Late Winter/Early Spring 2017

To all Garfield Heights Middle School Families -

With the start to the new calendar year, a renewed sense of urgency swarms our classrooms and hallways. Teachers and staff are eager to continue in educating students toward a path of success. From an academic standpoint, there is a focus on literacy skills being taught in all classrooms throughout the entire Middle School. Reading, comprehension and writing are of top priority in developing the skills of all students. Not only are academics crucial to the success of students, involvement from a co-curricular standpoint is vital as well. Garfield Heights Middle School boys basketball has finished, while girls basketball has just begun. Also, wrestling is finally wrapping up their season. The Garfield Heights Schools are so proud of its athletes and all their hard work and accomplishments. It is critical to recognize though that for co-curricular success to be a significant, academic success is of even higher priority. With that said, it won't be long before Spring sports start, and baseball and softball practices will be here before we know it. We look forward to seeing all families, friends and students come out to support our athletics.

It is always so rewarding as a leader in the Garfield Heights Schools to recognize the accomplishments of Bulldog students. Congratulations to the GHMS band and choir on their outstanding performances this past December. What a talent both groups uphold! Both the choir and band's success is not only due to its wonderful members, but its directors as well. Thank you to Mr. Pope and Ms. Carey on their abilities to guide, lead and teach. We look ahead to all your future endeavors.

To continue, some major events of district-wide importance that are coming up in the next few months include the 24/7 Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force presentation. This demonstration is for parents to learn tactics on keeping kids safe online. We encourage all parents to attend this event, as a variety of important and relevant topics will be discussed to make the online safety of student’s top priority. Also, please note that the State testing season is approaching. Testing will start up in March. Please look for more information regarding testing in the coming months.

As always, the accomplishment of students is a team effort. Both the time at school and the home front involvement is vital. At home, parents can continue helping students grow in the classroom by reading at least 20 minutes every night with their student. Doing so aids in improving the student's reading skills, which in turn will advance performance in all subject areas. To close, if parents are looking to get involved on a deeper level with the Garfield Heights Schools, the PTA is looking for members. This is a great way to learn and get involved in what is happening in the Middle Dchool and the district. If interested, please refer to the link to sign up: Sign Up for the PTA. I look forward to the next half of the school year at Garfield Heights Middle School. As always, teachers and staff are available to help students further advance their academics. Please do not hesitate to reach out to the GHMS staff for further involvement in making your child’s future as successful as possible.
 
Christopher K. Sauer
Principal
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