Principal's Message‚Äč


NOVEMBER 29, 2021


Middle School Parents and Families,

What an outstanding weekend!  Not only were we able to exhale and spend time with family and/or friends, but hopefully you were able to focus in and get geared up for a strong, positive 3 week push to the Holiday Break.

Moving into December, it’s hard to believe that we have finished the first three months of the school year and are looking toward a strong, successful three weeks!  The first third of the school year wraps up this week and has really been outstanding!  Students, staff, and families have transitioned into the pace, flow, expectations, and normalcy that we longed for over the past two years.  Relational capacity among students, their peers, and staff continues to grow and strengthen.  In classrooms, teaching and learning has been exceptional - high levels of engagement, high expectations, and an intentional focus on learning.  Discipline referrals have leveled since October and are now (November) as low or lower than in years past; the vast majority of our sailors continue to make positive choices.  We have intentionally focused on building ownership, integrity, and gratitude with our students.  Now, we finish 2021 off strong!

As we kick off a new month, we will begin a focus on SERVICE with our students. Our challenge to the students of MSMS, will be to think outside of themselves, to do something positive for someone else.  We have students with big hearts, who care about others, and are empathetic; I believe this is naturally inside of us all.  Throughout the month, we will remind our students and challenge them to serve others.  It is in serving others that we reach our fullest potential and can impact the life of someone else.  I believe Martin Luther King Jr. says it perfectly, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”  As we begin a new month, one that lends itself to giving and service, we will remind, teach, and work to inspire this within our students.  Please do the same at home, talking about and recognizing service within your family, friends, and society.

END OF TRIMESTER  ||  The end of the trimester is Thursday, December 2.  Please check your student’s grades and any missing work on PowerSchool to ensure that they earn the best grade possible.  There have been various communications over the past couple of weeks and we are now at the end.  Also, some teachers may have communicated a final turn in date for missing assignments that may be prior to Thursday.  Please check with your student.

WINTER SCHOOL  ||  Winter School will run on Saturday, December 11 from 8:00 to 11:00.  Students who receive one or more “F” at the end of the trimester will be signed up and expected to attend.  This will provide additional support and accountability.  Please contact Mr. Burrel or Mr. Nummerdor if you have any questions or need clarity.

SAILOR EXPERIENCES  ||  This year we are beginning Sailor Experiences for our students.  These are 8 week opportunities for students to engage, experience, and connect with their peers and teachers.  There will be 6-8 options for students to sign up (one per student to start out) and will have 8 different sessions.  Our goals:

Increase connections of students to school, peers, and teachers

Have new experiences and learning based on interests

Provide additional and enhanced opportunities for learning and engagement

These will be rolled out to students on Wednesday and then share the presentation with families.  While we are unsure what to expect, we are hoping to fill (20-30 students) each session and then offer another round Trimester 3.  More information to come.

HOMEWORK HELP ||  Here is a great link to the US Department of Education with a variety of tips to help your student with homework. 

Have a great start to the new month, a month focused on service.  Please continue to encourage your students, support them and communicate with their teachers when you need help, clarification, or simply an update on their progress towards success.  


Doug Ammeraal
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