‘Sweet Success’ in store for Middle School students

By Tim Dittberner, Principal

New Prague Middle School


Greetings to the community members and visitors of the New Prague Area Schools! My name is Tim Dittberner and I am the principal of New Prague Middle School. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with tremendous students and staff in an incredible school district like New Prague.

Our middle school building theme for the 2005-06 school year is Sweet Success. You can expect to see this phrase referred to often as we strive to raise our standards and celebrate our successes.

The New Prague Middle School staff prides itself on creating a wonderful atmosphere to learn. Our philosophy is grounded in the thought that student-centered education is the most effective approach in meeting the needs of young adolescents. By grouping these students together in a supportive environment, we provide the best climate for academic challenges and growth. It requires that teachers share a group of students over the same block of time in a common part of the building.

With our students in mind, we are pleased to announce that we will be adding two world languages (Spanish & German) to our curriculum this year. These world languages will be offered to eighth grade students.

Other changes to this year’s schedule include moving math and physical education/health out of the core or house area. The benefit for students in math is that we will have low class sizes (under 20) at each grade level and opportunities for flexible grouping. We feel this move will also meet our students’ physical needs.

Instead of having physical education/health for half the year, students will participate in physical education/health daily for the entire school year. Technology education, computers, art, family & consumer science and world languages will be placed in the core areas with language arts, science and social studies. Students will have these classes within the core block of time for 18 weeks or half the year (one semester). Listed below is where these former allied arts classes have been placed into each grade level curriculum.

Sixth grade

1st Semester 2nd Semester

Language Arts Language Arts Science Science

Social Studies Social Studies

Art Computers

Seventh grade

1st Semester 2nd Semester

Language Arts Language Arts Science Science

Social Studies Social Studies

FACS Tech. Ed



8th Grade

1st Semester 2nd Semester

Language Arts Language Arts Science Science

Social Studies Social Studies

Art Spanish/German

All team names are related to the Sweet Success theme in some way. Our educational program includes seven core teaching/learning teams. The team names are the Starbursts

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