Welcome Back to the Middle School!

by Pete Peterson on Aug. 3, 2021

Welcome back to the middle school! We hope you and your family have had a great summer and your child is ready for the new school year that is quickly approaching. What a difference we are experiencing from the start of last school year to this new one. I am very excited to continue our work here as the middle school principal. We have lots of new changes and are ready to get to work having a great school year. For those of you who don’t know me, I will be starting my 17th year in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District. I have taught at both the elementary and middle school level and also have experience as an elementary principal and athletic director. I have an awesome family with my wife Jalena, and three sons Ben (16), Braden (12) and Blake (8).

We have been meeting and planning about the upcoming school year. You will be getting detailed information in your online registration packets about the upcoming year. Some upcoming important events are :

  1. Red Hawk Registration Days are going to look different this year. Instead of the traditional in-person events we will be using online registration for the necessary paperwork. Parents will receive registration materials in an email after August 1st (which is a Sunday) so probably starting August 2nd. We are still offering two days, August 9th 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm and August 16th 8:00 am - 1:00 pm for you to come and drop off completed paperwork, student medications at our school, and take student pictures.
  2. Back to School Open House is scheduled for August 24th form 4:30-6:00 p.m. Please look for more information to come on this event. We will host a 6th grade parent meeting at 5:30 p.m. that night.
  3. “Web Crew” Orientation – 6th students will meet at school on Wednesday, August 18th, from 9:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This program is to help make the transition from elementary school to middle school a positive one. Lunch will be served for all students.
  4. To facilitate a smooth opening to the year, help students learn our policies, and to get to know them a little better, we will have half the students attend on August 26th and the other half on August 27th. This gives all of us the opportunity to go over school procedures in detail and get to know your student a little better. If your child’s last name starts with A- K please plan on attending on the 26th. If the last name begins with L - Z please plan on sending your children on August 27th. If you are a family that has children with different last names please contact us and we will arrange that they attend the same day. On Tuesday, August 31 we are planning for all students to be at school. (please note there is no school on Monday, August 30th)

School Supplies - We are supplying most of the students' school supplies this year. Students will need to bring a pencil bag, headphones or earbuds and P.E. supplies. School supply lists are updated on the school website.

See you soon!

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