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    Mission Statement

     

    The mission of Robert A. Taft Middle School is empowering and enabling our students in being prepared for the next level of education and development with a long-term focus toward college and career readiness.
     
     

    Vision for Student Learning

    The educational process at Robert A. Taft Middle School is a shared responsibility among all stakeholder groups. The success of all students is dependent upon the collaborative relationships built within the school community. Through these partnerships, all stakeholder groups will strive to create a safe environment where students are provided the tools to achieve academically, socially, and emotionally.  All stakeholder groups will work together to achieve and maintain the high standards that we have set forth for every student.


      

     

    Points of Pride

    Four Star School

    Spell Bowl Team

       - 2017 First Place at Regionals (Second at State)

       - 2016 First Place at Regionals (Third at State)

    Academic Super Bowl

       - 2018 First Place Overall in Class 1 (Elite Top Ten Teams in the State)

       - 2018 First Place in Interdisciplinary, Science, and Social Studies (Regional)

       - 2018 Second Place in Math and English (Regional)

    Science Olympiad

       - 2018 Fourteenth Place at State (Out of Thirty-Six Teams)

    Geography Bee

       - 2018 Tenth Place Overall in the State (Qualified for Nationals)

    TMS Orchestra

       - 2018 ISSMA Solo and Ensemble 103 GOLD Medals and 5 SILVER Medals

       - 2018 ISSMA Jazz Contest GOLD Rating with two Outstanding Sololists Awards

       - 2018 ISSMA Organizational Content GOLD (with Distinction) Award by our 8th Grade Orchestra

       - 2017/18 ISSMA ALL-MUSIC AWARD (Second Consecutive Award)

    TMS Band

       - 2018 ISSMA All-Music Award (Second Consecutive Year)

    TMS Choir

       - 2018 ISSMA Solo and Ensemble 11 GOLD Medals

       - 2018 ISSMA Jazz Contest GOLD Ratings

    Athletics

       - 2017 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Cross Country for 7th & 8th Grade Girls

       - 2017 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Volleyball for 8th Grade (Repeating Champs)

       - 2018 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Basketball for 8th Grade Girls (Repeating Champs)

    Student Council

       - Supplies for GI's: Donate requested items to send to local servicemen and women stationed overseas

       - Raised over $1000 for Riley's Children's Hospital for 4 years, making Taft Middle school a "Miracle School"

       - Developed the "Teachers Care" philanthropic group

     

    Taft PTA

       - "Bulldog Beach Bash" has raised funds for Taft's PTA Endowment Fund that has increased to over $47,000. Three scholarships were awarded to Taft students graduating from Crown Point High School

    Staff

       - CPEA Team for Relay for life

       - Scott Reid - 2011 Teacher of Excellence

    Food Services

       - "Adopt a Family" for the holidays, donates food and clothing

     

    National Junior Honor Society

       - Food drive for St. Vincent de Paul food pantry

       - "Trick or Treat for Unicef"

       - "Hats on Day" raises money for the American Cancer Society

       - "Socks for Vets" Collected new socks for the Veteran's Administration in Crown Point

     

    Peer Tutoring

     

    School Accomplishments

    2015 Received a letter grade of an A from the Indiana State Department of Education

    2014 Obtained Four Star School Status

    2015 NJHS raised over $1000 for Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

    2015 Sponsors the CPEA Team for Relay for Life

    2015 Participates in Adopt a Family for the holidays to donate food and clothing

    2015 The Taft Spell Bowl Team received 1st Place at the Class 1 Regional Competition. They were a State Qualifying Team.     They ended the season earning 4th Place at the State Competition.

    2015         The Academic Super Bowl earned 1st Place Class 1 Science Regional Competition and 14th Place in State

    2015 The Academic Super Bowl Team earned 2nd Place Class 1 Math Regional Competition

    2015 The Academic Super Bowl Team earned 3rd Place Class 1 English Regional Competition

    2015 The Science Olympiad Entomology Team placed 3rd at State Competition

    2015 The Science Olympiad Wheeled Vehicle Team placed 3rd at State Competition

    2015 The Science Olympiad Trivia Time Team placed 3rd at State Competition

    2015 The Science Olympiad Environmental Chemistry Team placed 2nd at State Competition

    2015 The Science Olympiad Anatomy and Physiology team placed 2nd at State Competition

    2016 The Spell Bowl team earned 1st  place at regionals

    2016 The Spell Bowl team placed 3rd at State Competition

    2016 Sponsored two kids through the Save The Children Foundation

    2016 Developed the "Teachers Care" philanthropic group

    2016 NJHS raised over $1200 for Trick or Treat for UNICEF

    2016 The TMS Cross Country Team 6th Grade Girls were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2016 The TMS Cross Country Team 7th Grade Boys were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2016 The TMS Volleyball Team 7th Grade Girls were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2016 The TMS Volleyball Team 8th Grade Girls were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2016 The TMS Robotics Team received the STEM Award for STEM presentation at regional tournament

    2017 NJHS created a St. Baldrick’s Team and raised and donated $6056.66

    2017 The Science Olympiad Fast Facts Team placed 1st at State Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Anatomy and Physiology Team placed 2nd at State Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Invasive Species Team placed 2nd at State Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Team placed 3rd overall at Regional Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Aerial Scrambler Team placed 1st at Regional Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Reach  for the Stars Team placed 1st at Regional Competition

    2017 The Science Olympiad Anatomy and Physiology Team placed 1st at Regional Competition

    2017 The Spell bowl team earned 1st place at Regional Competition

    2017 The Spell bowl team earned 2st place at State Competition

    2017 The TMS Basketball Team 7th Grade Girls were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2017 The TMS Dance Team won State Champions for Small Ensemble

    2017 The TMS Cheer Team took 1st place at the Hoosier Open, Laporte Invitational and Brickie Bowl

    2017 The TMS 7th grade Girls Track Team were Lake Porter Conference Champions

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team was awarded First Place at regional tournament

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team was awarded Team Work Champion at regional tournament

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team was awarded First in Robotic Skills Event at regional tournament

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team was awarded the Judges Award for technical skills & sportsmanship at regional tournament

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team Earned place at VEX IQ, Indiana State Championship

    2017 The TMS Robotics Team Earned place at VEX IQ, World Championship

    2017 NJHS partnered with American Red Cross: Victims of Hurricane Harvey and raised over $1500....currently on going!

    2017 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Cross Country for 7th & 8th Grade Girls

    2017 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Volleyball for 8th Grade

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra had 6 Students Chosen for All-Region Honor Orchestra

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra received over 100 Gold Medals at ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Contest

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra  was awarded Gold rating at ISSMA STATE Solo and Ensemble Contest - student Nora Boland

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra was awarded Gold Rating at ISSMA Jazz Contest

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra performed at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra was awarded Gold Rating with Distinction at ISSMA Organizational Contest

    2016-17 The TMS Orchestra was awarded ISSMA All-Music Award for the state of Indiana. Only 3 Middle School Orchestras received this award

    2018 The Academic Super Bowl placed 1st overall in class 1 (Elite Top Ten teams in the state)

    2018 The Academic Super Bowl placed 1st in Interdisciplinary, Science, and Social Studies at Regional Competition

    2018 The Academic Super Bowl place 2nd in Math and English at Regional Competition

    2018 The Science Olympiad team placed 2nd at Regional Competition

    2018 The Science Olympiad team placed 1st in Ecology at State Competition

    2018 The Science Olympiad team placed 2nd in Microbe Mission at State Competition

    2018 The Science Olympiad team placed 2nd in Write it/Do it at State Competition

    2018 The Science Olympiad team placed 14th at State Competition

    2018 The Geography Bee placed 10th overall in the State Competition and Qualified for Nationals

    2018 The TMS Orchestra was awarded 103 gold medal and 5 silver medals in Solo and Ensemble ISSMA Competition

    2018 The TMS Orchestra was awarded gold with two outstanding soloists in Jazz ISSMA

    2018 The TMS 8th grade Orchestra was awarded  gold with distinction in ISSMA Organizational Content

    2017-2018 The TMS Orchestra was awarded the ALL-MUSIC award at ISSMA Competition

    2018 The TMS Band was awarded ALL-MUSIC award at ISSMA Competition

    2018 The TMS Choir was awarded 11 gold medals at ISSMA Competition

    2018 The TMS Choir was awarded gold in ISSMA Jazz Contest

    2018 Lake/Porter Conference Champions in Basketball for 8th Grade Girls

    2010-Present NJHS and Taft PTA host the annual Beach Bash which raises funds for the Taft Endowment Fund for graduating CPHS students.

    2011-Present   The Taft Health and PE department raised $12,924 for the American Heart Association. In 2013 we raised $10,393 which ranked top 5 in the state.

    2012-Present Student Council gathers and sends Supplies to GI's.

    2012-Present Student Council fundraising and donation efforts gets Taft MS named as a "Miracle School" for the Riley's Children's Hospital.  

    2012-Present NJHS collects and donates over 400 pairs of clean, white socks to the Adam Benjamin Jr, VA Clinic.

    2012-Present NJHS collects and donates food to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry of Winfield which serves over 200 needy families in our area.

    2017-2018 Student Council developed the “Teacher’s Care” Philanthropic group