School Principal: Hugh Gaston
Associate Principal: Michael Lovenberg
School Address: 300 Vine Street Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
School Phone: (608) 253-2467
School Fax: (608) 254-6397
***Important Message about the Middle School Homepage (updated October 24, 2013)***
Welcome to the Spring Hill Middle School Website. Before one explores the links ot the left, it is important to inform visitors that the School District of Wisconsin Dells is currently in the process of transitioning to a new website host provider. This process has been underway since the summer and unfortunately was not able to be completed prior to the start of the year. It is anticipated at this time that the new website will go live at some point in December 2013.
One of the reasons for moving to a new provider is to work with a site that is faster and easier for staff to update. Ultimately the goal will be a website that is updated with greater frequency so that anyone can access timely and accurate information. In the meantime, the links to the left will not be updated until the new website is unveiled. However, many of the links are still current and contain relevant information of interest about our school and what we do. Please note that we may leave some of the outdated information in place to provide a template for constructing middle school pages in the new website.
These links are active and/or accurate:
Middle School Calendars - The School District of Wisconsin Dells and all of the schools in the South Central Conference subscribe to rSchool Today as the official sports calendar provider. The Sports Calendar pulls directly from the rSchool Today website. We also use rSchool to schedule and display non-athletic events in the school district. For direct access to the rSchool calendar, please click on the following link: http://www.southcentralwisconsin.org/g5-bin/client.cgi?G5genie=588&school_id=6
Middle School Counseling - Mrs. Cummings, our 5th-8th Grade counselor, has provided numerous links and resources for students and parents on a variety of topics.
Middle School Parent Info - All links are updated/accurate except for Student Handbook.
Middle School Library and Media Center
These links are not active and/or acccurate:
Middle School Staff - The Teaching Staff and Support Staff links are only accurate for employees active prior to this school year. New staff will be added in the new website. For an updated listing of staff and telephone extensions, please use this link: 2013-14 MS Staff
Middle School Extracurricular Activities - The only available link is operated by the Music Department and is not updated at this time. Please contact the department directly with any questions.
Most of these same links will be transferred to the new site or updated when the new site is unveiled.
Finally, I want to conclude by saying that schools have a critically significant job we take very seriously, and that is to provide a safe environment for all students so that an optimum learning experience can take place. In support of this mission, we have many vital initiatives that I will highlight in my section of the monthly newsletter. For those people interested in receiving more frequent updates, I would direct one to my Tumblr Blog, where I will share the daily announcements to staff and students as well as material from the weekly staff bulletins. My intent with the blog is to offer the public some insights into the internal conversations we have here about how to best educate students and manage a building of this size and population. Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that our students are College and Career ready when they graduate from Wisconsin Dells High School. The blog can be found at: http://hwgaston.tumblr.com/. Please check it out and provide comments and/or feedback.
Hugh Gaston, Principal
Spring Hill Middle School services students in grades 6-8 with a total enrollment of about 333 students. At SHMS we believe in the "Team" concept for middle level students. We have three grade level teams 6-8 consisting of teachers in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Physical Education, Health, Special Education, and At-Risk. We also have an "Encore" team consisting of teachers from the areas of Vocal and Instrumental Music, Technical Education, Spanish, Art, and Family and Consumer Economics. In total, SHMS has 29 Teachers, a School Counselor, and nine Support Staff. All teachers have "Team Time" built into their daily schedule for the purpose of discussing and resolving student issues. Team Time also gives teachers the opportunity to discuss and plan ways to improve the learning and success of all students at SHMS and to plan for quality interventions for students who are beginning to struggle. Spring Hill Middle School utilizes the Honor Level System of Discipline to help reward students for positive behaviors and for making good decisions. Our school also offers students a multitude of co-curricular opportunities.
Our School Touchstone was introduced at the beginning of the 2008-09 school year and combines the Mission Statement of SHMS with the "way" that we would like all students and staff to live by in our school community. Our Touchstone, "The Spring Hill Way," is posted in the school entryway, in all classrooms, the main office, and in various other places throughout the building to remind us all of what we stand for "at this school." We use this Touchstone to help guide us in making positive decisions while we are "at this school." On the first day of the 2009-10 school year, students and staff once again renewed their commitment to "The Spring Hill Way." Our complete Touchstone reads as follows:
THE SPRING HILL WAY
WE Show Respect.
WE Have Responsibility.
WE Model Positive Attitude.
WE Strive for Successful Achievements.
Respect. Responsibility. Attitude. Achievement.
Character Education Initiative Explanation:
The staff and administration at Spring Hill Middle School have made a strong commitment to character education. We believe that one of the fundamental goals of education is to produce students who possess positive character attributes and who strive for successful achievements in and out of the classroom. The staff has worked diligently to ensure that all students in our school enter into a safe, positive, and respectful climate that enables students to be successful, comfortable, and secures learning. The core values of our school expressed through our School Touchstone guide us on this mission each and everyday.
School-Wide Character Education 2010-11:
Students will once again receive character education through our school-wide announcements during the 2010-11 school year. Our announcements will focus on:
Monday: Respect; Tuesday: Responsibility; Wednesday: Positive Attitude; Thursday: Achievement; Friday: Good Character Message
These messages align with our School Touchstone, and there are Random Reminders placed in various areas around the school with ideas on how to put the Touchstone into action.
Character Theme of the Month and Focus of the Week for 2009-10:
During the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years, students were introduced to our Character Theme of the Week program. Each day students were read a quote that coincided with each theme. There was a different theme for each week of the above named school years. During the 2009-10 school year, the program has been modified to "break down" the core values of our School Touchstone into themes of the month. The core values of the Spring Hill Way are Respect, Responsibility, Attitude, and Achievement. Under each one of these core themes, there will be a different focus for each week of that month. The Themes of the Month for First Semester are Respect in September, Responsibility in October, Attitude in November, and positive attitude in December. For the remainder of the school year we will focus on putting these core values into action. At Spring Hill Middle School, we strive to have our students make positive decisions and to display positive actions and behaviors. This is "The Spring Hill Way."
Character Themes of the Week from 2007-08 and 2008-09:
Effort, Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, Perseverance, Honesty, Work, Friendship, Trustworthiness, Courage, Generosity, Cooperation, Confidence, Citizenship, Honor, Fortitude, Fairness/Justice, Self Control/Self Discipline, Gratitude, Cheerfulness, Integrity, Diligence, Tolerance/Diversity, Work Ethic, Patriotism, Eco-Friendly, Persistence, Commitment, Loyalty, Character, Positive Attitude.