Principal Mark Cain

Greetings Alki Alki Wolf families!

As I sit here in my new office looking forward to the start of my 31st year as an educator, I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be the new principal of Alki Middle School! Beautiful school, talented teachers, engaged students and involved parents are the recipe for student success and I look forward to the challenge of leading the Wolf community in the years to come. While this school year is not starting the way we had hoped, we are working hard to prepare a much improved remote learning experience from last spring. I will be sending out more information about the remote learning details once we have them. My hope is either by the end of the week, or very early next week. Stay tuned for that.

I actually started my administrative career 17 years ago right here at Alki Middle School. Ironically, I replaced a young associate principal by the name of Darci Fronk for MY first associate principal position. Darci got her first principalship that year, and I moved into the office to replace her in mid March. I have learned a ton in the last 17 years, I am thrilled to come back here as the principal. As a principal, I have 2 main goals that everything we do must align to: 1. Create a positive and caring culture that is safe and conducive to learning, and 2. Ensure high levels of learning for every student every day. The way I think of it is we have to have an environment where students and staff can attend to teaching and learning, and the teaching and learning is what we must accomplish. I pledge to you I will provide the vision and the support to our school to ensure we are pursuing these two goals with focus and commitment.

As teachers, we are here to support students in attaining the skills and knowledge they need to be successful 21st century citizens. As parents, you want to support your children to be the best they can be and to find success in whatever they decide they want to do. Working together to engage students in a way that creates opportunity for them to think more deeply, learn more fully, and prepare for life beyond middle school is something we all have to work on together. Let’s work together to make sure YOUR child achieves at the highest level possible this school year.

Empowering students to create a better world,

Mark Cain
Principal, Alki Middle School

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