MAGNET FOCUS: Anwatin Middle School merges two instructionally sound programs that prepare students for the 21st century by providing academic rigor and promoting global citizenship. The IB Middle Years Programme provides a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers.
WE OFFER: International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) • Dual Spanish Immersion • Physical Education • Visual Arts • Technology (Design Process) • Four Computer Labs • Four Mobile Computer Labs • World Languages (Japanese, French, Spanish) • Vocal Music • Music Exploration • Band • Theater Arts • Spring School Musical • Site Council • Peace Council • Student Council • Middle Grades Athletic Program • ALC • AVID Program
The IB MYP Programme: ?Encourages international-mindedness in IB students, starting with a foundation in their own language and culture ?• Encourages a positive attitude toward learning by challenging students to solve problems, show creativity and resourcefulness and participate actively in their communities? • Reflects real life by providing a framework that allows students to see the connections among the subjects themselves and between the subjects and real issues ?• Supports the development of communication skills to encourage inquiry, understanding, language acquisition and to allow student reflection and expression? • Emphasizes, through the learner profile, the development of the whole student: physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically.
Dual Immersion (DI) program: Proven effective for a wide variety of students • Research studies indicate that the achievement of high levels of functional proficiency in a second language, associated with DI instruction, yields the following benefits for all students: Enhanced levels of meta-linguistic awareness (i.e., knowledge of how language works), which has proven to be important to reading acquisition • Improved performance compared to monolingual students on tasks that call for divergent thinking, pattern recognition and problem solving • Additional knowledge and understanding of one’s native language • Greater understanding, tolerance, appreciation and respect for other languages and cultures • Ability to communicate with other ethnic and cultural groups • Ability to take advantage of opportunities that are available only in other languages • Enhanced employment opportunities once school is completed
All Anwatin students are taught using the IB MYP framework. Students who are in the Spanish Dual Immersion program receive part of their instruction in Spanish and part of their instruction in English, while all other students receive all of their instruction in English.? All Anwatin teachers undergo continuous IB training and the Dual Immersion teachers also continue their professional development in Dual Immersion research and teaching strategies. Curriculum used and developed by teachers is based on MPS standards and the Minnesota state standards for all subject areas.
EXTENDED-DAY ACTIVITIES: Anwatin offers engaging after school academic activities such as Math and Wii, Mathalicious (grade 6) Chick Lit and Chatter, Chess Club, Cross country skiing, soccer, Jazz Band (in the morning), Rocketry Space, Cafe Mocha, School Newspaper, Yoga, Ultimate Frisbee, Mural Project, tutoring and more.
English Language Learner Programs
Family and Student Support
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