The Cape Henlopen School District prepares each student for a healthy, creative, and rewarding life in a diverse and global society by creating an educational environment which enables each student to achieve personal excellence and lifelong learning skills to become a productive and responsible citizen.
The staff at Mariner Middle School supports this mission by serving the unique academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of students who are in a special and critical period of their lives as they change from childhood to adolescence. The staff of Mariner Middle School is also committed to creating and maintaining an orderly, trusting, and caring environment where teaching and learning are exciting and expectations for student achievement are high.
At Mariner Middle School, we are committed to providing our students with thebest educational experience possible. Students at Mariner are taught by qualified and experienced teachers in the core subject areas of English, math, science, and social studies. All of our teachers are life long learners and a majority of our staff have earned advanced degrees. Students are scheduled for a variety of exploratory classes that include technology, computers, band, music, chorus, art, career planning, health, physical education, research design, and math strategies.
State of the Art Computers and Instructional Technologies
We are fortunate to have the latest in instructional technologies. Our school has 210 wireless laptop computers. Our entire building is wireless and uses the 802.11g standard. Each classroom is equipped with a teacher computer station that is connected to a 27' flat screen TV monitor mounted in the ceiling. Each grade level has 2 LCD projectors, 2 digital white boards and handheld wireless "School Pads." Our media retrieval system is controlled from the teacher computer or via hand held remote. We also have a Local origination TV broadcast system.
Guidance Counselor services
Our guidance counselor, Jacqueline Sheridan, provides guidance services in three main areas. Academic, Career and Personal/social counseling. She is available to meet with individual students as well as to support students' needs in classroom and group settings. Academic review/planning, mentoring program, Academic Challenge, Student Success Plans, YWCA Esteem program and conflict-resolution are some iniatives that stem from our guidance counselor's office which support student success and add to a positive school climate.
Students at Mariner Middle compete interscholastically in football, field hockey, basketball, baseball, softball, boys and girls soccer, wrestling, and track. The goal for the sports program is to assist students in the development of sportsmanship, camaraderie, and school spirit, as well as the athletic skills. Approximately 200 students were involved in these programs as either players or managers. Though many of the programs were successful for this school year, the real accomplishment was the respect and discipline demonstrated by the participants.
Our National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) distinguished itself by their hard work. Members raised $6500 for charity and donated more than 3000 hours in community service. Members participated in events including the NJHS's annual golf tournament, with funds raised supporting the Adopt-A-Family program. In addition to supporting school needs and local charities, our primary goal this year was our continued partnership with Gulfport School in Gulfport, Miss., which is still rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. Our NJHS members have outdone themselves this year. They are true ambassadors of citizenship, leadership and service.
The Student Council made a positive impact on the school environment at MMS. The organization sponsored many dances, pep rallies, spirit week, fund raisers, and a Christmas tree decorating contest from which the decorations were donated to the Brandywine Assisted Living. This year the organization was also instrumental in schoolwide planning and decision making as the true "voice of
After School Programs
MMS offers many afterschool programs. These programs include SWAT, Cape Carousel emphasized reading and math to students who needed help in these two subjects. Transportation and snacks were provided for this program.
The Cape Carousel program is an after school enrichment for students, grades 4-8. Dana Long is the Coordinator. Thr program is free andopen to any students in grades 4-8 presently registered in the Cape Henlopen School District. Students, must, however, meet the eligibility requirements for participation in extracurricular activities that are explained in the student handbook section of the student agenda. The Cape Carousel program is held at the Lewes School from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays afternoons. Students are transported to the school from their home schools after dismissal. Dana Long is the coordinator and Lyn buck is the Program Assistant. For more information, please visit at the following website: www.teachers.cape.k12.de.us/ccphome.
The goals of Mariner Middle School include helping all students meet the state's Grade Level Expectations (GLE's) for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Where deficits exist, it is our goal to make adjustments that will enable all students to meet the state's content and performance standards as measured by the DSTP. We also recognize that student learning requires effective teaching and leadership. Effective teaching and leadership requires the belief that all children can learn the setting high expectations, the creation of student center lessons, and the participation in professional development that is data driven and centered on student achievement. Student achievement also requires an academic, physical, social, and emotional climate that is fostered and maintained by all stakeholders. It is our goal MMS to passionately establish and maintain a climate that supports student achievement and success.