Greetings Sherman Middle School Families and Community Members,
It is my privilege and honor to join the Sherman Middle and Madison community. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning and growing with your students and working with you, and our community members. I am settled and happy to be a part of the Madison community!
As part of my transition I have hit the ground listening not running because it’s important for me that I learn as much as possible about MMSD, Sherman, and Madison. My transition began back in June with my visit to Sherman. My visit gave me a wonderful opportunity to meet with students, staff, and families. Since officially moving to Madison I have spent quite a bit of time meeting with various district departments, families, and Sherman partners. As we continue to work together this upcoming school year, I will definitely still need your expertise and experience in relation to certain Sherman traditions that may come my way. Thank you all for being supportive, patient, and welcoming as I transitioned to Madison.
My main goal is to ensure that every student is provided the highest quality of education possible in a safe and supportive learning environment. Working together as a team with our parents and community, I am committed to helping each student achieve their very best while supporting effective classroom instruction. Every student is valued and worthy of our best effort.
In order to accomplish this goal, we will continue to focus on TEAMWORK TOWARDS EXCELLENCE. I have developed over the years a philosophical phrase: The 4 A’s to Success. These are: Attendance, Attitude, Academics, and Activities. I will be spending a considerable amount of time discussing and implementing these concepts into what we are already doing at Sherman Middle. I sincerely believe that by adhering to the basic ideas embedded in these four concepts, our students will become well-rounded individuals and ready for the next phase, high school. When we, as adults and role models, also adhere to these concepts, our students will better see the value of these concepts.
I am very passionate about the middle school years. Most of my teaching and administrative years have been working with students and staff of this age group. This is an important and critical time of transition – moving from the elementary experience and preparing for the bigger challenge of high school. What happens during these few short years will have a lasting impression on their development and growth.
I look forward to getting to know each of you better. Please know your support and participation is needed and appreciated. The results of recent research are very clear: When parents are actively involved in their children's education, they do better in school. Research also shows that students whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to:
- Adapt well to school
- Attend school more regularly
- Complete homework more consistently
- Earn higher grades and test scores
- Graduate and go on to college
- Have better social skills
- Show improved behavior
- Have better relationships with their parents
- Have higher self-esteem
Additionally, linking community activities to the classroom
- Improves school-related behaviors
- Positively impacts academic achievement
- Reduces school suspension rates
I am looking forward to an awesome school year! Please do not hesitate to contact Sherman Middle if you have any questions.
Kristin D Foreman
Proud Principal, Sherman Middle School