Welcome to St. Timothy Middle School...
To our students and families:
Last year was a year of change for our school. A new administrative team and a few new teachers were welcomed on board. At the beginning of the school year we happily welcomed new families and then the fun began! We would have been happier if the change in personnel was all that was surprising but we endured months of roof problems and construction complications.
However, with the support of our families and parish community, we have a fresh new face on many surfaces of the school to welcome the 2019-2020 school year. Over the summer Mrs. Guerrera, our Admissions Coordinator, sponsored school visits and student screenings so we could open our doors to 33 new students and families. 23 members of our new 6th grade class came from the St. Thomas the Apostle School community and we welcomed 9 more students to the 6th from area elementary schools.
Among our new teachers is Deacon Robert Pallotti, our Religion teacher. In addition to his instructional responsibilities, Deacon Pallotti will be reaching out to all of his classes during the school year for assistance in creating meaningful liturgical celebrations and prayer services. He is also our 8th grade homeroom coordinator along with Mrs. Battaglia.
While you won’t see him on campus very often, we do have an additional member of the Religion Department, Father Josh Wilbur from Newington. He will be helping us with our school masses throughout the year when Father LeBlanc, our pastor, is committed to other responsibilities. Father Josh is a former teacher at STA and a very accomplished musician. With Father David back this year to orchestrate our music program, we will be assured of meaningful spiritual ceremonies and experiences.
Miss Samantha Kradas has hit the ground running as our soccer coach and our new Language Arts instructor. Her influence has already been felt in and out of the classroom with a great burst of team spirit on our soccer team and her special flare for instruction.
Señora Milagros Hatchell has the honor of being our first Skype interviewed teaching candidate. Mr. Menner and Mrs. Guerrera worked their technological magic allowing for a series of conversations that were amusing and informative, resulting in our ability to welcome Señora to our school family as our Spanish teacher.
Familiar faces are being welcomed to both STA and STMS. We are sharing Mr. Martin, our gym and health teacher and Mrs. Ciacchero, our school counselor. Each of our new teachers has already become part of the STMS family…Thank you students and veteran staff members for welcoming them so graciously.
The beginning of the new year is a perfect time to review our mission statement and philosophy. When combined, they offer the essence of our St. Timothy community. This year, I am encouraging our students to become more involved in the translation of the St. Timothy spirit. Last year, we had a wonderful beginning. Our student council members introduced us to expanded programs that offered service to others. Our school community took to heart the advice of St. Teresa who wanted us to be a model to others because…
Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
I invite us all to continue what we have begun. Students, you will have the opportunity to become a moving force at STMS through participation in the student council. Parents and parishioners, please join us in our efforts throughout the school year. The programs will begin in October. Some projects may be similar to last year, but we are only limited by our lack of imagination, so let’s not stop.
This promises to be an exciting year. From service projects to game night; from the school retreat to field trips; from musical productions with Father David to the Science and Geography Fair.
We pray for God’s blessing on the coming school year; on our work, our dreams and our aspirations. May each of us be filled with a spirit of cooperation and may we share our gifts so that the very best may be achieved.
God bless you and God bless St. Timothy Middle School,