San Juan Unified School District
ARDEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
1640 Watt Avenue, Sacramento, Ca. 95864
Telephone (916) 971-7306; FAX (916) 971-7830
Internet Web Site: www.sanjuan.edu/arden
Kent Kern, Superintendent of Schools
Stephanie Malia, Principal
Lindsey McManigal, Vice Principal
July 1, 2018
Dear Arden Middle School Parents and Families,
Welcome to a new and exciting year at Arden Middle School! My name is Stephanie Malia, and I’m so excited and honored to have been selected as your new principal. I’ve been in education for 24 years—first, as a high school English teacher, then as an assistant principal, and now as the principal of Arden Middle School. I am passionate about education and honestly cannot imagine doing anything else. I enjoy working with students to help them grow emotionally, behaviorally, and academically, so they can be successful in reaching their own educational and life goals. I believe every student has a story and a voice, and I look forward to learning your children’s stories.
Middle schools have the unique mission of meeting the specialized social-emotional needs of its students while working to prepare them for the transition to the high school arena. I am a firm believer in meeting students where they are and supporting them to develop the social and academic skills they need to be successful and achieve at high levels. We need to help students build the resilience and perseverance required to overcome obstacles and to appreciate the value of challenging themselves.
For me, the best education is a collaboration that involves teachers and staff, students, parents, and the community. I want parents to feel secure in sending their children to school and feel welcome to be an integral part of the learning process. As a parent of two middle school aged kids myself, I understand that creating and maintaining a school culture that is diverse, inclusive, rigorous, and supportive is essential to a student’s academic and social development. I am excited to continue the rich traditions of Arden Middle School and to contribute to the continued growth of a positive, safe school environment.
Once again, I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with you as a team to help each student at Arden Middle meet their goals and have a successful school experience.
Arden Middle School