Polson Middle School supports students
News from the Polson School District
POLSON — The Polson Middle School 2022-2023 school year is off to a fantastic start. We currently have 524 students enrolled in fifth through eighth grades. The large enrollment has created some challenging management issues. To accommodate the large number of seventh and eighth graders, we moved from two lunches to three separate lunch times. The additional lunch eliminates some of the logistical challenges for the kitchen staff, keeps the cafeteria at capacity and creates a less hectic environment conducive for students to eat and socialize with their peers. The school is also opening the doors at 7:50 a.m. to accommodate the changes in the bus schedule, which has resulted in students being dropped off early at the school.
Polson Middle School is always looking for ways to support the students in their academics. We have two different opportunities with the implementation of a new ELA curriculum and after school programming. The staff is working hard to successfully implement the new curriculums and has ongoing training for StudySync (grades six-eight) and Wonders (grade five). This vertical alignment of the ELA curriculum provides our students more opportunities for success throughout their schooling. The after-school program will give students the opportunity to have extra help with their academics. The program started on Oct. 24 and runs from 3:45-4:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. This program will be held in Mrs. Roger’s (room eight) and Mr. DiGiallonardo’s (room six) classrooms. The district is working on transportation, but at this time no buses are running in conjunction with the after-school program.
During the month of October, we were fortunate to be able to experience a cultural activity with an assembly at the high school auditorium featuring the Fubuki Daiko Japanese drummers. The students and staff really enjoyed the music and the ability to ask questions to learn more about Japanese culture.
Polson Middle School had a fall season full of extracurricular activities. The middle school had 193 students participate in fall sports including football, volleyball, cross country, and developmental tennis. Boys basketball is currently in full swing with 52 student athletes participating. The fall choir concert was held on Oct. 17 and was a huge success. The concert showcased the talents of all of the students involved. The band concert was held on Nov. 1 in the high school auditorium.
We have great students making a difference at Polson Middle School every day. The staff recognizes these students by selecting several as Pirates of the Month. The October Pirates of the month are seventh graders Amirah Akkasha and Luke Horner, and eighth graders Jackson Bontadelli and Donovan Beeks. These students reflect the core values of Polson Pride in the Partnerships, Relationships, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.