A Letter to Parents and Students

Dear Parents and Students,

Please join us in supporting your individual student and the value of his or her education via our PRIDE program. The responsibility for a student’s success in PRIDE lives within the student, his or her parents, and our faculty and staff.

The PRIDE program is a comprehensive core program which will be taught through a research class. However, the program will be implemented, practiced and supervised throughout all of the student’s classes.

Crystal Lake Middle School applauds your personal and academic successes.

PRIDE Mission Statement

Building Persistence and Responsibility while valuing Diversity on your path to Instructional and personal success through goal-setting, self-discovery, and striving to maximize high expectations.

  • Persistence
  • Responsibility
  • Instruction
  • Diversity
  • Expectations

PRIDE Curriculum

The curriculum of the PRIDE program is woven into all grade levels and academic classes. Each year, students will focus on a research project to help them prepare for their future. To enhance the oral speaking and research component, all science, social studies and language arts classes will incorporate use of works cited in research-based assignments as well as oral presentations.

The PRIDE curriculum for educational and personal success teaches:

  • Organization
  • Responsibility
  • Goal-setting
  • Accountability
  • Study Skills
  • Time Management
  • Life Choices

The PRIDE Goals

  • Maintain an organized binder
  • Use Cornell Notes
  • Personal Improvement
  • Participate in study groups
  • Be a leader

The PRIDE Student…

Succeeds through self-discovery:

  • Decision making skills
  • Prioritizing
  • Learning Effective habits

Will maximize personal potential through:

  • Career and college studies
  • High school visits
  • A job fair
  • Conducting a college fair
  • Learning specialized technology

Will be a great communicator through:

  • Learning conferencing skills
  • Resume building
  • Handling peer pressure
  • Oratorical delivery

The PRIDE Binder

This year the only supplies students will be required to have from home are a steady supply of:

  • Lined paper
  • Pencils
  • Blue or black pens
  • Red pens
  • 2 yellow highlighters

Everything else will be supplied in the PRIDE binder.

The PRIDE binder will include the following items:

Calendar Tabs

  1. A year-long monthly calendar for students to record important school functions and dates.
  2. Daily logs for each 9-weeks On each weekly log, students will record the agenda, including Focus, Classwork, Homework and Due Date for each class every day. At the end of the week, a parent’s signature is required for the daily log.

Reference Tab

The Reference Tab includes reference materials for students to use.


Students will keep track of their CIM assessment scores each benchmark, as well as the overall mastery benchmark for their team.

Subject Tabs

Students will arrange their subject area classes with dividers. Each subject may have up to 5 “sub-tabs” chosen by the teacher.

Grade Logs

There will be a grade log for each subject for students to record all grades given by the teacher. This will enable students to calculate grades on a daily basis. This is also a tool to be used by the parent.

Binder Rubric

Students will receive a grade in each class for their binder. The binder is worth at least 10% of the student’s overall grade. A scoring rubric was created for uniformity. Each team will decide when and how often to check binders.

Personalization Page

Students are not to decorate their binders with pictures, stickers, graffiti, etc., except on the designated personalization page (blue cardstock). The content of this page must be school appropriate.

Other contents may include:

  • A Pencil Pouch
  • Zipper Storage Bag: Students may use a large Ziploc bag to keep their library books.

Replacement binders may be purchased throughout the year. Replacements DO NOT include any of the other supplies.

Binder Purging Procedures

Individual teachers may decide which materials are important to store in the binders and which do not need to be kept. Teachers may ask their students to purge the contents at their discretion for their subject tab only. Storage of the purged materials, if necessary, is the teachers’ responsibility. They may store purged materials in their classroom or send them home for students to be responsible for.

Cornell Notes

Cornell notes provide a simple and organized method of taking notes. Students set up their paper for the notes by folding notebook paper from the 3 hole punches over toward thee fain red line on the right side of the paper and crease, After folding, the students will trace a line down the crease to separate the two columns, A title is written across the top of the paper to help students stay organized when filing the notes.