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Middle School Program Review


Charge Statement

In light of recent middle school achievement data as measured by the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments, Measures of Academic Progress and ACT-EXPLORE, in addition to future school district budget challenges, this task force is charged with reviewing the current middle school program and structure, and developing goals and recommendations that will raise student achievement and best serve the students in District 196.

  1. Graphic – Guiding Principles for Middle School Design
  2. MSPR Rationale-Overview-Timeline
  3. MSPR Guiding Principles


Secondary StudentsResponsibilities

  • Review current and future budget constraints
  • Review comparative achievement data
  • Research effective middle school models
  • Review District 196 middle school models
  • Develop goals and recommendations that include an evaluation component that quantifies attainment of those goals and recommendations


  • Two School Board members (Joel Albright, Jackie Magnuson)
  • 6 middle school principals (Trevor Johnson, Noel Mehus, Dave McKeag, Mary Thompson, Rich Wendorff, Dan Wilharber)
  • One high school administrative curriculum representative (Pete Zak)
  • Special Education administrative representative (Mary Kreger)
  • Human Resources administrative representative (Tom Pederstuen)
  • Elementary administrative representative (Julie Olson)
  • Two facilitators (Mark Parr, Steve Troen)
  • Total of 14 members

Other parent, teaching and administrative input will be sought as the process develops. 

The Steering Committee began review of the middle school program in April 2010 and is tentatively scheduled to complete its recommendations at the end of the calendar year and present them at the first School Board meeting in January 2011.



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