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Principal’s Message


While the pandemic has created a lot of change and uncertainty in the world, there has been one constant I am very proud to be a part of-  the constant of Pocahontas maintaining the tradition of excellence for which it is known.

A little about me: 

In the early 2000s I was first introduced to the Pocahontas community as an English teacher (I taught sixth grade English for six years prior). In 2006, I made the very difficult decision to leave my English classroom for administration. I am entering my 26th year in middle school education, and my eighth year as a principal. The 2021-2022 school year will be my third year as principal of Pocahontas. It was such a joy and honor to come back to Pocahontas. Pocahontas is truly a special place.

Why are we special?

We have phenomenal students, a dedicated staffulty (faculty and staff), and a strong partnership with families and the community we are honored to serve.  Our staffulty members are approachable. We teach with love in our hearts, a passion for learning, and with grit and determination to accomplish our goals.  We will ensure EVERY student knows they are cared for.  We are innovative and teachers deliver highly engaged lessons which provide the appropriate rigor to maximize every student’s learning experience.  

Our vision: 

By the end of their eighth grade year, 100% of students will report having a sense of belonging while attending Pocahontas Middle School.

Core Values:

  • Accountability – Hawks are responsible for their choices.  
  • Integrity – Hawks are honest and trustworthy.  
  • Inclusivity –  Hawks celebrate and respect each other.
  • Curiosity – Hawks are lifelong learners.

The theme for the 2021-2022 year:  Get Hooked on Learning- Reeling in Success.

We are looking forward to meeting our students in-person this school year. Once our teachers have had a chance to build relationships and make connections, I am confident the children of Pocahontas Middle School will be ‘Hooked on Learning’ and “reeling” in success.

Thank you for visiting our webpage, and my message specifically.  Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. 

Thomas McAuley