Contact Us:
70 Dudley-Oxford Road
Dudley, MA 01571
Christopher Starczewski, Principal
Fax: 508-949-0720

Message from the Assistant Principal

Greg Sturges-Assistant Principal

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are and your reputation is merely what others think of you.”

-John Wooden

Civility and respect. We’ve all heard these words used before and will continue as they are the driving force behind the positive climate that exists here at Dudley Middle School. These are two words that are written on the walls and spoken of frequently by many of the staff members. Most importantly, they are two complex (although seemingly simple) concepts that are ingrained into the culture that drives our school. As students, families and community members enter the doors they become entrenched in this culture and represent their own small piece to the puzzle that is Dudley Middle School. Here we look to develop the whole child, not just academically but also personally challenging each and every student to become better at all facets of their lives. Academics are clearly the centerpiece of the school setting, however it is just as important that students who walk our halls learn about how to treat people and leave here prepared to be respected citizens in our community.

John Wooden, one of the most successful coaches in the history of sports, set the bar for coaching while dominating at UCLA with men’s college basketball. Although he is one of the all-time greats for winning, he is most famous in the coaching world for his well-rounded approach to teaching his players. Obviously winning on that level of sports is important, but he focused on molding his players into young men who learned the values of respect, discipline and skills that would prepare them to be successful in their futures. Quoted above he always emphasized character. When working with middle school aged students it is not our duty to tell these young teens/tweens who to become. We are responsible for paving the road to their own self-exploration. Students should explore all avenues of middle school by trying different things. Get involved by joining clubs, contribute to the musical programs, play sports, but most importantly take the risk to try something new. We have worked tirelessly in previous years to create an atmosphere here that dares kids to take risks that may result in failure. When that happens, we will be here to pick them back up and encourage them to try again.

It is our goal to uphold the reputation that we are closely connected with our school community. It is that school connectedness that affords us the opportunity to get to know each and every student who walks through our doors. Parents and families play an important role in the education and effectiveness of our programming with students through their efforts and support. Through the combined efforts of our school and community we have set the path for students to discover who they are and build their character with some guidance. As John Wooden said above, it is more important for our students to develop a solid foundation for their character and worry less about their reputation. By the time our students leave in 8th grade to attend high school, they are prepared for that next phase of their academic lives. Most importantly if we help students build solid character, they will bring along with them a great reputation.