Preparing Graduates: Engaging Minds, Developing Character

At Shafer Middle School, we strive to provide students with a quality 21st Century education. We understand that we are educating tomorrow’s leaders and we take that challenge seriously!

Shafer has developed a reputation of excellence over the last decade due to the hard work of our teachers and support staff who provide hands-on and differentiated instruction to our students. The latest technologies (such as document cameras, multi-media presentation applications, and online math and reading tools) are used in teacher-directed and student-centered instruction. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods (hands-on learning, problem-based learning, manipulatives, cooperative and collaborative learning) to engage and prepare students.

What does all of this mean?

In addition to their core classes, our students enjoy a variety of related arts classes. They have access to a literacy-rich campus, which includes a large assortment of books and computers for both research and leisure reading in our library and computer labs. Students also have access to our two caring and supportive school counselors.

In a nutshell:

Shafer Middle School thrives in an environment of academic excellence! We prepare students to meet and exceed their future opportunities and challenges. We recognize each student’s worth and develop life-long learners who make positive contributions to our changing society.

Shared Vision
Pursuing academic excellence, developing personal motivation, and inspiring continued learning endeavors in preparation for the opportunities of tomorrow.

Leadership
Effective leaders are visionary, have high expectations, focus on student learning, and use data to drive decisions.
Leaders value and involve all stakeholders in setting goals and improving school culture, and subsequently hold themselves and all stakeholders accountable for results.
Leaders commit to the development and growth of other leaders by modeling transparency and setting the example.

Collaborative Culture
Professional Learning Communities maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust, and promote cross-curricular, student-focused, and solution-oriented discussions.
Classroom activities and interactions provide opportunities for student collaboration that builds trust, respect, and confidence among diverse learners.
Teachers and administrators actively communicate and collaborate with all stakeholders.
Students take an active ownership of their learning experiences.

Quality Instruction
Teachers engage in relevant professional learning and collaboration with colleagues in order to design quality standards-based instruction for students.
Teachers provide data-driven feedback, and students actively collaborate with teachers in setting their own academic and personal goals.
Teachers provide authentic learning experiences in which students develop deep understanding, character, self-reliance, and citizenship.

Resource Utilization
Shafer Middle School attracts and retains quality faculty and staff through strong leadership, supportive mentoring, and a positive, collaborative environment.
Administrators, teachers, and Parent Teacher Organization work together to recruit and utilize community, business, and parent resources.
Shafer Middle School acquires, maintains, and equitably uses facilities, materials, and technology to support student success.