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Mr.  David  Michael  McDonald
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Principal's Corner

Education is Power

The Power of Education
The Power of Education

As the new Principal of West Jefferson High School, it has been a humble honor to become a member of this great school community. West Jefferson enjoys a rich history of academic and cultural excellence that is the result of a collegial partnership between the school staff and parents who provide a diversity of experiences for the students. During my first weeks in the district, I have indeed found this close working relationship and focus upon what is best for children to exist. I am truly honored to be appointed to this position and am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff to provide the best possible educational program for our students.

Before coming to West Jefferson, my professional career was mostly within the Nampa School District Nampa, ID for many years. I held the positions of teacher, Coach, Vice-Principal, Principal, and Instructional Coach. Although my former school district was very large in comparison to West Jefferson what I have found is the community here supports our students, which makes for a excellent school programs. Parents and staff who collaboratively work together each day for the students is the exemplary quality that attracted me to West Jefferson Public Schools. I am very excited to be a part of the Panther family and to closely work with everyone to make our school even better.

My greatest initiative is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment to provide parents with the guarantee that it will not matter which teacher your child has at our school, all students in every class will learn a guaranteed and viable curriculum at high levels. If your child needs extra time and support to learn at high levels we guarantee he or she will receive it.

The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas. Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.

I am confident we can make our school an even a better place for our students to learn and grow.


David M. McDonald

West Jefferson High