Award Year: 2021

Fallen Timbers Middle School

6119 Finzel Road
Whitehouse, OH, 43571-9589

(419) 877-0601

Dr. James B. Bocian, Principal at time of Nomination

Anthony Wayne Local School District

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Our mission is to partner with the community by engaging students in learning opportunities empowering them to be active, responsible, and productive citizens in society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 92%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Fallen Timbers students engaged in a soil study.

Fallen Timbers students engaged in a soil study.

Fallen Timbers Middle School (FTMS) serves nearly 700 students in grades five and six. Our building is located in Whitehouse, Ohio, and is part of the Anthony Wayne School District.

Unique to our organizational structure are teams of teachers organized by core subject areas. Teaming at FTMS lends to a great sense of collective teacher efficiency as our teachers believe they make a profound difference in the lives of their students. Our caring staff promotes and exemplifies our district's "Portrait of a General" competencies of: A Learner's Mindset, Communication and Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Flexibility and Adaptability, and Empathy. Teams make decisions based on student outcome data and consider the whole child when selecting instructional approaches.

FTMS has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) by earning back-to-back "A" rankings on Ohio's State Report Card. ODE has also recognized FTMS as a Purple Star school for our care and support of students who are members of military families.

As COVID-19 posed one of the greatest obstacles ever faced in our school community, we ushered in three learning models: remote, hybrid, and all-in. We utilized technologies such as Google Classroom and Google Meets to organize our remote learning plans, host virtual classes, and meet with students one-on-one. Before, and throughout the pandemic, a key component for our student success is provided through our community and parental support. The Anthony Wayne Parent Teacher Association works closely with the school principal and assists with communication along with funding our initiatives.