PARMA - Shiloh is one of three middle schools in the Parma School District. Top on the list for these fifth, sixth and seventh graders: is to have a sense of belonging. That's where the W-E-B comes in.
"It stands for Where Everyone Belongs. We like to comfort the fifth graders and make them feel at home. Being involved in this program makes us feel good, that we are helping the younger kids, the fifth graders. And, it makes them feel good about being in a new school. Some of them start out scared and they know that we are there to help them," seventh grader Antonio Snuffer said.
That togetherness extends to the school motto where students follow the three R’s: to be Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn.
Shiloh Middle has become a one-to-one school. While all students have an iPad, that doesn't mean they work alone. Most times there is a team or small group approach to learning.
“Every once in a while we switch groups, but we work mostly in our teams. And, if we need help, he'll pull the whole group together. It's easier sometimes to work in a team if you don't understand something, someone can help you,” sixth grader Gianna Porter explained.
Just as the students work together, so do the teachers. They call it "teaming." They daily talk about their "common students" and how to best meet their needs.
"We work together to just go a lot of cross curricular projects, kind of build those same math concepts in science and social studies and language arts. And, it's just a better approach to help the kids and just kind of help them succeed,” math teacher Kristina Yako added.
The curriculum at Shiloh includes both the core and encore classes, like physical education, health, STEM classes, foreign language, music and art. “Like in art, we learn how to draw and sketch and learn our primary colors. In PE, we learn how to play sports. And, Spanish and French we learn all about the culture. In health we learn about how to be a good friend and in Music we learn how to sing,” fifth grader Lea Holmes explained.