W.G. Sanders Middle School

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Welcome Back Tigers!

Message from our Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On behalf of the staff at W.G. Sanders Middle School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2020-21 school year. Its A Whole New World, which happens to be our theme this year. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from the community, the home and the school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and we are ready to show them A Whole New World.

Sanders Middle is proud to be entering its third year living the principles embodied in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. We embrace and implement the Leader in Me approach and its 5 Core Paradigms…

  1. Everyone can be a leader.
  2. Everyone has genius.
  3. Change starts with me.
  4. Educators empower students to lead their own learning.
  5. Develop the whole person.

This past year we worked to develop a deep understanding of the 7 Habits, incorporating the language, skills and strategies to our school and personal lives. We searched for and developed the leaders in ourselves and students, creating a school culture that promotes the development of the unique leadership abilities of each person.

Our commitment to the health and safety, academic, and social growth of our students is our top priority. This school year will be unique as we transition through our approach to learning through multiple phases, as established by Richland One. Continued success will be evident as we continue to provide experiences that are engaging, meaningful, and rigorous. New this year is our emphasis on student empowerment. How exciting to have our young scholars empowered in this Whole New World.

It will take all of us to support our students doing well inside and outside of the classroom as we continue to prepare them to be 21st century learners! Commit with us to the process of forging tomorrow’s leaders, instilling the characteristics necessary for our students to become thinking, pro-active leaders, able to meet and overcome these future challenges.

We celebrate the leader in you and in all of us. We look forward to learning and collaborating you during the 2020-2021 school year.


Andrenna A. Smith, M.A.T., M.Ed.

American Montessori Society Certified Principal

W. G. Sanders Middle School

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