Transforming the Middle School Experience
This school year will be transformational for the district’s six comprehensive middle schools under a new initiative that we’re calling Lift 6. The schools that comprise Lift 6 are Bailey, Bammel, Claughton, Dueitt, Twin Creeks and Wells. The goal is simple: We want all six of our comprehensive middle schools to better meet the unique needs of 6th-, 7th- and 8th-graders.
The Lift 6 effort will use strategies and best practices found at successful schools across the country to improve the district’s middle schools.
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- High-level teaching and learning in every classroom
- Staff/student/parent compacts
- Teachers are present to teach and students are present to learn
- Well-prepared teachers engage students with purposeful lessons
- Routine classroom visits and feedback sessions
- Relevant professional development during summer and school year
- High quality teaching is recognized, rewarded and replicated
- Disruptions to instruction aren’t tolerated
- Class time is focused on teaching and learning
- Proficiency in reading and math are the core of all instruction
- Teachers use data to personalize instruction for students
- Student data is shared with students and parents
- Continuous feedback tools guide instruction and learning
- Standards-based district curriculum and assessments
- Small group reading and math intervention classes during the school day
- Saturday enrichment camps and competitions
- Targeted extended-day support
- Strict adherence to the Student Code of Conduct
- Restorative practices are used to build positive relationships
- Improved security plans with upgraded safety systems and expanded use of metal detectors
- Student-led safety committees at all campuses
- Increased positive student to student and student to teacher relationships and engagement
School Transformation Process
Parents at these schools will learn more about Lift 6 as the new school year kicks off. A key component will be each campus working with parents as partners to ensure all of our students are successful in this crucial middle school years.
Bailey Middle SchoolView School Plan
Bammel Middle SchoolView School Plan
Claughton Middle SchoolView School Plan
Pamela Farinas is an Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools for Spring ISD. She brings a wealth of experience serving scholars, teachers, and leaders in public education, both in the traditional and charter school settings. Pamela has made her greatest impact as a mentor, coach, and thought partner to other educators at all levels. In these roles, she also develops and facilitates professional learning experiences that challenge others to think deeply about their daily practice. An avid reader and practitioner, her own most recent professional learning has been guided by the research models of Doug Lemov and Eboni Birdwell-Mitchell. She attended New York University as a Fischer Fellow and recently sharpened her skills studying the works of Paul Bambrick-Sanders in the Relay Graduate School of Education here in Houston.
Pamela researched and developed Spring ISD’s robust Workforce Professional Development model, which provides training to K-12 teachers in the areas of coaching (ELA and Math), new teacher mentoring, and classroom procedures.
Miguel Perez is an Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools for Spring ISD. He is a strategic thinker with a relentless focus on staying the course to achieving the vision of the organization. Miguel brings experience working with minority-majority scholars in rural, urban, suburban and private school systems in Texas. Prior to coming to Spring ISD, Miguel led turnaround efforts as superintendent of schools of an improvement required district that ultimately obtained a met standard designation.
Miguel has a positive outlook as he views problems and challenges as opportunities and learning experiences. His inspiration and drive comes from the development and growth of other leaders and scholars. He believes in having a high level of perseverance and integrity. Miguel has a unique educational background with advanced degrees in both Education and Business Management. His continued professional development includes a AASA National Superintendent Certification, Leadership Institute for Superintendents at Harvard University, and the Superintendent Leadership Academy at ALAS all of which demonstrate his commitment to being a lifelong learner.