One of the keystones of the SAC Middle School program is the existence of Grade Teams, and at SAC we are proud to have such a structure as an integral part of our program.
The Grade Teams (Core Team, Grade 7 Team, and Grade 8 Team) consist of a group of faculty members whose common thread is that they teach the majority of boys in that grade, and, in most cases, each serves as an advisor for a group of students in that grade. Each day, one of our three grade teams meet, and is given the opportunity to dialogue on a variety of issues that support their professional development, and ultimately their students’ progress in all aspects of school life. Additionally, Grade Team time is used to share classroom strategies, best practices, and assessment and evaluation techniques. These meeting times are also used to contact parents to discuss a student's progress or any concerns. When possible, parents may be asked to attend in person, or are contacted via telephone or email. Each Grade Team is led by a team leader who meets regularly with the other team leaders and the Director of Middle School to ensure that each team benefits from each other's dialogue.
The faculty members for each grade team for the 2016-2017 academic year are listed below:
Grade 5 & 6 Core Team: Whitney Elliott (maternity leave), Claudia Rose-Donahoe (acting co-team leader), Colby Dockerty (acting co-team leader), Katie Still, Rebecca Chui, Randi Berman
Grade 7 Team: Trevor Biasi (team leader), Michele Derwin, John Richardson, Paul Totera, Scott Lewis, Lori Smith (maternity leave), Sue Hayter
Grade 8 Team: Adam Kowaltschuk (team leader), Melissa Ramon, Jamie Macpherson, David Kyle, Robyn O'Hare, Natalie McNair (maternity leave), Angela Slessor