What can be improved/added
I have heard many students say they wish there was a drama/theater program in middle school. Elementary gave them a venue in which they "found their voice/confidence" and thrived! However, there's a 2 year gap until high school for these students to continue to develop this talent, creativity, and passion.
Student driven elective choices at the middle school level
If a student registers for an elective every effort should be made to accommodate. Currently, band, choir, AVID and others are locked into their elective for the entire year, which prevents them from taking any STEM, art or other electives.
Bring back cursive writing
I just don't understand why we think our kids don't need to learn how to write in cursive. They do, and I know I am not alone in this thought.
Introductory computer coding class
Given the importance of computer science, it may be beneficial to offer an introductory computer coding class for those interested. My child is learning to code through various tools online, but I think there are benefits to learning how to code in a classroom setting with groups solving problems.
Field trips please! Get out in the world and explore! Plus I'd REALLY love to see more of the practical day to day topics starting to be taught at this age, like budgeting, good communication skills, etc. Skills they will need for life.