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Oak Hill Middle School staff and faculty members collaborate to work on a strategic plan for the coming school year.

As the faculty and staff of Collins Middle School said “good-bye” for the summer, they were simultaneously welcoming a bright and hopeful future at the newly-named Oak Hill Middle School.

As a state-of-the-art facility nears completion, the faculty and staff met recently in an empty classroom at the neighboring high school. Under the leadership of Educational Specialist George Sumner and Principal Cynthia Hedrick, the scholars went to work on a strategic plan for the upcoming school year. The team collaborated to develop methods for achieving West Virginia standards for high quality schools. Topics discussed include creating a cohesive culture and a climate of high expectations, fostering a safe and orderly environment, and offering effective school leadership, research-based instructional strategies, professional development and continuous improvement.

Opportunities for community involvement were also discussed, including inviting the public to tour the school and join in on the celebration of the new facility and academic home for the children. Details for open house dates will be made available toward the start of the school year.

“This is what we have all been working toward and it’s exciting to see our hopes for future generations coming to fruition,” said Hedrick.

“New school building, new name, new spirit — Oak Hill Middle School is energized to meet the challenges and excel in best preparing our learners to make a difference in the lives of our students and community,” said Sumner.

“Our teachers have worked extremely hard to educate students at Collins Middle," Hedrick added." We have seen tremendous growth this past year and look forward to continued growth at Oak Hill Middle School. Meeting the needs of the 21st century is challenging and exciting at the same time."

— Lavada Whitt

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