Why Does DPMS Use Interdisciplinary Teaming?

Perhaps the best place to start is with a description of what “interdisciplinary teaming” is. Each team at DPMS is comprised of the four core subjects, or disciplines. For example, Team Balder has a math, science, ELA, and social studies teacher, as do all of the other teams at DPMS. Teaming also works among the grade-levels, with all of the 6th grade subjects sharing a common preparation period in order to facilitate collaboration and planning efforts.

Teaming a not just a convenient arrangement for teachers and students; it’s a research-based best practice. The Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE) is an organization comprised of scholars that supports and publishes research relevant to improving the educational programming in middle schools throughout the United States and world. In a document AMLE published in 2010, the researchers concluded when schools employ “Effective interdisciplinary teams [it] lead to improved student achievement, increased parental contacts, an enhanced school climate, and positive attitudes (This We Believe, 2010, p. 31).

In keeping with our core values at Draper Park Middle School, we want to create an academically rigorous, meaningful, engaging, and positive experience for all students. Teaming is one of the systems we use to achieve that. 

The biggest driving factor for Draper Park is student achievement. In an effort to ensure all students are successful, we believe our students must receive focused, high-quality tier-1 instruction and when that tier-1 instruction isn’t enough, they receive targeted interventions designed to help students reach mastery on core concepts. In our teaming system, core subject teachers work closely together to plan lessons, develop assessments, monitor student achievement data, and design effective interventions to help students who have not yet reached mastery.

Additionally, teachers who work in interdisciplinary teams have an opportunity to help support each student. It’s no secret that Draper Park is a huge school, with over 1,500 students. Teaming allows students to be grouped into smaller teams (usually between 160-175 students). With all four core teachers working with the same smaller group of students, teachers are able to better support students academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. Furthermore, with a decreased number of students, teachers are more empowered to create and maintain clear avenues of communication with families about a child’s performance at school. Middle school can be a difficult time for many children as they learn to navigate more rigorous classes with increased expectations and more complex social situations. DPMS aims to support all students by placing them on a team of teachers who can work closely with each individual to ensure they are reaching mastery on their lessons as well as thriving socially in middle school.

Bus Information

This page is designed to help students and families understand how transportation works at Draper Park Middle School. Below are some frequently asked questions about busing at Draper Park Middle School.

DOES MY STUDENT QUALIFY FOR BUSING?

First, check the district website:
​ http://edulog.canyonsdistrict.org/liveweb/webquery/

In accordance with state law, in order to qualify for busing your student must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students in K-6th grade must live beyond 1.5 miles from their boundary school.
  • Students in 7th-12th grade must live beyond 2.0 miles from their boundary school.
  • Students must live near along a “hazardous bus route” as determined by the Canyons Board of Education.

Students who attend DPMS on a permit do not qualify for busing.

The distances between individual homes and the school are determined by the Canyons District Transportation Department using approved walking routes according to the school SNAP plan.

Canyons School District Board Policy 300.6 – Student Transportation

MY CHILD WOULD LIKE TO RIDE THE BUS HOME WITH A FRIEND AFTER SCHOOL. IS THAT ALLOWED? HOW DO THEY GET A PERMISSION SLIP?

On a limited case-by-case basis, students may get permission to ride a bus home with a friend or relative. To obtain permission, the student must do the following:

  • Speak to one of the secretaries in the main office and request a “one-time rider pass.”
  • Know the bus number and name of the student they are riding with.
  • Comply with all rules, regulations, and directions from the bus driver.​

For questions about busing at DPMS, please contact Assistant Principal Randall Seltz
at 801-826-6900, or randall.seltz@canyonsdistrict.org.

WHY DO THE BUS DRIVERS AT DPMS REQUIRE STUDENTS TO HAVE A BUS PASS?

Draper Park Middle School has a large student population, and as a result, most buses are operating at capacity. Safe bus capacity for middle school students is between 55-60 students.

In an effort to ensure that the students assigned to the bus have a seat on the bus, DPMS issues bus passes to students to help the drivers maintain a safe and orderly environment on the bus.


WHAT DO I DO IF THE BUS IS LATE PICKING UP MY CHILD?

If you believe the school bus is late picking up your child or has missed your child’s stop, please do the following:

  1. Call Canyons District Transportation at 801-826-5252 to report the problem and check on the status of the bus.
  2. Call Draper Park Middle School at 801-826-6900 to let a staff member know a bus is late. There have been many times when a bus is late and we are not aware until a parent or community member has contacted us.


The Transportation department will most likely advise students to stay at their stop until the bus arrives.

Draper Park Middle School will do everything it can reasonably do to communicate with parents about buses picking up students late or leaving the school late.

BASED ON WHERE WE LIVE, MY STUDENT DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR BUSING. HOW CAN I APPLY TO GET THEM A SEAT ON A BUS?

Draper Park Middle School has a large student population, and as a result, most buses are operating at capacity. Safe bus capacity for middle school students is between 55-60 students.

For families who would like to apply for a “space available” permit, an individual must complete a “space available” request form on August 6, beginning at 8:00AM at Draper Park Middle School.
To complete the form, you will need to know your child’s school ID number (the same as their lunch number) and your address as it appears in the Skyward system. We can only issue a bus pass for the main address listed in the Skyward system.

​At this time there is no online form; the application must be a paper copy completed and submitted to the school. These forms will not be available before August 6 at 8:00AM. Seats are awarded on a “first-come, first-served” basis, depending on the number of seats available. Several of our buses will not have seats available as a result of our large student population.

I’VE APPLIED FOR A SPACE-AVAILABLE PERMIT. WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY CHILD WILL HAVE A SEAT ON A BUS?

The space-available permits are due to the Canyons School District Transportation Department on August 31. Parents will be notified of the status of their application by September 17. In the meantime, families are responsible for providing or arranging transportation for their children to and from school

WHAT ARE THE RULES ON THE SCHOOL BUS?

  1. Student shall follow directions of the driver the first time given.
  2. Student shall arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the bus arrives.
  3. Student shall wait in a safe place, clear of traffic and away from where the bus stops.
  4. Student shall wait in an orderly line and shall avoid horseplay.
  5. Student shall cross the road or street in front of the bus only after the bus has come to a complete stop and upon direction of the driver.
  6. Student shall go directly to an available or assigned seat when entering the bus.
  7. Student shall remain seated and keep aisles and exits clear.
  8. Student shall exhibit classroom conduct at all times.
  9. Student shall refrain from throwing or passing objects in, from or into buses.
  10. Student is permitted to carry only objects that can be held on his/her lap.
  11. Student shall not use profane language, obscene gestures, tobacco, alcohol, drugs or any other controlled substance in the bus.
  12. Student shall refrain from eating and drinking in the bus.
  13. Student shall not carry hazardous materials or non-service animals into the bus.
  14. Student shall respect the rights and safety of others.
  15. Student shall refrain from leaving or boarding the bus at locations other than the assigned stop.
  16. Student shall refrain from extending head, arms or objects out of the bus windows.

Students who do not follow these rules risk having their riding privileges revoked. 

www.canyonsdistrict.org/bus-rules

For questions about issues related to late arrivals or departures, please contact
​Canyons District Transportation Dispatch at 801-826-5252

The Draper Park Way

Draper Park Middle School is a highly successful 6-8 middle school in Canyons School District. Our school adheres to the principles of “middle level philosophy,” which includes a system of interdisciplinary teaming to provide teachers with time to collaborate, an emphasis on high-quality tier-1 instruction, along with intentional, data-driven academic interventions, and a focus on positive behavior interventions. We believe middle school is a time for students to explore many different subjects and topics and determine what interests they want to continue exploring when they reach high school or college. Our educational program is governed by four key values: student achievement, teaming, interventions, and elective class options. We believe these values help prepare all of our students for success in high school, college, and a future career.

The systems Draper Park Middle School implements are based on our aforementioned core values and the effective practices defined by the research Flowers et al. (2000) published in their canonical article on effective classroom practices at the middle level. Those classroom practices include: high levels of academic rigor; meaningful, relevant, and integrated curriculum; opportunities for active learning; and a positive climate based on respect (p. 53). Furthermore, Flowers et al. found that these practices were more likely to have an amplified affect within the context of interdisciplinary teaming (p. 54-55).

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