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News from the Principal, Mr. Gerry Talley

By Talley, Gerry



                As we begin a new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you.  Our school’s reputation and success rest, in large measure, on parental concern, support and involvement.  We seek to afford each student an education commensurate with his or her abilities and challenging to a degree that will prompt a love of learning.  This is no easy task.  We need your cooperation and understanding if this year is to provide a profitable and satisfying experience for your child.  Tidehaven Junior High will stress academic excellence…in this there will be no compromise but we will also balance that with an inviting caring atmosphere.  Our motto is 50% empathy/50% expectation. 

                We ask that you encourage your child to begin the maturation process.  We need them to see education as a means to a greater goal.  We need them to master information, not just to pass a test, but rather to retain for all future reference.  We need students to have “grit” which is determination and persistence toward a future goal.  “Grit” is the single most determining factor of student success in school and in life.  We need students to truly believe that even in the face of failure, with determination and persistence they will eventually arrive at their goal.  It is no longer uncommon for a Junior High student to have a career pathway outlined complete with the courses necessary to accomplish that goal.  I encourage you to breech all these topics with your child and continue the discussion throughout the year.

                Our school can take pride in its highly qualified and dedicated faculty.  These educators welcome your concern, and they view education as a partnership between home and school.  If there is anything we can do to help your child, please do not hesitate to call.  The unvoiced problem cannot be resolved, as the missed opportunity rarely offers itself again.  Our goal remains to provide the best possible education for each student. 

                We trust that your experience with our school will enhance your faith in public education and that you will find in this school an education for your children that is worthy of your love and concern for them.


Gerry Talley

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