Mrs. Lindsay Bitterman
Dear students and families,
With the dawn of a new school year upon us, a new year with many unknowns and uncertainties, I want to first start by saying welcome back to our eighth graders and welcome aboard to our seventh graders. The old saying goes “You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” This is how our staff has felt in the past several months as we have walked the halls longing for the smiles, laughter, and fun humor of our middle schoolers. To say we are eager to welcome you back would be an understatement.
After ending the previous school year so abruptly and without closure, I wanted to take some time to reassure you that our goals at Thunderbolt have not changed. We are committed to supporting your child in all facets of their education, specifically in academic growth and achievement as well as their social-emotional well-being. As a mom of two boys, I have seen how today’s uncertain world has had a tremendous impact on both of these important parts of education. Thunderbolt has always strived to support student learning and success through engaging lessons based on data-driven decisions. This school year we will continue to carefully monitor student performance and meet them at their academic level. We also firmly believe that “when anxiety is up, performance is down.” Uncertainties and change can often breed fear and anxiety. We are committed to helping our students transition back to school by building relationships between staff and students and student to student. Furthermore, we are taking extra precautions to help our students feel physically safe while in the building. We have added a new security entrance at our main doors and are making several changes to our day to day operations to address the spread of the Coronavirus
Lastly, I would like to end with the important role that our parents and guardians play in supporting our students during their adolescent development. This is a time where our teens and tweens yearn for independence and are ready to take on more responsibilities. However, they continue to need guidance, support, and frequent communication and follow-through from the most important adults in their life. One way we can all work together to have a successful school year is through the upholding of our schoolwide expectations, which can be found in our handbook. I hope you will take the time to review these with your student. Additionally, please keep an open line of communication with your child’s teachers, counselor, and administration. We are all on the same team and when we work together the student wins. You can reach any of us by email or stay connected through our school Facebook page and through our automated text/email alert system. If ever you have a need or a concern and would like to talk, I am here to serve and help. Please contact me directly.
It is my honor to serve the students, families, and staff of Thunderbolt Middle School. I am here for you during each step of this middle school experience, and I am committed to the success of each child.
Mrs. Lindsay Bitterman