I hope everyone had a relaxing, safe and fun summer. I had a very nice summer spending much of my time camping across southern Manitoba with my family. This is a picture of my wife Erin, and son Bennett (and the new one to be named soon depending on when he or she decides to arrive!) camping at Riding Mountain National Park early this summer.
School is quickly approaching and I thought I’d send you a short letter welcoming you to Mitchell Middle School or back for another year! As you know, I am new to Mitchell and have learned much about this great school and community already but have so much more to learn!
Areas of focus for Mitchell MS are literacy/numeracy, school culture, and inquiry learning. I am excited to learn more and see how we continue to move forward into Inquiry and Deeper Learning. Important skills we will focus on include: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Citizenship, and Character. Also, we want to ensure that ‘Our Kids’ are Learners and are Literate. These big eight skills are intended to give all people the opportunity to fulfill any goals they set their mind to. Teachers and their students will use technology, paper/pencil, and a variety of other resources in all of our classes to encourage growth in all of these areas. ‘Here in Hanover it really is all about our kids and their learning and always has been. Our mission clearly states that we want to provide our kids with the best education possible to prepare them for a productive and wholesome life’ (from http://hsd.ca).
As a principal I value a school that focuses on kindness/happiness, the process of learning, safety, and ensuring that communication is transparent and consistent. To learn more about me you can follow me on Twitter (@andrewmead73) or Instagram (@andymead73). Yes, the 73 is my birth year, feel free do the math.
We have a variety of ways for parents to stay connected to Mitchell MS throughout the year. Check our website often (http://mms.hsd.ca) as it includes our blog, school calendar, images of what happens at our school and a wealth of other important information. If you use Twitter or Instagram please follow our school accounts (@MMShanover).
I hope to meet as many of you as possible during our Meet the Teacher event on September 6, 2016 between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm. This is the first chance we have to begin home and school communication. Also, parents/guardians can make sure that all forms are signed, pay student fees, drop off school supplies and share important information about your child to ensure everyone has the chance to have a successful start to the school year
I think it’s important to mention that everyone (including me!), at some point, will make a mistak. It is important that we all respond in a positive manner when faced with difficult decisions and to ensure we keep the lines of communication open. I am looking forward to a great start to a new school year. Keep in touch!
What we believe in – A history
Mitchell Middle School (MMS) came into existence in January, 2004, when the Grade 5 to 9 program was separated from Mitchell School’s previous K-9 structure. As the 2015-16 school year, Grade 9 programs in Mitchell (as well as Kleefeld, Blumenort, and Bothwell) have been moved to the Steinbach Regional Secondary School, leaving MMS as a true middle school, including only Grades 5 to 8. We are presently home to approximately 265 students and 30 full or part-time staff.
At MMS we believe in the ‘ABC’s and the ‘3R’s. The ‘ABC’s refers to how we urge and encourage everyone to put forth their best effort in every area of school life, whether that be Academics, Behaviour, or Community involvement of all kinds (sports, music, student leadership, etc.). The ‘3R’s refers to the emphasis we place on the need for all of us to learn to consistently Respect ourselves, Respect each other, and Respect property (no matter whose it is). We could add a fourth ‘R’ to that list, for Relationship, because we believe strongly that getting to know each other as students and staff, and as students across the grade levels, is of key importance in creating a school community in which living and learning together is enjoyable and productive.
Finally, at MMS we believe that an important part of education is to develop and practice our Social Responsibility, which basically means to care for each other, for people all around us and throughout the world, and for the world itself. We trust that our students will look back at their years at MMS as a time when they learned much and learned well, including facts and skills that they needed for the future, but also including how to treat all others with the respect and dignity that contribute to making our community and world a better place.