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Message from the Principal

 
        I am honored to be a part of the Midway community and work among such a dedicated group of staff, supporting parents, and truly amazing students.  In the past 17 years, I have been a classroom teacher, alternative high school teacher, college instructor and principal assistant before starting my job as Midway principal last school year. My daughter Emma and son Parker are second and fourth grade students at Midway; my son Braden is an eighth grader at Mountainside Middle School. 
 
        At my core rests the belief that all kids deserve the highest degree of commitment and support from school. I pride myself on being there for kids and doing all I can to empower each student I meet to become advocates for themselves and their unique talents and abilities. I experience no greater joy than when I talk to kids about what they are learning, shoot baskets at recess, or help to solve a disagreement between friends. 
 
        I love coming to work each day and want each of my students to have the same enthusiasm about school that I have.  I appreciate your trust, your confidence, and above all, your support as our entire Midway team works tirelessly each day to bring a top-notch education to your child.    
 
        Each of Midway’s students is becoming familiar with new teachers, making friends, learning classroom rules and procedures and being part of a community.  You can make these transitions even more meaningful by having conversations about school, helping to set routines for homework, reading, bedtime and waking. This takes lot of patience, but the hard work we all do now will pay off greatly as the year gets going. 
You have amazing kids that I am enjoying getting to know a little more about each day, whether in class, the lunchroom or outside at recess. I thank you for your partnership in helping create an amazing year for our school community. 

 
Sincerely,
 
Josh Westermann
Principal
josh.westermann@mead354.org