MS 226, aptly named the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School, focuses on exploratory learning experiences, which allow our students to “reach for the stars”. With this in mind, MS 226 is organized into four learning communities (Discovery and Exploration Academy, Visionaries Academy, Humanities Academy and the Renaissance Academy). These learning communities allow our teachers to better meet the needs of each individual student while allowing maximum learning to take place in small learning environments.
There is an emphasis that is placed on literacy in all subjects, as well as hands-on experiential learning. Technology is integrated into every aspect of the curriculum, which allows our children to learn beyond the walls of the classroom. The staff of the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School is dedicated to educating students in various academic stages, as well as fostering their personal and social development.
Our critically acclaimed concert band focuses on all genres of music, from Broadway to jazz and finally modern rock. M.S.226 features a series of after-school educational clubs where our students can engage in a myriad of educational activities including: drama, dance, band, poetry creative writing, chorus, art, and technology. Our well-stocked UFT Teacher’s Center is overflowing with the newest instructional materials and equipment to enhance teaching and learning. This center is the hub of professional development where teachers can learn the latest methodologies in education. The different learning styles of our youngsters are matched with the appropriate strategies to differentiate instruction, while enhancing learning with the goal of success for every student! The Virgil I. Grissom Middle School appreciates the fact that every child is important and therefore utilizes both formal and informal data, while recognizing the importance of meeting the needs of the “whole child”. Every child comes to our school with unique abilities and strengths, and the school community makes every effort to build upon these assets. The heart of our efforts at Virgil I. Grissom Middle School is to insure that each student realizes whatever unique potential of body, mind, and spirit that he or she may possess and be supported in reaching his/her maximum potential.
At MS 226, the Virgil I. Grissom Middle School, teaming shapes our vision to reach for the stars as we encourage our students and staff to strive for excellence.