About Us

West Prairie Middle School, home of the Cyclones, is located in Colchester and serves 175 students in grades five through eight from the communities of Good Hope, Colchester, Tennessee, Blandinsville, and Sciota. The Middle School staff has a total of 27 building employees. This includes a school counselor, school psychologist, and part-time social worker.  Staff is committed to fulfilling the mission to provide a safe, challenging, and nurturing environment where individual connections are made.  Using technology routinely with instruction, allows students to attain 21st-century skills through collaborating, creating, and exploring. Skills needed to prepare for a successful future.


West Prairie Middle School embraces the middle school concept by providing a daily advisory period, daily team-planning period, and electives.  The purpose of advisory is to promote social-emotional learning and create a more personalized learning environment where all students are well known by at least one adult.   Teams of teachers meet daily to plan interdisciplinary units and activities and ensure students’ individual needs are being met.  In addition to core courses, all students have the opportunity to participate in art, PE, music appreciation, introduction to agriculture, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).


During the 2016-2017 school year, WPMS transitioned from the traditional technology course to a STEM course.  Students engage in a hands-on, project-based curriculum that promotes critical thinking and problem solving.   Throughout the course, students behave as technical investigators by using tools and completing tasks that promote scientific inquiry.  Students pose “What if…?” questions, make predictions, test behaviors of models, and record and present findings.


In 2013, West Prairie Middle School adopted a 1:1 iPad program with iPads.  The integration of technology for all students allows our environment to be truly student centered.  The technology is used to enhance our curriculum and allows our students to explore, create, and collaborate with one another and the outside world.


West Prairie Middle School has strong systems in place to provide support to students, both academically and behaviorally.  Daily schedules include a 25-minute RTI period to provide reading and math interventions to students needing additional opportunities to strengthen skills.  A strong PBIS program provides many celebrations and incentives to students who demonstrate positive behavior.



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