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Greetings Bullpup Families!

Yes, it's true. We are in the last few days of summer vacation. I know it's hard to put away the wake boards, fishing rods, and frisbees, but WOW! -- what a fantastic summer it has been! I sure hope yours was filled with joy and family fun. Still, it is time to look toward the new school year. We're already hard at work here in the office, and the rest of the staff is soon to follow. We are all happily awaiting that great day -- September 6th -- when the students will join us here for another year of learning and fun.

I am personally extremely excited for this year, my first at SMS. For those of you who don't know me, I am in my 10th year in this district, and my 21st year in education. Most recently, I was the principal of LPOHS, but my previous two positions were as an administrator at middle schools in Oregon and Alaska. It fills my heart to be returning to a middle school, a time and place of rapid and wonderful growth -- both academically and socially. My main goal for this year is build strong relationships with all stakeholders in this community -- students, parents, and staff alike. To that end, I ask that you take a moment to introduce yourself when you see me here in school or out in the community. I believe very deeply that it takes community-wide partnership to shepherd young teens through these sometimes turbulent, always exciting early-teen years.

I am grateful to join this team of outstanding professionals, and look forward to meeting you all over the course of this year!

Sincerely,

Geoff Penrose

Principal