Goddard Middle School
Home of the Vikings
I am excited to personally welcome you to Goddard Middle School. We serve about 750 LPS students and families just west of Historic Downtown Littleton. We take every opportunity possible to build positive relationships with our families to foster a partnership as we navigate the tricky waters of middle school together. We love our families and we are proud to serve a demographically diverse community.
Our Shared Mission is to create a high-performing school that supports continuous learning, pride in individual accomplishment and growth toward independence and social responsibility.
We support our Shared Mission through rigorous academics and instilling high yield behavior characteristics in all students. We have focused our academic targets on preparing all students for success in high school and beyond. This comes from ensuring rigor and relevance in our curriculum and delivery, providing access to learning for all students and instilling a passion for learning.
We also believe there are key elements to successfully moving forward such an ambitious academic mission. Starting with a growth mindset that supports the belief that intelligence is not fixed, we focus on the continuous development of grit, resilience and the love of learning. Research shows that successful people combine a passion for learning while continuously employing dedication and hard work. We believe and reinforce with our students that these life-long skills carry equal weight to intelligence when it comes to future success.
We are excited to partner with you on this journey. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Our school opened in 1968 and is named after Robert H. Goddard, who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid fueled rocket in 1926. The rocket, which was later dubbed "Nell", rose just 41 feet during a 2.5-second flight that ended 184 feet away in a cabbage field.
Although Robert Goddard died in 1945, his pioneering work in rocketry carried on. After World War II, the United States experimented with captured German V-2 Rockets. Based on these experiments the U.S. decided in 1946 to develop its own large liquid-fueled rocket design, to be called Neptune. This was later changed to Viking.