Academic integrity is an important part of Marrero Middle School’s mission to provide a safe environment for a diverse learning community, which values academic excellence, individual responsibility and life-long learning. Students are responsible for learning and upholding ethical and honest standards of research, writing, and assessment in all academic areas. Written or other work which students submit must be the product of their own efforts. Academic dishonesty, which includes cheating, plagiarism and other forms of dishonest or unethical behavior, is prohibited.
Philosophy of Special Education
Jim Jeffords, the US senator from Vermont, once stated, “We have a responsibility to ensure that every individual has the opportunity to receive a high-quality education, from prekindergarten to elementary and secondary, to special education, to technical and higher education and beyond.” At Marrero Middle School, l we take this responsibility very seriously. Thus, we have a large Special Education Departments, which also houses Gifted and Talented. While we certainly believe in placing a student in their least restrictive environment, we know that all students have the ability to succeed with the right interventions. Therefore, we offer a variety of scheduling options in this department from Inclusion to self-contained.
A student at Marrero Middle School who has an IEP or a 504 plan has the right to receive interventions. While 504 students are not classified as special education, they are protected under the rights of the special education umbrella of services. As a 504 student, the child will attend general education classes, but with several interventions put in place.
A special education student, may attend inclusion classes. These are general education classes with a special education teacher or paraprofessional working alongside the teacher to ensure that students receive additional assistance in understanding class content. We also offer resource math and English Language Arts class. These classes have a low student/teacher ratio and are taught by a certified special education teacher. Finally, our most restrictive environment are our self-contained classes for students with Autism or severe developmental delays.
In additional to the services of the special education teacher and paraprofessional, we also offer many intervention opportunities for students with IEPs and 504 plans. Many of the interventions provided are listed below:
- Extended time
- Assistive technology
- Preferential seating
- Copies of the teacher’s notes
- Test read aloud
- Child-specific paraprofessional
- Computer-based intervention programs – Achieve 3000, iReady, PLATO
- Small group or individual testing
Alan Moore, the English writer, once said, “Language comes first. It’s not that language grows out of consciousness, if you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious. At Marrero Middle, we share the spirit of Mr. Moore’s quote. We feel that language is of the utmost importance. We concentrate on teaching both English Language Arts and Spanish. Our goal is to add a second foreign language in the next two years. We believe that the mastery of English and Spanish will make our students college and career ready with the ability to thrive in a global market.
We are a very diverse school and we honor our students’ individual cultures and mother tongues. While offering English as a Second Language course, we staff our school with support employees that can speak to students in their first language. We are also very proud of our cultural events such as our Chinese New Year celebration. In these fun and exciting ways, we honor our students’ heritages.
All students participate in a double period English Language Arts class per our district requirements. In this class, students read literature and non-fiction. We try to incorporate books with ethnically diverse characters. For example our 6th graders are reading The Breadwinner, which is set in Pakistan. Students also spend time writing in ELA class. Our 7th graders are currently writing a memoir as part of their memoir unit.
We also offer English as a Second Language to our English Language Learners. Beginning students also take an ESL Social Studies class.
Finally, our students take Spanish classes as their Language B class.
Language Interventions Offered:
We also offer many interventions to assist students in grasping language acquisition. Some of those interventions are:
- Small ESL classes
- Computer-based interventions such as Rosetta Stone, Lexia, and Achieve 3000
- Lunch time and after school tutoring
- A language line for parents
- Documents translated in Spanish, Vietnamese and Arabic
- A Spanish-speaking and Vietnamese-speaking paraprofessional
School computers are available in classes, the library, and the computer technology class lab for student use. Students are only allowed to use computers for internet research. Students are never to employ communication software such as Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram, E-mail, or other software from the school computers.
School computers are for educational use. Students are not to download music, pictures, or videos, unless this is part of a class assignment. Failure to comply with this rule will result in banning from computers at school, which can adversely affect class grades.