Middle school students are kind, funny and generous. They can also at times be mean, noisy and self-absorbed. They are big, and small, and everything in between. Their interests sometimes change overnight. And their voices frequently change overnight. But their needs — academic, physical, social and emotional — are a constant. And at Collins, we are working constantly to meet all of those needs. It is very hard to grow up today in the world that we adults have created. Middle school-age children need all the help and support we can all offer as they learn and grow not only in the academic areas, but in all aspects of becoming a healthy and peaceful young adult.
Mary Manning is principal of Salem’s Collins Middle School. This is one in a regular series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.