Thursday November 05, 2015
As many of you may know, the middle school is named after Frederick Harlan Tuttle, who was the first principal of the South Burlington Middle School when it opened in 1967. He later became Superintendent in 1971, a position he held for over 20 years. After his death in 1972, the middle school was renamed in his memory.
Today our middle school is run by Principal Karsten Schlenter, now in his sixth year, and Assistant Principal Paul Yoon, in his third year. While the middle school does not have a motto of its own, they incorporate the motto of the South Burlington School District, which is “We inspire all learners to believe they can make a difference in the world.” Schlenter and Yoon are transformational leaders making a genuine difference in the lives of the students. They feel it is essential to build on students’ interests and passions in order to make learning meaningful and to keep them engaged. They believe that we have the staff and the resources needed to become a world-class middle school that serves the needs of all students.
Schlenter moved to the U.S. from Germany in 1985. He was an educator and administrator in Florida and then Michigan before moving to Vermont. He and his wife, Toni, have three daughters college age or older, one of whom attended South Burlington High School. Yoon and his wife, Jenny, moved here from Massachusetts and have a four-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter. He is also a Partner with CQ Strategies, LLC, a consultancy that provides training and facilitation in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Yoon is excited about the direction in which the school community is heading. Last year, the faculty and staff hosted the school’s first ever Tuttlefest, and he’s excited to see how we build on this new tradition and continue to think about new ways to improve our school’s culture for both our students and our educators. Along with Schlenter, Yoon is already gearing up for the school’s 50th anniversary in 2017.
The middle school currently has around 520 students. Each grade is made up of academic “teams” with their own unique name. 6th grade: Verve, Cirrus, Polaris; 7th grade: Dorset House, Fusion; 8th grade: Discovery, Why Not? The smaller teams consist of 42-43 students; the larger teams, 82-96 students. We are fortunate that World Language, Art, Band, Chorus, Family and Consumer Science, PE, Health, and Technology are all offered at the school as well, and that we have an active PTO and involved families. We thank the community for their continued support over the years.
SOURCE: Susan Sobczak, FHTMS PTO Secretary.
The next FHTMS PTO meeting is Wednesday, November 11, 6:30 p.m. in the FHTMS library.