Gordon-Rushville Middle School


Gordon-Rushville Middle School

310 East 4th Street

P.O. Box 590

Rushville, Nebraska 69360

Phone: (308) 327- 2491

Fax: (308) 327- 2279

Website: www.grmustangs.org 

Location

Gordon-Rushville Middle School is located at 310 East 4th Street in Rushville, Nebraska.  It houses students from grades 6-8 from the communities of Gordon and Rushville and surrounding areas.  This includes Sheridan and Cherry counties in Nebraska and Shannon County in South Dakota.

Administration

Casey Slama, Principal

Staff

Certified Staff

Guidance Counselor: Shauna Beguin

6th Grade: Randy Hurlburt, Casey Walker

7th & 8th Math: Stacie Lefler

7th & 8th Science: Nate Haag

7th & 8th Reading: Paige Bredenkamp

7th & 8th Language Arts: Niki Waugh

7th & 8th Social Studies: Matt Stetson

PE/Health:  Paul Hotz

Vocal Music: Ryan Lovell

Band: George Meng

Art: Esther Wilson

7th & 8th Computers: Janet Hill

SPED: Misty Walker

Title I:  Candy Goodrich

Universal Skills: Mary Ann Britt

Librarian: Paige Bredenkamp

Classified Support Staff

Secretarial: Peg Kuester

Custodial: Joel Burbach, Hank Moeller, Judy Moeller, Tom Tuchek

Paraprofessionals: Rita Anderson, Susan Hill, Patty Pascoe, Krista Wegner, Rena Merker

Food Services: Holly Lechleitner, Linda Landreth, Brandy Delancey

Teacher Experience

During the 2009 - 2010 school year, approximately 21% of the teachers at Gordon-Rushville Middle School have their master’s degree.  This is below both the district and state average.  

Student Enrollment

Student enrollment at Gordon-Rushville Middle School has increased a little from 136 students in 2008-2009 to 140 students in 2009-2010.

Race/Ethnicity

The student population is comprised of 70% White, not Hispanic students; less than 1% each of Black, not Hispanic students; Hispanic students; and Asian/Pacific Islander students; and 28% American Indian/Alaskan Native students.

Socio-Economic

Gordon-Rushville Middle School has approximately 51% of its students enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.  This is comparable to the district average but it is slightly higher than the state average.

Mobility

The mobility rate for Gordon-Rushville Middle School for the 2009-2010 school year is about 19% which is higher than both the district and state averages.

Special Education Services

Since August, 2007, the Special Education Department of Gordon-Rushville Public Schools has seen growth in working toward the goals set by the special education team.  It is important to recognize that these program improvements are the direct result of the work of the special educators and paraeducators in collaboration with the regular education teachers, counselors, and administration.  Monthly Special Education Staff Meetings with the special education teachers are conducted after school dismissal.  Agendas reflect dissemination of information and to discuss the direction of the program and successes experienced within the classroom or extra-curricular activities.

Program Goals:

  1. To demonstrate an increase in reading performance across the curriculum with comprehension strategies for main idea.
  2. To demonstrate an increase in the use of Standard English across the curriculum.
  3. To re-implement an effective transition process for students in special education at the high school.

Professional Development workshops were chosen to build skills of special educators to facilitate students in increasing their skill levels. All special education teachers have had the opportunity to attend the SPED Regional Workshop and the Tri-State Law Conference to gain information about the legalities of Special Education.  All teachers have had training in Step Up to Writing and an introductory workshop on Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Professional Development specific to middle school needs were a Corrective Reading program, Boys’ Town FAME Model Reading Intervention, Program Specific Reading training, and Direct Instruction training.

At the middle school level there is one full-time special educator in collaboration with 2 paraprofessionals serving 15 students, who represent 10.9% of the middle school student population. All special educators are case managers and responsible for coordinating the IEP process, documenting goal progress, and advocating the needs of individual cases for whom they manage.  It is a goal that each special educator has a case management load of approximately 15 to 20 students.  Special educators are responsible to implement, measure and record progress for all goals for which they are responsible, review and recommend goals to the IEP team based on present levels of performance, track and use the data generated through district assessment, and participate as teacher or co-chair for IEP meetings other than cases managed.  Developing quality IEPs and documenting services and progress will be a continued goal of the Department.

The Department uses a Consultative Model with regular educators in the four content areas of math, science, social studies, and English, as well as elective classes.  This model is built on the premise of inclusion of special education students in the regular classroom to the greatest extent appropriate for each individual learner.  All students come to the regular class with strengths and needs.  The IEP document reflects present levels of functioning, goals to be addressed through specialized instruction, modifications and accommodations, and a course of study plan for each student.

The reading abilities of special education and “at-risk” incoming seventh and eighth grade (sixth graders are still participating in the core reading program) students are assessed using the Diagnostic Assessment of Reading.  According to these results, students are placed in various reading programs: Corrective Reading, Reading Mastery, or Barton Reading and Spelling program as interventions to improve decoding and comprehension skills in reading and writing.

An after-school program is offered all learners who are assigned to tutors who help with specific homework assignments or deliver activities to reinforce basic skills.  Students are supported in the special education class during the course of the day with specific skill strategies and additional time to complete work in other courses, monitor grades and missing assignments, and receive additional instruction in areas of difficulty.

Title I Services

Gordon-Rushville Middle School has a school-wide Title I program with one full-time teacher.

Curriculum Alignment

Gordon-Rushville Middle School began using TechPaths in 2006-2007 for curriculum mapping.  Core maps were completed in 2008-2009 for each discipline and maps are updated as necessary.

Advanced or Special Programs

High Ability Learner program is available and students are identified by assessment scores and teacher recommendation.

Technology

GRMS is in the process of continuously advancing technology in education. The Middle School is a fully wireless building with two mobile laptop carts.

We also have one mobile distance learning cart and 1 full time distance learning room.

We utilize data projectors in most classrooms and have recently added two Promethean Interactive Boards. GRMS has one conventional PC computer lab.

We are currently upgrading our website for more staff and student interaction.

Reading Assessment

Gordon-Rushville Middle School administers the NWEA MAPS Reading Assessment and the NeSA – Reading Assessment.  During the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 79% of 8th graders were proficient on the state reading standards (they met or exceeded the standards).

Writing Assessment

Gordon-Rushville Middle School administers the NeSA – Writing Assessment.  During the 2009-2010 school year approximately 81% of 8th graders were proficient on the state writing standards (they met or exceeded the standards).

Mathematics Assessment

Gordon-Rushville Middle School administers the NWEA MAPS Mathematics Assessment as well as the ESU 13 STARS Mathematics Assessment.  During the 2009-2010 school year, approximately 93% of 8th graders were proficient on the state mathematics standards (they met or exceeded the standards).

Other Assessments

In addition to the traditional academic assessments, Gordon-Rushville Middle School also administers the EXPLORE Test to all 8th graders.