New SMS principal Brett Davisson has a goal to make sure every student leaves SMS ready for high school academically, socially, and emotionally. Here is what Davisson had to say during a recent interview.
What are your top goals as principal of SMS?
Excellence in Everything is the overarching goal. Excellence in the classroom and in our conduct. To achieve that we have to constantly examine what we do and why we do it and look for ways to improve. Over time I want to look at everything we do, from how we teach to the programs we offer to how we do lunch. It’s a lot of work, but it’s valuable and enjoyable when you keep the kids as the focus.
How do you plan to make sure students leave middle school prepared for high school?
MIddle School is the most critical step in preparing for high school, and it also one of the most difficult time periods developmentally for kids. We need to address the whole person (social and emotional skills as well as academics), find their interests, engage them at a high level, foster their creativity, and get them connected. We will be working hard to have a strong curriculum academically that can meet the core needs of all of our students, but that also gives them opportunities to find what they are passionate about. If we can succeed in making positive connections with each one of our students, build their skills, and find their passion, we will send them to high school ready for anything.
What is your favorite part of working at SMS?
I really enjoy the staff and students. They make each day new and interesting. I’ve never dreaded coming to work and every day flies by. Being back in the community in which I was raised, in one of the the schools I attended, and seeing the kids of my own friends from high school each day, is really fun.
Do you have any advice for middle schoolers making the transition to high school?
Stay organized and focused right from the beginning. The time goes fast and your freshman year is the most crucial for setting your trajectory. Also, get involved in a club, sport, or activity. A better connection to the school will mean more success and a more enjoyable experience.
Do you have a favorite spot to eat in Silverton?
The Home Place
What was your favorite childhood movie?
The Great Escape with Steve McQueen. I have great memories of watching that movie with my Grandpa.
Did you play any sports when you were growing up?
Football, Basketball, Baseball in High School. Soccer growing up also.
Where did you go to college?
Chemeketa, Oregon State for my Bachelors, Western Oregon for my Masters, George Fox for my admin.
What is your favorite dessert?
Give us three interesting facts about yourself:
- I’m a twin
- Boston Red Sox fan
- I’ve been married 15 years and have 4 kids.