The faculty and staff of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School are committed to ensuring that all students achieve academic success. We have high expectations for student learning which are monitored through varied assessments, planned collaboration, and support programs that assist students with academic skills and personal growth. We support a partnership with parents, students, and staff that contributes to a positive and safe school environment. We strive to promote the development of strong character, student initiative, and school citizenship.
We will strive to fulfill this mission in a commitment to a shared vision:
Student Learning/Academic Success
An academic environment will exist that meets the needs of adolescent learners. This will result in varied models of instructional delivery and effective use of instructional time. The classroom environment will include:
- Multi-Sensory Lessons
- Active Student Engagement/Hands on Learning
- Use of accommodations to meet student needs
- Integration of technology in teaching and learning
- Emphasis on student advocacy and strategies for independent thinking
- Structured intervention strategies for students who are not succeeding
A positive partnership with the home and school community will be valued. This will result in demonstrated parental involvement in the school and in timely and regular communication with the home. Our school will:
- Build and maintain partnerships with local businesses.
- Be proactive in communications with parents through webpage, newsletters, email and direct contact.
- Seek opportunities for parental involvement in school based programs and instructional activities. These will include hands-on science, orientation and information programs, specific curriculum opportunities allowing for parent participation, and technology offerings.
- Develop strategies to implement contact and involvement of ESL parents.
School staff will recognize the importance of our role in the personal and social growth of our students. This will be demonstrated through:
- Providing for citizenship opportunities through participation in community projects, school volunteer programs and recognition of students and staff who model core character traits.
- Recognizing cultural diversity within our school; planned strategies to engage students in acceptance of diversity.
- Encouraging and monitoring participation of students in extracurricular, co-curricular, and other after school programs.
A positive school environment and a culture of success will be sustained and expected. We will model a philosophy of "no choice but success." The following will be core expectations in our school:
- All staff will model core character traits through teaching and daily interactions with students.
- Our learning environment will be known for acceptance of all students.
- We will acknowledge student, staff and school accomplishments and demonstrate pride in our school.
- We will plan, implement, and monitor strategies to ensure security and safety for all students and staff, at all times and locations during the instructional day.
- Academic assistance will be provided through before and after school tutoring, SOL review sessions and homework sessions.
As members of a professional learning community, we will set high expectations for ourselves as members of the teaching profession. Our commitment to these expectations recognizes the importance of all staff accepting our professional responsibilities and continued need for professional growth. These expectations include:
- Maintaining confidentiality in all matters regarding students and staff.
- Completing all job-related tasks and responsibilities in a timely manner.
- Recognizing our role as public servants and ensuring that all communications within and outside of school are conducted in a professional manner.
- Seeking continual opportunities for professional growth within content area, with technology offerings, and in classroom management techniques.
- Showing respect, patience and tolerance for all students and staff at all times during the school day.
- Demonstrating professionalism in appearance, responsibility in attendance and integrity in meeting contractual requirements.
In 2003, 30.5 acres of land east of Winchester on Rt. 522 South were purchased by the Frederick County School Board to build the 4th middle school in Frederick County. Ground was broken at the site on November 18, 2003, with an anticipated school opening date set for the fall of 2005.
Mr. Mark Whittle was appointed to be the first principal of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School in July 2004. AREBMS originally drew students from five different school zones—Armel Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Senseny Road Elementary, James Wood Middle School and Robert E. Aylor Middle School. As of the 2008-2009 school year, Admiral Byrd was drawing students from Armel, Evendale, Orchard View, and Sensensy Road Elementary Schools. Initial planning estimates projected a student population of slightly over 600 students when AREBMS was preparing to welcome sixth, seventh and eighth graders in August 2005.
Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, built at an approximate cost of $20 million dollars, has 159,966 square feet of floor space. The building design incorporates three grade level houses, which allows students to be part of small instructional teams that reflect a core value of middle school philosophy.