Words from the Principal

Posted on 07/30/2017



                                 North Valley Middle School

Three Hundred Second Avenue

LaSalle, Colorado 80645

(970) 284-5508

FAX (970) 284-6595


MARK AVERY, PRINCIPAL                                                                        NICK WORSTELL, COUNSELOR 


Dear Parents,

 As the new Principal at North Valley Middle School, it is my pleasure and honor to welcome everyone back for a great year at North Valley Middle School.  For those of you whom I have not had the opportunity to meet or interact with, this is my sixth year working as an administrator in the Weld RE-1 School District and will be my twenty-second year in education.  Prior to being named the Principal at North Valley I served as an Assistant Principal, Athletic Director and as a teacher.  As a teacher I taught primarily Social Studies but also taught Physical Education and Health.  Additionally, I served as an Assistant Football and Baseball Coach while at Greeley Central and as the Head Baseball Coach at Weld Central.  Therefore I am a firm believer in a well-rounded education that includes the arts and extra-curricular activities.


My philosophy in building excellent school culture is three-pronged:  First, treat all students, fairly, firmly and with love – as you would want your own child treated.  To me this means cultivating a safe, caring, engaging environment while maintaining a high level of accountability for all.  Second, provide a consistent, viable curriculum in every classroom.  It is incumbent upon the middle school to prepare students for high school.  To accomplish this, students must be academically challenged in a standards based curriculum.  Finally, we must use sound instructional strategies: strategies that are research based and challenge students to think critically, work collaboratively and perform at levels that maximize potential.


We have an amazing staff at North Valley Middle School.  They work tirelessly and with great care and love to help our students achieve at high levels.  This year we welcome four new staff members:  Mr. William Bauer, Social Studies, Mrs. Jennifer Richardson, Classroom Assistant, Mr. Micah Schnellinger, English, Mr. Nick Woprstell, Counselor and Mrs. Peggy Lohr, Office Assistant. 


We are excited to have students back filling our classrooms and hallways with enthusiasm for learning.  We commit to making every child feel welcomed, connected and a part of the North Valley family.


I take great pride in serving as the Principal at North Valley Middle School and serving the students, parents and staff.  My door is always open and I look forward to meeting all of you soon.


Thank you,


Mark Avery


North Valley Middle School