Kuna Middle School
1360 West Boise Street, Kuna, ID 83634

About Us

What is Standards-Based Grading?

Standards-Based Grading is when teachers report grades based on what students actually know and are able to do relative to the expected learning for that grade level (The Kuna Standards and The Common Core Standards).


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From the Principal-Update

Hello Kuna Middle School Families,

With change comes growth. This year of transition will provide tremendous growth and learning opportunities for all of us at KMS, students, staff, and community members. As we start this new adventure together, it’s important to be mindful of the role education plays during this developmental period. At KMS, we intend to create memories of belonging, togetherness, safety, courage, and strength. When students feel connected and safe, their ability to grow and learn increases exponentially.

The adolescent years bring many unique challenges and exciting opportunities for growth and we strive to support students through this important developmental time in their lives. Middle school students grow constantly in many ways. In the article from NAESP.org  “A Quick Look Into the Middle School Brain,” author Emma S. McDonald describes how the brain develops in adolescents, how we can understand it better, and how to support our children and students. Helping students develop a positive self-esteem, positive self-image, and positive interpersonal relationships enable them the opportunity to learn their role in the world in a safe manner. Embracing the passion and energy of young adolescents is both the challenge and the joy of working with these students.

As a community at KMS, we are working together to best meet the needs of your child, whether they be social, emotional, academic, or other needs. We ask for a healthy partnership with you to help your child learn and grow. Know that our goal is to assist every child in meeting their full potential. We are stronger in working together rather than separately.

Yeats once said, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Being an excellent school is much more than students gaining knowledge and skills; we hope to inspire our youth to do and be their best, even in the face of challenge.

Join us in our mission to inspire our youth to feel passionate about their educational journey. Share your ideas, your dreams for your child, your expectations, and your feedback with us. Stronger together.

Paul Hoerl Souza and KMS Team



Homeroom Program

Kuna Middle School

Goals of KMS Homeroom Program:

• Strong relationships with adults - Every student will have an adult in our building who knows them very well – and advocates for them. This adult is the single most important person in the building for that student.
• Sense of community - Every student will have a group in which they feel safe and accepted. This is an effort to make our large school feel smaller. Student focus is on creating and belonging to a community, taking care of others, and contributing to something bigger than themselves.
• Character building – Every student will have a chance to grow socially, physically, emotionally and become a well-rounded individual. Students will discuss, investigate and practice positive character traits that include respect, integrity and kindness.
• Academic support – Every student will learn and grow academically. Students will set personal academic goals and strive to meet and exceed those goals. Staff will push, encourage, and follow through with every student to encourage academic growth in a supportive atmosphere.



• Every homeroom teacher will create a positive connection with their students and the student's parents & family.
• The homeroom teacher will become the expert on each student (i.e. testing and academic scores, personal struggles, family issues, special recognition, IEP, 504).
• Everyone assigned a homeroom will participate. Staff who do not have an assigned homeroom will support the program as much as possible.
• Teams will plan homeroom timelines together, following a focus area each month - with the ability to be flexible and creative as a group or individually.
• Teams will lead activities which are student-centered and designed to meet the goals of the program
• KMS staff will work to support the program, work hard to make it successful, share ideas with others, and suggest ideas for improvement.



• Admin: expectations, accountability, support, resources & participation
• Committee & committee chair: ideas, resources, information, calendar and whole-school activity coordination
• Staff: support, effort, follow-through and high expectations



• Get-to-know each other activities
• Contact parents with positive news
• One-on-one check-ins with all kids
• Big brother / Big sister (cross grades)



• Service projects
• School improvement projects
• Team up with another grade level activities
• Revive the Wonder activities
• Class meetings
• School safety & security ideas and projects



• Sportsmanship through tournaments and challenges
• Word of the week (agenda) discussions
• HR binder activities (7th & 8th)
• Revive the Wonder activities


Academic support:

• Check agendas
• Personally deliver a student to tutorial
• Individual goal setting
• Individual ISAT conferencing with students and goal check-ups
• Agenda CD resources & website resources
• Progress report and quarter grade checks
• Cross-grade level tutoring

KMS Goals

Kuna Middle School



1. Increase academic achievement.

2. Implement the Middle School Model.

3. Promote and maintain a respectful community.

4. Maintain a clean and safe school campus.


Teaming is a research-based teaching and learning strategy which matches groups of students with the same core teachers.

What is teaming?

An Interdisciplinary Teaching Team is a group of core teachers (English, math, science, and history) that work together with the same group of students. Teachers work together to eliminate the impersonal, random scheduling of the junior high school. The idea is to create small communities of learning within the school.

How will teaming benefit students?

• Teachers working in teams can design instruction and activities which relate across subject areas and are more meaningful to students.
• Students workloads can be coordinated to make sure major tests, projects, and homework are spread out evenly across subjects.
• Discipline and other related problems tend to decrease because teachers can work together to identify strategies for students who need increased structure or consistency.
• Academic performance tends to increase because instruction is coordinated and ties together.

How will teaming benefit parents?

• Team conference periods offer parents a time to meet with the student's teachers as a scheduled part of the school day.
• Progress reports are more easily requested and completed.
• One call to the school can get you a complete picture of your child's progress.
• Teaming is designed to promote connectedness between teachers, students, and parents.
• Teams can communicate more efficiently and thoroughly with parents about upcoming projects, tests, and classroom activities.