Middle school

Principal's Corner

Welcome Comet Families!


As a veteran middle level teacher and leader (and a surviving parent of my own young adolescents), I know the ups and downs of the middle school years well!  Did you know that between the ages of 10-14, brains and bodies are developing nearly as rapidly as they did from ages 0-3!  Because all parts of brains and bodies mature and grow at different rates, sometimes we see strange and unpredictable behaviors and emotive responses in our previously angelic 10-year-olds.  But that’s normal development!  I sometimes hear people blame young adolescent behaviors on a school or home environment, but most likely, it is just a sign of the maturation process!  Even though some days you might look at your 12-year-old and think they will NEVER grow up . . . they will!  Your little darling of yesteryear will be a highly-functioning teenager before you know it!  In the meantime, we are happy to be part of your journey!     


So how can you survive these years?  


  • Be aware of sleeping, eating and studying habits.  Be aware of friends, style, mood, and behavior changes.  Just be aware!  The more connected you are, the more connected you will stay. 
  • Stay smarter than your kids about technology!  There is no other solution for the ever-evolving world of tech and social media.  Your kid is on Instagram?  You are on Instagram, too!  Your kid loves Fortnite?  You play Fortnite, too!  You need a conduit for communication & for safety!  This is your “in”!
  • Give them room to do it on their own, but provide a safety net!  The quest for independence is what the middle years are all about!  We want to partner with you in that gradual release!  For example, encourage and expect your child to use a daily planner, but know the communications pathways to teachers (or how to check on an assignment) in the event your Comet starts to burn out!  Ask your child about assessments, assignments and projects, but stay connected to Skyward to be aware of your child’s academic progress “by the numbers”. 
  • Follow us on Facebook to keep in the know about what’s happening at school!  It will provide an opening for conversation when your child says everything is “fine” and that they did “nothing” at school today.

I am honored to lead this incredible school of high functioning staff members and engaged students and families.  I look forward to partnering with you and connecting with your child on this crazy middle level journey!  Thank you for trusting us with the care and education of your child! 


Please don’t hesitate to call, email or simply stop in with concerns, questions or kudos! 


Working With You,

Angi McAndrews

Mike Widman
Assistant Principal


Teri Linander
Associate Principal



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