Greetings from Dr. Baugus
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
Dear Central Middle Families,
Happy 2020! Although it is only the beginning of February, this year has already been busy, filled with orientation for incoming sixth graders and outgoing eighth-graders, course selections for next year, after- school activities and clubs, intramural basketball games, preparations by Student Council for upcoming events, staff development for teachers and drama rehearsals. I am so incredibly proud of all the students at Central Middle and their dedication to both academics and good citizenship. The more time we have together, the more we learn to appreciate and value our strengths and individual perspectives which ultimately make our school the wonderful place it is to learn and grow.
I am thrilled to announce that Dr. Cathy Lorenz will assume the role of building principal at PCMS effective July 1, 2020. Cathy currently is the 8th-grade assistant principal and has been serving Parkway Central Middle School for the past four years as an administrator. She came to us in 2016 with a wealth of administrative experience, including being a high school principal. I am so proud of her and look forward to the great things ahead for the entire PCMS community.
School transitions, elementary to middle school and middle to high school, can be exciting and at the same time a challenge. Maintaining balance to foster healthy adolescents is important for today’s busy schedules. The Family Connection, published by the National Middle School Association, offers these tips to families with young adolescents:
- Encourage your child to do something for his/her mind (homework, math club), body (a team sport, dance or any type of exercise) and spirit (art, music, drama).
- Help diffuse the natural tendency toward “me-ness” by suggesting an activity that helps others – tutoring, adopting a neighborhood grandparent, volunteering, shoveling a neighbor’s driveway.
- Foster diversity rather than a singular focus – music lessons and a sport rather than three basketball leagues or two hours of practicing the piano each day.
- Parents must resist pressure and illustrate the balance of their own by doing what fits comfortably within the time constraints of the family.
- Be sure that the energy your child demonstrates for an activity is his/her energy – not yours.
- Realize that all children need to experience success and the feeling of being special. This may require a wide sampling of experiences to find the one that gives a feeling of competence and personal satisfaction.
We began the registration process for the 2020-2021 school year immediately after winter break. Based on this information, we will hire teachers and develop a master schedule of courses. Students received their course guides from counselors in January. Parents, this year’s course guide continues to look a little different from previous guides. We have compiled all the information into ONE Central Middle Course Guide. Please visit the website for a copy of the guide and the appropriate grade level registration forms.
We started meeting with elementary and high school principals, counselors and teachers to share information about incoming and outgoing students. Likewise, sixth and seventh-grade teachers, counselors and assistant principals will meet with next year’s grade level staff. The purpose of these meetings is to assist with gaining insight in developing a schedule that provides the maximum learning opportunities for each student. We recognize the uniqueness of each student’s ability, interest, and social development. Each team and classroom should reflect the diversity within our student population. In light of this, please do not request a specific teacher or team. If you have information that you feel would be beneficial to the school regarding your child’s learning, I invite you to share it with me in writing by March 13th. As we develop your child’s course of study, we will take those needs into consideration. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
Central Middle is an amazing place due to the students, parents, and staff. I am honored to be a part of this learning community and to work beside you educating your children.