It is going to be an amazing year to be a West Briar Grizzly! After a year and a half of unconventional teaching and learning, I feel both blessed and driven to begin the 2021-2022 school year as West Briar’s Principal. Having served the last two years at Westside HS, I have a deep appreciation and love for this incredibly diverse community of students, educators, and parents. My first ninety days as Principal has and will include getting to know all campus stakeholders, diving into West Briar’s academic history, and developing and cultivating a vision of excellence. It is this vision of Integrity- Respect- Perseverance that I am centering all decision-making to start the 2021-2022 school year. #GrizzlyValues means we (leaders, teachers, staff, students) will be going back to the principles and values that West Briar was built upon to maintain the consistency and mission required for a successful school year.
Our Mission Statement:
West Briar Middle School exists to create a dynamic learning environment with high expectations that challenge all students.
Instilling clarity of high expectations will be at the forefront of student’s return to campus for the 2021-2022 school year. School-wide expectations for behavior, learning, and respecting one another will be posted and continuously reflected upon. While our school environment has been unusual and chaotic for one and a half years, it is imperative that West Briar provides a sense of safety through consistent academic standards and clear expectations. Students and teachers will take the positives gained from the last school year and utilize technology and small group instruction to meet academic goals for all students, no matter their need for intervention.
We provide guidance and support to ensure individual success.
Amid the COVID-19 interruptions in student learning, West Briar recognizes the necessity of emphasizing and supporting student’s social-emotional well-being. Teachers, Deans, and staff will check-in regularly with students to ensure all needs are being met and intervene with professional support, when necessary. Our campus Social Worker and Wraparound Specialist will also be utilized to ensure all students have equal opportunities for success.
- Integrity- West Briar maintains high expectations for all learners and works rigorously to meet the needs of all students.
- Respect- There is a mutual respect and kindness between students, parents, and West Briar staff members and West Briar students will respect themselves. Honoring a former West Briar student’s legacy, we will uphold #RAK (random acts of kindness).
- Perseverance- No matter who difficult it gets, the West Briar community will pull together and meet opportunities with a growth mindset. Grizzlies have GRIT.
Lea Mishlan, Ed.D.