September Principal's Principle
Angela Garner

The Principal’s Principle

September 2014

Welcome to the school year at Goza Middle School.The 2014-2015 school year promises to be a successful one.All students, teachers, and staff enthusiastically started the year, which accounted for our seamless first week.Everyone has enjoyed reconnecting with old faces and getting to know new ones.Several students have joined our “family”, and we have two new teachers (Camille DeVaney-7th grade math and Jeremy Myers –Health/PE) and paraprofessional (Phyllis DeLoach).

As we move forward into this year, Goza educators have the passion and zeal to provide Goza students with the tools they will need to transition to the high school, then college and the work force.Our mantra continues to instill the ideal to our students that they ALL can be successful.We learn together, play together, and work together.

Differentiation in the classroom, along with teaching and practicing higher-order thinking through questioning will be the focuses of teaching and learning.Goza teachers are utilizing data from the 2014 Benchmark tests to see that any weak areas of teaching and learning are strengthened. Teachers have already begun to analyze each item on the Benchmark and will concentrate on those skills and strategies that were overall the weakest.You can expect students to come home with more thought-provoking activities and assignments.

Goza students will not take the Benchmark exam this year. The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam in Literacy and Mathematics will be administered.Students will test using the computers.The Learning Institute interim exams (TLI) better known as “Chunk Tests” will continued to be used throughout the school year. For updates and more information about PARCC, go to www.parcconline.org.Updates are continually posted concerning the testing transition.

We will still find time to play together and celebrate each others’ talents.Volleyball, football, basketball, track, band, choir, and art are important at Goza.We encourage our students to find a niche to express themselves, and we encourage our parents to help us support each of these groups.

Parents please get plugged in to our new parent group –Goza Paths (Parents and Teachers Helping Students).See information in this newsletter, fill out the form and return to the Goza office.Your help is needed to make this year successful and fun.

Feel free to contact me at 870-246-4291 or angela.garner@arkadelphiaschools.org if you have questions or concerns.I will be happy to visit with you concerning your child’s future.The 2014-2015 school year is going to be “the BEST ever!”

Angela Garner

GMS Principal