Welcome to Stanley Middle School! I am so pleased to be back for my ninth year as principal of such a vibrant and exceptional institution. Stanley has been serving students of Lafayette for more than 50 years and has been a 6-8 school since 1993. We are proud to offer a rigorous and challenging academic curriculum while also providing an unmatched opportunity for social and emotional growth through our extracurricular programs. I know that middle school can be a challenging time for families as students move from their familiar elementary settings and experience unprecedented growth and change. What makes me most excited is supporting our dynamic staff and parent community who understand that relationships and partnership are critical to middle school students’ success.
Stanley students score well on State tests, and also thrive academically when they enter high school. Currently more than 95% of Lafayette high school students attend college following graduation. We are able to offer a robust arts and athletics program, which includes award winning music, chorus, drama and afterschool sports for all ability levels. We are also have a unique lunchtime club program, where more than 20 faculty-supervised clubs are offered and include Community Service (Opportunity Knocks and Global Relief Outreach), Academic Support (Math Help, Library, Peer Coaches,) and opportunities to make friends and have fun (Anime, Ukulele, Chess, Computers, Movie Watching, Scrabble, Mythbusters,etc.).
This year we are excited to continue our implementation of Common Core across all departments, and work with district-wide initiatives such as The New York Writing Project. We are thrilled to have coaches Judy Jernigan, Melissa Nolan and Melissa Hall (literacy) as well as Michelle Giles (Math) working with Stanley teachers to deepen their capacity to develop critical thinkers and problem solvers. We are also continuing to be a member of the Challenge Success coalition, www.challengesuccess.org where we focus on the impact of a high-achievement community, how to build student resilience, and focus on a broad definition of what it means to be successful. I will also be continuing the Friday Forum conversations with our Stanley PTA members, where each month we will focus on middle school related issues and what is happening here at Stanley. Please remember to check the Stanley School www.sms.lafsd.k12.ca.us and PTA www.stanleypta.org websites for more information about all these programs and ways you can get involved- we look forward to seeing you on campus!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me- 925-927-3530.
Here’s to another wonderful year!