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Middle School Overview

Schools scheduled:

  • Thornton Conversion completion is September 2022
  • Centerville and Hopkins Conversion completion date is August 2023

Projected Completion


The Middle School Instructional Task Force was a district-wide advisory group that met to consider curriculum and instruction models. Each school site will have a Site Construction Committee that will separately convene to address physical space and facilities design

Instructional Model Objectives

  • All middle level learners participate in challenging, integrated, real world, standards-based curriculum that promotes conceptual understanding, 21st-century skill development, and knowledge acquisition
  • Instruction is age-appropriate, engaging, and differentiated to meet individual student learning needs
  • Research is conducted to identify and implement practices leading to continual student learning and high academic achievement at the middle level

School Organization and Community Involvement

  • Organizational structures and a school culture of high expectations enable all middle level students and educators to succeed
  • Relationships for learning create a climate of intellectual development and a caring community that includes having an adult advocate for each student
  • Ongoing family and community partnerships provide a supportive and enriched learning environment for each middle level student
  • A supportive, safe, and healthy learning environment advances learning and promotes overall student and educator well-being

The Middle School Instructional Task Force will meet for two years to discuss:

  • 6th grade transition planning
  • potential curriculum and instruction models
  • instructional space elements
  • parent and community engagement
  • student input
  • professional development and training
  • other areas of concern and interest

2015-16 Action Plan

9/24/15: Task Force Meeting—Introductions/Purpose/Overview

10/28-10/29: Field Trips to California “Middle Schools to Watch”

11/10/15: Task Force Meeting—Debrief on Field Trips

1/27/16: Written update to the Board of Trustees

2/2/16: Task Force Meeting & Community Forum #1

4/5/16: Task Force Meeting & Community Forum#2

5/26/16: Board Presentation

5/31/16: Task Force Meeting—Planning for 2016-17


Task Force Membership List

Kim Wallace, Superintendent
Sherea Westra, FUDTA president
Michael Rivera, Mission Valley teacher 
Tracy Barnett, Vallejo Mill teacher
Erica Hart, Millard teacher
Lisa Alves, Walters teacher
Beth Perez, Hopkins teacher
Nandhini Nathan, Horner teacher
Denise Mayfield, CSEA Rep
Carole Diamond, Azevada Principal
Stan Hicks, Thornton Principal
Brian Weems, Walters Principal
Debbie Amundson, Director of Elementary Education
James Maxwell, Director of Secondary Education
Joe Armstrong, parent
Chandresh Popal, parent
Swarna Chilakalapudi, parent
Michelle Boss, parent
Andrew Ortega, parent

Middle School Instructional Task Force Mtg. Notes 2-13-17

Middle School Instructional Task Force Mtg. Notes 11-1-16

Middle School Instructional Task Force Planning 2016-17

Middle School Instructional Task Force Mtg. Notes 5-31-16

Middle School Instructional Task Force Mtg. Notes 4-18-16