Building Meaningful Connections - Mid-Pacific Institute

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Building Meaningful Connections

Posted on August 20, 2015

by Dr. Dwayne Priester on August 20, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

I would like to reaffirm our commitment to providing an environment focused on helping our students maximize their potential. As a team, the middle school faculty and staff is focused on collaboratively providing a safe, positive, student-centered learning environment. We will empower our students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, and inspired learners prepared for high school and life beyond college.

The middle years represent a time of immense change, challenging academic activities, and growth for our kids. Because we are attuned to these needs, our deans and faculty will work closely with parents to monitor and adjust workloads, address social and emotional changes and "mix-in" opportunities for fun. I challenge our young Owls to implement the following steps to ensure a strong and productive beginning:

  • to actively engage in respectful, meaningful exchanges with community members;
  • to not be afraid to ask questions, examine possibilities, and seek to find solutions
  • to surround yourself with positive people
  • to make positive choices related to physical and mental wellness; and
  • to purpose to contribute to the Mid-Pacific community in a collaborative and respectful manner.

Parents, please devote time to:

  • ask your child specific questions about their time at school (for example "what was the most interesting thing you did in math today?" or "tell me about your science experiment?");
  • make an effort to communicate with your child's teachers and dean in order to establish a successful home/school connection; and
  • carefully review the Mid-Pacific policies and contact your dean should any questions or concerns surface.

I look forward to a consistently positive and upbeat school year at Mid-Pacific and encourage you to reach out to me and our faculty and deans with any questions or suggestions you may have. The social, emotional and educational well-being of our students is emblematic of Mid-Pacific's priority.

I am excited for the opportunity to work in partnership with both you and your student to enable a safe, productive and stimulating learning environment that supports student success!