Middle School Central

Letter from the Principal

Dear Middle School Families,

We are looking forward to and preparing for another incredible year in the middle school! We can’t wait to hear about our students’ summer adventures and see how much they have grown. We are excited to continue our partnership with you to realize our mission to nurture a diverse group of students to become lifelong, active participants in their own education, develop a sense of self and community, and become responsible and compassionate members of society. Our mission guides the work that we do with our middle schoolers every day. We have been thinking about how to continue to live and grow in our mission in the coming year, particularly as we navigate a time when our entire country is figuring out what it means to act like responsible and compassionate members of society. We are planning to do work with our students this coming year that will make them leaders and role models within and for our community.

Ms. Jennifer and Ms. NaKeisha have been thrilled to begin working with Ms. Janine this summer as the new MS Leadership team. Ms. Janine is delighted to join the Two Rivers family as the new Leadership Coach/Middle School Assistant Principal. She is not new to the middle school; she has collaborated with the middle school leaders and teachers for the past four years as the EL Education School Designer. She is excited to team with Ms. Jenn and Ms. Keisha to make this a remarkable year in the middle school.

We are also excited to welcome three new teachers to our middle school team. Deirdre McShea joins us as our 6th grade expedition teacher. Ms. Deirdre comes to us from Nashville where she previously was a founding social studies teacher at a charter school. She will be joining us in DC after wrapping up her own professional learning at Columbia’s Teachers College this summer. Shannon Twenter joins us as our 7th grade ELA teacher. Ms. Shannon is a veteran teacher who has worked in Baltimore and Boise, and brings with her rich expeditionary learning experience. Mark Walth joins us as our 6th and 8th grade math teacher. Mr. Mark is not new to DC. He is joining us from a charter school just down the road, Basis DC. Mark is a member of Math for American and brings an enthusiasm and passion for math with knowledge of high school readiness expectations.

We are looking forward to seeing students and families at our family orientation conferences on August 25th and 26th. Please make sure to sign up for an available conference time using our online system (see the Trib for the link). During this initial conference students and families will meet with their new crew leader, review their schedules, and receive and try out assigned lockers. Eighth graders will also get an important overview of the My High School Search process.

We know that as our students’ parents and guardians, you are their first and most valuable teachers. Partnering with you to develop our students as lifelong learners is a critical aspect of the work we do, and we look forward to working with you this year.


Jennifer McCormick, Middle School Principal
Janine Gomez, Middle School Assistant Principal
NaKeisha Jones-Helton, Dean of Students & Families