Published by terri.phillips on Thu, 10/24/2013 - 08:57

In the years prior to 1989, Pulaski Heights Junior High was organized and operated like a mini-high school.

The curriculum was departmentalized:
Math and Social Studies departments were located on the fourth floor, English and Foreign Languages on the third floor, while Science classes met on the first and second floors. Almost all teachers were assigned to teach more than one grade level. Teachers worked independently of each other. In some cases teachers working in the same building for a number of years did not even know each other.

In the spring of 1989, Pulaski Heights was invited to become part of the New Futures program, which was sponsored and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The seventh grade faculty voted to become part of the program beginning with the 1989-1990 school year.

The original seventh grade teams were named the 4th Floor Cluster and the 3rd Floor Cluster. Teams met at 7:30 each Friday to plan activities for the next week. Incentive and reward programs were implemented in an attempt to reach and motivate at risk students.

The 1990-1991 school year marked the first year that Pulaski Heights practiced school-wide teaming.
Forty-two teachers and 643 students comprised the six grade level teams.

The Superstars and A-Team comprised the 9th grade teams, Wings and Somebody represented the 8th grade teams, while WOW and Skyriders were the two 7th grade teams.Today, teaming remains strong and viable at Pulaski Heights. Sixty teachers and 857 students are served by six grade level and three related arts teams. The current roster of PH teams reads as follows: Firecrackers and Wings (8th grade), Skyriders and WOW (7th grade),
Champions and Allstars (6th grade)

Teaming has placed Pulaski Heights Junior High on the cutting edge of a fresh, new, child-centered middle level education curriculum, which will prepare students for the exciting challenges of the twenty-first century.