I am honored to have the privilege of serving as the instructional leader of Peter G. Appling Middle School. Appling has a rich history of school pride and academic excellence that will continue during my leadership. The faculty and staff are ready to take on the task of making sure our students receive a quality education that will ensure college readiness and strength of character. We will continue to move from ‘Good to Great’ by providing an academically challenging environment, implementing innovative practices, and developing positive relationships with our students.Appling’s faculty has developed departmental and individual goals for the year to increase student achievement. We have taken a vow to challenge our students to excel academically this year by providing multiple opportunities for students to learn new content. Teachers will bring their lessons to life by providing students with hands-on and real world experiences that will help students to master the curriculum. Students will have an opportunity to use technology, attend educational field trips, and listen to various speakers to enhance their learning.
The faculty and staff at Appling have been on the cutting edge of developing innovative practices to bridge the learning gap in all academic areas. The student led conferences and push-in literacy classes have been a major factor in the academic gains over the last four years. I plan to make sure these innovative practices continue to be utilized and shared with other schools as we continue to move from ‘Good to Great’.
The Raider Family believes in building relationships with all stakeholders of the school. We have developed a relationship plan to make sure teachers get to know their students, parents, and community members. We believe that building positive relationships with the people we serve will make Appling a model school by increasing academic achievement and developing positive behavior.
I look forward to working with students, parents, and community members to make Peter G. Appling Middle School one of the best schools in the nation. The strong support of all stakeholders is needed to help our school continue to move from ‘Good to Great’ over the next few years. I vow to make sure that the school operates in excellence in every aspect of what we do to educate our students. I vow to place a strong emphasis on teaching and learning to make sure all students excel academically. I vow to work collaboratively with parents, business partners, and other community entities to ensure that our students are exposed to various careers and real world experiences that will broaden their education.
Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about our educational programs at Appling. You are welcome to stop by and visit with us to see some of the exciting lessons that our instructors teach on a daily basis. Again, I look forward to working with you this year as we continue to move from ‘Good to Great’ at Peter G. Appling Middle School.
Christopher Ridley, Ed.D.