A Letter from New Principal Thom. Schnellinger
July 21, 2014
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am honored and excited about being your new principal for Middle Park High School. My educational career has spanned over thirty years with most taking place in rural New Mexico and Colorado. Being familiar with small communities, I know all too well that we wear many hats. So it is with teaching in small communities, we do many things for our children to have unique opportunities and be successful. I’m proud to point out that Middle Park High School has an outstanding record of successful programs and high student achievement. I am proud to be part of this institution.
In short, this school has a student-centered focus. That focus is expanding and I see this extending to every student in the building. We are fortunate to be small. This allows us to provide the unique one on one opportunities that are not available in larger settings. We continue to have work to do. New Advanced Placement (AP) classes are happening, reorganization of the Special Education Department and a fresh focus on our English language learners is occurring. Additionally, as ACT is a gatekeeper test for post secondary schooling, it is vital that our juniors continue to take this test seriously so they have every chance to get into a good school of their choice. Further, ACT scores are used to determine scholarship prospects. We will engage this class in preparation for this event.
As you can see, “opportunities” are what we are creating for children. It is my deepest desire that we provide an education that opens opportunities for the young people of East Grand County. Those opportunities are only created by the focused efforts and hard work of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community. Every student should leave Middle Park High School confident and competent in the academics and also in at least one or two extra/co-curricular activities.
In the coming month, I will be visiting the communities, introducing myself and speaking to your desires, questions and thoughts about education at Middle Park High School. The dates and times will be published in our local paper and school website. Please look for them.
Finally, experience has shown me that an active, engaged Parent Accountability Committee (PAC) is essential for communication, problem solving and developing on-going understanding. I urge you to attend this one-hour meeting. This is an informal time to share what’s happening at MPHS. Dates are:
October 2, 2014
November 6, 2014
January 8, 2015
March 5, 2015
May 7, 2015
I look forward to meeting you in the variety of activities and events that we have planned across the year.
Thom. Schnellinger, M.A.
Please see the MPHS Web Page Calendar for activities and events.