Middle School Program Description At the Frances Xavier Warde School, Middle School students are encouraged to take intellectual risks, to broaden their reading and understanding of community and world issues, and to learn to make good decisions and act independently as they prepare for high school. With teacher guidance, students explore content area subjects while developing a repertoire of academic vocabulary, note-taking skills and test-taking strategies. Teachers focus on curriculum integration in the humanities, math and science, and world language. Through intensive training in both oral and written communication, participation in cooperative projects and experiments, and purposeful use of technology, students build young adult learning skills as they broaden their knowledge. During the Middle School years, students are given greater opportunities for extra-curricular activities in the areas of sports, drama, music and art. These opportunities, coupled with a rigorous curriculum, help to foster increased independence in students as they progress toward high school. Primary Professional Function The Middle School Teacher is responsible for facilitating the cognitive development of all learners by providing a quality learning experience to all children in his/her care. The teacher must possess the knowledge and theoretical grounding necessary to instruct the Middle School student, utilizing age-appropriate methods, strategies and procedures. Key Relationships The Middle School Teacher reports to the Principal and is evaluated, supervised and mentored annually by the Principal and or Assistant Principal. Other key relationships include: the Head of School, other faculty and staff members, students and parents.
Required Bachelor’s Degree in either Education or a specific academic discipline
Preferred Master’s Degree in Teaching or Curriculum • Required current State of Illinois Teaching Certificate Type 03/Type 09
Compliance with Archdiocese of Chicago Protecting God’s Children guidelines
Familiarity with ISACS criteria and standards of excellence
Ability to plan and teach effectively within the Block Scheduling model
Ability to teach courses within a Religion Curriculum – either Catholic or Interfaith in subject matter
Ability to lead a Club and/or Extra-Curricular Activity of interest to Middle School students (e.g. yearbook, a sport, an academic team, etc.)
Internal Number: 14579
About The Frances Xavier Warde School
The Frances Xavier Warde School is a Catholic elementary school in downtown Chicago that provides an excellent academic, values-oriented education to students of all ethnic, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds in a child-centered urban environment. As a keystone of its diverse community, The Frances Xavier Warde School provides need-based scholarships to thirty percent of its students. The Frances Xavier Warde School partners with its families, nurtures faith development for its Catholic students, and engages all its students to learn about and respect other faith traditions. The Frances Xavier Warde School uses a rigorous curriculum that enables students to grow, clarify their values, and develop decision-making skills and a sense of responsibility for themselves and the world they will inherit.