Principal: Fred Thomas
What a pleasure it is to greet and serve you as the Wiley Middle School Principal for the 2013-2014 school year! As you know, I have served Wiley in the capacity of assistant principal and program specialist for student conduct for 7 years! I am so proud of the accomplishments of our students over the time I have been at Wiley, and have high expectations that we will meet or exceed all of our goals. I would like for you to know a little about my background. I started my career in teaching 19 years ago as a high school mathematics teacher at Solon High School. The following year, I came to Cleveland Heights High School as a mathematics teacher. I taught at Heights High for 5 years and had a wonderful experience there. In 2000, I had an opportunity to go to Heskett Middle School in the Bedford City School District, where I was the assistant principal for both grades 7 and 8. I worked there for three years. I was then promoted to the position of principal of Aurora Upper Intermediate School, a 6th grade building in the Bedford Schools, where I spent 3 years. Due to the fact that enrollment was dropping, a decision was made to close Aurora. I then made the choice to return to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights District, and have been at Wiley ever since! Wiley is my home, and I am anxious for the school year to begin.
It is my goal to provide a challenging and productive environment for your son/daughter. Academic achievement is an absolute priority, and I will be working hard to provide the best possible education for your child. We will build on efforts to continue to improve academic achievement in all areas as part of our quest for academic excellence. We will also continue to build on our pathways, both IB and creativity, to develop students’ confidence and a positive attitude toward learning through their experiences. As a part of this successful environment, I have high expectations for positive behavior. I am a strong disciplinarian, and I believe in teaching and modeling what is appropriate and what is not. I believe we must teach students how to be accountable for their personal choices and it is through a partnership with parents that we can achieve this. Finally, I believe in gaining students’ trust and respect, and I have an appreciation for every individual’s uniqueness. In the end, we will continue to maintain a safe, cooperative, supportive school climate, involving our entire community (school, neighborhood, parents) and encourage all students to achieve their personal best.
“Together we can make a positive different in the lives of our children!” We are looking forward to working with you and your child. Wiley Middle School is a professional learning community and we welcome you to our school!