I am so excited to be welcoming all of you to the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Middle School Webpage! I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new Middle School Principal. I have been working within this position since July 1st, and am so impressed with all of the programs being offered to the 5-8 CLV Middle School Students. I am very excited to be a part of the this exceptional District!
I have 16 years of experience within the West Valley Central School District as a former Physical Education Teacher. During that time I coached for many years, served as Athletic Director for five years and Dean of Students for two. I took many great experiences away from my time there, and am ready to use what I learned at West Valley to help the CLV Students navigate through these middle school years. With that said, I am also looking forward to all that I will learn as your new Middle School Principal!
As I become familiar with the district, it is clear to me that the focus of the CLV Middle School Administration and Staff is to set the students up for success now, while also preparing them for their successful futures in high school and beyond. Students entering 5th grade will experience an interdisciplinary teaching format, which provides a teacher within each grade that can not only guide them through their specific grade level curriculum, but will also offer a specialty teacher in each of the core subject areas. This structure will introduce increased opportunities for independence to our 5th grade students throughout their school day and year. Grade-level counselors provides any guidance and support our students may need throughout their middle school years. This support not only comes on an individual basis but is also provided through Character Education and Career Planning within the classrooms. In addition, all students will take courses in Art, Music, Computers/STEM, Physical Education, and Family and Consumer Sciences and have the opportunity to participate in band and chorus. Our 1:1 iPad Program starting in 7th grade, as well as, opportunities to be a part of modified athletics provides chances for increased responsibility on each students' part.
Although I am learning so much throughout the summer, what I am looking forward to the most is meeting and getting to know the students in September. If you have the opportunity to stop by before our Open House on August 31, please do so. I am available to meet throughout the summer, so don't hesitate to call with any questions you may have.