Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope that you are enjoying a summer of rest, relaxation, and great times with family and friends. The faculty and staff at Windham Middle School are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways at the end of August. We are looking forward to seeing the growth of each of our returning students, meeting each of our new students and seeing the products of the summer reading and math work that all students have completed.
Personally, I am thrilled to continue this journey with you as your principal. Over the past year, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you and your children, and look forward to continue building relationships with students and their families. As we enter this new school year, we will continue to work on a few specific initiatives and add to our work where necessary. This work is based on the district’s vision that “Every student, every day, in every classroom will be deeply engaged in their own learning, challenged by high expectations, supported by staff, family, and community, and will graduate with the competence and confidence needed for success.”
In order to accomplish this goal, Windham Middle School’s administrative team will focus on three areas this coming school year. The first area we will concentrate on is our transition to becoming a restorative practice school. The goal of this transition to create relationships between students and their peers and students and the adults in the building; these relationships will then lead to having a higher percentage of students meeting behavioral expectations. Parents and community members can expect to be invited to restorative practice information nights throughout the course of the year. The second area of focus is high quality instruction, which will ensure that each student is receiving the high quality instruction that he/she deserves. This will be done through teachers receiving feedback on their instruction on a regular basis and providing teachers who want and need it the opportunity to attend professional development. The last area of focus will be student attendance. Even in middle school, it is imperative that students come to school every day. “Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school – and themselves…Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.”1 Therefore, the school community will be working toward the goal of having all students attend school at least 90% of the time.
Finally, I would like to thank you for trusting Windham Middle School’s administrative team with your children’s middle school education. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to share.