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At Sherman Middle school, our staff work in collaboration with our students, each other, and our families to ensure our young adolescents leave our school as confident and successful learners. To assist students in becoming confident and successful learners, our students and staff engage in academic tasks that are organized around our Sherman Habits for Success. The Sherman Habits for Success are "life skills" or "habits of mind" that assist individuals in becoming meaningful contributors to school, home, and community.

The Sherman Habits for Success are as follows:

ANALYSIS - “Break it down”

  • Make an informed decision
  • Find the parts of the whole
  • Plan smartly
  • See the big picture
  • Predict the outcome

DETERMINATION - “It’s not the skill, it’s the will”

  • Make a change in the world
  • Work towards goals
  • Be committed
  • Try, try again

COMMUNICATION - “To hear others and to be heard”

  • Understand and be understood
  • Be aware of your body language
  • Get the ideas out
  • Connect with others
  • Be an active participant

POINT OF VIEW - “See what others see”

  • Solve problems in different ways
  • Understand people learn in different ways
  • Stand in someone else’s shoes
  • Respect differences
  • See the common good

IMAGINATION - “Consider the possibilities”

  • Think outside the box
  • Be creative
  • Pretend
  • Envision a better world

The Sherman Habits for Success are also utilized as we assist our students in working through social-emotional and behavior challenges in a manner that is reflective and educational. During the middle school years, it is not uncommon for students to struggle with peer relationships, harassment, bullying, etc. At Sherman, we first seek to resolve challenges through education and problem-solving. Sometimes, students do not avail themselves to deal with challenges in a peaceful manner. When this is the case, the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) Code of Conduct is followed.

For more information on the MMSD code of conduct please refer to the student conduct and discipline plan located in the "district policies and guidelines" section of the parent handbook. Finally, you will hear more about the Sherman Habits for Success throughout the school year.