Springfield Middle School

August 17, 2007

334 Sunset Ave.

Principal: Jennifer Ruppenthal

Phone: 301-766-8389

Fax: 301-766-8401

Web site:

Start time: 7:35 a.m.

Dismissal: 2:20 p.m.

Grades: 6-8

Date of construction: 1977

Age of building: 30 years


Size of building: 134,755 square feet

State-rated capacity: 859

Projected 2007-08 enrollment: 786

From the principal

Q. What are your goals for the school year?

A: We will be celebrating 30 years of excellence at Springfield Middle. Our goals for the 2007-08 school year:

Continue to build relationships with parents and students while providing a conducive learning environment.

Use Higher Order Questioning (HOQ) to enhance student learning.

Analyze data to plan instruction to meet individual student needs.

Q: What will help ensure a successful school year?

A: A collaborative learning community of parents, students and staff focused on excellence for all.

Q: Can students and staff expect any changes this school year?

A: We have several changes planned for staff and students:

Springfield Middle School will be the Math, Science and Technology Magnet school for the county. As a result, staff members will be providing students with innovative opportunities to use technology. The staff will focus on the use of technology with software that addresses learning goals.

Springfield will open the year with new flooring in the auditorium, cafeteria, halls and several classrooms.

A new transition program called WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) will assist in providing a smooth entrance into middle school for our sixth-graders.

We will add several new clubs for students, including an Ecology Club and a Wellness Club.

Springfield will have additional new technology for staff and students.

Cougar Cash increments $1, $3 and $5 to be distributed to students "caught" displaying the 3 R's (respect, responsibility and resolution).

We will begin the Green School Application process.

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

A: We welcome parent and student involvement in the educational process.

We encourage parents to talk with their children about school daily and continue to be an advocate for your child's improvement from year to year.

We want students to share with their parents what they have been learning in school. Students need to complete all homework each night and be sure to bring all materials needed for the next school day.

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