Red Bank Middle School’s mission focuses on the combined efforts of our staff, students, parents, community members and community partnerships to ensure that all students achieve and become inspired. Our courses of study and extracurricular activities emphasize high expectations for our students’ mastery of the New Jersey Student Learning Standards. Our district’s vision and mission statements truly encompass everything that we stand for: We believe that our children should Dream BIG and we’ll help them get there! We will inspire. We will challenge. They will achieve. Driven by the needs of our children, we provide a safe, nurturing, and challenging learning environment for EVERY student, every day.
The Red Bank Middle School believes that all our students will achieve and aspire to excellence. Our staff is committed to working diligently to provide a safe, nurturing, and rigorous learning environment for all of our students. We are committed to providing professional development that provides our teachers with the necessary resources and knowledge of research-based instruction. The Middle School continues to focus on implementing instructional models that will support, address, and improve the academic and linguistic needs of all of our students. Our entire staff will be trained in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) trained by the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Readers and Writers Workshop implementation and training are currently the focus at the fourth and fifth grade levels. We also provide added academic support in Language Arts and Math through our intervention SOAR classes. The implementation and expansion of the co-teaching model in grades 4 – 8 allow for added teacher support with more opportunity for intense, small group instruction. The co-teaching model focuses on providing more differentiated instruction in a more individualized manner for students with specific needs. Also, we continue to enhance and integrate the AVID curriculum in grades 4 - 8. We currently incorporate four AVID components: AVID School-wide, AVID Special Area, AVID Secondary/Elective in grades seven and eight, and AVID+. The AVID program works collaboratively with our partners from Project Write Now to focus on advanced levels of writing techniques. Each component addresses the specific needs of our students to accelerate student learning, motivate and inspire personal success, and create a school-wide college-going culture that supports high expectations and high levels of achievement for all students.
The integration of technology is integral in our day-to-day operation. The 1:1 Chromebook initiative has been an important initiative that develops 21st century learning skills throughout the curriculum. Teachers integrate technology in meaningful and efficient ways in each and every content area. Achieve 3000 and the iXL programs provide the necessary support, tools, and appropriate rigor for students in their Language Arts and Math SOAR intervention class. Our online STAR 360 benchmark system provides teachers with immediate feedback, and data analysis reports to target and address student needs immediately. Chromebooks, Interactive Whiteboards, LCD projectors, and web based learning management systems enhance learning and push student creativity to new heights while helping address the wide variety of learning styles found in every classroom. Google Classroom and Google Drive bring teachers and students together, working in partnership, or within small groups, allowing for students to provide real-time and ongoing peer feedback.
The Middle School continues to focus on expanding opportunities in Performing Arts, both, within our school and through our community partnerships. We provide opportunities for our students to participate in Jazz and Concert Band, Strings, and Kids on Broadway through our various community partnerships with the Jazz Arts Project, Count Basie Theatre, and Monmouth Conservatory. We also offer a morning Band class, a Strings after school program, and we provide the Arts for All program in grades 4 and 5 with teaching artists from Count Basie that focus on percussion, dance, and theater with our students. Our winter and spring concerts are the perfect fora for us to come together with our community partners and showcase our students’ talents to parents, staff, and community.
All students at RBMS participate in Project Lead the Way (PLTW). This course of study integrates science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). This engaging and hands-on curriculum enhances problem-solving skills, develops critical thinking, and continues to foster creative and innovative reasoning as the students move on to the High School. Red Bank Regional High School also offers PLTW for students that get accepted into the Academy of Engineering. In addition to PLTW, we also offer a variety of special area classes including Art, Music, AVID, Physical Education/Health, Chinese, and Spanish.
Our goal is to extend learning and enrichment opportunities beyond the school day. We offer an after school program that provides academic support and enrichment opportunities to all of our students. The extended day program allows for the integration of performing arts, cultural enrichment, tutoring, student leadership, community service learning, and character development. Our Middle School Athletic Program is committed to providing an opportunity for student athletes to develop their academic and athletic potential fully. RBMS offers Boys and Girls Soccer, Baseball and Softball, and Boys and Girls Basketball. Additionally, our students are provided with unique opportunities that allow them to have exceptional experiences through a variety of partnerships that our district has established. Partners such as the Stars Challenge program at Monmouth University, Project Write Now, Horizons @ Rumson Country Day School, Community YMCA, Gravity Vault, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, and Red Bank Elks Lodge, all work with us to provide our students with enriching experiences that help our children Dream BIG!
Our school community maintains positive and collaborative relationships with the parents and families. The Parent-Teacher conferences and Parent Portal has enabled teachers, parents, and students to stay abreast of students’ academic progress. Our Academic Showcase continues to support and promote the connections between home and school. Teachers, parents, and students take part in these fun-filled, educational and hands-on programs in order to present educational concepts in a way that is meaningful and that the whole family enjoys. Teachers and staff give their time to prepare and organize special activities and events throughout the school year. Some of the amazing events that we offer include; Family BBQ and Movie Night, The Brain Show and Family Fun Night, various themed dances and dinners, concerts and student performances, family informational sessions, various fundraisers and sales, and incentives and recognition activities that are held throughout the school year.
The Red Bank Middle School believes that our hard work and dedication will motivate all of our students to achieve and aspire to excellence. Everyone is committed to cultivating a safe, nurturing, challenging, and inspiring learning environment for all our students. We not only work towards their academic success, but we also model positivity, respect, empathy, and collaboration so that our students become compassionate, kind, and valuable citizens of our community and society. Our staff, parents, and community partners work collaboratively and dedicate themselves to inspire our students to work hard, persevere, and to maintain the RBBisBIA (Red Bank Borough is Best In America) positive mindset in order to build upon our successes. GO ROCKETS!