A Word From Dr. Schrimpf-Head of PCS Middle School

Dr. Michael Schrimpf

Being a teenager is not easy.  With that said, there are also a lot of great things about being a teen.  You can eat whatever you want, you don't need to worry about wrinkles, you most likely have a full head of hair (I am particularly jealous of this one), and most importantly, your future is full of opportunity.  In the middle school, we're not going to worry much about wrinkles or hair, but we are going to be spending a lot of time this year thinking about opportunity.  In fact, opportunity is our theme for the year. 

The world is full of opportunity.  But the problem is that we need to be ready to take advantage of an opportunity when it comes along.  The more prepared we are, the more likely we are going to be able to take advantage of an opportunity when it presents itself.  One of our goals in the middle school is to help students begin to think about opportunities that they want to take advantage of in the future.  All of our students completed a writing exercise on this topic at the beginning of the school year and I have been meeting individually with them to talk about what they wrote.  I encourage each of you to do the same at home as well.  It is very important to get teenagers thinking about what they want from the future so that they can also begin thinking about what they need to do to get there.

Along those same lines, it is also very important to teach teens that all of the decisions that they make now will impact their abilities to take advantage of opportunity in the future.  Good decisions will make it easier to take advantage of opportunities when they come, bad decisions will make it more difficult.  This is another great thing that you can do at home with your teenager as well.  It is often difficult for teens to think very far into the future, they tend to live more in the moment.  But if we regularly ask them to reflect on their choices and how those choices will affect them in the future, they will begin to master this important skill.

On behalf of the entire middle school team, thank you so much for the chance to partner with you to break down the door of opportunity and prepare our next generation for all the great things that their futures hold.