St. Timothy’s School has experienced big changes this school year with the addition of a middle school and the recent departure of Father Michael Izen.
The new middle school has quickly risen past the expectations of many throughout the school year. Originally, it was proposed last year to add a seventh grade class this year and an eighth grade class next year but, due to the requests of families and students, and sacrifices made by the staff, the two grade levels were incorporated in the 2011-2012 school year.
The middle school includes seven students in seventh grade and three students in eighth grade. Students are taught separate subjects between different rooms, one of which is formerly the teachers’ lounge, which the staff sacrificed to make the middle school possible. Deacon Mike Medley said that the middle school is progressing very well and the kids seem to enjoy it. Also, sixth grade was combined into the mix with the help of sixth grade teacher Laurie Hajny, who provides the three grades with instruction in language arts and social studies. To keep a middle school atmosphere, there are specific teachers for each subject. MaryLu Flick instructs the students in math, while Youth Director Jacob Nelson teaches religion and Theresa Heimkes supplies guidance in science. Flick also provides instruction in math as well as computer skills.
With such a small number of students, they are provided with a more one-on-one lecture style and are able to attend field trips.
“They went on a field trip to St. John’s and it only took two cars and two teachers. They toured the church, learned about winter survival, and ate in the cafeteria, which they really enjoyed,” said Deacon Medley.
Technological advances have not only benefited the seventh and eighth grades, but classrooms throughout the school as well. Every teacher received a laptop computer with Bluetooth technology and touch pads that allow student interaction on white boards. Students in