Dear Floyd Light Community,
The Falcon staff welcomes you to Floyd Light Middle School! This year we will continue the high quality education and inviting environment you have heard about or already experienced. Since taking this position, I have heard nothing but great things about Floyd Light. We understand that middle school is truly a transition time for your student with unique needs – he/she is not an older elementary student or a junior high school student. We take these middle school needs into consideration when developing all of our policies and procedures.
We offer a rigorous academic program that includes language arts, social studies, science, and math. In addition, we are extremely proud of our elective program. While many middle schools are eliminating their program offerings, we continue to offer high-level performance-based and production-based classes. In addition, for students not on grade level, we require targeted intervention classes. In other words, we ensure growth for each and every one of our students.
We encourage all our students to get involved in co-curricular activities. Students involved in these activities generally do better in school. Music, drama, student government, and/or athletics are a great way for students to establish a deeper relationship with their classmates and staff. This relationship makes them feel a part of something bigger than themselves – an essential learning for middle school students.
At Floyd Light we strive to educate the whole child. This year we received America’s Healthiest School bronze award, recognizing us as a leader in school wellness. Next year we will be striving to achieve the silver award. We aim to equip kids with the resources and skills to lead healthy lives and develop lifelong healthy habits. We recognize that health and academic success are inherently linked and because of this we are working to provide a healthy environment for our students at school. All students at Floyd Light are required to take PE and Health every year (grades 6-8). Every student will have PE every other day for 3 quarters of the year while Health fills the final quarter. In addition, to serving healthy food in our cafeteria, our school prohibits using food as a reward. We encourage healthy eating, by providing healthy snacks students can purchase in the student store, such as fresh fruit.
We also require that all foods served and offered during the school day meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. This includes snacks that are not part of a federally reimbursed child nutrition program, birthday parties, holiday parties and school-wide celebrations. We recognize that we need to provide consistent messaging around healthy eating to avoid sending youth conflicting messages. While celebrations can include healthy foods, they can also provide opportunities for kids to play and enjoy music, dance, games, sports and other activities.
Finally, our students can only reach their potential with their families’ active involvement at Floyd Light. Families are our student’s first and most important teachers. Even though most students beg their families to not get involved, it is important that they do! The stronger the home/school relationship, the better chance our students have to succeed.
Do not hesitate contacting me with any clarifications or questions. We are very excited for another outstanding year here at Floyd Light!
Doug Pease, Principal