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Dear Comet Families and Friends,
It is my honor to serve as the Principal of McKinlleyville Middle School. The school that is dedicated to promoting and inspiring our students to strive toward personal excellence in all that they do.
My greatest drive as a principal is to provide leadership that will facilitate a school environment that encourages excellence and fosters a love of learning. The MMS staff collaborates on a regular basis to ensure we continue to grow in our established goals of successful implementation of the California State Standards and Social and Emotional Learningn Standards. We are committed to developing our students' critical thinking skills both academically and socially. We implement teachings to help in developing character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, safety, courage, caring and cooperation. At MMS we celebrate the challenges that are a natural part of being a middle school student. School is hard work. We are here to put forth our greatest efforts to support each student to grow to their highest potential. As the school leader, I ask our parents to applaud your students for problem solving, for sticking to a difficult task, and for communicating their needs during the process. 
Communication is imperative to the overall success of our school. Please watch for school events on the school website, on our MSPTO Facebook page, in our monthly events calendar and during upcoming Board meetings. We strive to communicate with you in the way(s) that are the most convenient for your family. Please be sure to confirm with us how you can best access information about what is happening in the school.
Please know that if you have a question or a concern that we are here to provide the information you need. Please contact me by e-mail at esalata@mckusd.org or call the office: 707-839-1508. I look forward to seeing and talking with you around the campus as well!
In closing, I’d like to share a favorite quote: “School is you. It is not the brick and mortar of a building; school is a relationship, a commitment to inspire each other, to discover who we are meant to be and how we will give back to our communities.” -Amy Gallaway & Heather Damario.  I share this specific quote because it represents what I see and aspire for here at McKinleyville Middle School. It is through the close and collegial partnerships with everyone associated with MMS, I am confident we will inspire excellence in our students as they learn and grow.
Sincerely,
Elwira Salata
Middle School Principal

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