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    Dear West Side Middle School Students and Families –


     It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter to you as the newly appointed Principal of West Side Middle School. My passion for education and supporting the success of all students has been shaped over the past 30 years as a science teacher, health and physical education teacher, dean of students and assistant principal. In each of my roles, I have sought to ensure the success of each student and the school, by providing the best instructional and extracurricular opportunities and supports possible. Similarly, it is my number one priority at West Side to ensure that every student receives the most well-rounded education possible.


     I believe that great schools are the results of great teachers, so my primary objective will be to ensure that every student is receiving high-quality instruction from every teacher here at WSMS. In order to do this, I will be providing teachers with feedback on their instruction, access to professional development, and reaching out to parents for support with academic and behavioral concerns to ensure our students are prepared for college and 21st century careers.


    All of us at West Side Middle School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever.  This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors-teachers, students and parents-are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment, one which is safe, respectful and responsible, focused on a philosophy that all students can learn and achieve!


    I look forward to a great year ahead of us! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, and ideas that you would like to discuss. My door is always open and I welcome your input.


    Have a great rest of the summer!


    Kind regards,

    Jeffrey Kotecki, Principal