Letter from the Principal

Brandon Wojcik

Welcome Back

October is upon us, and depending on when you are reading this, may be a month or more into the school year already. So far, we have enjoyed a very smooth start to the year. The days leading up to the students’ return always seem frenzied, but as soon as the kids arrive, everyone settles into a routine and gets to work. Although I am always relieved to settle back into a consistent routine, I find that I don’t physically and mentally adjust to the school schedule for a week or two into the new year. My wife is an educator as well, and it takes the first few weeks for our family to find our groove and transition from “summer mode.” I hope the year has started well for you and hopefully you and your family have settled into a “regular” routine as well.

It has been an especially smooth transition for our incoming 7th graders this year. Our newly adopted team approach for middle school teachers has already had a positive impact on these students. The anecdotal evidence provided by the team so far is encouraging to say the least. Teachers are reporting less tardiness to class, reduced time practicing procedures, less locker troubles and a higher rate of homework completion. We also kick-started our monthly meetings initiative between teachers, guest speakers and middle school students. These meetings consist of two-way dialogue on subjects like character traits, positive social media habits, physical and emotional health, resilience, and bullying. This discourse, coupled with publicly reinforcing and celebrating positive behaviors, will certainly pay off in the long run.

Middle schoolers spend much of their time trying to figure out who they are and how they are going to fit in the world. Offering a variety of programming, activities and classes at this level is crucial to them figuring that out. In addition to academic variety, middle school teachers also spend a great deal of time creating and nurturing positive relationships with their students. They are teaching and constantly reinforcing study skills, social skills and life skills like organization and personal responsibility. Being a 7-12 building, we don’t have the luxury of having a physically-separated middle school. Luckily, the professionals I get to work with have taken the first steps to create an atmosphere where these teens and tweens don’t feel lost in the shuffle, and instead believe that that their needs and well-being are a number one priority for all of us.

As always, I welcome a dialogue with you at any time on suggestions for improvement; my door is always open.

Respectfully,

Brandon F. Wojcik
Jr-Sr High School Principal

 

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