Standard 4: Resources and Support Systems
Havana Middle School staff is highly qualified. All
teachers hold a teaching certificate in their specific subject area
and no teachers are teaching out of field. Information and
confirmation pertaining to teacher credentials may be obtained at
the following website: http://www.fldoe.org/edcert.
At the beginning of each school year, teachers are given a teacher
handbook and the material is reviewed in a professional development
training workshop. Class sizes are maintained according to
the policies and guide lines of government stipulations. For
several years teachers have been provided with Lead Money for the
purchasing of classroom items that help to promote student success
through the use of extra materials and supplies.
Teachers use daily instructional time in the most efficient and
constructive manner. Teachers plan for extra time for
intervention strategies to help students who are struggling to
maintain the appropriate academic grade level comprehension.
The school utilizes focus calendars to guide curriculum instruction
at the school wide level. Parents are kept up to date on
student progress and school information through memos and students'
agenda books. They can also access the school's website at http://www.hms.gcps.k12.fl.us.
All instructional materials and resources are adopted through the
district office with student success in mind. All
instructional materials are aligned with not only the Next
Generation Sunshine State Standards, but also with Common Core
HMS is in compliance with local and state inspection requirement
and takes careful measures to ensure that all students are safe at
all times on campus. Any equipment deemed unsafe or hazardous
is transported off site to a different location maintained by the
district. Teachers or staff may submit work order request for
faulty items to Mr. Oliver, the head custodian, and he directly
contact the necessary department in charge of solving that specific
problem. Emergency procedures are posted in each classroom
and monthly drills are practiced to ensure that faculty, staff, and
students are well aware of what actions to take in the event that
an emergency should occur.
HMS incorporates several channels of media to support the
curriculum and the success of students. The Library Media
Center plays an important role in assisting teachers and students
in the retrieval of information deemed vital to the success of
students. The Library Media Center operates on an Open Access
policy where teachers may sign up in advance as a class to visit
the LMC on a daily basis to conduct research or engage media
related tasks. Teachers may also allow students to visit the
LMC individually or in small groups to complete assignments.
Valuable resources may be accessed by way of the HMS website at http://www.hms.gcps.k12.fl.us
and at the district website http://gcps.k12.fl.us.
Teachers use websites such as Brain pop: http://www.brainpop .com, Destiny,
LMC circulation search site at http://destiny.gadsdenschools.net
, and AR at http://hosted229.renlearn.com/60560/default.aspx.
FCAT Explorer, http://www.fcatexplorer.com
and Success Maker, http://10.30.190.24/lms/login.home.view,
are used to reinforce skills taught in the classroom. In
addition to internet sources, the LMC stocks a variety of
professional reference sources that are available to faculty.
Monthly periodicals, newspapers and other media sources are also
provided for student use as well. The parent resource
department at HMS provides training to parents on the use of
programs that they and their child can access at home in order to
extend and continue successful learning processes even when they
are away from school. These trainings can be provided during
PTSO meetings and parent Expo nights.
Teachers and students incorporate the use of technology in
teaching and learning throughout the school Classrooms are equipped
with or are in the process of being equipped with the latest in
technologically advanced equipment throughout the school.
Classroom computers, Smartboards, document cameras, and clickers
are items that will serve to enhance the learning environment for
students. Ipod reading stations are expected in the near
future as well as Library digital ebooks and subject area
textbooks. All staff members are trained on a continual
basis on the use and integration of technology into daily class
lessons. Teachers sign a Code of Ethics and technology policy
each year. Parents and students must also sign an Internet
permission form in order for students to access the internet.
Physical, social, and emotional needs of students are very
important to improve learning at HMS. A number of services
that support students are available. An on-site positive
behavioral system is in place and is maintained on a school wide
basis. A student referral system, the RTI (Right to
Intervention Process) allows teachers to refer students through
Student Study Teams. These teams meet several times over a
period of several months during which time several intervention
methods are provided to the student in order to help the student
attain success. Modifications are made based upon the
findings of the RTI process. Additional mentoring programs
are in effect that support positive behavior both at school and
away from school. Representative of the Gadsden
Homeless program provides social services to students on an as
needed basis. An ESOL district coordinator is available
to ensure that the ESOL students are getting the highest quality
education. The school employs an on-site guidance counselor
to provide services to students and their parents in the crucial
areas of academic and social services. A speech
therapist as well as a school psychologist visits HMS on a weekly
basis. HMS has an active health clinic that is open four days
a week to address the physical needs of the students.