Another school year is already in sight and for Wakefield's middle school students, that means they're also getting ready to welcome a new principal.
Mark Bedrosian, hired earlier this year as the new principal of the , spent nine years working in the Gloucester school district, as an assistant principal at the high school and middle school, and also as a dean of academics at the high school. As an teacher, Bedrosian's background is in social studies.
"We're going to be the best (grades) 5-8 middle school we can be," said Bedrosian in a recent conversation with Wakefield Patch. "And we're going to be best the K-12 middle school we can be." In other words, Bedrosian said that an important focus for a middle school is the transition that outgoing students make into high school, and also the transition that incoming students make from grade school.
"I think this is a great school, it's a great district," added Bedrosian.
The new principal indicated that another priority for the coming school year will be math scores - a subject that Bedrosian tends to be one of the toughest areas nationally for middle school-aged students.
Looking ahead to some other prospective challenges in the coming year, Bedrosian cited a new state evaluation system and new standards that the district and staff will need to work with.