A Brief History of Northwood Middle School
Northwood Middle School was opened in 1965 as a combination elementary and middle school. Each school had its own principal but shared the office and library facilities. In 1979 a program for gifted and talented students was introduced at Northwood. This program continued into the early 1980’s when it was disbanded and students returned to their home schools for a modified program based on the experimental model used at Northwood.
With the 1999–2000 school year, Northwood faced a major change when a second middle school opened in the area. The student body was reduced from over 1200 to about 900 students. Teachers were transferred and support staff were reduced. All portable classrooms were removed from the grounds and floating teachers were eliminated.
In January, 2008, a new era for Northwood Middle began when we moved into a new building that was erected next door to the old one. The new building came equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Every classroom is equipped with a Promethean Board. There are three computer labs, as well as three portable computer labs. We presently have approximately 835 students with 55 teachers.
Purpose grows from the core values and beliefs. It should be a broad, flexible, inspirational, and enduring statement that grabs the “soul” of each organizational member.
The purpose of Northwood Middle School is to assist all students in attaining their fullest potential as a contributing member of society.
Mission is a brief, clear, and compelling goal that serves to unify an organization’s efforts. An effective mission must stretch and challenge the organization, yet be achievable.
The mission of Northwood Middle School is to develop responsible educated citizens by providing a variety of meaningful learning experiences.
VALUES AND BELIEFS
Values and beliefs are the shaping force behind the shared vision. They form the core of who we are, our ideas and beliefs about the work that we do, and how we think and feel about the work to be done at Northwood.
Each student has unique abilities and the potential for learning.
The home, community, student, and school share responsibility in the learning process.
The home, community, student, and school will work as a team.
Learning is a continuous and life-long process.
The school will promote respect, responsibility, and integrity.
The inclusion of cultural diversity enriches the learning environment.