Welcome to a brand new year! It's hard to believe that the first semester is almost over and we are on our way to the last half of the year. As I reflect on this past year, I am consistently impressed with the talents and traits of our students, the dedication and passion of our staff and the overwhelming support of our parents. It excites me to think about this next year and what we can accomplish together! We have many dates on the calendar that you should be aware of, starting with our Winter Dance this Friday. In honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, there will be no school on January 19th and a Teacher Work Day is scheduled for January 26th.
As this year unfolds, many opportunities will present themselves in helping us nurture and mold our children into the best young adults they can be. With that in mind, I would like to invite you to come and hear me speak on my philosophy about what it means to be a well-rounded student at Gale Ranch Middle School. I plan to address the issues that are unique to students within the Dougherty Valley, particularly those related to academic stress. This will take place at the next PTSA meeting scheduled for January 22, at 9:00am in the MPR. I hope you will be able to attend.