Principal's Message

Dear Kraemer Family,


Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  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 meet new friends.


This school year, we have students from over 30 different elementary schools coming into our Kraemer family. Because our school serves so many students across North Orange County, we are fortunate to have a student body that truly represents our diverse community in Southern California. Additionally, a wealth of activities, classes, and clubs makes attending Kraemer such an enriching experience. Your child will have the opportunity to make new friends, learn from their peers, and create indelible memories.


    The motto at Kraemer Middle School is “Perseverance Always Wins,” and the ideas of perseverance, determination, and persistence are traits, that if practiced, can be the building blocks of an incredible future. The staff at Kraemer wants to model these traits for your child, and help build their ability to demonstrate a strong sense of determination. The middle school years can be trying for students. It is a time of great change -- physically, emotionally, and cognitively. It is important that through these demanding times, we coach our students to persevere. In doing so, we will be building stronger, more confident kids who are ready to take on the world.


    A key resource in helping build our students’ perseverance will be our new counselor, Amy Plouffe. Last spring, when planning for the upcoming school year’s budget, the most emphasized area from parents and staff was a need for additional counseling support. As a result, we have hired Mrs. Plouffe to join Mrs. Paris in the counseling office. Together, the two counselors will be excellent advocates for your kids. Their focus will be on providing “preventative support” so that even before your child shows the first sign of faltering academically or socially-emotionally, there are systems in place to ensure their success. Mrs. Paris and Mrs. Plouffe will have specific students assigned to them, though each can be a resource for any student on campus. Students in our AVID or English Language Development (ELD) programs are assigned to work with Mrs. Paris. All other students, including GATE, honors, and college prep students, are assigned to work most directly with Mrs. Plouffe. We are very happy to have the support of additional counseling.


Kraemer has a program called P.R.I.D.E to support students in building their sense of determination. 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:

  • 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

  • Attend an enrichment lessons that deepen what they're learning in class

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 15th, 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 which session they attend.


It is important for our parents to stay connected to school. I invite you to attend our Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 15th 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.


Former President John Quincy Adams once said, “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”  I look forward to seeing the magical things your child will do this year at Kraemer Middle School!


Perseverance Always Wins!


Keith Carmona

Principal, Kraemer Middle School