After three months of effort, Deerfield Public Schools District 109 Superintendent Michael Lubelfeld updated the Board of Education on the progress his Task Force on Middle School Education has made at Monday’s Board meeting at Caruso Middle School.
Lubelfeld and his Task Force have created six committees to delve into different segments of sixth through eighth grade student needs. Each committee—Social Emotional, STEM (Science, technology, engineering and math), Tracking/Gifted, Exploratory, Fine Arts and World Language—gave a report.
The Exploratory Committee is looking at potential classes built around themes of technology, fine arts, performing arts and life sills while the Fine Arts Committee wants that included in the school day.
Working on the next generation of science labs in an effort to develop a complete STEM class, the STEM Committee is taking a detailed look at the entire concept of STEM education.
“We want District 109 to lead the state in developing innovative and inspired thinker and problem solvers,” Caruso Middle School Principal Brian Bullis said. He is a co-facilitator of the group.
The Tracking/Gifted Committee is studying how tracking affects all students while the World Language group is giving a closer look at whether to continue offering both French and Spanish to middle School students.
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