Principal

Mr. Gary Smallridge

Phone: (352) 671-4725

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Mr. Gary Smallridge

Looking back on the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 school year, Ft. King Middle School staff and students should feel very proud.  Not only did our school grade go up from a D to a C, but we almost pulled off a B!  Even though we missed a grade of B by 2%, the growth measured in one year was the highest in the district for middle schools.  Ft. King Middle School is now the third ranked middle school in Marion County.  Our students and teachers increased our Total Points Earned by 12%, which turned out to be 100 points on a 900-point scale.

The growth experienced during the 2016-2017 school year came from all areas.  Our Math Department pulled in 58 points by increasing our proficiency rate from 42% to 48%; by increasing our overall learning gains from 47% to 59%, and by increasing our learning gains from our lowest quartile from 37% to 50%.  The bulk of the points came in the name of Acceleration Points, which are the points our Algebra I students earn by taking the State EOC and earning a level 3 or higher score.  Ft. King doubled the classes offered in Algebra I and still had a 95% proficiency rate.  Our math teachers did an outstanding job all the way through the department.  The Title I budget and plan implemented last year paid off with the addition of two new Intensive Math Teachers and by increasing small group instruction by hiring additional paraprofessionals.

Our ELA teachers added an additional 16 points to the cause by increasing our proficiency rate from 39% to 43%; by increasing our overall learning gains from 41% to 50%, and by increasing our learning gains from our lowest quartile from 36% to 39%.

Our School Grade picked up a whopping 17 points from our 7th Grade Civics teachers and students.  The proficiency rate for Civics increased from 51% to 68% in 2017.  These scores put us in third place in the district in the Social Studies category.

Our Science Department would not be left out of the mix either.  They managed to increase the proficiency rate from 39% to 48%, adding 9 more points to the School Grade.  Our Science scores were ranked the third highest in the district.

It will be a challenge to maintain all of the growth from 2016-2017 and to increase our Total Points Possible another 2%, but our teachers and students will be up to the challenge of earning a B in 2017-2018. 

Our academic plan will stay the same in 2017-2018, with one major change being implemented.  We are moving from a seven-period schedule to a six-period schedule, which will add eight minutes to each class period.  We feel the additional eight minutes will allow teachers to wrap up lessons properly; plan more project-based activities and to give more individual attention to all students.

Students are required to pass each of four core classes in grades 6-8 before going to high school.  ELA, Math, Social Studies and Science have to be made up by students if the class is failed.  If your child has an F for the final grade for a semester, we will start looking at ways to make up the class.  One way to make up a failed course is to drop an elective class and pick up a unit recovery course in a computer lab.  Summer school is an option, but most students don’t want to spend their summer in a lab at one of our area high schools.  Please keep a close eye on your child’s grades by signing up for Family Access or by having your child show you their grades through their Student Desktop.

I look forward to meeting each of you as the year progresses.  I maintain an open door policy, which means you don’t need an appointment to see me, if I am available.  Please don’t hesitate to call me if you need help with any situation.  If I am not the person to help you, I will steer you in the right direction.  Together, as a team, we will make this year a great experience for your children.

 

Assistant Principal, Curriculum

 Shawn Woods

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Shawn Woods

Dean, 6th Grade & 8th Grade Boys

 Charles Trombly

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Charles Trombly

Assistant Principal, Discipline

 Ronald Jones

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Ronald Jones

Dean, 7th Grade and 8th Grade Girls

 Rometha Gilmore

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Rometha Gilmore

School Resource Officer

 Officer Wissinger

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Officer Wissinger