As we prepare for the Thanksgiving recess I wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the warm welcome I have received. It is a joy to serve as your principal! Thanksgiving provides us all with an opportunity to focus on all the things WE DO HAVE in our lives. I feel quite grateful to be a part of such a strong community and look forward to many wonderful moments together as we work to support our students.
To all those celebrating Chanukah, we hope you have a great eight nights with your family, friends, and loved ones. May love and light fill your homes during the holiday season.
Please note schools will be closed Tuesday afternoon, after our student dismissal, with us returning bright and early on Monday, December 2nd. I am looking forward to us closing out the 2013 calendar year with us building off the momentum of our first three months together this school year.
If anyone would like to discuss first marking period grades, please do call my office at (914) 576 - 4339 and we can schedule an appointment or team meeting to address. In addition, a school recess is a wonderful opportunity to encourage independent reading to engage, instruct, and inspire all.
Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Chanukah!
To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,
It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2013 - 2014 school year! My name is John Barnes and I am thrilled to be working with you and to serve the community as the Albert Leonard principal. I have worked for the last ten years as a middle school principal. I love working with students as they transition from childhood to young adulthood and believe it is the most important time in the lives of young scholars.
Great middle schools prepare their students for the challenging world of high school/college and the content specific course work, which requires that a strong academic foundation be in place. This allows students to soar with the ability to think critically, problem-solve, read for meaning, and communicate with self-confidence and a sense of purpose. It is clear how fortunate I am to work with such a talented and dedicated staff within a beautifully diverse community of such caring and involved families. Please note I am open to your feedback, suggestions, ideas, and counsel. I want to ensure we are honoring the traditions and legacy of the school community, while we also work to prepare for the rigorous demands of the Common Core Learning Standards requiring even more of our students. There is much to be done, but with the team of extraordinary people in our district, I am confident we can exceed even our own expectations and goals to facilitate our students reaching their maximum potential academically, socially, and emotionally with many opportunities for enrichment experiences for all students at ALMS.
I am thrilled to be a part of the New Rochelle family and want nothing more than to meet your needs, and to support you in any way possible. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist you and your family in insuring we have a great year of learning.