ECS National Center for Learning and Citizenship
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Project Leader and Acting Director
Assistant Editor/Administrative Asst.
Assistant Policy Analyst
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Sutter Middle School participated in the Schools of Success Showcase in Nashville, Tennessee, May 4-7, 2011. View their presentation (PDF, 1.7MB).
Sutter Middle School's structure for service-learning is well established in the district. They aspire to create an anti-bullying environment, and incorporate STEM standards throughout the life of the project. Students will plan and implement a school-wide anti-bullying awareness plan to bring this issue front-and-center for the staff and student body. In STEM classes, students will analyze and evaluate bullying statistics, create graphs and apply math to interpret data. Students will use 21st Century Information Literacy Skills in the research and implementation of this project. They will use technology to create informational podcasts and videocasts to advocate and share information with students and the community. The eventual goal is to create a school and community environment that is tolerant of differences and has a reduced number of bullying occurrences.
Sutter Middle School is a 6th-8th grade school in the Fowler Unified School District, Fowler, California. The poverty rate is high with close to 75% of students on free and reduced lunch.
One goal of SMS is, in addition to curriculum-based service-learning, that all students be involved in at least one special service-learning activity each year. Last year the students created a project that provided farm workers with sunscreen. They were able to incorporate writing, research, math and technology into a community effort to educate farm workers and their families about the dangers of skin cancer.
Sutter has partnered with organizations such as Fresno County Office of Education (FCOE), Dare to Dream and the Center for Multicultural Cooperation, and hopes to expand their relationships with other viable community organizations.
Fresno County is finding that students are more engaged as a result of service-learning, as evidenced by a 97% graduation rate. In addition, 97% of students in this county pass the California High School Exit Exam, one of the highest rates in the area.