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Thomas J. Kellar
Middle School

Principal's Page

Dear Kellar Middle School Family,

I am excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year! I am honored to serve as the proud principal of Thomas J. Kellar Middle School. As we prepare to embark on another year, I am reminded that the beginning of school is truly a special time, and I welcome this opportunity to partner with you as we support your child with a fulfilling and rewarding middle school experience.

At Kellar Middle School we are fortunate to have a team of outstanding staff anchored by a very supportive Central Office Administration and Board of Education. Under the direction of Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Edison, the middle school received several enhancements over the summer including air-conditioned classrooms (building-wide), renovated bathrooms, and improved lighting!  
 
The staff and administration met this summer to further develop the student schedule, review curriculum, and plan lessons. Our custodial staff has also been working diligently to thoroughly prepare the halls and classrooms of the building in preparation for another school year.

This year, we will continue with the CHAMPs program. CHAMPs is a proactive and positive framework that provides our scholars with guidelines for expected behaviors in various settings throughout the building. CHAMPs also provides teachers with an instrument for structuring their classrooms and teaching expectations. When you visit us, you’re sure to see lots of evidence of how we are CHAMPing out the building!

Each scholar will receive an agenda book on their first day of school. This book will serve as a valuable tool to assist them with organizing their day. Scholars and families will also be receiving a student handbook. Please take a moment during the first few days/weeks of school to review the content of the handbook with your scholar.

Parents choosing to drive their child to school are required to use the “parent drop-off and pick-up area” which is located along the front of the school on Lydia Street. For safety reasons, scholars may not be dropped off in the bus/staff member driveway. All scholars are to be in attendance by 8:05 am. Scholars arriving after 8:10 am must be signed in by a parent or guardian. Kellar scholars wear uniforms daily. The uniform consists of a dark blue, uniform material pant (Dickie’s style or dress slacks), and a dark blue or solid white shirt with a collar (polo style, dress shirt, or blouse). Scholars may wear solid navy blue or white sweaters/cardigans. Gentlemen are required to wear belts. Ladies may wear a solid, navy blue, knee-length skirt. Jeans, denim, jeggings, leggings, hoodies, and sweatshirts are prohibited. Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional information regarding the Dress and Uniform Policy.

Please join us for Open House on Wednesday, September 5th at 5:30 pm. We will also have our first parent-teacher organization (PTO) meeting on Wednesday, September 5th at 6:30 pm. I look forward to seeing you at these and other events during the school year. My staff and I are eagerly anticipating a fulfilling year of meaningful learning experiences. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dr. Monica Spence, Principal
(708) 388-7201
mspence@prsd1435.org
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