Students experience software used for Crime Scene Investigation at Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School focus group session held in the SMART Center at Carl Wunsche Sr. High School. A sampling of Spring ISD students who will be eligible to apply for the new middle school of choice and their parents participated in focus group sessions that were used to gather input from the community regarding the school.
Spring ISD Will Open Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School in August 2009
December 1, 2008
Spring ISD will open Dr. Edward Roberson Middle School as a middle school of choice in August 2009. The campus that was formerly used as the Westfield Ninth Grade Center will be renovated to accommodate a non-traditional curriculum that focuses on math, science and the fine arts.
“By design this school is going to be different,” said Thad Gittens, principal. “It has been designed to serve students who have a strong interest in math, science and fine arts.”
The school will offer an integrated math and science curriculum that will engage students in hands-on learning that will help them better understand math and science concepts as they apply to real life. The program will also prepare students for an expanding job market in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career fields.
The fine arts component at the school will offer non-traditional learning opportunities in music, art, theater and dance. The music program will offer piano, guitar and music technology instead of band and choir. Art classes will include two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, photography, sculpture and pottery. The theater arts program will take students beyond the introductory level traditionally offered at middle school; dance classes will range from ballet to hip hop.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) electives will include forensic science, medical science, robotics, rocketry, web design and animation.
The physical education program will include racquet sports, aerobics, weight lifting, team building activities and outdoor recreation sports for sixth graders. Seventh and eighth graders will be offered semester-long classes in soccer, swimming, tennis, baseball, softball and golf. These classes will help students prepare to participate in University Interscholastic League (UIL) competitions when they move on to the high school level.
All Spring ISD students who are currently enrolled in fifth through seventh grades are eligible to apply. Applications will be made available at students’ home campuses in January and will be accepted until mid-February. Students will be randomly selected from the applications that are submitted.
Presentations have been scheduled at campuses districtwide during December and January for students and parents who are interested in learning more about the school. Gittens said a letter will be sent home with fifth through seventh graders to let parents know when and where the presentations will be made.