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Spotlight School Award

Bethel Middle School
Bethel, CT
Principal: Nicholas DaPonte



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600 Whittlesey Drive–Bethel, CT 06801
Phone: 203-794-8670–Fax: 203-830-7318



Bethel Middle School provides a safe, nurturing learning environment in which students are taught 21st century skills and the core values of respect and responsibility. Students will become competent, productive citizens who communicate effectively and who demonstrate the qualities of tolerance, empathy, and self-efficacy. Through educational experiences of collaboration and inquiry, students will be challenged to think critically, be creative, take risks, and be prepared to compete in the ever changing global economy. This is our vision statement

Bethel Middle School is structured to meet the unique educational, physical, social and emotional needs of our approximately 700 students in grades 6 through 8. All staff at Bethel Middle School understand the challenges that face middle level learners. We address these challenges and needs through a variety of ways including offering a rich and varied curriculum, numerous academic supports, PBIS, and an outstanding interscholastic and intramural program.

In addition to aligning our curriculum in all academic areas to the CCSS, BMS continues to embed the most current instructional practices into lessons. Blended learning and flipped classrooms are commonplace. As a Google school with a Bring Your Own Technology policy, we incorporate the use of technology to advance learning on a daily basis. We offer a model STEM program and a fully equipped T.V. studio. BMS has also been ranked in the top 100 schools for music education for the last nine years.

We have developed numerous programs to assist students both academically and emotionally. Our partnership with Western Connecticut State University offers Camp College in the summer and provides opportunities for college students to tutor during the school year. The Women's Center of Greater Danbury presents programs on Healthy Relationships to all three grade levels. Our Advisory program and PASS (Partnership for an Academic Success Story) connect students with adults to help them monitor their academic performance as well as to provide a sense of belonging to BMS.

As a PBIS Banner School we have clear expectations for behavior that are embodied in our Tiger Two: Respect and Responsibility. Students are rewarded with Pride Cards for demonstrating the Tiger Two and are then included in quarterly reward activities. We also recognize students through our Student of the Month process in which we stream photos and a brief narrative through our TV in the main lobby.

We believe that every student should be involved in our learning community beyond the classroom. To this end we have developed an exemplary interscholastic/intramural program. We currently offer 45 extra-curricular activities that meet before or after school. Activities run the gamut from sports to crafts to performance.

Exemplary Practices

PLCs, Targeted Small Group Instruction, Authentic Problem Based Learning

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