Goldendale Middle School

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    Dear Families;

    Last week I sent out a letter and email that talked about Contributive Learning. In that letter I mentioned that I would be continuing to update you about what Contributive Learning is and why it is so important for our students. Contributive Learning helps students develop their understanding of themselves.   The middle school years are confusing for kids. Their bodies are growing fast while their hearts and minds struggle to keep up. By using Contributive Learning our goal is to help them know and understand themselves in the context of their families, communities and individualism. When these come together, individuals add to the world, and helps them to find meaning and fulfillment.

    We chose to begin using Contributive Learning because we believe that we can partner with families and the community to help our children be the leaders that we need for our community, state and nation be successful. Teachers will be working with your children on activities that help them discover their own identity. In the first section on self-understanding we want to provide an environment where children can discover what they know about themselves. Your student may come home and ask questions about their families, background, and histories. Remembering who we are and where we come from is part of having self-understanding.

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your child could say:

    ·         I know who I want to be, and I know how to best achieve my goals.

    ·         I know what makes me special and unique, and I grow as a person every day.

    ·         I know my story and everything that goes into it, and that everyone has a story worth sharing.

    ·         I know why I matter and why other people matter to me, and I am proud of who I am.




    Please call me or email me if you have questions. We need every member of our community and value family and community input. Please let me know if you have any questions or ideas that will help our school meet the needs of your child.


    Thank you

    Jennifer Tenney

    Jennifer Tenney

    Principal Goldendale Middle School