Greetings from Dr. Baugus
Dear Central Middle Families,
I would like to congratulate the following staff members from Central Middle for being nominated for Teacher of the Year: Jennifer Ferris, Melanie Lundt, Sarah Oelke, and Ashley Wiedman. I am very proud of all our nominated staff members as each one of them is a talented educator and committed to student learning. Congratulations to Parkway Central Middle’s 2020 Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Melanie Lundt. The following was written about Melanie on her nomination form:
“Melanie does all things with love of her students in mind. She is continually reflecting on her students and how to best help them academically, socially, and emotionally. When students need to talk, they know that Melanie always has an open door and a listening ear. Melanie is intentional about building strong relationships with students and naturally “knows” when a student is having a bad day. She’s able to pick up small clues about dynamics between students and knows when students need her help or guidance.
Melanie knows what engages middle schoolers and uses her enthusiasm to keep things fun. Students love being in Melanie’s class because she has an incredible sense of humor and knows when and how to keep things light. On the other hand, Melanie is not afraid to have difficult conversations with students about tough topics. Students know this and appreciate this about her.
When planning for interventions and the next steps with students academically, Melanie keeps the whole student in mind. Her love for and knowledge of her students guide her to make the best individual choices for each of her students. Students feel that she genuinely cares about them - making her classroom such a special place!”
Central Middle is proud to honor Mrs. Melanie Lundt as our 2020 Teacher of the Year. She, along with all of Parkway Teacher of the Year recipients, will be recognized at the Board of Education meeting on March 11th at 7 pm. Congratulations, Melanie Lundt!
As you may have read in the eblast in late February, PCMS will have a new assistant principal for the 2020-2021 school year. I am pleased to announce Mr. Nyron Edwards will join the Central Middle family replacing Dr. Cathy Lorenz as she assumes the new role of building principal. Mr. Edwards currently serves as an assistant principal in the Hazelwood School District. Nyron won the STAR Teacher Award in 2000 and was named among the “30 Leaders in Their Thirties Award” in 2012. Nyron has been a vital leader in character education and diversity work for students across Hazelwood, and I am thrilled he will be on the administrative team next year at Central Middle.
We begin our last three months of the year with a clear focus on what we would like to accomplish with our students. They have been very steady in their desire to perform well in their academic and social development. The staff has utilized professional development days, department meetings and late start mornings to work on strategies to enhance all curricular areas, especially reading and writing. I am pleased to say that we are on target working to achieve our goals for the school year.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the Parent Teacher Organization for its generous support of our school. We consider ourselves fortunate to receive the grants they provide to benefit our students and staff. I encourage you to read about upcoming events under the PCMS PTO section in this newsletter.
Thank you for your support this school year. As we forge ahead to finish strong these last few months of school, I invite your comments and suggestions.
I wish you a nice (warm) spring break! I look forward to spending five days with my family, being a dad and working on a long list of “household” chores that have been neglected lately.