Principal's Message

Dr.Yee On behalf of the administration and staff at Sierra Middle School, welcome to the 2018-19 school year! As I enter my 3rd year as principal of Sierra, I am reminded of how blessed I am because I get to do what I love. Being a principal at Sierra is the most rewarding job I have had in my 20+ years in education. I am so proud to serve the students, families, and staff of this community.
The middle school years are crucial to the development of a child.  As a staff, our job is ensure that all students are proficient in the range of fundamental skills and knowledge in math, English language arts, science, and history/social science if they are to go forward with post-secondary learning that prepares them for good jobs, healthy families, and contributing citizenship. Our students also need to learn how to manage their time wisely, get organized, identify how they learn best, ask questions, and seek help when needed.  In addition, we at Sierra Middle School, also believe in school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. We will do this through the implementation of a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) system.
Our goal is to not only provide the fundamental skills and knowledge in the different content areas, but also to teach our students good study habits, character education, and digital citizenship. We will continue to do what is best for each and every student using Personalized Learning as we believe that education is not a “one size fits all” approach.  We believe there are many good approaches to personalize learning for students. They include: blended learning, competency-based learning, culturally-responsive teaching, project-based learning, and a focus on incorporating student choice and voice into the instructional decisions.
I look forward to another successful year of learning and growing.  In the words of Rita Pierson, “Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be”. All of  the staff at Sierra Middle School look forward to serving you and being a champion for your child.  
Ratmony Yee, Ed.D.