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E. Russell Hicks Middle School

August 20, 2006

1321 S. Potomac Ave.
Hagerstown

Principal: David F. Reeder

Phone: 301-766-8110

Fax: 301-766-8110

TDD: 797-5378

Web site: www.wcboe.k12.md.us/custom_pages/175/erhicks/index.htm

Start time: 7:30 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:15 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Date of construction: 1967

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Age of building: 39 years

Size of building: 103,131 square feet

State-rated capacity: 793

Projected 2006-07 enrollment: 736




From the principal

Q. What are the biggest challenges this year?

A. E. Russell Hicks students and staff had a very fine instructional year during the 2005-06 school year. The challenges remain the same as the school works to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in all categories on the Maryland State Assessment (MSA). We have many new faces on staff this year, including a new principal, David Reeder, and a new assistant principal, Deron Crawford. The challenge will be to keep the positive momentum going at E. Russell Hicks with the assistance of a fine staff who have demonstrated that all students are capable of outstanding performance.

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A. Our goals for the 2006-07 school year are to build a professional learning community devoted to finding ways to reach every student, not only academically but as a whole student. We recognize the diversity of each student and the variety of learning styles that each possesses. It will be important for each staff member to build relationships with each and every student to tap into their potential. If we are able to accomplish this mission, then we will attain a proficient level of performance for every student on the Maryland State Assessment and prepare our students for the next phase of their education in high school.

Q. What will help ensure a successful school year?

A. A successful school year will occur if the entire community works together to help students grow both academically and socially. It is critical that parents are supportive and vitally involved with their child's education. Success in school begins with supportive parents who are partners with the school in ensuring that students are coming to school every day prepared mentally and physically to fully engage in quality learning.

Q. What message would you like to send as the school year begins?

A. E. Russell Hicks would like students and parents to know that we are excited about the 2006-07 school year and can't wait to build on the great foundation that has been forged at the school. We are all part of a family of learners and need to look out for each other as we work for total school success. We can achieve anything we put our minds to if we work together as a community of learners.

Q. What special projects will occur during the school year?

A. We have several projects that will help improve our teaching and learning at E. Russell Hicks. Staff will be involved in several staff-development initiatives (I-PAS and Project Great Expectations) that will provide training for improving classroom instruction. E. Russell Hicks staff will have access to some of the best instructional training in the country, and we believe this will translate into excellent instruction and student performance.

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