Returning to McCormick Middle School for his third year as principal, Craig Housum is one of the only administrators in the district who isn’t in a new position.
The superintendent, treasurer, elementary principal, and high school principal are all new to their jobs this year. Although Housum is staying in his same role, many things around the school and district are changing.
This is his first year being the sole principal of the junior high.
One of the biggest changes coming up this year is the move into the new McCormick building. Housum is excited for the move and expects it to happen anywhere between Nov. 1 and Thanksgiving.
This year the school will include the fourth through seventh grades. Eighth-graders moved up to the high school this year.
Next year, third-graders will move into the new McCormick, too.
“It’ll be nice because we’ll have grades four and five and eventually third grade on the first floor and grades six and seven on the second floor,” Housum said.
The third floor of the old McCormick building is closed off and sixth- and seventh-graders will be in close proximity to each other. Housum said that’s to get the staff and students familiar with each other before they share a floor in the new school.
Once the students move into the new building, a new project-based learning program called Genius Hour will be implemented schoolwide.
“Once a week the kids will be able to focus on something that they like to do and learn about so the kids get to choose their topic. But it will be aligned with the subject that they’re struggling with the most,” Housum said.
Every grade will also have an advanced language arts and math class this year for students who qualify.
“Our focus is for long-standing retainment,” Housum said of his focus on the Common Core standards.
At the beginning of the year, Housum plans to start a co-op to get parents involved with the school and the district.
“One of my goals this year is to have as much communication as possible with the community, especially going through the move,” he said.
The school will continue its extracurricular activities such as STEM club, K Kids, and student council. Housum said he wanted to continue the successful programs before starting new ones since so much change is already happening in the district.
In the future, Housum hopes to start a junior National Honor Society.
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McCormick principal Craig Housum previews the coming school year, including a move to a new building in November.