Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

Academic journal article Middle School Journal

Letter from the President

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I was in attendance at the Presidential Inauguration. It was amazing to see the unity, patience, tolerance, and skillful maneuvering of the millions of people braving the cold weather to see the new president take office. People with walkers, in wheelchairs, and on crutches were taking their places in the crowd. Students, teachers, parents, doctors, lawyers, sanitary workers, college students, bus drivers, homemakers, and many others were there. I stood among people from all walks of life and from many parts of the world. Purpose-filled individuals came from near and far to witness history, be a part of change, and personally grow from the experience.

Educating middle level students parallels the inaugural gathering. Middle level students must have focus-driven adults working in unity to ensure their overall success. Educators, parents, business leaders, and community members should work together to provide the very best opportunities for students. Regular, collaborative efforts and data reviews are the core of established programs and classes. Meaningful and purposeful decisions are made and carried out on behalf of middle level students.

Patience, tolerance, and understanding of student differences are paramount. Successfully looking beyond the surface of a child and grasping who a child really is will enhance that student's academic performance. …

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