Reading Memorial High School Principal Adam Bakr announced to the school community on Thursday, December 21 that he intends to resign his position at the end of the current school year. Bakr, who came to RMHS in 2014, commended the progress the school has made during his tenure, especially in the areas of student-focused learning, data-driven decision making, and social and emotional learning. Bakr’s announcement cited no reason for his resignation and made no announcement about what he will be doing next.
This is the text of Bakr’s communication with the school students and staff:
Good afternoon, RMHS Community—
It is with mixed emotions that I have decided to resign from my position as Principal at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Over the past four years, I have developed a deep affection towards this proud Community of Reading…from its accomplished and dedicated staff, to its supportive and generous families, and finally—to its hard-working, talented, and engaging students for whom we collectively care so much about. As I reflect upon my time here at RMHS, there are many, many things that as a school community, we should be proud of right now. Most of all, we should take great pride in a vision where we are committed to creating:
- An even more student-centered learning environment comprised of engaging, rigorous classes at all levels, with a clear focus on student achievement, standards, relevance, and deep understanding;
- Data driven decision-making and planning that ensures that we are always focusing on what’s most important for students all of the time;
- A school that raises the bar for all students across course levels, while supporting them with these new challenges so that they can reach and surpass those new heights;
- a school climate that is robust with student voice, mutual respect, and inclusivity and one that values and celebrates students’ unique differences and celebrates students’ success and growth;
- A commitment to personalizing instruction and supporting students—both academically and social-emotionally, so that every student feels that they are cared about, and that they can achieve success at RMHS and beyond.
While there is still much work ahead of us, I am very confident that RMHS is in a great position to become even better in the years to come. At this point though, I feel that the time is right for me, personally, to begin pursuing new professional challenges and opportunities at the end of this school year.
I am so deeply appreciative of the opportunity and the privilege to have served the RMHS Community over these past four years, and I look forward to hearing about all the amazing successes you will undoubtedly accomplish in the future!
All the best, RMHS….and Happy Holidays!
Reading Memorial High School