Award Year: 2014

Stallings Island Middle School

3830 Blackstone Camp Road
Martinez, GA, 30907-9552

(706) 447-2106

Mr. Donald Grant Putnam, Principal at time of Nomination

Columbia County

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Stallings Island Middle School provides an academically challenging environment where students are empowered to become independent thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 10%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 3%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Students exploring the world of Life Science.

Students exploring the world of Life Science.

Stallings Island provides an academically challenging environment that empowers students to achieve their greatest potential. Teachers collaboratively create standards-based lessons that motivate student learning. Students are engaged in the learning process through differentiated small group activities and centers, cooperative group lessons, research-based note-taking/vocabulary skills, real-world connections with informational texts, and cross-curricular writing activities. Technology is used to enhance and support hands-on instruction with the use of LCD projectors in each classroom, document cameras, classroom iPads, two computer labs, and assessment software. Students are also encouraged to 'bring their own technology' to assist learning. The multicultural diversity of the students at Stallings Island enhances classroom discussion and provides perspectives and interactions that are unique to our school community. Co-teaching classrooms are supported for both special education and the gifted population. Daily lessons includes formative and summative assessments that guide the pace of instruction and allow opportunities for students to self-assess. Teachers are constantly modifying the delivery of information based on student achievement data. Along with the data and standards-driven instruction, a forty minute class period is provided each morning to support the academic needs of struggling and achieving students. This timely reteaching prevents gaps in student learning. Retesting is also available for students who would like another opportunity to prove mastery on standards. On Mondays, this time is used for enrichment activities, such as Earth Science club, creative writing, photography, history, technology, agriculture, book clubs, and practice sessions for State and local competitions in Academic Bowl, chemistry, STEM, and math.