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Dear Kopachuck students, families, and community:
It is with excitement and PRIDE that I welcome you to the 2022-23 school year as the new Principal. Like any new member, I am taking time to get to know our Coyote pack and the strong foundation of achievement and tradition this building and district holds. Learning from each one of you, getting to know you personally, and building upon that relationship is something I look forward to greatly.
In my short time here, there is already so much to celebrate and take PRIDE in. Our community persevered through three years of turbulence with online learning during a pandemic and the beginning of construction. Our pack maintained flexibility and resilience and made gains in their learning knowledge and connections with each other through it all. This is truly something to be proud of and I want to thank all of you, students, families, and staff, for committing to laying the foundation of our upcoming year of work. The traditions and structure of high achievement created a base for students and families at Kopachuck. This is the starting point from which our pack grows.
Right now, our walls may be physically torn down, and the roof full of holes, however, we are confident that our students will be walking through the new main entrance on the first day of school, in awe of the outcome of the hard work and dedication our construction crew showed this summer. We tore down walls, and broke through the floors, to create something beautiful upon a structure that was already strong.
But Kopachuck is more than walls and roof.
Kopachuck is a place where all Coyotes belong and feel welcome. A place where the pack, like coyotes on the hunt, work together to attack challenges head on. Working together to accomplish outcomes becomes a greater goal than individual successes.
There is a communal pride that is felt walking through the doors of a newly constructed building. Seeing the bright and shining beauty of architecture that leads to an overwhelming feeling. It is our hope that we will continue to build upon that feeling together as a whole. Your partnership in shared communication, high expectations, and common beliefs will only strengthen the core of our pack. Together, we will create an environment and culture that will promote and grow confident and compassionate young people.
This year too will bring change, and with that change we will stand tall and strong on our foundations to ensure that all Coyotes have a sense of belonging. They belong here.
Looking forward to our work together. Filled with PRIDE to be a Kopachuck Coyote.
Kopachuck Middle School, Principal
We know that students are eager to know what their school day will look like. We are currently cleaning up schedules, such as balancing classes, making sure students are enrolled in core courses and filling holes. Schedules will not be finalized until approximately a week before school starts.
Student schedules are based on students’ course elective requests and students are randomly placed with teachers, with the exception of clustered Highly Capable (in language arts and social studies) and special education students.
In order to be fair and consistent with all students and families, schedule corrections will be made only when there’s an error in course placement, such as two science classes, a missing core class, or the student doesn’t have six classes.
We are not able to accommodate specific teacher requests. Occasionally,
there is an extreme situation that might cause a parent to request a specific teacher for their student. Please contact an administrator to discuss your situation. The best administrator to contact is:
Language arts, social studies and electives: me, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Math and Science: Nate Hudac, assistant principal, at email@example.com
The first day of school can be stressful for students that aren’t familiar with a building or staff, so we have scheduled orientation for all NEW Coyotes! This includes:
ALL incoming 6th graders
NEW 7th and 8th graders
Returning Virtual Learning students who may need a Kopachuck refresher
The goal of this day is to create a smoother transition into middle school by providing a block of time for a “practice schedule run.” Students will pick up their class schedule, then follow that schedule as they meet their new teachers. ASB student leadership will be present as guides in the hallway and to assist students.
We will send out a targeted email to these families the week of Aug. 24th. For now, save the date: Tuesday August 30th, 8:15-10:15 a.m.
School begins at 8:15 am and ends at 2:45 pm. Students should be prepared with school supplies as outlined in our supply list. For organization and planning, each student will receive a Kopachuck student agenda, courtesy of the Kopachuck PTSA and KMS. If you need support with obtaining supplies of have a financial barrier, please reach out for assistance to our school counselors:
A-K: Mark Hiderbrand at firstname.lastname@example.org
L-Z: Andrea Grafmiller at email@example.com
Bus schedules will be posted around the school entrance windows and may also be found on the district web site at https://www.psd401.net/departments/transportation. Routes and up to date pickup information is also available in the MyStop App.
Students in all grades will have their school picture taken. Please wear appropriate school attire for the picture. Picture packet envelopes will be available in the Commons and parents may access the Jostens PIX website via the following link: https://shop.jostenspix.com/register
Students who are unable to have their picture taken on this day will have their picture taken on Picture Retake day, October 7th.