Tanapag Middle School (TMS) lies in the center of Tanapag village surrounded by residential homes. It will see its first major hotel development across the main road in a couple of years or so. Tanapag Middle School was established in the year 2014. It is in its fifth year as a middle school. Prior to that it was an elementary school serving mostly students from the Tanapag village area. It is the smallest and only middle school on the North side of Saipan. Today it serves all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from the north side and parts of Capitol Hill. In the past three years, TMS had seen an average decline of about 8% in student population each year. The bulk of our incoming new students come from our elementary feeder school Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School. However, this school year, the school saw a slight increase in student population. Currently TMS has a total of 161 students in the 6th through 8th grade. The school currently has 11 classroom teachers and 2 classroom instructors. The school is still in search of a Chamorro Language teacher. It will also soon be lacking a General Arts teacher as the current General Arts teacher recently opted to pursue other career paths. Another challenge the school faces is the ground it sits on. The school was built on top of a wetland area. The physical geography of the school grounds has shifted and changed over the years as a result. This has affected accessibility to school grounds during the rainy seasons and has damaged classroom floor tiles in some of the classrooms. Despite the challenges, TMS continues to grow and develop in positive ways.
“Tanapag Middle School is committed to providing a safe, orderly, and conducive learning environment for all students. It aims to provide teachers with the necessary resources, training and support to nurture respectful, healthy, high achieving, self-directed, college, and career ready individuals”. This is the school’s mission statement. We expect students to be responsible, respectful, ready, and resourceful every day by modeling and nurturing such behaviors. TMS aims to empower students with the knowledge and skills that they will need for the future. All students, teachers, staff, and parents are expected to know the school’s mission statement. Teachers and students especially must know it by heart. It is the school’s belief that knowing and understanding the school’s overall purpose provides for a clearer direction on the school’s daily operations. The school aims to challenge students to expand on things they already know and to explore and discover new learnings. The school not only strives to improve in its academic achievement, but also prepare all students to be emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially ready.
Notable Achievements and Areas of Improvememts
In the past three years, TMS has seen steady growth. It has experience fluctuations in student academic achievement prompting the school to take a closer look at various data and root causes to help determine best possible course of actions. Reading and math achievements has always been a challenge. A great deal of effort and focus in the past three years has been in the area of reading and math achievements. In school year 2017-2018, not only did TMS see growth in student academic achievement, the school met seven out of twelve goals for the ACT Aspire State Assessment. TMS 8th graders met all their goals set for ACT Aspire Reading, Math, Science, and English. Other positive improvements include a decline in student discipline referral. Clear and consistent discipline procedures have dramatically impacted the number of student referrals. TMS for the first time last school year did not have to need the assistance of the CNMI’s Department of Public Safety. In the next three years, TMS will continue its focus in reading and math academic achievements. We have started this by adding more time dedicated to reading and math during the scheduled school half days. Additionally, increased focus will be placed in the child’s overall wellbeing pertaining to their health and learning abilities. The school is working closely with its community partners to provide students with services, opportunities, and support that may otherwise be unavailable at the school level. TMS also wants to master the art of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students at various levels. We will continue to improve on this through instructional curricular programs and professional developments.