Maxwell Re-opens Middle School

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Maxwell Staff (L-to-R) Jon Macalutas, John Patterson, Suzanne Boggs, Kristie Pearson, Christa Nemchick, Staci DeWit, and Rich Rhodes. (Photo by: Kim Giffin)

By: Kim Giffin | Williams Pioneer Review

After a six-year hiatus, Maxwell Middle School students will once again walk the campus at Maxwell Elementary.

“It is exciting to see the changes in our school system,” reported Rich Rhodes, Superintendent and Principal of the Maxwell Unified School District.

In 2014, the Maxwell Elementary School campus underwent major renovations that included cafeteria repairs and replaced outdated playground equipment and improved playground safety. Additionally, the school received multiple technology upgrades by adding Wi-Fi, increasing bandwidth, and having Google Chrome Books available in every classroom.

Additionally, both the Elementary and Middle School campus will implement interactive whiteboards in its classrooms.

Renovations came after the Maxwell community clearly stated they wanted a more nurturing and dedicated environment for their 7th and 8th-grade students.

The Maxwell Board of Trustees took action and created a new middle school program at the Elementary Campus.

“I believe the Middle School will be the starship of the District” stated Rhodes, “The Board of Trustees recently took on the task of fundraising to support the

District’s need for new technology – and the community has generously stepped up to the task.”

As the district builds and improves its campuses, Rhodes commented that the district has an extraordinary group of teachers who will make it happen.

“Maxwell Middle School will be comprised of English and Reading teacher John Patterson, who is transferring from Maxwell High School,” said Rhodes.

Additionally, Forrest Bateman serves as the physical education instructor, and Vicki Wilson will serve as the Music Teacher. The district hired new math and science teacher, Jon Macalutas and a new history teacher Christa Nemchick.

“Suzanne Boggs will provide reading specialist support and Eric Leal will provide English learner support,” said Rhodes, “Maxwell Elementary Principal Paul Johnson will serve as the Middle School, Principal with assistance from Curriculum Director and Co-Administrator Staci DeWit.”

In addition to building a better environment for learning, the Maxwell Board of Trustees developed an environment where every Maxwell Middle School student is successful and develops the skills necessary to be successful in High School.

“The Board has approved a new math curriculum and every 8th grader will receive a class in career exploration to begin their pathway to High School,” said Rhodes, “what is great about a small school is that we can make success happen for every student and every family.”

Parents and students will be able to meet multiple times a year with the High School counselor to establish career goals.

Maxwell Middle School will hold an orientation for all 6-8 grade students on Monday, August 17th from 4-6 in the Elementary/Middle School cafeteria.

Students and their families will receive their student handbook, and will be introduced to their teachers, receive an introduction to the Aeries Student portal (online grade book) and be able to tour the campus.

The first day of school begins Wednesday, August 19th.

For more information, contact Maxwell Elementary and Middle School Secretary Kristie Pearson at (530) 438-2401.

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