J.L. Newbern Middle School

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,


     It is with great pride and excitement as the newly appointed Principal of J. L Newbern Middle School, I warmly welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of education!  I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-five years.  I have worked with a variety of students ranging in age from Kindergarten through and including college.


     Along with the teachers and staff, I will work hard to continue the legacy of success established by J. L Newbern Middle School by building strong relationships with parents, students, and community partners. We will focus on writing, investigation, critical thinking, organizational skills, and reading in all academic subjects. We will utilize the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE), the use of data to drive instruction, and provide consistent implementation of the curriculum in a rigorous manner so that we can continue to increase all of the students' achievement.


     All of us at J. L. Newbern Middle School are eager and excited to begin what promises to be the best year ever.  This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections.  As your Principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors; teachers, students, and parents are excited to be here!  This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.  My door is always open and I welcome your input.  Please feel free to call or email me to discuss any concerns you might have throughout the school year. 


     I look forward to working with you as a team, to help each student at J. L. Newbern Middle School meet their goals and have a successful school year!


Best Regards,

Dr. Elena Ponder