District 55 to open new middle school in fall

A new middle school will open in Blackfoot this coming fall.
Summit Middle School is for sixth, seventh and eighth graders.
A parent presentation is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Tuesday to explain the objectives of this new school. The meeting will take place in the board room in the Blackfoot District office, 270 E. Bridge St., in Blackfoot.
"This will be a non-traditional middle school," said administrator Brandee Hewitt. "It will be project-based learning.
The school will be located upstairs in the district office.
"The number of middle school students will be capped at 90," Hewitt said.
The parents of interested students will need to fill out an application form. There will also be an interview with the student and his/her parents or guardians. As part of the interview process, each student must prepare a presentation about "Why I am a good fit for this program."
It needs to be a three-minutes or less presentation and can be a speech or Power Point or poster.
The school will be four days each week with a session on one Friday each month.
The students will wear a uniform every day.
The uniform is a t-shirt with Summit Middle School printed on it. If accepted, each student will be given one t-shirt. Other t-shirts can be purchased.
"We are planning to do authentic learning activities to see what people do in our everyday world," said Hewitt. "We want the students to be seen in this uniform so people in the community see us as a school.
Summit Middle School received a 21st Century Grant in Mid-April, the administrator said. "An after-school program will also be offered.
Applications are available at the parents' meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday and also at Wapello Elementary where Hewitt is the school's principal. Hewitt will be the administrator at both Wapello Elementary and Summit Middle School.
For more information, call Hewitt at (208) 785-8844.