Increasing parent involvement is a focus for Ardmore Middle School as Cindy Huddleston returns to the helm.
"We want to work on developing positive relationships with our parents because we are partners in the educational process," Huddleston says.
New for 2013-14 will be monthly parent involvement nights. Different academic departments will sponsor the events and lead fun activities for both students and parents.
While a schedule has not been released yet, the first event will be Read and Feed in September, led by the language arts department, and will include literacy activities and snacks.
In October, the math department will lead Pumpkin Math, which will include a variety of pumpkin-related estimating and measuring.
Another new initiative will be "Taking it to the Streets," in which teachers and staff will be at neighborhood locations such as parks and elementary schools to meet with parents and students.
"It will be a chance for the faculty to meet our students and parents before school starts," Huddleston says.
Huddleston returns to AMS after teaching social studies at Wilson Middle School last semester.
"It was a really interesting experience as an administrator to go back into the classroom," she says.
She left AMS in 2011 to work as the family ministries director at First Presbyterian Church in Ardmore.
Huddleston's teaching career has spanned 31 years, including four years as AMS assistant principal and seven years teaching music at Franklin Elementary.
"After 31 years of experience, I still like it. I wouldn't do anything else," she says.
She is also glad to be back with Ardmore City Schools.
"Ardmore is home to me. I'm an Ardmore graduate, my kids are Ardmore graduates and this is coming home to me," she said.
Huddleston earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's degree from East Central University.