Principal's Message

Baldwin Middle School Families,

As the newly appointed Principal of Baldwin Middle School, it is with great pleasure and excitement that I welcome you to the 2021-22 school year!  I hope that the summer provided you and your family an opportunity to reconnect with friends and family and recharge your batteries.  For those who may not have met me yet, I have been a teacher and administrator in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District for over twenty-five years. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue to collaborate with our dedicated staff to create a positive learning environment where all students have the opportunity to grow both academically and socially.  I look forward to continuing my work with Mr. Jonathan Peebles, Assistant Principal, who has been a dedicated and integral member of the BWSD team for several years. I look forward to utilizing Mr. Peebles’ expertise and dedication to focus our efforts to build a school within a school that meets the unique needs of our middle school students.

Our faculty has been extremely productive this summer in preparation for the upcoming school year. They have worked and collaborated to further enhance their instructional practices and skills. Many teachers have especially focused their time on utilization of the Canvas platform, ensuring that they design and implement lessons that take the best of online learning and balance it with the finest aspects of in-person instruction.  The faculty will continue to utilize the Canvas platform as part of their daily routines and instructional practices for the upcoming school year. The expectation is that all teachers will maintain a Canvas page that provides students with the resources to help them actively engage in the learning process.

Our staff will continue to foster an environment that focuses on the unique needs of the middle school learner. As part of this commitment, the middle school administration and school counselors have collaborated with a committee of teachers to develop a comprehensive homeroom program, entitled “Habits of Success.” The committee has established a weekly schedule that contains a series of activities that include lessons on study skills, Common Sense Media, career planning, along with pertinent social/emotional middle school topics. During each week, there are scheduled days for tutoring, along with team building activities. In conjunction with the homeroom committee, we are bringing back the agenda for every 7th and 8th grade student. Teachers will help students develop habits of using their agenda as a tool to track and prioritize their responsibilities and manage their time after school. The agenda also contains an extensive resource section designed to help students in their various content areas.

The Middle School faculty and staff will explore opportunities for our students and parents to reconnect with the school and the community, making the middle school years positive and memorable for all of the children. I am looking forward to working with the talented students and a dedicated faculty to develop lifelong learners and responsible citizens!

Sincerely,

Scott D. Ross M.Ed.

Principal