Welcome to Wea Ridge Middle School
Wea Ridge Middle School opened its doors to students in August 2003. Wea Ridge Middle is located at 4410 South 150 East, Lafayette, Indiana. The school houses students in grades 6, 7, and 8. The middle school enrollment, which is approximately 650 students, encompasses all of Wea Ridge Elementary School, all of Woodland Elementary School, and a small portion of Mayflower Mill Elementary School. WRM and its dedicated staff, set high expectations for all students as we prepare them for high school and beyond. Our diverse student body is provided a quality education through a variety of experiences inside the classroom and opportunities to explore their interests beyond the classroom walls. An emphasis on 21st century skills is enhanced through our 1:1 technology environment. The educational environment is enriched through our use of positive behavior support systems. Our students and staff strive to "Treat People Right and Do The Right Thing" each and every day.
- Educational Programs
- Instructional Support
- Parental Participation
- Safe and Disciplined Learning Environment
- Technological Support
- Professional Development Support
- Extracurricular Offerings
At Wea Ridge Middle School, courses for grades 6, 7, and 8 are offered in Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Science, Art, Music, Band, Choir, Technology Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, and Physical Education. Additional course offers include enhancement opportunities both during and after school the school day. Special Education services are also available for those identified students, including a low incidence program and a self-contained emotionally disabled program.
The faculty at Wea Ridge Middle School uses a wide variety of strategies to attempt to meet the needs of each student. Current practices are as follows:
- Co – taught/inclusion classes at all three grade levels
- Adjusting the difficulty of assignments according to student abilities
- Use of manipulatives in Math classrooms
- Use of role – playing (reading plays and/or narratives)
- Modified seating arrangements in the classroom
- Teachers providing outlines and class notes for students as needed
- Use of Instructional Improvement Block (IIB) period to discuss individual students' needs
- Student/teacher conferences
- Parental contact via notes, email, phone calls, parent/teacher conferences
- Teacher teams develop review materials to prepare for ISTEP. These are administered during Homeroom during the weeks prior to the testing window.
- A vocabulary "word of the week" is placed on the student announcements each morning.
- Husky Homework Help program providing tutoring and homework assistance every day after school
The staff at Wea Ridge Middle School clearly views the teaming approach to teaching in middle school as beneficial to instruction via collaboration and interdisciplinary units. Some of the ways our staff supports instruction via interdisciplinary teaming are:
- Sharing skills and ideas to create better units across the curriculum
- Grade – level teams of teachers as well as content area teachers across grade levels have aligned curriculum to maximize student learning time and minimize unnecessary repetition.
- Grade – level teams of teachers have collaborated to analyze standardized testing data and identify areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Wea Ridge Middle School encourages parental participation in a variety of activities and capacities. The Husky Parent Association works to support the students and staff of Wea Ridge Middle. Opportunities are available for parents to participate in their student's school for athletic, academic, and club activities. Parents also volunteer time to provide clerical, instructional, and supervisory support to school staff as needed and requested.
Additionally, teachers involve parents at Wea Ridge Middle School in the following ways:
- Parent/teacher conferences are held in September, November, and February.
- Access to current grades through the PowerSchool Parent Portal.
- Canvas calendar access to notify parents of daily classroom activities and assignments.
- Academic grade checks are completed every two weeks during a season for athletic participants as well as club members
- Parents volunteer to help set up for school events such as book fairs, school registration, fundraiser items and prizes distribution
- Parents chaperone school trips and contests.
Administrators, teachers, and staff work together to make Wea Ridge Middle run safely and effectively. School administrators provide meetings, handbooks, and newsletters to inform parents and students of school policies and programs. A progressive discipline system is in place that encourages parent contact via telephone, email, or a personal conference as a part of the formal discipline process.
Staff members also recognize positive student accomplishments in a variety of individual, grade level, and school level fashions. Incentive field trips and activities are held throughout the school year for students attaining specified criteria in their academic classes as well as behavior.
Wea Ridge Middle School actively participates in Positive Behavior Supports and Interventions (PBIS) efforts. These activities place a focus on the school's two main expectations: "Treat People Right" and "Do the Right Thing". Students are rewarded when they are "caught" doing something well or being considerate of others. Students are rewarded on a weekly basis for the positive behavior at WRM.
For the safety of our students, all visitors should check in at the main office in order to access the building. All other exterior doors are locked throughout the school day.
Wea Ridge Middle School provides each student with a Chromebook to enhance classroom instruction. For more information see the TSC 1 to 1 Initiative. Canvas is the learning management system that facilitates instruction.
To reach our goals of improving our Language Arts and Mathematics NWEA and ISTEP scores, Wea Ridge Middle School teachers will have the opportunity to incorporate the following professional development activities into their daily schedules:
- At Wea Ridge Middle School, grade level and content area teams are allotted time to meet periodically during IIB. Teams use daily agendas, minutes, student data and administration input to focus and direct the teaming concept at our school.
- Wea Ridge Middle School will encourage and support teachers wishing to attend professional conferences sponsored by Wabash Valley Education Center, the Indiana Department of Education, and content area professional organizations throughout the school year and during the summer months.
- School and corporation level professional development are provided to teachers in the areas of technology, instructional best practices, differentiation, and support of new initiatives.
Wea Ridge Middle School offers extra-curricular programs currently consisting of (boys) basketball, football, wrestling, and track, as well as (girls) basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and track. Additional opportunities are available via student council, yearbook production, dance, jazz band, and a variety of academic clubs.