Greetings from Dr. Baugus
“Helping children grow into happy, productive adults is one of the most
fulfilling challenges life offers.”
- Author Unknown
For the past 19 years, I have had the privilege and joy of serving you and your children as a principal of Parkway Central Middle School. I am incredibly proud of our school community and the extraordinary professionals who bring to school each day their passion, dedication, and energy to foster the achievement of all students. They are committed to doing whatever it takes to help your children grow and succeed. Together, we have accomplished amazing things.
This will be my last newsletter as principal of PCMS as I will start my new role as Chief Human Resource Officer for Parkway Schools effective July 1, 2020. No words can express the deep appreciation I have for the students, staff, and parents of this community. Central Middle is truly a special place, and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I am thrilled that Dr. Cathy Lorenz, current eighth-grade assistant principal, was selected as the next principal of PCMS. I am confident in her ability to facilitate and support students, parents, and staff.
It is safe to say the year didn’t finish the way any of us had expected. I am so proud of our students, staff, and parents for their dedication and hard work as we all try to make eLearning a success. I have enjoyed being a part of so many Google Meet events with staff and students these last five weeks. While it isn’t perfect, we are moving forward as a PCMS community.
It has been a tremendous year watching our students develop and achieve milestones, both in and out of the classroom. Academic and social growth is evident in the number of students who achieved high grades and positive academic responsibility comments. I marvel at our accomplishments at the state level in competitions such as math, spelling, and geography, as well as our spring drama performance. I am sad that students were not able to showcase their talents in the district art show and all the music concerts we normally have at the end of the year.
I also want to applaud the large number of students in our building who have completed service projects this year as it is a real demonstration of their character development, along with our Robotics Team who were scheduled to compete in the World Robotics Competition this spring. We have consistently received positive comments about our students from the staff members, parents, and visitors in our building over the past year. I am very proud of all the students at Central Middle!
Many important people play major roles in providing leadership and encouragement to our students. Involved parents, grandparents, and family members are vital to our school community, both at home and as volunteers in our building. Parents have been responsible for watching over our front desk, assisting in the library, beautifying our school, and fundraising to enhance the culture and climate for our students. I am thankful for your endless support! In addition to our fabulous parents, Central Middle is fortunate to have teachers and support staff who care about children. They are dedicated to learning through professional development opportunities in order to provide optimal experiences for students to learn. It takes a team of committed people to make a school successful. I am thankful for our partnership in what I believe is the most important job in the world – educating children.
I wish the best for our eighth graders as they move into the next phase of their schooling. I congratulate Dr. Lorenz and Ms. McBride on the high level of commitment they have given to their students. We will miss our eighth-graders, but know they are ready for the transition to Central High. The seventh-grade group, under the leadership of Dr. Eikel and Mrs. Besand, has risen to the challenge of becoming leaders in the building centered on character development, and I am proud of their commitment and vision. Our sixth graders have blossomed and were in great hands with Dr. Bergner and Mrs. Campbell.
This May/June Newsletter is being sent not only to parents of our present students but also to the homes of the fifth-grade students who will join us next year and their parents. We are excited to start the middle school journey with all our new students and families in August. Welcome to the Central Middle Family!
Please take special notice of these two items:
(1) Parkway moved to a paperless report card system for grades 6-12 several years ago. Parents new to the middle school will need to contact Mrs. Tina Sheppard, school secretary, at 314-415-7815 to set up an Infinite Campus portal account if you have not already done so. She will be able to assist you once the school district reopens.
(2) Please mark August 20th on your calendar. If able, we will have our Open House from 5:30 – 7:30 pm this evening, before the start of the school year. We invite parents and students to join us that evening in an “open” format to meet staff, learn grade-level curriculum and expectations, walk the building, and socialize with friends and families. Additionally, District Personnel will be here that evening to assist with Chromebook registration and insurance. More information regarding the evening will be sent in early August.
If you have questions about Central Middle and the coming year, please don’t hesitate to send Dr. Lorenz or me an email. We always enjoy talking about our school and how we can collaborate to make a difference in the lives of our students.
Every year at this time I am reminded of one of my favorite bumper stickers. It reads, “Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional.” From the biggest middle school kid in the building, I have enjoyed these last 19 years and am excited to graduate from PCMS with the current 8th graders.
Have a fabulous summer break!