Dear Green Acres Family,
It is my great pleasure to greet you as the principal of Green Acres Middle School. Green Acres has long been the premiere campus in the Central Valley for Middle School Instruction, and for the past 60 years students have been excelling in both leadership and citizenship skill development. The two years of middle school are a special and exciting time. Incoming 7th graders must not only become familiar with a new school, but a new schedule, the change from working with a single teacher to working with many teachers. It is a time of excitement and anxiety all wrapped up together. 8th graders also face change, being suddenly thrust into the role of older mentor after only one year of being the underclassman. During middle school, students become more aware of whom they are and begin to identify specific values and interests that will be important to them for a lifetime. It is the task of the middle school staff to challenge all students to achieve, and to provide opportunities to grow in a positive direction both academically and through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities like clubs, leadership, athletics or drama.
The entire staff at Green Acres takes this task of educating your child very seriously. We strive to form academically and personally sound individuals who are ready for high school because they work hard, get involved and do the right thing. We want our students to know that life is all about choices and that education is power. And we want to help them grow to become positive, contributing members of the Visalia community who know to treat one another with kindness and who understand that the diversity of talents, strengths and backgrounds that we bring collectively make our school and community strong. We plan on sharing with our students how Real Chargers have H.E.A.R.T. (Honestly, Effectiveness, Ambition, Respect, and Thoughtfulness.)
Please take advantage of the information on our webpage. I encourage you to contact us whenever you feel you need to do so. We are committed to providing you and your child with a positive and memorable middle school experience and wish your child a successful school year. And as we remind our students everyday:
Wherever you go
Whatever you do
Be a Charger with HEART
-Carli Hawkins, Principal