Academic Excellence in a 21st Century Learning Environment


Meet the Staff

(From LEFT to RIGHT)

Melissa Roche

Nils Johnson

Mercedes de la Rea

Jeffrey Spafford

Cindy Hilliard

Rick Riebhoff

CJ Mclelan

Wendy Johnson

Our Goal for Latimer Middle School...

  • Creating a middle school environment that facilitates a life-long love of learning
  • Promoting academic excellence (73% of our students made Honor Roll!)
  • Instilling a high level of environmental consciousness
  • Empowering students to become contributing and responsible members of the school community

Growth Mindset at Latimer

The Power of Yet

Instead of saying “I can’t do this.”, try saying instead “I can’t do this YET.” This creates a more positive language while you are trying something new.

7 Period Day

  • Two Period Math/Science Block
  • Three Period ELA/Reading/Social Studies Block (CORE)
  • One period Physical Education
  • One period Elective/Intervention

Technology at Latimer

  • School-wide wireless access
  • 80” flat screen monitors in classrooms
  • Minimum 2:1 student to device ratio in grades TK-2
  • 1:1 student to device ratio in grades 3-8 (Chromebooks)
  • Computer Adaptive Learning
  • Google Classroom
  • Access to eBooks in classroom, library, and at home

Math Curriculum

6th Grade (CC6, CCI6): Ratios, Expressions, Equations, Inequalities, Statistics & Geometry

7th Grade (CC7, CCC7): We build on 6th grade math concepts and begin algebra with distributive property, combining like terms, and understanding how to solve for missing variables.

8th Grade (CC8, CCC8): Major Concepts include Graphing, Systems of Equations, Rules of Exponents, and Transformations

Science Curriculum

NGSS - Next Generation

Science Standards

Hands-on learning experiences that stimulate student interest in science.

Earth Science

  • Earth’s origin
  • Rocks
  • Plate tectonics

Life Science

  • Food chains and webs
  • Biodiversity and human impact
  • Photosynthesis

Physical Science

  • Chemical Reactions

Sex Education (7th Grade)

  • Human Anatomy
  • Social and emotional well being
  • Positive Prevention curriculum

Middle School Core Classes


  • Literature circles
  • Book reviews
  • Class novels & short stories
  • Character analysis & elements of a story
  • Amplify

Language Arts

  • Narrative and creative writing
  • Argumentative writing
  • Informational writing
  • Text Structures
  • Seesaw for reflections, book snaps, etc.

6th Grade: English Language Arts

Kinder Buddies

Cooperative Learning




Cause = Effect

Problem Solution



Public Speaking

Creative Thinking

7th Grade:Language Arts

8th Grade: English & U.S. History

Social Studies Curriculum



  • Interactive Student Notebooks
  • Socratic Seminars
  • SHEG - Stanford History Education Group Strategies
  • Design Thinking
  • Investigation and Historical Analysis
  • Drama/Skit Component

6th Grade

Ancient Civilizations

7th Grade

The Medieval World

and Beyond

8th Grade

U.S. History

Project Based Learning at Latimer

Project Based Learning at Latimer

Electives (2017-18)

  • Latimer Leaders
  • Instrumental Music
  • Literature Through the Camera Lens
  • Design and Modeling
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Medical Detectives
  • Flight & Space
  • Energy & the Environment
  • Magic of Electrons
  • Visual Media
  • Health, Wellness and Nutrition
  • Art + Design

Physical Education

Units may include:

  • Fitness Testing
  • Softball/ Wiffle Ball
  • Dance
  • Cooperative Games
  • Basketball
  • Flag Football
  • Kickball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Pickleball
  • Disc Golf

  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

After-School Sports at Latimer

    • Cross Country (no cut)
    • Soccer
    • Basketball
    • Volleyball
    • Track and Field (no cut)


  • BOYS
    • Cross Country (no cut)
    • Volleyball
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Track and Field (no cut)

Middle School Extra Curriculars

  • Math Olympiad
  • California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF)
  • Yearbook Club/Journalism
  • Heart and Sole
  • Dances/Multi-School Events
  • Student-Driven Clubs (start Trimester 3)
  • Zero Period - Robotics 3rd Trimester

School/Home Communication

  • Schoolloop.com or Aeries
    • Assignments
    • Current Grades
  • Latimer Weekly News Emails
  • Community Liaison
  • School Web Page:

Latimer Website

Middle School Options

  • Students who live in the Baker, Payne, Anderson, and Country Lane attendance areas will be enrolled at MMS for 6th grade. If you would like to attend Latimer, you must request a transfer during open enrollment from March 1-30.
  • Students who live in the EDS attendance area will be enrolled at EDS for 6th grade. If you would like to attend Latimer, you must request a transfer during open enrollment from March 1-30.
  • Students who live in the Latimer attendance area will be enrolled at Latimer for 6th grade.

***Approval of request will depend on capacity at sites. Written notification from the District will occur in July.

Come see our new building!

Latimer 6th/7th/8th Grade Parent Night-2017/18 for Website - Google Slides