The middle school, located in Tiffin, provides a full curriculum to students. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are enrolled in a core curriculum that includes: math, social studies, science, language arts, and literature. The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade core teachers each have separate grade level teams. The teams meet daily to plan curriculum and instruction, identify student needs, and meet with students and parents.
Students also participate in PE, health, art, Project Lead the Way (pre-engineering course), industrial technology, and life skills during their middle school years. Students have the opportunity to participate in band and/or choir. In addition, students can also choose to participate in Life Skills training as 7th and 8th graders. This training is a cooperative effort between the Clear Creek Amana CSD and MECCA. More information about this program can be found at www.lifeskillstraining.com.
Students at Clear Creek Amana Middle School also have the opportunity to volunteer in our communities. For several years 8th grades students have volunteered at the Wesley House Soup Kitchen in Iowa City. As part of this volunteer effort the students plan, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for between 100 and 130 patrons.
All students in our middle school also participate in several school to work readiness programs. One of the programs that our students participate in is Junior Achievement. The Junior Achievement classes are taught by community business volunteers. Through these classes the students learn about the world of work and entrepreneurship. More information about Junior Achievement can be found at www.ja.org.
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students also attend yearly work site visits. This program is conducted by the Workplace Learning Connection. All 6th graders take a yearly job site tour in which they visit a job site that focuses on health, family, and/or human resources careers. All 7th graders take a yearly job site tour and visit a job site that focuses on science, technology, and/or math careers. Lastly all 8th grade students participate in a financial literacy curriculum that culminates by participation in a Financial Literacy Fair. More information about the Workplace Learning Connection can be found at http://www.kirkwood.edu/wplc.
All middle school students are placed into small groups with a teacher advisor. The student remains with the same advisor throughout middle school. The advisor teacher is also responsible for coordinating each students Personal Learning Plan. The Personal Learning Plan helps the school work cooperatively with the student and family in our joint effort to help the student; Learn to Learn, Learn to Do, and Learn to Be. The advisor teacher meets weekly with the student to review the student’s academic performance, help the student problem solve and adult or student issues, and to develop a positive relationship with the student. It is our hope that the student’s advisor is the first point of contact for a family when there is a question or concern regarding school.
For 7th and 8th grade students, we offer a full range of extra-curricular activities in athletics, music, and drama. Clear Creek Amana Middle School 7th and 8th graders can participate in football, cross country, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, swimming, track, and softball. All students in the middle school can audition for show choir, jazz band, and the middle school drama productions.
The middle school building has an innovative auditorium/practice gym. The building is designed acoustically as an auditorium complete with cat-walk for setting lights, a sound booth and a light booth. It has a regulation gym floor with a stage on one side and folding auditorium seats on the other side, which roll out onto the floor, converting it from a gym to an auditorium. The building also is home to a state of the art school/community library that is known as the Springmier Library. The library has an ICN room and public access to the internet.