Greetings from Dr. Baugus
“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
- Japanese Proverb
Dear Central Middle Families,
Happy Holidays! As I stand in the parking lot each morning and talk to students and staff, I wonder what life will present to our students before the end of this school year, the end of their middle school experience, the end of high school, and beyond. I wonder what they will be like when I run into them at the movies or at the mall or at a Central High football game 10 or 15 years from now. What will they remember about Parkway Central Middle? My goal is for them to:
- be curious learners
- be passionate about everything they do
- be creative in their thinking
- be able to work individually and in groups
- be capable to look at a problem from multiple perspectives
- be lifelong learners
- have integrity and self-respect
- truly love their life and future occupation
These are the reasons I love being in education, and they are just some of the factors and benchmarks that we use to measure success. Simply stated, I hope our students have good citizenship in a world that needs good citizens.
We have many functions over the next few weeks here at Central Middle, and I look forward to your attendance at these events providing the encouragement our children need to maximize their talents. The Fine Arts Department is busy preparing for the Orchestra, Band and Choir Concerts. Details with dates and times are included in this newsletter. Again, please come and witness the wonderful talent from our Central Middle Colts!
We begin the registration process for the 2019-2020 school year immediately after winter break. Based on this information, we hire teachers and develop a master schedule of courses. Students and parents will receive course guides, and Central Middle counselors will speak with students regarding course selections and dates to return registration forms. Our Fifth Grade Parent Orientation will be January 10, 2019, starting in the atrium at 7 p.m. to help prepare adults for their child’s transition to the middle school. We are excited to meet approximately 320 fifth grade students from Green Trails, Highcroft, Mason Ridge, River Bend and Shenandoah Valley as they visit Central Middle on January 17th. Our current sixth and seventh graders will have classroom discussions with their counselors throughout the month of January to help with course selections and to navigate the online registration process. High school counselors will be meeting with our eighth grade students on January 11th to discuss course selections for Central High. Expo Night (formerly Curriculum Evening) for Central High will be January 17th at 6:30 p.m. and Central High Registration Afternoon/Evening will be January 30th from 3 – 7 p.m. (You will receive more information from the high school about this process after the break).
As always, please keep the lines of communication open with any concerns or questions you may have. I appreciate the partnership we have with parents, families, and the community in our journey to educate every student at Central Middle. Warm wishes to you and your family for a peaceful, safe winter break and a happy New Year!