Parents and students can expect a few changes at New London Intermediate School and New London Middle School this year, as a new leadership model has been implemented.
The facility now has only one principal. Last year, Joe Green was principal of New London Intermediate School (grades 5 and 6) and Terry Wetzel was principal of New London Middle School (grades 7 and 8). Wetzel left New London after the 2011-12 school year to accept a position in Winneconne, so the leadership model was adjusted. Joe Green will now serve as the principal at the school.
“We wanted to communicate the changes at our school,” explained Green. “We now have one building principal, along with two teachers who will serve as Deans of Students. These positions will require the teacher-leaders to help with student management, classroom teaching, and coaching of fellow teachers.”
The two new deans are Ann Pinch and Danielle Sievert.
“We wanted to maintain the integrity of the Intermediate School and the Middle School,” continued Green. “Having deans will help us accomplish that goal. We also want the two schools to be able to collaborate more across all grade levels. This will foster a better learning community within the building. We all have the same goals and we can work together.”
Green said his job has changed in that he now must focus more on day-to-day operations for all four grade levels at the school, while also overseeing the entire building. “I will still be observing students and teachers-there’s just more to oversee this year than I had last year,” he explained.
Green said he is confident this change in leadership will have a positive impact on kids because of the coaching and collaboration it will allow amongst the teaching staff.
“The schedule for all students has stayed the same,” he said. “There are some changes to our study hall classes, as classroom teachers will now work with students during that time. All four grades will also maintain “Bulldog” time, which consists of 30-minute blocks of time to focus on academic interventions. Other than that, we’ve kept the schedule and flow very similar for our students.”
Some teacher reorganization has taken place, but Green said that has not been a large-scale shift.
“I really want parents to feel comfortable with calling or visiting the school,” Green stated. “Mrs. Pinch, Mrs. Sievert and I are all working together to serve the school. We’ll be in close communication with each other, and we want parents to feel comfortable talking to any one of us at any time. It’s a new leadership team, and we’re here for parents any time-ask for any one of us.
“We’re trying to create a professional learning community that meets student needs and helps them find success,” concluded Green. “We will accomplish that goal through collaboration with families and community members throughout the year.”