August 8, 2016
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you and your family have enjoyed a restful summer. Our summer here at STMS has gone by very quickly but we are excited about, and looking forward to, the new school year. As I mentioned in my Year in Review letter that was sent home in June, we had many positive successes during the last school year; establishing the benchmarks against which we can measure our growth this year as we move towards reaching our goal.
Our goal here at STMS is to be recognized as a Pennsylvania School to Watch by 2018! To be one of the best middle schools in the state, we will focus daily on our mission – The Success of Every Learner, Every Day. This mission statement is a direct reflection of Dr. Kline’s vision for the school district: World Class. Every Day. In Every Way. Everything that we do this year at STMS will focus on your child being successful and experiencing academic growth in a safe and positive learning environment.
To establish that positive learning environment from the beginning, we will run a normal school day schedule on day one. I have enclosed a copy of your child’s class schedule. Our doors will open at 7:27 and students will report to their Academic Enrichment class by 7:40. A copy of our building-wide class schedule and information on our academic teams can be found on our website at www.hannasd.org. The STMS website is an important communication tool that will be updated frequently throughout the school year.
In addition to your child’s class schedule, you will find enclosed a student biographical sheet. It is very important to us that the information on the biographical sheet is accurate. Please take a moment to review this document to ensure that all of the information is correct, especially your mailing address and email address. Please make any necessary corrections using red ink if possible. All parents/guardians are asked to sign the biographical sheet, even if no changes are made, and return the biographical sheet to school with your child on the first day of school.
Also enclosed with this letter is information on our new security system called the School Gate Guardian system, a food services letter, a letter from our transportation department and information from our school nurse. Please take a few moments to read through all of these important documents.
We have several new teachers on the STMS staff this year. I would like to welcome:
New teachers and seasoned teachers alike agree that our students will experience success more readily when positive collaboration between school and home occurs. There are many opportunities for parents to be involved this school year. As a school, we will communicate frequently, keeping you posted on upcoming events. Please plan to attend some of our Principal’s Coffees and our PTSO meetings throughout the school year. I am also in need of four parent volunteers who would be interested in sitting on my Principal’s Advisory Committee (PAC). PAC meetings will occur on the third Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM. Please contact our office if you are interested in volunteering for this committee. I have included our Parent Engagement Plan with this letter for your planning purposes.
To increase collaboration between students, teachers, parents and administration, Susquehanna Township School District has embarked on a world class technology initiative. All teachers will be utilizing the web-based Office 365 platform. All students will have free access to Office 365 to download onto home devices. Helping your child learn to utilize Office 365 and learning to utilize Office 365 yourself is an excellent way to collaborate with the school. I am very excited about this new technology initiative and I am anxious to see student engagement improve as a result of our new technologies.
I am very excited about our upcoming school year. I believe that Susquehanna Township Middle School is a school that is full of awesome kids. Kids who desire a safe learning environment where they are challenged daily to be the best version of themselves. My promise to you is that we are going to strive to create that learning environment where every child experiences success, every day.