Welcome to Totem Middle School, home of the Thunderbirds!
I am honored to be joining a community which celebrates and embraces academic excellence and cultural diversity. This year is going to be an amazing year as we focus on Goal 2 Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals and Goal 4 Content Competence: Mastery of All Subjects of the FWPS Strategic Plan. With your partnership and support, I am confident all scholars will be provided A Voice. A Dream. A Bright Future!
I am joining the Totem community with over 20 years of experience in education. I have held various positions throughout my career, the most recent being Principal of Sunnycrest Elementary. I am passionate about learning and am dedicated to ensuring ALL scholars are provided a rigorous and engaging learning environment. At Totem, we believe ALL scholars can be successful and set high expectations for our scholars and ourselves in order to achieve high levels of growth.
Totem Middle School is your community school. A scholar’s success is dependent upon a strong cooperative relationship formed between parents, school staff, and community partnerships. In order to build and maintain this relationship, communication is an essential component. I believe seeking out your input, ensuring your voice is heard and honored to meet all the needs of your scholar. We invite you to become involved in our community. There are many ways to become involved in our community- joining our School Leadership Team, joining our PTSA, joining us for an afterschool event, or attending monthly Principal Coffee Chats (to name a few).
Totem is committed to providing your scholar a safe environment, free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying. In addition to continuing our commitment to fostering a safe and nurturing environment using Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and Restorative Practices, teachers will be teaching social/emotional skills with a new curriculum called Second Step. Additionally, scholars will receive instruction on how to identify, report, and refuse bullying behaviors.
I am excited for the new school year to begin! All of us at Totem Middle School feel privileged to be a part of your scholar’s education and life journey. We take this responsibility seriously and are dedicated to being here for all of your needs. Please do not hesitate to contact me at any time throughout the year- my door is always open!
Shana Watkins, Principal
Goal 2 -The Whole Child: Thriving, Confident, Responsible Individuals
Goal 4 -Content Area Competency: Mastery of All Subjects
Every student scholar will be empowered and prepared to develop personal responsibility in order to be positive, productive members of society
Every student scholar will receive equitable opportunity for success, and will meet or exceed standards of performance in all subjects by the end of each grade
Talk to your scholar about their school day. It is typical for adolescent students to say things are just “fine” and provide little detail. Continue asking them how things are going. Ask them to give you a “glow” and “grow” every day.
Ask your scholar to lead the family through a Restorative Circle, a common practice here at Totem Middle School. They will be excited to teach the family continued ways to communicate.
Scholars benefit greatly when family members are visible and engaged at school. Consider being present in the classroom, visiting during lunches, chaperoning a field trip, joining PTA, and/or attending evening functions.
Have your scholar read at least 20 minutes a day at home – in any language! English Language Arts (ELA) classes are 60 minutes plus an additional 30 minutes of reading high-interest books at their own Independent Reading Level. Research shows that when students read every day they significantly build a robust vocabulary and critical thinking skills.
Register with ParentVUE so that you can see live updated information on your scholar’s grades. When parents are informed, our partnership strengthens as we can proactively address concerns together. Please reach out if you need any assistance.