Terrill Middle School
Terrill Middle School is a public middle school located in Scotch Plains, in Union County, New Jersey, USA, as part of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District, which also serves students from the borough of Fanwood. The school is home to students grades 5-8. In 2003 its enrollment was some 747 students, of whom just 1% were eligible for free lunch, compared to a state average of 25%.
The fifth graders have a single primary teacher, with other teachers to teach classes such as music, art, physical education, and world language. The students in grades 6-8 have eight periods a day. The classes taken by these students are Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Physical Education, a foreign language (Italian, Spanish, or French), Writing Workshop, and an exploratory. Art is taken by students in grades 6 and 8, while technology education is taken by students in grade 7, and S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) is taken in all three years. The schedule is a 6-day rotation with a blue and white schedule. On blue days, students take either Math Explorations, or their elective for the semester, and on white days, the electives are reversed. Blue days are days 1-3 and white are 4-6. After white day 6, the schedule repeats at blue day 1.
Students in the school's "Thinking Is Basic" program have made presentations to the district's Board of Education, advocating for inclusion of community service as part of the middle school curriculum. Recently, the school's "Thinking Is Basic" was renamed QUEST because Thinking is Basic was thought to be too offensive to children not in the program, and this followed for the entire Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District.
Awards and recognition
Principal John Foulks won the 1991 Golden Lamp Award for outstanding achievement from the Secondary School Principals' Association of New Jersey.
Teacher Michael Picciottoli was named 2011 Middle Level educator of the year by the New Jersey Middle School Association.
- Kevin Holloway - Principal
- Ralph Gerace - Assistant Principal
- Derrick Caracter, power forward/center for the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team, averaged nearly 30 points per game as an eighth grader at Terrill. As an 6-9, 286-pound eighth grader, Character was named "best prospect" at the 2002 Nike All-America Camp, beating out current NBA players Luol Deng, Kris Humphries and Ndudi Ebi.
- Scott Goldblatt, Swimmer who won a Gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a Silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, with both medals earned in the 4 x 200 m Freestyle Relay.
- Schultz, Theresa. "Students: Community service should be in curriculum", Record-Press, June 14, 2007.
- Middle School - 1997, Edyth May Sliffe Awards from the Mathematical Association of America. Accessed June 29, 2007.
- Cheslow, Jerry. " If You're Thinking of Living in: Scotch Plains", 'The New York Times, 'June 23, 1991, Accessed June 29, 2007.
- "National High School face-off today", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2002. "while playing at Terrill Middle School in Fanwood, NJ, Caracter averaged 29 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 blocks as an eighth grader."
- "CARACTER BUILDER FOR STORM", New York Daily News, July 14, 2002. "The biggest bombshell of the summer observation period occurred when Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop named 6-9, 286-pound eighth-grade phenom Derrick Caracter of Terrill Middle School (Fanwood, N.J.) the best prospect at the Nike All-America Camp in Indianapolis after just the first day of competition. He beat out 6-7 forward Luol Deng of Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.), 6-8 Kris Humphries of Minnetonka, Minn., and 6-10 Ndudi Ebi of Westbury Christian (Houston)."
- "Swimmer ready for the race of his life", The Star-Ledger, September 17, 2000. "Name: Scott Goldblatt Age: 21 Hometown: Summit Residence: Scotch Plains, until going away to college in Austin, Texas. Education: He attended Mcginn Elementary School, Coles Elementary School and Terrill Middle School in Scotch Plains and then the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, graduating in 1997." Cheese
- Official website
- Terrill Middle School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- PublicSchoolReview.com report