Knox Trail Middle school has undergone many changes since opening its doors in 1994. Originally named Knox Trail Junior High, its purpose was to educate seventh and eighth grade students residing in the towns of Spencer and East Brookfield. Today, it houses Spencer and East Brookfield students in grades five through eight. The faculty and staff consists of 29 full time teachers,1 shared staff, 2 guidance counselors, a learning center program, a life skills program, a library clerk, and a nurse to educate and serve nearly 450 students. With an eye toward preparing our students for their 21st century world, we offer one-to-one Chromebooks in grades seven and eight, and classroom Chromebook Carts for grades five and six. There are two computer labs and a STEM lab, and each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and SMART Board technology.
Our teachers are passionate, dedicated professionals who give countless hours of their own time to offer enriching lessons and extracurricular activities to our students. Students are at the heart of everything we do, and every decision we make. We work tirelessly with parents and families to make sure we are educating the whole child and teaching them to be thoughtful, productive citizens.
To ease our new students' anxiety and trepidation, the teachers hold a meet and greet at the sending school in June. Here, students are introduced to their new teachers and get summer reading lists. All new students are also invited to an orientation in August for a presentation on the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the school along with a tour of the building.
Both Spencer and East Brookfield are communities of individuals committed to the academic, social and emotional growth of all students. We believe that a successful middle school must put the individual learners at the center of curricular and organizational planning. All of our courses are designed to provide adolescents with the opportunity to question, to gain knowledge, to experiment in a safe and supportive environment, and to experience challenges and successes. Knox Trail Middle School embraces the team concept in which a small group of teachers instructing science, English language arts, mathematics and social studies work with a shared group of students. Each team is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students to learn. Class placement is based on a variety of criteria, including:
- A student’s special education needs
- Gender balance
- Social groupings to promote cooperation and collaboration
- Feedback from a child’s previous teacher
- Mathematics and reading skills
Knox Trail offers fall girls and boys soccer and cross country. In the winter, girls and boys basketball and cheerleading. Lastly, spring sports include softball and baseball.
Beginners Band, Intramurals, Peer Leaders, National Junior Honor Society, Robotics, Drama, Foreign Language
School Name History:
The adoption of the school’s name is quite historic. During the American Revolution, General Henry Knox proposed traveling 300 miles to Ticonderoga to bring the artillery back to General George Washington in Boston. This voyage would give the Continental Army a good chance of dislodging the British from Boston and scoring a badly needed victory. Although Knox's return to Boston appeared hopeless due to the severe winter weather, he traveled eastward into Massachusetts and struggled on to Springfield. With 80 yoke of fresh oxen, the expedition passed through Brookfield, Spencer (specifically on school property), Leicester, Worcester, Shrewsbury, Northborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Framingham, Wayland, Weston, Waltham, and Watertown. On January 24, 1776, Knox's "noble train of artillery" entered Cambridge. Thanks largely to Henry Knox, the vaunted British Army had little chance of ending the siege of Boston.