Greetings BTS Community!
I feel very fortunate to be joining you as we usher in a new year filled with possibilities and opportunities for all of our students here at BTS. Since March, we have been tested with our patience, resilience, and strength. We have been challenged to be accommodating to our environment and situation and have been reminded of our humanity as challenges abound. Nevertheless, to develop a community of care for our students and families, as we continue to support each other, is of our utmost priority.
As a former middle school and high school teacher and administrator, student and staff relationships are the anchor of my philosophy and practice. As I work to get to know each of you, I am thankful for your patience, guidance and commitment to the best experience we can offer our young minds as they develop their passions. As you partner with us, we hope to inspire, coach, guide and support each of our students to their fullest potential holistically; their minds, their hearts and their ideas. With many opportunities ahead, the creativity of students and staff and the support of our community, we continue to work to make this the safest and strongest learning environment we can. We thank you for your support, your ideas and your sharing of your most precious resources, your children. We take this responsibility with care, respect and with the humblest of intentions to make a place where students feel safe, supported and encouraged to take risks.
In the days ahead, we hope to continue the important dialogue and work with you, our students and staff, to make the soundest educational experience for each student. We are looking forward to the possibilities that our 1:1 initiative creates and updates to our schedule that further the integration of technology to increase connections in the areas of civics, mindfulness and cognitive engagement. We look forward to increasing practices that support the emotional growth of our students and their social development by supporting Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Also, to foster tenets that build positive relationships with students and their peers as well as the adults in their life and leave them with strong and clear expectations on how to listen, advocate and set goals for themselves.
Middle School is a time of exploration and growth; a time to learn through experience and practice, and to hone skills, ideas, feelings and thoughts into actions. We are so very honored to be part of this time in their lives and will continue to work with all students and families.
Wishing a wonderful year ahead!