Dear CMS Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I am very excited for the upcoming year as there has been a great deal of work done over the summer to make the Central Middle School experience a fantastic one for your child/children. The district is making progress in our effort to bring personalized learning to fruition in the classrooms. The CMS staff has engaged in a variety of professional development opportunities to understand how we can meet every student where he or she is and facilitate growth in identified areas by leveraging individual interests, passions and strengths.
Our ultimate goal is to support every child in building the capacities outlined in the Vision of the Graduate. This document guides our collective efforts and serves as the foundation for our academic institution. In consideration of how fast the world is changing, due in large part to the evolution of technology, schools are trying to keep up and establish learning environments that best prepare students for their lives ahead. We at CMS understand the need to connect with our students. Building positive relationships is essential to teaching and learning as education is not solely an academic endeavor. To that end we also recognize that middle schoolers are going to make mistakes, assert their independence, challenge us, and question our authority. That is not necessarily the job of an adolescent, but it is in their DNA! They will (or already are) doing the same thing to you and while it can be frustrating, these moments can serve as important learning experiences and developmental milestones for a child. A strong connection between home and school is essential to turning missteps into achievements. As a point of emphasis, I want to share two quotes I came across this summer that resonated with me:
1.“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot…and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
2.“The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I’ve found it!), but ‘That’s funny…’.” – Isaac Asimov
For all of these moments, Central Middle School serves as a resource to you and your children as we work together to navigate a significant stage in the lives of our kids. We are looking forward to a meaningful and productive partnership with you over the next year and the opportunity to learn, grow and celebrate our collective successes!
Thomas Healy, Principal