Friends & Families,
On behalf of the faculty and staff at Middle Ridge
Elementary School, welcome to another exciting school year! We have
worked diligently this summer to prepare for the return of ‘our’
children. We are proud of the significant growth that our school continues
to make each year. The United States Department of Education, President
Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, has bestowed the honor of
the National Blue Ribbon upon our school! You are in a GREAT place!
Our instructional staff utilizes the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
to prepare all students for success. We will continue our Instructional
Focus Period this year. For our new families, the Instructional
Focus Period is a thirty minute block of time set aside each day to
individualize learning to the extreme! Every faculty and staff member in
our school will work in small groups with children; we will try some
different teaching methods with those who are struggling, and ‘stretch the
brains’ of those who need acceleration. The Instructional Focus Period
will be held between 1:35 PM and 2:05 PM. It is crucial that this time be
void of any interruptions. Although early check-outs are sometimes
necessary, please be considerate of this effort to further individualize
instruction for your child.
As you are aware, Ms. Battle and I are ‘hands-on’
educational leaders. We value you as parents and are available to you
every day. However, we ask that you make an appointment to speak with us
when a need arises. We intend to spend much of our day visiting
classrooms, working with students, and helping teachers to improve
instruction. Should you find a need to speak with us, simply call the
school or stop by the office and make an appointment with either of our secretaries.
We are always willing and eager to spend time with you, our extended
family. Furthermore, we welcome your thoughts, ideas, and
suggestions. Feel free to e-mail me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our school has the strongest, most intelligent, and most
determined students in the Newton County School System. We pride
ourselves with being students of strength, intelligence, and
determination. A school of over 700 students can be a very large place
for students between the ages of 4 and 12. Our school will be successful,
partially because of the amazing parent support that we enjoy. Children
thrive at school when parents and educators work together with the ‘child in
mind.’ Rather than waiting for your child’s teacher to ask, I challenge
you to contact your child’s teacher or Mrs. Lee Ann Farmer, our parent liaison,
to schedule times to volunteer in our school. Whether you enjoy reading
with students, doing science experiments, sharing your passion for ‘bee
keeping’ or helping open the doors at car-riders, our school needs you and your
family to become an active part of our school. Everyone is a SUPERSTAR at
something! If you are thinking, “I wouldn’t know what to do,” that’s
okay! We will guide you. Please, accept my challenge and let’s work
together to ensure the success of ALL Middle Ridge Elementary Mustangs.
Dr. Michael J. Forehand
Thank you to our 'Partners in Education' for your support!