I want to welcome students and staff back to in-person learning at Thomas Russell Middle School for the 2021 - 2022 Academic School Year!
Middle school is a period during which students begin to truly construct their self-image. We, the staff of Thomas Russell Middle School (TRMS), strive to aid students in this important endeavor and have them leave us inspired, nurtured, and well-rounded critical thinkers who are prepared to be successful contributors to the world by providing a wide array of academic and social emotional experiences. At Russell, students are placed in one of five teams to allow them the opportunity to build a connection with both a core set of adults and a cohort of peers who are eager learners. Though the world changed on March 2020 due to COVID-19, this basic truth about middle school and our foundational practice of teaming persist.
While last year MUSD used EducatEverywhere (our district's version of distance learning) to ensure students continued to take an active role in gaining knowledge, this year we are fully in-person. Accordingly, this year at Russell, in addition to assisting students in becoming self-directed learners who recognize the importance of being outstanding leaders in our global society by respecting diversity, righting wrongs and seeking innovative solutions to problems, we will also continue to place an emphasis on providing students social emotional support as they transition back into the physical classroom. Russell's teachers and administrators have worked to look at ways to ensure students feel connected to and seen by our Russell community.
TRMS also recognizes the vital role each family plays in their student's academic journey. COVID-19 has highlighted the necessity of strong family-school partnerships to provide the safety net for all of students to strive to reach their fullest potential. We invite each family to be an active part of their child's experience at TRMS. Joining PTSA or attending School Site Council or a Russell GRWL serves as just a few examples of how to do so. Knowing that a diverse group of adults, whether they work within or outside of TRMS, cares about their academic and emotional success is how we help them to build a more equitable tomorrow. Together, parents and staff will encourage and inspire our Russell Wolverines to become perseverant young people who seek to not only be the best they can be but also make the world a better place.
Principal and Mentor
Thomas Russell Middle School