More Than Pencils, Papers, and Books – Spotlight on Mercer County Middle Schools
PRINCETON, WV, October 28, 2016: Continuing the travels around Mercer County Schools, middle schools as well as elementary schools are devoted to educating the whole child. In order to accomplish this goal, schools include programs in their curriculum which helps strengthen not only the mind but the body, the character, and hopefully the overall well-being of all children.
Bluefield Middle School is paving the way for their students to develop social awareness skills through the Buccaneer Buddies program/club. Additionally, students are encouraged to develop daily healthy living habits and lifestyles while participating in the Bucs on the Run club. Faculty and staff are raising money to reward students for positive behavior. These funds allow students to purchase items from the Buccaneer store.
Glenwood works as a school and a community to help every student succeed. They now have an Intermediate Student Council that helps students become future leaders. These students plan many events for the school. Each month members of the council travel to Glenwood Retirement Village to work on activities with the residents. Additionally, they have just started a recycling program and an Adopt a Highway Program.
PikeView Middle School is currently working with the community to help educate students on issues of importance such as drug awareness and cyber safety. Members from the West Virginia State Police have been coming to the school to speak to the students about safety issues. Additionally, faculty and staff are volunteering hours before and after school to help students succeed.
Princeton Middle School is also connecting with the community. They participated in the local flood drive, cancer awareness Penny Drive, and Go Gold West Virginia program. Creating a positive school culture is also a goal that is being addressed through clubs, sports, and cultural arts awareness activities. To facilitate a positive culture, trips to the Chuck Mathena Center and Barter Theatre have been planned.
Whether students are involved in academics, athletics, or community service projects, Mercer County Schools are making every effort to educate the whole child on the benefits of being involved and on the benefits of creating a community environment.
- Bluefield Middle – Buccaneer Buddies, Bucs on the Run, PBIS Programs
- Glenwood School – Student Council, Adopt-A-Highway, Community Involvement
- PikeView Middle – Safety Programs, Academic Competitions, Positive Decision Making
- Princeton Middle – Positive School Culture, Community Outreach, School Academic Focus