IMPACT

The primary mission of the Medford Township Public Schools (MTPS) is to educate students to become successful citizens of the twenty-first century. We will help students reach their highest potential; physically, academically, emotionally, and socially. Students who enter the Medford Public Schools will find the challenge and support needed to help them function in a world that requires:
 
  • competence in academics, arts, and music
  • excellence in communications
  • adaptability, creativity, critical thinking
  • valuing of diversity
  • worth in leadership in school, community, nation; and development of character

In order to attain these goals, we maintain excellent schools which: 

  • provide a safe and healthy environment
  • foster an acceptance of individual difference and cultural diversity
  • maintain diversity and respect individual needs
  • build a strong cultural heritage, rich in the arts, music, literature
  • provide students with all skills necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century
  • draw community resources and talents from local businesses and organizations
  • provide effective communication between students and teachers, teachers and parents, schools and community
  • provide accountability at all levels
  • have well-prepared, motivated, educated and enthusiastic staffs
  • maximize learning opportunities
  • encourage all students to meet their greatest potential
  • provide opportunities for students’ leadership in a variety of ways
  • foster life-long learning
  • remain committed to values which build well-rounded individuals prepared to contribute to their homes, community, workplace, country, and world
  • redesign competition to allow students to excel and help all students develop positive self- esteem through academic challenge and success that rewards all levels of performance
  • provide an effective, contemporary, articulated curriculum
  • develop independence in accessing information systems leading to developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • teach all children to read and enjoy reading
  • develop technological literacy
  • provide many opportunities to explore the greater world beyond the school in the area of environmental awareness
 

 

Identified students meet with the IMPACT (Instructional Model for Programming Applied Critical Thinking) teacher outside the regular classroom twice a week. Students are engaged in material that develops and expands high-order thinking skills.  Through interdisciplinary studies, students expand their creative thinking, critical thinking, and problem-solving strategies. 

The following topics are explored during the year:

  • Communication: How does effective communication ensure that the intended message is delivered and received within meaningful contexts?
  • Breaking the Code: How does cryptology influence everyday life?
  • Logical Reasoning to Solve Word Problems: How does apply logical reasoning strategies influence problem-solving skills?
  • Scientific Experimentation: How do scientists create and prove or disprove hypotheses? How does scientific experimentation impact our lives?
  • EiE Earthquake STEM Challenge: Students plan, design, and create earthquake-safe buildings.

 

Identified students in both 4th and 5th grades meet together as one group. Students meet with the IMPACT teacher outside of the regular classroom two days a week for 60 minutes each day every week for the duration of the school year.


Since these grades are combined there are multiple units of study that are rotated from one year to the next.  By the end of fifth grade, students will have had both extensive, interdisciplinary units of study. These units enable students to delve into the topics with in-depth reading, higher-level thinking skills, and hands-on applications. 

 

Unit of Study may include:


  • Sustainable Energy

Students will explore, read, investigate, and research answers to acquire a deeper understanding of sustainable energy [i.e. wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, tidal, bio, etc.] in their lives.

  • Stock Market

Students will build a fundamental understanding of investing with real-world skills and practice in math, English language arts, economics, social studies, and other subjects.

  • Asteroid Math

Students will use problem-solving, multiple outcomes, making connections, discussion skills, presentation skills, self-expression, evaluation of ideas, collaborative work to create inventions.

  • Simple Machines

Students will explore, read, investigate, and research answers to acquire a deeper understanding of simple machines [i.e. Pulley, gears, wedge, screw etc ] in their lives.

  • Design Thinking

Students will use problem-solving, multiple outcomes, making connections, discussion skills, presentation skills, self-expression, evaluation of ideas, collaborative work to create inventions, gadgets, and buildings.

  • Iditarod

Students will research and learn about the history, culture, geography, and effects of climate change during the annual Alaskan Iditarod Race.

  • Forensic Science 

Students will examine and analyze forensic evidence to solve the mystery of the broken cookie jar.  The unit facilitates scientific observation, sample examination, analysis, lab work, testing, interviews, and fieldwork.