“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked ‘why’” – Bernard Baruch, Philanthropist & Statesman

Raider Times is a collection of students that work together in order to create a news source for you, students, and the community.  It is an online platform for students to express their ideas and creativity.  It helps these students to develop their critical thinking skills and builds peer-to-peer relationships, while shaping their perspectives, opinions, and identities.  


Raider Times provides current newsworthy articles both around our country, community and school.  They learn a lot of workplace skills including management, meeting deadlines, and communicating well with others. 

Raider Times Website:  News that Matter to You!


One of Cleveland Middle School’s showcase examples of a student-led, ongoing project-based learning and STEM Design Thinking experience is Raider Times. Raider Times is a school newspaper where the students brainstorm, design, write and edit the product.  Raider Times began its relationship with Lee University's School of Arts and Communication during the 2019-2020 school year. Each semester Lee University hosts the Raider Times digital newspaper staff to participate in several on-campus seminars and digital training sessions which are specifically designed and tailored for Lee University has gifted Raider Times with professional-level cameras and digital equipment as well as other items to encourage a quality digital newspaper format at the middle-school level. Cleveland Middle School also works on-site with the Lee University's digital newspaper, which is called the Lee Clarion. Students from both schools have worked closely together to engage in professional learning and future careers in leadership, communication, digital media, and writing. 


Many of the students who write, film, design, post and edit for Raider Times are also an integral part of Raider TV.  This symbiotic relationship allows for a more well-rounded exposure to the varied responsibilities of a journalist.

collaboration with lee university

Students from Lee University's student-run news outlet, the Lee Clarion, spent the morning teaching the CMS Raider Times staff interview techniques.  Mentoring our young journalist on the crafts of journalism [assignments, stories, photographs, design, etc].  


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.