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    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 these past few years has been vastly different from years past. Along with the unprecedented circumstances and challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we will be adjusting to our later start time in the morning. Nonetheless, we remain committed to meeting our students at their place of need. As we strive to elevate student achievement this year, 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 develop the resilience 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 are very 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. We also have a dedicated webpage where students can access social, emotional, and mental health supports and safety resources.

    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 2022-23 school year! If you have any questions, please contact the school office. We are happy to assist you in any way we can.


    Robert Nelson