Our School

Sinaloa Middle School has an operational philosophy (mission)that is essential if a school is to make its values realized and make progress toward program improvement. The following statements reflect the beliefs of the Sinaloa Middle School staff and community. All decisions made at our school will reflect the beliefs about how students learn and how we, as facilitators of that learning, will interact with our students, each other, and the community.

SINALOA MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY WHERE STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED TO ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO LIVE AS RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS IN A WORLD OF CHANGE.

OUR CURRICULUM
Centers on students
Makes connections of content to the lives of students
Is comprehensive and balanced.

OUR INSTRUCTION
Assesses students’ needs
Develops healthy individuals in the following areas: physical, social, psychological, intellectual, moral and ethical
Reflects the research on learning
Seeks consistency of expectations
Utilizes a variety of instructional approaches

OUR STUDENTS
Are intrinsically motivated to perform and achieve
Commit themselves to becoming life-long learners
Accept responsibility for their own actions
Are informed an involved citizens

OUR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
Enables students to succeed
Facilitates effective collaboration, cooperation and communication
Supports students, staff and parents
Encourages shared decision-making

OUR STAFF
Works toward a common purpose
Practices individuality in teaching styles
Demonstrates flexibility
Models life-long learning

OUR VISION
In implementing the district’s mission statement, the staff and community at Sinaloa Middle School believe that our school is a supportive community where students are challenged to acquire the knowledge and skills to live as responsible individuals in a diverse world of change. All decisions made at our school will reflect the beliefs about how students leam and how we, as facilitators of that learning, will interact with our students, each other, and the community.

OUR PHILOSOPHY
Therefore, we believe that Our curriculum centers on students, makes connections of content to the lives of students, and is comprehensive and balanced. Our instruction assesses students’ needs, develops healthy individuals in all areas, reflects the research on learning, seeks consistency of expectations, and utilizes a variety of instructional approaches. Our students are intrinsically motivated to perform and achieve, challenge themselves individually, commit themselves to become life-long learners, accept responsibility for their own actions and are informed and involved citizens. Our environment enables students to succeed, facilitates effective collaboration, cooperation, and communication, supports students, staff, and parents, and encourages shared decision-making. Our staff works toward a common purpose, respects individuality in teaching styles, demonstrates flexibility, models life-long learning, and values collegiality.

A DESCRIPTION OF OUR SCHOOL
Sinaloa Middle School’s student population of approximately 760 comes mainly from San Ramon and Pleasant Valley elementary schools, and the balance are from Lu Sutton and Rancho Essentialist schools. Most of Sinaloa graduates attend San Marin High School. The racial/ethnic, social, and economic status of our population is homogeneous; 12% of the students are of African American, Hispanic, Native Americans, or Asian descent, 1% are of other ethnic groups, and 87% are white. Six percent of students receive free or reduced price lunches. Sinaloa’s staff is predominately Caucasian.

DESCRIPTION OF SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Sinaloa has a six-period day of 320 minutes and a unique rotation system. The first two periods are stationary; period three, four, five, and six rotate daily. Sinaloa has a combination of teaching structures that includes homogeneous as well as heterogeneous groups. Math students are challenged in classes tailored to their own levels at each grade. Other classes specifically address the high achieving, at-risk, and learning-disabled students for specialized instruction.

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