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Whitcomb School Profile 
The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb enrolls 1,400 students from grades 5 through 8. We provide a strong academic program that enables each youngster to maximize his or her individual potentials through high expectations and current educational practices and to become valuable citizens in our community. We believe and value the importance of respect, responsibility and academic excellence. We have high standards of performance for both students and educators.

The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb educates a diverse learning population, offering an array of supplementary programs for students with special needs, English language learners and academically advanced children.
Our curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, offering instruction for all students. Core curriculum areas (balanced literacy, mathematics, social studies and science) are enhanced and supported with art, music, health/wellness, physical education, library/media and integrated technology. The schedule is divided into seven 45-minute blocks with the core academic program. Differentiated instructional opportunities are available to all students daily in English language arts and mathematics. Whitcomb School programs are based on the most current research and data in the field of education. We are developing a wide repertoire of skills for teaching and assessing our diverse learners. Using data to drive and assess instructional decisions for all children allows us to maximize each student's learning potential.

At the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb, licensed educators and support personnel are highly qualified. Most importantly, they love their work of educating our children. Our fine staff has received numerous awards and honors. After an extensive self-study, the school recently received the distinction of continued accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

We are proud to have families who are actively involved in their children’s learning. We have a committed PTO and School Council. We believe that successful schools have strong partnerships with families, community members and local businesses.

As part of the Marlborough Public Schools, the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School values excellence as a standard for educational programs, services and internal operations ensuring that each individual child is successful. We offer advanced pathways and multiple pupil services.
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A message from the principal
The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb  School strongly supports the Mission and Beliefs of the Marlborough Public Schools. To that end, we offer a strong academic program that through high expectations provides those education practices that enable students to maximize their individual potentials and to become valuable citizens in a global society. We believe in and value respect, responsibility, caring, and best effort in the creation of a sound educational environment and high standards of job performance for all staff and students.
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Health and Wellness
Middle School Health and Physical Education
The K-12 vision of the Wellness and Physical Education Department is to empower our students to be knowledgeable, resourceful and respectful participants in the lifelong pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Health and physical education classes make up the middle school portion of our K-12 comprehensive Health, Physical Education, and Wellness program. Although each course is taught separately, they each embrace a multidimensional approach to understanding human health, wellness and fitness/exercise. Each course contributes to the students’ development of skills, knowledge and attitudes needed in an active, healthy lifestyle.
 
Health Education
Health education is required for students in grades 5 through 8. Students meet in health classes every day for one term. The goal of the Health Education Program to use a comprehensive standards-based approach to curriculum to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyles, and it is valuable for preparing middle school students for their high school experience. The major topics focus on the physical, social, emotional, safety/prevention, and personal health standards in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks. Other topics include communication, goal-setting, decision-making, personal health enhancing skills, advocacy, and accessing valid health information in the National Health Education Standards. The curriculum is ongoing and planned out by the department through a progressive approach to ensure age appropriateness, grade-level outcomes, and variety of topics in grades 5-8 health classes. Teachers facilitate interactive lessons that focus on specific targets and outcomes through a variety of instructional practices that include group work, class discussions, projects, and presentations. This provides students with opportunities to learn and practice health skills and literacy, increase their knowledge, and work to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles.

Physical Education
Physical education is required for students in grades 5-8. Students meet for class 2 out of 7 days per cycle throughout the school year. Students in grades 6-8 are expected to change for class in appropriate PE attire and athletic sneakers and be active participants. Students in grades 5 are required to have on athletic sneakers and be active participants. The goal of the Physical Education Program is to use a comprehensive standards-based approach to curriculum to promote a lifetime of physical activity and fitness. The middle school Physical Education Program builds upon the knowledge and skills learned and practiced in grades K-4, and it is valuable in preparing middle schools students for their high school experience. The major topics focus on the tactics and strategies in game play through team and individual sports/activities, fitness, fitness testing, movement skills, and cooperation and team-building activities outlined under the Physical Standard in the MA Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks, as well as the National Physical Education Standards. 
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The Arts
Visual Art – Grades 5-8 meet daily for a full term. Art education is essential to the intellectual, social and emotional development of each individual. Our curriculum encourages creativity and innovation, self-expression, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Instruction includes art production, analysis, history, and aesthetics of art and design. We provide students with the opportunity to explore various methods, materials and techniques including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking.

Music – Music is an essential subject that fosters creativity, problem solving, teamwork and provides a voice to our fundamental need for beauty and self-expression. With an emphasis on singing, performing, listening, music theory and music history, all students participate daily in General Music for a full term.

Orchestra & Band – Grades 5-8. These 2 programs are available to all 5-8 students interested in playing a string, wind or percussion instrument. For all grades, small-group instrument instruction takes place before or after school (optional). All ensembles meet as a full group during the school day. They have three or more performances throughout the year. Grades 7/8 groups compete in festivals/competitions and can audition for "Junior Districts." They also play in the local parades. Students may participate in both Chorus and Band OR Chorus and Strings. Band and Orchestra is a prep/feeder program for Marlborough High School.

Jazz Ensemble I (7/8) and II (5/6). After-school program that meets once a week and has three or more performances a year. Jazz Ensemble I participates in the MAJE Jazz Festival and can audition for the District Jazz Band.

Chorus – Grades 5-8. Available for all students and includes three or more performances each year. Grades 5 & 6 meet once a week after school, and grades 7 & 8 meet twice a week during school. Grades 7/8 participates in festivals/competitions and is eligible to audition for "Junior Districts."

Musical Production - 7th grade students entertain the community via an annual musical production.
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World Language at Whitcomb
7th and 8th Grades
Language study in the 7th and 8th grades covers curriculum equivalent to a full-year course at the high school for the first level of a language. Academic expectations for the 7th and 8th grade program foster strong organizational, interpersonal and presentational skills. In addition, students are assessed in listening, speaking, reading and writing on a routine basis and receive homework assignments regularly. With the exception of Latin, instruction is primarily in the target language. Students from two teams meet daily for world language instruction, while students on the STEM team meet every other day.

Students who begin a language in the 7th grade are committed to completing two consecutive years in the same language at the middle school. At the end of the 8th grade, students may choose to continue in level 2 of the same language, or they may choose to begin a new language in the 9th grade. The high school graduation requirement is two years of the same language at the high school level.
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Advanced Opportunities
Accelerated Math – Grade 5. Students who qualify based on a screening process of testing and teacher/parent recommendations are offered 45 minutes of math instruction per day in a group of similarly advanced learners. 
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Technology/Engineering
6/7 Technology/Engineering - MA Curriculum Guidelines, 8th grade Science and Technology/ Engineering MCAS prep. This is a fully equipped facility with tools and machines that support learning standards.
  • 6th grade: Students learn the engineering design process through the production of chosen design.
  • 7th grade: Students take the engineering design process to the next level by designing, engineering, manufacturing, and racing CO2 Dragsters.
6/7 Modular Labs (10 stations): CAD software, Robotics, Energy/Power (small engines), Structural Engineering, Computer Graphics and Animation, Forensics, Alternative Energy, CNC (computer operated machines) Laser Tech and Flight Tech (hands on). Using the engineering design process: 6th grade students take the engineering design process to the next level by designing, engineering, manufacturing and racing CO2 Dragsters; 7th grade designs and builds a tape measure powered vehicle and 7th grade designs and builds a solar device. Corporate partner Raytheon and other corporate volunteer engineers provide general support.
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Media
Computer Labs –  The 5-8 School has a total of three computer labs, one of which is located in the library for project research.

7th grade: everyday for one term. Students are taught keyboarding skills and are introduced to the essentials of word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet research. Classes also include in-depth discussions regarding Internet safety.

8th grade: everyday for one term. Students deepen their knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets, take a virtual trip to Japan, research current events, and seriously address the issue of plagiarism.

GAFE and Chromebooks: Whitcomb School partners with Google to provide each student with a Google Apps for Education Account. This account provides cloud-based storage for students to upload unlimited files, allowing access to these files from any computer connected to the Internet. Google Apps for Education affords students and teachers the ability to collaborate in a digital ecosystem. Whitcomb embraces a 1:1 digital environment providing students in grades 6 - 8 with a school-issued Chromebook.
 
The Downey Library contains a collection of more than 18,000 fiction and curriculum-related books, ebooks, audiobooks,  DVDs, and VHS tapes. The library media specialist is knowledgeable about research skills and the research process and offers instruction and support to the students and teaching staff. There is a 24-workstation computer lab area with access to printing in black and white or color. Space is also available for visiting authors and book club meetings.
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Clubs
Student Council / Yearbook / Dance Club / Future Problem Solvers / Robotics Club / Art Club / LGBQT Alliance / School Musical / Intramurals
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Sports
Cheerleading / Basketball / Baseball / Soccer / Softball / Field Hockey / Track and Field / Cross Country / Football
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Guidance and Support Staff
The guidance staff at Whitcomb provides services to all students throughout the building starting with grade 5 all the way through grade 8. Grade 5 students are assigned a counselors and assistant principals by homeroom and grade 6-8 the students move year to year with their counselor and assistant principal.

Grade 5:
Homerooms 342,343,344,350,44,448
Assistant Principal: Wayne Labbe, wlabbe@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3321
Guidance Counselor: Lilly Kane, lilian.kane@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3763
Adjustment Counselor: Frank Travassos, ftravassos@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3333
Homerooms 443,444,445,450,452
Assistant Principal: Bethany Pritchard, bpritchard@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3324
Guidance Counselor: Laura Henderson, lhenderson@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3761
Adjustment Counselor: Frank Travassos, ftravassos@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3333
Homerooms- 355,356,345,351,453
Assistant Principal: Richard Lacina, rlacina@mps-edu.org. extension 8+3323
Guidance Counselor: Shelly Kennedy-Leonard, skleonard @mps-edu.org, extension 8+3764
Adjustment Counselor: Frank Travassos, ftravassos@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3334
 
Grade 6:
Assistant Principal: Wayne Labbe, wlabbe@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3321
Guidance Counselor: Lilly Kane, lilian.kane@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3763
Adjustment Counselor: Michelle Stakutis, mstakutis@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3334

Grade 7:
Assistant Principal: Bethany Pritchard, bpritchard@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3324
Guidance Counselor: Laura Henderson, lhenderson@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3761
Adjustment Counselor: Michelle Stakutis, mstakutis@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3334

Grade 8:
Assistant Principal: Richard Lacina, rlacina@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3323
Guidance Counselor: Shelly Kennedy-Leonard, skleonard @mps-edu.org, extension 8+3764
Adjustment Counselor: Frank Travassos, ftravassos@mps-edu.org, extension 8+3333
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Community
Akiruno Student Cultural Exchange – Since 1994 students from Akiruno City, Japan, and Marlborough have participated in a cultural exchange. Since 1998, the school hosts a delegation annually and in turn sends students and staff to Japan to learn about life in its culture. The goal is to build empathy, understanding and acceptance of people from other cultural backgrounds.

National Honor Society -Our National Junior Honor Society ROARS! The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School is pleased to recognize middle-level students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and character. Membership in National Junior Honor Society is a privilege. Our selected Honor Society members exhibit excellence in academics and leadership, display honorable and admirable character, and demonstrate a commitment to service and good citizenship – all of which indicate that the member is willing to use personal talents and skills for the improvement of both self and society.
 
Student Council
Grades 5/6 - A group of students elected by their peers to represent their homerooms. They hold biweekly meetings with administration to plan student events, oversee the recycling program, and address student concerns.
Grades 7/8 - Students elected by their peers focusing on leadership and community service, including recycling, school spirit, 7/8 dances and charity fund-raising.
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Our administration or guidance staff would be happy to explain any of our programs to you. We encourage you to take a tour of our school. We are very proud of our students and staff and dedicated parents. The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School is a wonderful place to learn and work.
 
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