Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 9, 1976 · Page 50
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2-B CREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Tuet., M.r. 9,1976 Middle schools introduced in Dist. 6 The world's largest piper The city of Denver nulnUlm A cilorie it the amount of mill is that esublitned In 1M8 the largest system of parti and hurt required to raise the tem- by the Union CimpCorp.it Si- recreational fucilltlw of any perature of one gram of water vinnih, Gt. city in Uie world, through one centigrade degree. Educators say the addition at middle schools in Greeley School District Six will provide a special curriculum for those youngsters on the threshold of adulthood. Isolation of these youngsters in schools specially designed to meet their needs will ease them through this particularly difficult period of their lives, they say. The change was made last fall following more than two years of preparation. Construction of three new elementary schools and modification of four others paved the way for opening of four middle schools in Greeley last September. The middle schools are for children in sixth and seventh grades. The move to establish schools especially for them altered the ages-old three- phase organization of grades in District Six. These students now are put together in classes at the former elementary schools -Franklin, Maplewood, Brentwood, and Chappelow. The concept is called "multi-age" grouping. Rather than putting sixth graders in one class and seventh graders in another, both grades are put in the same classroom. A special curriculum was designed for the middle schools. It was prepared by a special committee of educators, administrators, and parents who first identified the characteristics of the children they were trying to leach. They learned that sixth and seventh graders -- in the prepuberty and adolescent stage of development -- are on the threshold of adulthood, and that physical, social, emotional, and intellectual problems are accompanying the change. Children at this stage are restless and often responsive to a variety of non-structured leisure activities. At this age children also are very concerned about appearance. The person at this age often is impatient and wants freedom, but he needs security as well. Reinforcement for success is needed, and the middle school student is easily offended and sensitive to criticism. Intellectually, the student at this age is curious and inquisitive, the committee learned. Active learning is preferred to passive learning. The middle school child is interested in the concrete, but he can deal with abstract concepts as well. These characteristics, the educators believe, calt for an educational setting different from the elementary and secondary schools but which incorporates the best of both. That's the setting they were shooting for in the middle schools. What evolved was a structure unique to education in Greeley. Students are grouped in four units of about 12! students each. Theunit is cooperatively taught by four teachers, one of whom is called the "unit facilitator" and whose job it is to lead the team effort. Each unit teacher leaches two or three subjects, and each team includes teachers whose specialties are in at least one of the academic areas. Seventh-day Adventists began work here in 1881 The first work done by Seventh-day Adventisls in Greeley was begun July 15, 1881. E. R. Jones pitched a tent and began a series of lectures. Little interest was shown in the lectures due to high expenses and hot weather. Then too, an unknown person with black paint placed ridiculous and obscene pictures on the tent walls. A painting of :ross bones, a skull and a knife were placed on the pulpit. From then on meetings were held in various homes until 1893 when the group of people organized Into a Sabbath School. In 1902, when the number had grown to about 50, George Williams and DeKusch hauled lumber from Lyons and built the first Seventh-day Adventist Church on the corner of 14th Avenue and 8th Street. The first minister was Elder Roy E. Hay. In 1926a new brick and stucco building was built on the corner of 9th Street and 13th Avenue. In 1943 the Beebe Draw Seventh-day Adventist church joined the Greeley church and in 1946 a German organization of 30 members, with Pastor P. P. Gaede as their leader, joined the church. The church could no longer accommodate the growing congregation so a committee was chosen, with Louis Warner as chairman, to make plans for a new church. The present church on 21st Avenue and 10th Street was built with the first service held'Oct. 31, 1953. With a memberhsip of 426 Elder William J. Christensen is the present pastor with Elder Walter Wandersleben serving as associate pastor. , The ST. GEORGE CROSS was the first English flag used in North Amtrici. It was flown by John Cabot in 1497 under the reign of King Henry VII. For U.S. and Colorado Flags in most sizes . Bitentennial Flags, Flag Poles, Accessories Greeley Tent Awning Co. 51? Ith Ave. 351-0153 The team approach, ac-, cording to Jim Elliott, director! of elementary and middle! MUSIC is a family affair! Since our country was a country, music has been an important part of life. For Beautiful Music See Us 21«9 9th Street 352-8901 Authorized BALDWIN. HAMMOND Dealer Serving Northern Colorado for over 20 Years. school education, is the best way to assure quality instruction. It it in contrast to the traditional "self contained" approach in which one teacher teaches all subjects in one classroom. Also involved is a "learning facilitator" who diagnoses special learning problems and prescribes and evaluates special teaching methods. The structure also Includes the principal, who oversees operation of the schools, and an " i n s t r u c t i o n a l resource facilitator," whose job it is to coordinate use of teaching materials and equipment and operate the instructional materials center. Special teachers also ire provided for music, art, physical education, and health education. Unique to middle schools are "mini-courses," short-term special courses in a variety of subjects. They are intended to provide an outlet for the middle school child's special and changing interests. These can be taught by non-teacher "resource persons" from the work-a-day world. The curriculum is presented to students under a concept called "continuous progress education." This concept allows the teacher and student to move as quickly or as slowly through the curriculum as they want. The method is intended to individualize instruction by allowing teachers to address the special needs of individuals. A student's level is first determined with testing instruments, and specific areas are covered until the student masters them. When mastered, subject areas are. left for a while, and other skills are taught. An individual's progress is mapped on a "student management card" developed especially for the middle schools. The card is a record of skills mastered by the student and indicates to teachers what skills the student may need additional instruction in. GREELEY PLAQUE TROPHY has an award for every event We also sell and repair Timex watches 916 9th Ave. 353-2047 In KtWfnition GEORGE WASHINGTON HONESTY ^ WE 5ALUTE THE DIRTH OF A GREAT 5TATE AND A GREAT NATION I II *w~ greeley mall ir Highway 34 By-Pan at 23rd Avenue in Greeley Anothar Futenwider Project Mon-Fri 10am 9pm Sat 10am-6pm Sun Noon-5pm

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