Hello! I’m so excited to be here! My name is Catherine Baker and I’m the principal at Columbia Middle School. Just a little bit about me - I’ve been in teaching and in administration for over 20 years, and most of it was in Edenton. I am married to a farmer in northeastern Bertie County, and we have two daughters - one in Raleigh, and one in Philadelphia. I absolutely love working with students and their families, and I am thrilled to be working with my favorite grades - middle school! We are going to have a fantastic year…..I hope you feel the same!!
School has now been in session for a couple of weeks, already!! Where does the time go? We have many new things this year......our classes are 60 minutes long, we're offering Band and Art to 6th-8th grade, and Coach Rodgers is offering a Keyboarding class! We are also implementing D.E.A.R. Time on Wednesdays. (D.E.A.R. Time stands for Drop Everything And Read, and it's mandatory for all of us!) . Reading is so important for every other subject, and this gives everyone a chance to pick what they want to read. You'll want to get in the habit of keeping a book in your backpack!
There are a lot of things you need to do to prepare for a good school year, and they are things that you need to "refresh" every few weeks or so - check on your school supplies, pick your school clothes, and get organized! Go ahead and switch to school hours for your sleeping habits.. Make sure to put your name on your notebooks, and make extra sure that your clothes follow the Uniform Policy. Both the Uniform Dress Code and the School Supply List are on Facebook, and on the school webpage, so check them out! In fact, go ahead and “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and get your mom and dad to do the same! This is the fastest way to find out news about practices, weather delays, and events coming up.
Everyone will get their Chromebooks again this year, so be prepared to pay the $15 Technology Fee right away. Sixth and Seventh Graders will leave theirs at school over night (for safety and for charging).
Our theme this year is TEAMWORK. We are all on one team and we all want to help you succeed while you are at Columbia Middle School! You will see me use the hashtag, #teamworkmatters. Teamwork matters a great deal - just like a football team or soccer team has to work together to win a game, your school team also has to work together to help you to win and to succeed. We are all on the same team, together - your bus drivers, your teachers, your custodians, your lunch ladies, your principal, your neighbors…...everyone wants to see YOU be the best that you can be! Please make sure to help us win this goal!!
Parents and guardians, you are an important piece of our team. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions. Make sure to set good examples for our future leaders, and please encourage them to READ!