August 28, 2018
Pritchard Junior High
Will Steger, Principal
It never seems to fail, summer months put on the jets, and it’s time to begin another school year. However, before we know it, the Thanksgiving holidays will roll around, followed by Christmas, and here we go.
We are embracing a new motto this year at Pritchard Junior High, “ The Panther Way – Learn Work Serve Respect.” We are expecting our staff and students to share this maxim , and hopefully, make it a part of our core beliefs here at Pritchard Jr. High. Our staff is very excited about the coming year, and after a few days with the students, I believe they are as well.
We have several things to be proud of from the 2017-2018 school year. First of all, Bells ISD received an “A” from the Texas Education Agency, for which we are very proud to part of that success as a school district. As a campus, we were also very excited about the performance of our students on STAAR tests last year. Our 7th grade was at the top of the list of 12 area schools in both Reading, 90% passing and Writing at 88% passing. Our 7th grade Math was only 2 percentage points from the top of the list. Our 8th grade Reading scores were second in the area, only 2 percentage points from the top with 88% passing, 8th grade Social Studies was 80% only 2 percentage points from the top, 8th Grade Math was 88% in fourth place, and 8th Grade Science was 3rd in the area at 88%. Those results were achieved by commitment from both our students and our teachers. I don’t believe there is a better staff of teachers at any Jr High in Texas than the one here n Bells, and I share that same feeling for our students. We also finished 2nd in District UIL Academics, our Junior BETA competed on the national level, and our boys and girls athletic teams competed remarkably well. Panther band students were at their best throughout the year.
During the summer months, our teachers attended professional workshops ranging from Reading and Writing to Technology, to History/Social Studies, to Science and Math, and Music. They are always searching for new ideas and methods to add to what they know works successfully in the classroom. Our custodial and maintenance staff worked hard this past summer to see that our facilities were ready for a new school year.
We have a group of experienced and excellent teachers returning from last year, however, we did lose some teachers to career moves. We are welcoming Coach Craig, 7th Grade Texas History, Coach Uland, 6th Grade Social Studies, Coach Carter, Science, Coach High, Special Education, and Vicki Mitchell, Special Education. We are very happy to have them join our staff.
I would like to close with a quote from 21-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “Remember this, one book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” Malala is known for her human rights advocacy, especially for the education of young women in her native Pakistan. On October 9, 2012, after taking an exam, she was on a bus that was boarded by Taliban gunmen who shot Malala and two other girls. Malala survived being shot in the head, and continues to be an active advocate for education.
Please feel free to contact myself or any staff members when needed, or just come by to see us. May God bless each of our students, their families and our staff members and their families as well. Here’s hoping for a great 2018-2019 school year.