Greetings from Dr. Baugus
Dear Central Middle Families,
Welcome, Home! It is wonderful to finally have our students back in the building – nothing beats the laughter and joy of over 925 students! We had a phenomenal start to the school year. These first days of school were filled with excitement and new experiences for students, along with the greeting of new and old friends. The students (and staff) made a great adjustment back to the familiar routine of the school day. The following quote was shared with me several years ago, and I find it appropriate for my second newsletter article: “We don’t remember days; we remember moments.” It is my desire that everyone feels welcome and excited to be at Central Middle. Even though the students won't remember each and every day this school year, they will remember the moments along the way and love the fact that they belong at PCMS.
The staff at Central Middle is committed to providing the best educational services to help our students achieve at all levels. After evaluating our programs and practices the last few years and our What I Need (WIN) Time initiative, we realize a change may be in order to reach this goal. Therefore, we are tweaking our schedule to have WIN Time in the middle of the day before or after lunch, depending on the grade level. Topics each week will include personalized learning, intervention/curricular extensions, silent sustained reading and academic readiness. Character Education family groups will meet on our late start Wednesdays throughout the school year. Sixth graders have been assigned to a family group and that information is located on their schedule. Students stay in their family group throughout their middle school career.
Your involvement as a parent or guardian can make all the difference in your child’s success in school. “The Middle Years: Working Together for School Success” is a monthly insert in the newsletter that I hope will provide you with practical ideas that promote student success, provide examples of parent involvement within the school, and strengthen your relationship with your child. I often ask people to think back to their “junior high” days. Many adults think of it altogether as a negative experience or clearly remember some bad event “as if it were yesterday.” Central Middle, with your help, is breaking that cycle. When you ask an eighth-grader in May to reflect back on his/her middle school days, they talk about sixth-grade camp, their favorite teacher, a moment when they took an educational risk and found success or the discovery of a hidden talent. That list could go on and on. The bottom line is this: we appreciate your continued efforts as parents and as a community focused on providing the very best opportunities for children.
I strongly believe in the importance of fostering an environment centered on trust, open communication, and meaningful relationships. High quality education is a top priority at Central Middle. A famous Chinese proverb states, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” We have made our steps in the correct direction, and we are well on our way to another wonderful year at Parkway Central Middle School. Your commitment to this journey is vital. As we start this new school year, I invite your presence, support, and engagement along the way. Please let me know if there are ways I can improve these monthly updates to help you stay on top of all that is happening at Central Middle. Follow us on Twitter @PCMSColts to receive information and pictures almost daily. I appreciate your feedback. I also encourage you to become active with the Parent Teacher Organization and to volunteer when you are available.
Happy September! I look forward to our journey together.