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    Principal's Message

    Dear Students, Parents/Guardians, and Invested Members of the Community,

    Welcome to another exciting school year at Grace Wilday Junior High School!  As the only junior high school in the small community of Roselle, we pride ourselves on working closely with our parents/guardians and community members to help each student maximize their potential so that they are ready to succeed in a competitive 21st century global economy.  Evidence of this goal begins with the significant investment in technology by the board of education equipping each classroom in Grace Wilday Junior High School with a Smart Board and providing laptops for each of our students during instructional hours.

    This year Grace Wilday Junior High School will take it one step further by working closely with Abraham Clark High School to develop a Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) program.  This collaboration will result in more rigorous courses and hands-on activities involvingScience, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in both schools.  We are looking to develop motivated, innovative, critical thinkers that can creatively problem solve in STEM.  This future endeavor will motivate and challenge our students academically and prepare them for a high demanding career in any STEM related field.

    In addition to our focus on mathematics and science, Grace Wilday Junior High School takes pride producing scholars that with hard work and dedication advance to the high school and eventually, if qualified, have the opportunity to take Advance Placement (AP) classes in English and History where students earn valuable college credits while in high school.  Also, with the high school’s new and exciting theater arts program, Grace Wilday Junior High School will begin preparing itself to promote students that have the talent and the desire to be a part of this new challenging and stimulating program.

    Our ongoing Positive Behavior Support In Schools (PBSIS) state initiative program has been an integral part of the positive school climate that staff and students experience throughout our hallways and in our classrooms.  Students that display the expected behavior posted throughout Grace Wilday Junior High School are eligible to earn PBSIS bucks that are redeemable for prizes at the PBSIS store. This program begins every year in September with our huge PBSIS kick off festivities and field day.  We celebrate and promote good behavior and students are made aware that at Grace Wilday Junior High School good behavior is rewarded.

    The combination of a rigorous academic program in a positive stimulating environment creates a school that is conducive to learning and that fosters emotional growth so that each student is addressed holistically.  Here at Grace Wilday Junior High School we welcome parents and vested members of the community to join us on our educational journey as we prepare all of our students for college, work, and life.

    Educationally yours,

    Erik Leite
    Acting Principal


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