Principal's Page

Principal's Page

Dear Families:

 

We are pleased to introduce you to Mr. Gregory Lehr, our new permanent Middle School Principal, who begins at Oxford Academy on Monday, May 20.  Mr. Lehr brings 25 years of teaching and administration experience to his new role at Oxford, and a readiness to serve our students, staff, and the community.

Mr. Lehr was most recently the Assistant Supervisor for Instructional Programs for Broome-Tioga BOCES at the East Learning Center. Before that, he was an 8th grade social studies teacher at Johnson City Middle School for 13 years, and a reading specialist for grades 5-7 for 3 years.  He also taught Literacy Education at SUNY Cortland as an adjunct professor.

During his 25 years in education, Mr. Lehr has led initiatives that serve students beyond grade level expectations: students are supported at their individual levels of achievement, to become equipped to move ahead.  He created an Attendance Matters program, and made scheduling adjustments to give time to students to focus on their individual reading and math levels. He started a career academy to introduce Middle School students to possible career choices, and the skills they'll need to fill those positions. He was a Work Based Learning coordinator and implemented a School Based Enterprise program, both of which helped students develop job skills.

Mr. Lehr has also been a safety coordinator, implemented an anti-bullying program, worked on positive behavior intervention programs, and expanded his schools' best instructional practices.

For 26 years he also served as a coach at both Varsity and community levels. Mr. Lehr's coaching experience covered football, wrestling, and boys' and girls' high school lacrosse.

As we introduce Mr. Lehr, we also want to thank Mr. Steve Griffin, Mr. Dana Chapman, and Dr. Dan Starr for outstanding service as our team of interim principals during this transitional period. We appreciate their work.

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Lehr to the Oxford Academy Middle School. 

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!  

At Oxford Middle School, we are energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. By addressing school culture, open communication, increased academic expectations for all students and engaging the community, it is our goal at the Oxford Middle School that all students experience academic growth and are successful.  

I would like to personally welcome all of our new and returning students and families. Oxford Middle School has a tradition of being a great school building, I look forward to continuing that tradition and build upon it where possible.  Collaboration and communication remains a focus of the district and I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to work together and to keep those lines of communication open. I am looking forward to meeting with any and all stakeholders with questions, suggestions or any other input as we achieve the common goal of making Oxford Middle School the best it can be for our learners!  

Middle school is an exciting time full of new freedoms and opportunities. Freedoms and opportunities also come with new responsibilities. This transition can be difficult as students will begin to gain academic independence but they need to be monitored to make certain they are keeping their responsibilities in order. To assist them, students are given planners that will be used as daily and long term reminders of homework, future/long term assignments, and other important information.  Parents/Guardians will be asked to sign the planners in the first week or two of classes so they can become familiar with them.  We recommend that each night an adult goes over the planners contents with the student.  This is a great way for an adult to monitor how our young learners are handling their new responsibilities. This will allow us to catch potential roadblocks to success before they become more difficult to correct. 

The school day begins at 7:55 am and runs until 2:47 pm.  Students will be able to stay after school from 3:15 – 4:15 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays to get homework done and/or get the extra help they need in addition to other extra-curricular activities.  We encourage students to take advantage of this structured support time and additional activities.

We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. I invite our remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students to continue to come together to make Oxford Middle School a wonderful and unique place.


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