Greetings, West Middle School Families:
Hello Parents and Caregivers!
I have a secret to admit --- I am not a fan of Harry Potter. I know that must sound inconceivable coming from a middle school educator. The books are just not my cup of tea – but their author is. J.K. Rowling wrote an amazing little quote, not in a Harry Potter adventure, but in a commencement speech delivered for graduates at Harvard University. She said "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already."
I love middle school because we can actually see our students discover that power for the first time. They transform before our eyes - from playful and near-sighted elementary children to young adults discerning the beginnings of their lifelong passions and purpose. They realize they are powerful souls who can think critically, solve problems and work together to change their world.
I am honored to be a part of a special community where passion for diverse interests, hope for the future and belief in what we can accomplish guide our actions every day. I am proud to be the principal of a school that values citizenship, academic achievement, respect for others and inclusive excellence. I am surrounded by an incredible team in the WMS staff. They are truly second to none. We believe in rigorous learning and caring relationships with students, as well as the fun that comes with working with this unique age group. Consider our school mission – By design, we are excellence and opportunity, support and collaboration, sincerity and inspiration. Every day in middle school is a new beginning, an opportunity for students to explore rich academic content and to share ideas that might just be the foundation for their pursuits in college and career.
Please know that you have an open invitation to join myself and the staff of West Middle School during the year. Please come in and sit down, talk to us, attend our events, find a time to volunteer and to participate. I believe that open communication and time spent together will strengthen the bonds of our school community, improve academic and social outcomes for our students and make our school the best it can be. We aren't The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry --- but I believe we are a close second!!!
With warm regards,