MAPLE HEIGHTS - It is a Cuyahoga County school that continues to strive for improved academic achievements. Milkovich Middle School, the home of the Mustangs, is proud to be named this week’s Fox 8 Cool School.
The curriculum at Milkovich Middle School has a focus on literacy and language arts. It is common to see the sixth, seventh and eighth graders with a book in their hands. "We have a huge emphasis on literacy where students are using vocabulary instruction to enhance their reading instruction over the content areas," Principal Susan Harvey said.
The math and science programs have been restructured to be more task oriented. Here students are learning about x-rays in their distance learning class with the Cleveland Clinic. They also talk about distance learning: as part of their Spanish lesson, students write letters to pen pals in Mexico using their i-Pads. "We get the opportunity to talk to people across the world through technology. They are learning our language and we're learning their language - we get to help each other out,” eighth grader Jazmine Williams added.
Technology extends from the classroom to the band. Seventh grader Jayland Ware plays trombone. "We have a sound system that helps us reflect on our music and how we sound. When we are practicing for our concerts, we know how we sound and what we have to improve on," he said.
An enriched mentoring program leads to individualized learning and a way to connect with every student. “We are able to work with small number of students and help them focus on their academics, help them with any life skills that they may need help with and get involved in their extra-curricular activities," Social Studies teacher Jennifer Mahnic said.
Sixth grader Iyonna Simmons has found that one-on-one attention helps with setting and meeting goals. “They want you to express yourself and do what you can do," she said.
At Milkovich Middle School, it comes down to the three ‘R's'– to be ready, responsible and respectful. "Ready means be on time, prepare to learn. Responsible means take ownership for your actions and follow all school rules. Respect means that you respect yourself and others. And, without those rules Milkovich Middle School would not be the Cool School that it is today," eighth grader Dayvonne Steele explained.