Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year! I hope everyone has been enjoying summer break. Each year, it seems summer goes by faster than the previous one. As we prepare for the upcoming school year, I am excited to share some of the changes that have been made over the summer.
I would like to introduce and welcome our new staff members to the MS/HS: Jennifer Burroughs (MS Science), Katie Block (MS Math), Mason Staggemeyer (MS Social Studies), Monica Botwinski (HS Social Studies), and Steve Munderloh (choir). I’m excited for what they will bring to Caledonia MS/HS.
I would also like to welcome John Wahlstrom as our new Dean of Students. Mr. Wahlstrom previously had been teaching high school social studies. Mr. Walstrom will be working for the entire district. I am hopeful the addition of this position will provide additional resources for our students and provide additional time for education leadership. I am looking forward to working with John to better serve the students and the needs of the district.
During these last couple of months, the PBIS committee has been working hard to revamp the Warrior Way expectations in the MS. These expectations will be implemented across the MS to provide clear expectations and consistency for both students and staff. The PBIS committee has also created a Discipline Matrix for the MS/HS. The goal is to make sure students are aware of the consequences for their actions and provide increased consistency with discipline. The discipline matrix has been added to the MS/HS handbook. I encourage everyone to take the time to carefully read the MS/HS handbook.
We have been working on a number of updates to the MS/HS building and the grounds. As you enter the parking lot, you will notice the entrance has been reconfigured and the lines have been redrawn to create a better flow of traffic. You will also notice a new “student drop off zone” along the center sidewalk. We ask that all student drop offs take place in the drop off zone. These changes have been made to improve traffic flow and improve the safety of students and drivers.
There have also been a number of other updates made to the building. The middle school was painted to give it a fresh and updated look. New vinyl lettering is in the works to provide better signage for parents, community, and visitors. The Student Services offices have been moved into the office located between the office and the community education office.
I am looking forward to this upcoming year. I believe the changes we’ve established will contribute to a better atmosphere and learning environment for all students. It is our goal to prepare students to be respectful, responsible, successful, and productive citizens. I hope to strengthen the relationship between the school, parents, and the community to work together to best serve our students. The old saying “It takes a village to raise a child” is more true today than ever. If you or a family you know is in need of assistance of any kind, please contact the school so we are able to help you find resources.
As always, feel free to reach out to me with any thoughts, questions, or concerns.