Middle school

MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY & STRUCTURE

  • MILLHOPPER MONTESSORI’S MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1998 AND IS AN INTEGRATION OF THE CURRENT RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, THE TRENDS AND ISSUES IN EDUCATION, AND THE MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY.

    The mission of the program is to provide opportunities for adolescents to be self-confident and gain self-knowledge, to belong to a community, to learn to be adaptable, to be academically competent and challenged, and to create a vision for their personal future. Maria Montessori’s philosophy of “improving the individual in order to improve society” is the foundation for creating an environment that challenges students’ ever-expanding intellect and shows them the means within themselves for making significant contributions to society.

    Providing a Strong Head Start

    Giving students the tools and skills they need to be self-aware and self-reliant sets them up for a future of success. We believe that a solid base leads to a positive future, and it’s our goal to give our students all of the support they need to get there.

    At our middle school in Gainesville, FL, we see the strength of our program reflected in the quality of our students. Not just in their academic standing but in their overall approach to their classmates and community as a whole. Our students benefit from becoming well-rounded, and society benefits through the addition of intelligent and innovative young people.

    Nurturing Student Development

    The middle school years are some of the most pivotal in the life of any student, and we strive to provide an environment that is safe, accepting, vibrant, and rewarding. We do that by offering a vast array of opportunities to students so they can boost their initiative toward independent learning while also contributing greatly to their classes and school. Learners who are encouraged to grow academically while they blossom as individuals are on the road to a well-rounded approach to life, both from an educational standpoint and one of personal development.


MEET THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS

Ms. Sherilyn Farris, LEAD TEACHER, MIDDLE SCHOOL 6TH THROUGH 8TH GRADES

Phone: 352-375-6773

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Sherilyn Farris, LEAD TEACHER, MIDDLE SCHOOL 6TH THROUGH 8TH GRADES

  • B.A., Elementary Education, Saint Leo University
  • American Montessori Society Secondary Certification
  • Former Upper Elementary Team Teacher
  • Oversaw formation of Millhopper Montessori Middle School Program in 1998
  • Member and Past President (2010), Junior League of Gainesville
  • Grant Evaluation Chairwoman, United Way of North Central Florida – Success by 6 initiative
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: stand up paddle boarding, zumba, hiking, biking, traveling, reading
  • MMS Affiliation since 1997
Ms. Susan Hansen, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TEACHER, LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

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Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Susan Hansen, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TEACHER, LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

  • B.A., English, Auburn University
  • M.Ed., Elementary, University of South Alabama
  • Certified Teacher, State of Florida, Elementary and 6th-12th (English)
  • Bursar, Alabama School of Math and Science
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Hobbies: knitting, crocheting, playing games with my family, arts and crafts, reading
  • Parent of one Millhopper Montessori student and one Millhopper Montessori alum
  • MMS Affiliation since 2004
Mr. Carter Johnson, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TEACHER, SOCIAL STUDIES AND MATH; 4TH GRADE FLORIDA HISTORY TEACHER

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Carter Johnson, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM TEACHER, SOCIAL STUDIES AND MATH; 4TH GRADE FLORIDA HISTORY TEACHER

  • B.A., Classical Civilizations, University of Florida
  • Summer Camp Counselor, Oak Hall School
  • CPR and First Aid Certified
  • Parent of one Millhopper Montessori student
  • MMS Affiliation since 2015

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS INFORMATION

MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE 12 – 14

  • The program is designed as a three-year course of study. Mathematics, Language Arts, Spanish, Physical Education, Technology, Art, Music, and Speech/Drama/Debate are courses of continuous progress for middle school students. The sixth grade takes several courses separate from the combined seventh and eighth grade class including Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Spanish. Math classes* are grouped based on ability level. Physical Education, Technology, Art, Music, and Speech/Drama/Debate are taught to sixth through eighth grades as a whole class.

    The foundation of all middle school course offerings is in alignment to the Montessori mission of meeting the intellectual, emotional, and interpersonal needs of our students. Within that framework we also ensure that the program is academically sound, offers our students the opportunity to apply to challenging high school programs, and allows our students a smooth, successful transition into any high school. Curriculum adoption is based upon extensive program research and validity, utilization of sound teaching methods, integration of various learning strategies, a robust digital component, and response to intervention (RTI) and enrichment components. The curriculum is aligned to state and national standards for education using current research-based methodologies.

    *Students may enroll in online math courses to advance into a higher math group based upon successful completion by the beginning of the next school year. Students with documented learning accommodations may also be allowed to take online world language or elective courses online. The course work is to be completed on the students’ own time, outside of normal school hours. MMS utilizes Florida Virtual School (FLVS) to provide this additional service.

    Learn more in our detailed curriculum guide.

  • Curriculum Guide

Middle School Interns

Middle School Interns
  • The seventh and eighth grade students of Millhopper Montessori Middle School spend one week each year interning in various classroom settings or in the business community. Community outreach fulfills many of the developmental needs of adolescents, like learning how to internalize knowledge, refine communication skills, and enhance self-esteem. The seventh grade students complete their internships in one of the MMS Kindergarten or Elementary classes. and the eighth grade students complete their internships in a community business of their choice.

    Seventh graders are responsible for various classroom assignments, such as reading to students, or having students read to them, helping with math questions, or overseeing seasonal craft projects. Classroom teachers appreciated the help and interning student experienced the role of “teacher” for the week.

    The eighth grade students intern at local businesses. Recent locations have included Swallowtail Farms, Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center, North-South Studios, Raymond James Financial, Sweet Dreams, the Cardiovascular Institute of Central Florida, Santa Fe Teaching Zoo, Health Steps Pediatrics, UF Department of Animal Services, Gamesville Tabletop, Giggle Magazine, and Laniakea Montessori School.