Meany Middle School

Middle School
Edmond S. Meany Middle School


Meany Academics Overview

Meany Middle School teachers align instruction to the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. Our teachers use Data Driven Instructional Practices. We have a collective focus on Reading and Math Intervention. We offer classes of intervention in the Master Schedule as well as after-school and over breaks (winter, mid-winter and spring).


Our teachers use the following curriculum:

  • MMS Math – CCSS, CMP2 and Khan Academy
  • MMS ELA – CCSS and Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Workshop
  • MMS Science – CCSS, NGSS and Amplify Science by Lawrence Hall of UC Berkeley
  • MMS History – Seattle Public School Adoption including:
  • Sixth-grade world history: McGraw Hill’s “Discovering Our Past: A History of the World – Early Ages”
  • Seventh-grade world history: Holt McDougal’s “World History: Ancient Civilizations through the Renaissance” and Washington State History
  • Eighth-grade U.S. history: Holt McDougal’s “United States History: Beginnings to 1914”


Homework Policy:

Homework is assigned either to reinforce skills that have been learned or taught throughout the school day, or to complete tasks and projects that were begun in class. Additional time would be expected of high school level courses and music classes. If a student is absent more than three consecutive days, homework will be provided and if absences continue, more will be provided upon the return of the initial assignments. The amount of homework will vary by class and offers an opportunity to build strengths and complete long-term progress.


We use the following assessments to further guide our support of students:

  • Math Data Analysis – MAP scores and SBA scores
  • Reading Data Analysis – SRI scores and SBA Scores

Within each content area we access student progress using the following:

  • Math – Measurement of Academic Progress (MAP) – Fall, Winter and Spring
  • Reading – SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) – Fall, Winter and Spring
  • Writing – On Demand (pre and post) – Argumentative, Narrative and Explanatory/Informational
  • History – Classroom Based Assessments (CBA), Unit Assessment/Tests
  • Science – Classroom Based Assessments (CBA), Unit Assessments/Tests

Master Schedule Additional Supports:

  • 3 Reading Intervention Classes
  • 2 Math Intervention Classes


Advisory Period:

Additionally, we also support the social emotional development of our students through our Advisory Period. The Meany Advisory Period is 27 minutes, 4 days a week, focusing on:

  • Motivational Mondays
  • Social/Emotional Learning – Tuesday and Thursday
  • Fix it Friday

Advisory Lessons – Social/Emotional

  • Anxiety/Angst
  • Diversity, Globalism and Privilege
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Feminism
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Assumptions and Biases
  • Safety in and out of school and Safe Place
  • Social Activism
  • Humor as a defense mechanism
  • Coping skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Music Therapy
  • Bullying (cyber, physical, 3rd party, verbal, exclusion)
  • Red Ribbon Week
  • Prevention Convention: Healthy Relationships, Suicide Prevention, Stop Bullying
  • Cultural Self-awareness
  • Good friends vs. toxic friends
  • Being an ELL student
  • The Hero in you
  • Fight, Flight or Freeze

Advisory Lessons – Academic

  • Test Anxiety
  • Standardized Test Information and Prep
  • Library Link
  • SMART goal setting
  • Academic check-ins (every quarter)
  • Student reflections
  • Educational level and salary

Advisory Lessons – Informational

  • The Olympics
  • The Paralympics
  • The Impact of Videogames
  • YouTube
  • Cell phone addiction and safe use
  • How to Approach a Dog
  • How much does it cost to live in Seattle
  • DiscoverU (exploring careers)
  • Anime

Advisory Lessons – Cultural/Holiday

  • Thanksgiving
  • Earth Day
  • Native American Heritage Month
  • Kwanzaa
  • Hanukkah
  • Diwali
  • Christmas
  • Chinese New Year
  • Lunar New Year

Advisory Lessons – Motivational Mondays

  • Jim Carrey
  • Tyler Perry
  • Selena Quintanilla-Perez
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Inky Johnson
  • Steven Hawking
  • Shaquen Griffen
  • Lionel Messi
  • Albert Einstein
  • Walt Disney

Advisory Lessons – School Expectations

  • Cell phones
  • Backpack policy
  • Student handbook
  • ROAR
  • Meany Madness