Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year at Kraemer Middle School!
The staff at Kraemer Middle School is very much looking forward to meeting our new families of seventh graders and deepening our connection with our eighth graders. Kraemer Middle School is a wonderful place for students to learn, and we believe that we offer the finest and most diverse range of classes and activities of any school in our area. We know that students learn in many ways -- both inside and outside of the classroom -- and we hope that your child gets connected with at least one of the the clubs we have on campus. Being involved in middle school really makes the experience richer.
We have several new staff members joining Kraemer this year, including a new assistant principal, Moises Plascencia. Mr. Plascencia has previously worked in our district as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Topaz, Rio Vista, and Glenview Elementary. He is a wonderful addition to our campus and will be an excellent support to your child.
Our theme for the year at Kraemer is "building greatness." We recognize that each child comes to us with different strengths, different things that they excel in. Our goal this year at Kraemer is to find what each of our students do well, and through support, guidance, and coaching, we will turn "good" into "great."
To support our students in building greatness, Kraemer is pleased to introduce a new program this year which will benefit all students on campus: P.R.I.D.E. The mission of P.R.I.D.E. (Personal Responsibility for Individual Development and Education) is to positively support all students in their quest to achieve their personal best. We know that our students' lives are busy, and with P.R.I.D.E., all Kraemer students will have the access to receive additional support and enrichment opportunities during the school day.
During the PRIDE tutorial period, which will take place Tuesdays-Fridays for 30 minutes, students will be able to:
- Attend extension and enrichment lessons that deepen what they're learning in class
- Meet with teachers in a small-group setting for additional tutoring or extra help
- Take time to make up assignments, re-take tests, or complete missing or incomplete homework
- Have additional study time including accessing the library and computer labs
For the first two weeks of school, the P.R.I.D.E. period will be used to teach our school-wide procedures, but beginning on Tuesday, September 16th, students will have choices in the P.R.I.D.E. sessions they attend. A menu of options will be posted around campus and on our website. We encourage parents to help guide their child's decision-making in the P.R.I.D.E. session they attend. P.R.I.D.E. will be a meaningful learning experience for all of our students.
Lastly, it is important for our parents to stay connected to school, too. For that reason, I invite you to attend our Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 16th at 6:30pm. On this evening, you will have the chance to meet each of your child's teachers and learn about their classes and expectations. Before Back to School Night, your child will be bringing home a copy of their schedule and directions for the evening. I hope to see you there.
As always, it is important to me that all of our families feel connected to our school. Part of "building greatness" includes giving parents a voice in the school. At any time during the school year, I welcome your input and encourage parents to take advantage of my open door policy. I would be glad to meet with you to assist your child and hear any concerns you may have.
I look forward to working with you in "building greatness" within our kids.
Principal, Kraemer MS