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Dear Parents or Guardians,

Welcome to Leavitt Middle School! I hope you were all able to spend some quality time with your families this summer. On Monday, August 25, 2014, the new school year will begin. Students will return to school invigorated and ready to learn. We at Leavitt pride ourselves on challenging students to be their very best and helping them to understand that their path towards college begins in middle school. We also recognize that we are not alone and could not be successful without the support of the parents and guardians of all of our students.

The staff at Leavitt Middle School will focus on engaging students in the learning process while emphasizing activities, participation, and good citizenship. We will be implementing three significant curricular adjustments which should have a very positive impact on our instructional program at Leavitt. The first will be a laser focus on the Common Core standards which emphasizes the development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and increased rigor. In ELA and math we will be implementing the College Board Springboard program which focuses students on problem-solving and college and career readiness. Specifically the program will help to ready our students for the rigor expected in Advanced Placement (AP) classes for college credit. Finally, our science department will be implementing the Gateway to Technology (GTT) program which focuses on problem-solving and critical thinking for the 21st century learner. In doing these things, we will place a priority on the transition of our incoming sixth grade students and our outgoing eighth graders. Furthermore, by allowing students to utilize technology as a tool to create original and meaningful learning outcomes, we will challenge our learners to think outside the box while also developing a solid foundation on the basics.

In my opinion, a successful school provides a quality education for all students in a safe and engaging learning environment and helps students to become successful citizens and lifelong learners. I am sure you will join me in being the best that we can be. I invite every parent to attend our Parent Advisory Council meetings, which are held on Tuesdays monthly at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the office conference room (dates are included in this packet). I also hope you will join us to meet your child’s teachers at Leavitt’s open house at 6 p.m. on August 27, 2014.

The administration and staff at Leavitt Middle School look forward to a successful year while working with you and your child. If you have any questions throughout the school year, do not hesitate to call us at 799-4699.

Sincerely,

Keith Wipperman

Principal

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