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Grover Washington Jr. Middle School
#OnthePATHtoSuccess

August 2019

Dear Students and Families:

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  It was an honor to serve as the Principal of Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School this past year.  The staff and I are excited to continue the progress of our students with the implementation of a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Program.  What does this mean? It means the students, staff, and families will be recognized publicly for their efforts to maintain dignity and pride for Grover!

I still have an “Open Door” policy and look forward to working with the members of the Grover family. I believe in transparency. It is the building block for positive relationships between the school, families, and the community.  As you are aware, my first core value focuses on the safety of all students (physical, mental, and emotional) as well as ensuring that all students are engaged in rigorous learning. My second core value that I would like to introduce is focused accountability; this means that students, staff, and the community will be held accountable for our students’ growth. I am eager to maintain your trust and forge the relationships necessary to do the hard work of educating our children and instilling in them the desire to achieve.

Our new slogan to promote our PBIS Program is #OnthePATHtoSuccess. These middle years are critical in their development to be successful in their future academics.  Our expectation at Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School is that all students will acquire the academic and personal skills needed to succeed in their education, a global society, and the pursuit of their dreams.  We invite families to become actively involved in our school because every parent/guardian has something to contribute. You know your children best. Parents/guardians may be asked at times to complete a survey, serve on a committee, or attend an assembly program. We hope you will become an active partner and frequently commit to Grover Washington, Jr. Middle School. Collaboration is key, hence, our new slogan of #OnthePATHtoSuccess.

This handbook offers suggestions on how parents/guardians can help to support our goal of success for every student.  Please review this handbook to become more familiar with our school, and keep it handy for reference throughout the school year. Regular and open communication is important to us. Please contact us immediately whenever you have a question or concern.

Respectfully,

Ms. T. Joi Blunt

PROUD Principal