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Sennett Middle School
Parent/Teacher Group President: Murielle Sago, 608-345-0818, Msago73@yahoo.com
Parent Contact: Murielle Sago, 608-345-0818, Msago73@yahoo.com
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Sennett Middle School, recognized as one of the county's top 200 schools, offers a program designed to address the unique developmental needs of middle schoolers:
- The structure reflects a multi-age model where students are divided into six houses of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who remain with a team of teachers for three years.
- The program fosters a strong sense of community and "family" in which teacher advisors, parents, and students form a partnership focused on the academic, social, and emotional growth of students.
- A common, school-wide, integrated, multicultural curriculum includes special emphasis on the acquisition of skills and strategies which empower students to solve the vast array of academic, social, and personal problems they encounter within and outside the school setting.
- Students are grouped and regrouped based upon their skill levels, needs, and interests throughout their years at Sennett. Goals for what students should know and do are clearly defined; a variety of achievement indicators are used to measure progress and success.
Sennett is located on 61.8 acres of open space surrounded on two sides by the scenic Monona Golf Course and a few blocks from Lake Monona.
There are 24 academic homerooms which average 26 students each, comprised of students from each grade level (6-8). The total student population is approximately 630.
Neighborhood Bus Service
Many area middle and high school students use Metro to get to and from school. To avoid over crowding of buses, Madison Metro provides Supplemental School Day Service. Routes providing Supplemental Service are numbered in the 90's.
Hot Lunch Program
Options include an a la carte or prepacked menu with a wide variety of unique menus.
On recent Wisconsin Student Assessment System tests, Sennett's eighth grader student scores aligned with statewide and district proficiency levels. Students at all ability levels demonstrate marked improvement in academic and social/emotional growth during their years at Sennett.
Honors Courses and Core Academic Subjects
In addition to core subjects required at each grade level (math, science, language arts, and social studies), students are required to take specific courses in writing and reading. Honors level courses or groupings are offered in each area. Advanced math placement in Algebra is offered in-house with Honors Geometry offered via a partnership with La Follette High School.
The Encore Program includes physical education, art, family and consumer education, Health, Spanish, and music (general, chorus, band, and orchestra). This programming expands student horizons and develops lifelong skills and interests. Staff integrate special programs with academic subjects to increase learning in science, social studies, math, and language arts. Sennett offers a full range of special education services including a hearing impaired program. Special education staff coordinate support services for students. Social workers, counselors, and psychologists work with students, families, and staff to address social, emotional, and academic needs of students.
Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program
The goal of Talented and Gifted (TAG) programming is to make certain K-12 students consistently have learning opportunities that are challenging, systematic and continuous based on learning profile, readiness and student interest.
Student learning experiences include a broad range of opportunities that pushes a student to their next level of challenge and allows them to develop their talents. TAG programming may occur in the classroom, or in other settings. TAG programming is determined by ongoing evaluation and assessment of individual student needs. Each school has TAG resource support for ongoing consultation.
Safety Is Always A Priority
Students and parents report that our climate is caring, nuturing and engaging. Students respect the high expectations that are set forth both academically and socially. A special bully-free, harassment-free campaign includes a continuous focus on the elimination of emotional and physical harassment, on-going instruction in conflict resolution, a formal peer mediation program, and daily emphasis on strategies which ensure a positive learning environment. Sennett's discipline plan includes clearly defined expectations and consequences consistent with district policies and procedures. Students who display positive character and strong work/study habits are honored each quarter at schoolwide assemblies.
Sennett is a PBS (Positive Behaviors Supports) school. This system teaches and reinforces appropriate social behaviors. The system contains a continuum of supports from universally designed strategies and lessons to those that support individual students. A common language and positive practices permeate the approach which seeks the win: win solution to everyday conflicts. Sennett's approach to behavior and discipline also incorporates elements of the Restorative Justice model as well.
An active student Leadership Council and Students Against Destructive Descions (SADD) club coordinate student activities and school improvement plans including: lock-ins, dances, skating parties, community service and Brewers baseball games.
Parent support is highly valued and sought in a variety of areas - classrooms and field trips, SADD activities, student incentives, club sponsors/leaders, Variety Show performances, special events and school improvement committees. Parent Teacher Student Organization, our Latino Parent Committee, and SADD parent groups meet monthly. Go To School Nights and various cultural activities celebrating our diversity are among the available parent opportunities.
Most students engage in community service through SADD, academic house, Community Classroom programs, and/or Encore activities. Career Guidance units involve career job shadowing, mentorships and community outreach. The community and University provide resources for speakers, field trips, projects, curriculum and staff development.
You Are Always Welcome at Sennett Middle School!
Sennett is truly a "home away from home!" Every student CAN be successful when we work as a team. Together we can ensure each student is challenged, supported, and provided with critical life skills for the future. A family-school partnership is key to student success.
Please call us for tours or conferences any time.
We encourage you to talk with parents of our students to learn more about our school. Please see the Principal/Parent information on this web site for current names and phone numbers.
For any additional information about schedules, policies, curriculum, etc., please call the Sennett office, 204-1920, or fax your request to 204-0495.
"The staff and the school focus on ensuring that students are well-rounded -- academically and socially. Sennett has been a great experience for my child."
-- Sennett Parent
"The Camp Upham Woods trip is totally awesome!"
-- Sennett Student
"I really like the team approach. It enables me to really get to know the teachers that my child will have for three years."
-- Sennett Parent
"I had so many great opportunities and experiences at Sennett. It will be hard to leave, but I'm ready for high school."
-- Sennett Graduate
Remember, you're "At Home At Sennett Middle School!"