Radnor Middle School

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Radnor Middle School
Location
Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Information
Established 1920s
Principal Mr. Anthony Stevenson
Assistant principals Mr. Andrew Maoury
Mrs. Esther Purnell
Enrollment 874
Average class size 20-23
Feeder to Radnor High School

Radnor Middle School is the only public middle school in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania and is part of the Radnor Township School District. It is located at 150 Louella Avenue Wayne, Pennsylvania. A new building recently built to house the middle school opened in fall of 2007.

History[edit]

New Middle School[edit]

The new middle school is a green building and features a "green" roof and geothermal heating and cooling.

When the new Middle School's construction was completed, Anthony Stevenson (formerly Assistant Principal at Radnor High School) took over the role as principal.[1]

The school has received LEED Platinum certification as of Winter 2011. In March 2011, the 6th graders had an assembly which covered why the new school replaced the old one and what the construction company (Reynolds) did to make it eco-friendly.[2]

Athletics[edit]

Radnor Middle School has some school sports teams in the PIAA leagues. The head athletic director is Mr. George Hahn (8th Grade advanced mathematics teacher), and the associate athletic director is Mr. CJ Herceg (wood shop/tech ed. teacher; now retired). All the teams are offered only to 7th and 8th graders only, with a 7th grade team and an 8th grade team (except for football, wrestling, and volleyball). The teams are as follows:

Fall Athletics[edit]

  • Unlimited Weight Football (116 lbs. and above)
  • 115 Pound Football (115 lbs. and below)
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Soccer
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Soccer
  • 7th and 8th Grade Field Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Tennis

Winter Athletics[edit]

  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Basketball
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Basketball
  • Wrestling

Spring Athletics[edit]

  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Baseball
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Softball
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Tennis
  • 7th and 8th Grade Girls Lacrosse
  • 7th and 8th Grade Boys Lacrosse[3]

There also is an ice hockey team that is not associated with the school, but plays under the name of Radnor Middle School Ice Hockey. They compete currently in the IMSHL, or the Iceline Middle School Hockey League (a rink in West Goshen township). The organization is the middle school affiliate of the officially, school recognized Radnor High School Ice Hockey Team, the Radnor Raiders.

The school now has now created a community service club created by town resident and school employee, Laura Foran.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Radnor Middle School is a 2003 blue-ribbon school. Radnor Middle was a cover story on the Philadelphia Inquirer because of its eco-friendly building. Radnor Middle School was also named the #1 middle school in the Philadelphia region by Philadelphia Magazine.

The school is also notable for its many two-person integrated programs, all of which were created by Mark Springer. The original program was the Watershed program; an integrated learning program in which forty 7th grade students have a separate curriculum, focused on studying the dynamics of the watershed they inhabit and its history. It is currently in its 27th year, and schools all over the country often send representatives to observe and bring the program back to their own communities.

Radnor Middle School also has two other integrated learning programs: Crossroads and Soundings. Crossroads is for 6th graders, while Soundings is for 8th graders. Crossroads takes an integrated look at cultures; starting small and expanding outward into the larger community, while Soundings is a democratic classroom, where the students take a role in the development of the curriculum which they will study. Crossroads is in its ninth, and Soundings is in its thirteenth year, not counting when it was off duty in the 2009-2010 school year.

There is also a fourth program, Gateways, although it is interdisciplinary, not integrated, the difference stemming from the fact that, while Crossroads, Watershed, and Soundings all do not have grades, Gateways does. Gateways is currently in its fifth year, despite having had taken a break during the 2011-2012 school year, when it was referred to as STEM, an acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Main Line Life - Radnor stays in family for new principal
  2. ^ "Radnor Middle School Formally Recognized as Green Ribbon School". Radnor Middle School. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Overview / Welcome and Overview". Radnor Middle School. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°02′37″N 75°23′09″W / 40.04362°N 75.38580°W / 40.04362; -75.38580