Greetings Townsend Families,
It is a tremendous honor for me to be serving this community as principal of Townsend Junior High School. Townsend Junior High has a rich history of dedicated teachers and supportive parents working together to forge a culture of excellence on campus and in the community, which for years has equipped students to respond to the demands of high school and to excel in their chosen career pathways.
Our journey this year is vastly different from years past. With the unprecedented circumstances and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, our District has been tasked with how to best support staff, students, and families while ensuring a safe learning environment. Whether in a distance learning, blended learning, or traditional instruction format, the Townsend staff will continue focusing on student growth and success by establishing high expectations, delivering rigorous instruction, and providing strategic levels of support so that our students rebound from school closures and develop the resiliency that is necessary for overcoming challenges and accomplishing long-term career goals. Through on-going collaboration and data-driven decision-making, our teachers work diligently to develop a wide-variety of learning experiences for our students that are designed to equip them for 21st century college and career readiness. We very are fortunate to have such an amazing group of professionals that truly represent excellence in education!
In addition to promoting academic growth and success, we are also committed to the social and emotional well-being of our students. In an effort to support our students as they grow into healthy, well-balanced, and culturally-sensitive young adults, our “Be YOU” initiative is designed to equip students with the tools and strategies to be the best version of themselves physically, academically, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. As a foundation of our multi-tiered systems of support, each month students are recognized by Townsend staff members for demonstrating the Townsend Expectations: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. We provide counseling and guidance on site for students who need additional support in any of these areas.
It is our goal to ensure that families are informed of events happening on campus and take advantage of opportunities to support our school. The support of our community and the dedication and commitment of our parents are the main variables in the success of our school. Your continued partnership and input are greatly needed to usher our students to high levels of academic achievement and civic responsibility. Please support our PTSA through membership/sponsorship and consider other options for serving our school community that are a best fit for your family, such as our School Site Council, our English Learner Parent Advisory Committee, attending parent information nights, or volunteering for special events.
Here’s wishing everyone a safe and healthy 2020-21 school year! If you have any questions, please contact the school office. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.