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GMHS Welcome Back Letter

August 2019

Dear GMHS Students:

Welcome back Royals! The opening of school is only a few weeks away. I hope you are having a great summer and are looking forward to an exciting school year.  I am very excited to have the honor of serving as your Principal and looking forward to opening day. 

Over the summer we’ve been feverishly working to prepare for the new school year. The faculty has been busy participating in summer courses and workshops and writing curriculum and lesson plans. Our support staff has also been working to get the building ready for your arrival. The classrooms have been cleaned and painted. We will be more than ready for the first day of school.

The start of the school year is always exciting and this year I am asking you to start the school year with what is called a Growth Mindset. With a Growth Mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. Our brains are not born with a fixed intelligence but are more like a muscle. The more we exercise it the stronger it becomes. At GMHS, the faculty and staff believe in each of you and are ready and dedicated to helping you reach your maximum potential. A Growth Mindset is key to your success at GMHS and in life.

In addition to challenging your academic potential, I am also challenging you to get involved in something that pulls you out of your comfort zone. Georgetown Middle & High School both have a rich selection of clubs, activities, sports, and performing arts programs. If you do not find a club or activity of interest, you have the opportunity to start one. Middle and High School is a time of discovery and you should be exploring as much as possible. Extra-curricular activities are a great way to get to know your classmates and to learn more about yourself.

You will be happy to hear that I have an optional homework assignment for your parents and guardians called “In a Million Words or Less…” Over the course of the upcoming year, teachers will get to know you very well. In the meantime, I am asking your parents and guardians to please help teachers get a head start by describing you. Each one of you is special and unique in your own way. No one knows this better than your parents and guardians! Please have them share your likes/dislikes/fears/hopes/dreams/past success/ past struggles/learning styles…

They are welcome to write as little or as much as they like by going to the following Google link https://forms.gle/mHuH55kJVf5X92K18

This optional assignment is not graded in any way or will you be penalized. I hope parents and guardians are able to participate in the “In a Million Words or Less…” assignment and assist teachers in getting to know and support you from the first day of school.

I hope everyone enjoys the remaining days of summer. I look forward to a year filled with stories of great success and great learning. See you on September 4th.

Sincerely,

Signature - DRichards

Mr. Richards

GMHS Principal

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