Additionally, grade levels would have separate recreation, library, and lunch times.
On why some parents fought departmentalization, WMS Principal Tripp Hope said, “I think a lot of people do not understand; they think you are mixing sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, but they are still in individual classrooms. Some people in the community didn’t think it was the way it should be done here, but departmentalization has been around a long time, but it’s the change factor [that worries people].”
“Most parents didn’t think their [sixth-grade] child would be safe mixing with eighth-graders,” Hope said, but emphasized the faculty takes great measures to ensure the safety and exclusivity of sixth-grade walkways, library times, and lunch times….
Read the full story in the Sept. 3, 2009 edition of the Herald Breeze.

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