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About Our School

Welcome to the Troy Howard Middle School webpage.  We are proud of our school and community and look forward to sharing with you all that we have to offer students.  Troy Howard Middle School serves students in grades six, seven, and eight from the towns of Northport, Belfast, Swannville, Belmont, Searsmont, and Morrill.  We are the first opportunity for students in these towns to come together as one "class" before they move onto Belfast Area High School.  Total school enrollment runs around 400 students each year with approximately 50 staff members.  We are located on a sixty acre wooded lot, next door to the Waldo County YMCA, and walking distance from downtown Belfast.  

Our middle school practices middle level concepts as defined in the document, “This We Believe” produced and published by the National Middle School Association.   Students are engaged in a rigorous curriculum developed locally in alignment with the "Common Core Learning Standards".  Troy Howard staff strives to implement this curriculum through the integration of content areas as much as possible.  Examples of this integration are evident within each of our "learning academies" occurring at Troy Howard for all students.  Our unique location allows for and encourages staff and students to engage in inquiry-based learning.

We are aware of the unique and diverse needs of young adolescents and have developed a number of practices to help them traverse the rocky waters of “growing up”.  All students participate in an advisory program that we call Pride Time at the start of each day for 15 minutes as well as other defined team building times throughout the school year.  A student will have the same advisor for all three years allowing for a strong relationship.  Students are placed in one of three academies for their three years at THMS; Ecology, Innovation, and International are all theme based multi-year academies.  The academy approach allows students and teachers to maximize relationships and learning.  Students are divided heterogeneously into one of the three academies based on a number of factors in the spring of their grade five year.   

Planned activities occur with fifth grade students in the spring to begin the transition process and an orientation for sixth grade students and parents occurs the first day of school with the help of all THMS staff and "veteran" students.

Troy Howard Middle School strives to meet the diverse learning needs of students in a number of ways.  We provide a variety of services for students with special needs.   A special education teacher is assigned to each academy.  The special education teacher works with students receiving special education services within the typical classroom environment.  They are involved as co-teachers within the regular classroom providing support with the flexibility to provide pull out support as needed for students on their team.  THMS is also home to two specialized programs.  One program provides intense literacy and numeracy support for students with more severe Learning Disabilities.  Another program is referred to as “The Learning Center (TLC)” and is primarily for students with severe Developmental Disabilities that require a more functional learning environment for all, or part, of the school day.  

Troy Howard Middle School provides a number of extra-curricular opportunities for students to be involved in at the end of the school day.  Athletics, drama, clubs, student government and advocacy, and fine arts are all available to students in grades six through eight. The school day is enhanced with the inclusion of the unified arts program at each grade level. The unified arts teacher work as a part of the interdisciplinary teaching team for one third of the school year so as to facilitate integration of the arts into daily instruction as appropriate.   Students in grade 6 spend daily time engaged in general and choral music as well as library/media services.  Students in grades 7 & 8 spend daily time in one of the three following unified arts (rotates on a trimester basis); Visual Art, Performing Art, and Technology Education.  

School hours are 7:15-2:15.  Students must be present in advisory by 7:30 am.