Belzer Middle School
BMS serves students in grades seven and eight. Rigorous curriculum includes Pre-Advanced Placement coursework in all core areas, high school credit classes, as well as a wide variety of student-led service learning activities to build character and serve our community.Teachers take pride in a building-wide focus on literacy, and students log their reading hours and monitor their own progress. The Belzer staff takes great pride in both meeting students at their individual level, and taking them to new heights.
Belzer is one of nine certified STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) schools in the state. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum is offered to students in both 7th and 8th grade, and is taught by two full-time PLTW certified teachers.
Bilingual Latin American Studies (BLAS) classes exist for native Spanish speakers who are either English language learners or students who are already proficient in English. The program incorporates cultural appreciation, language, and real-world advocacy for students, eventually preparing them to earn the Indiana Seal of Biliteracy upon graduation from high school.
All grade levels utilize a Core Curriculum based on Indiana State Standards, taught in all Lawrence Township Schools. The Readers and Writers Workshop approach is used in Language Arts, Balanced Math, Science, Social Studies, and Social Skills & Community Building.
Interdisciplinary teaming is an essential component of the middle school program. It makes maximum use of teacher strengths and allows teachers to best meet the needs of students.
The middle school allows for teaming by clustering teachers and students and by providing common instructional block time as well as common teacher planning time.
The team organization allows teachers to pool their resources, interests, expertise and knowledge of students and jointly take the responsibility for meeting a significant part of the instructional needs of the same group of students.