Letter from Principal

Letter from Principal

Mike Wheatley Thumb 2Dear Friendship Families, 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

I am excited and honored to be starting my first year as the principal of Friendship Junior High, and I look forward to meeting all of you as the school year gets underway. As a parent myself, I know how unprecedented and challenging the past school year was for many of us, and I look forward to hitting the ground running this year as we build new memories together.

At Friendship, we will strive to help all students find success and belonging in junior high as we support them to grow academically as well as socially and emotionally. We will provide rigorous and meaningful learning opportunities through what happens both inside and outside of the classroom, and we encourage all students and families to get involved in our extracurricular opportunities and all our school has to offer. Educating your child is a business we take very seriously, and we feel lucky to have the privilege to be a part of this journey.

I began my career as a junior high math and science teacher and have also spent time as a K-12 STEM curriculum director. More recently, I served as both a junior high assistant principal and principal. Junior high has always been my passion, and I love seeing how students grow during this unique stage in life. My children also attend District 59, so I am thrilled to plant my roots in my home community.

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, I look forward to building relationships and collaborating with you to create a strong school and community partnership. Through this bond, we can help all students be successful during their time at Friendship Junior High. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time as open communication is so vital.

Go Firebirds!

Mike Wheatley
Principal, Friendship Junior High


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Mike Wheatley Thumb 2Dear Friendship Families, 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year!

I am excited and honored to be starting my first year as the principal of Friendship Junior High, and I look forward to meeting all of you as the school year gets underway. As a parent myself, I know how unprecedented and challenging the past school year was for many of us, and I look forward to hitting the ground running this year as we build new memories together.

At Friendship, we will strive to help all students find success and belonging in junior high as we support them to grow academically as well as socially and emotionally. We will provide rigorous and meaningful learning opportunities through what happens both inside and outside of the classroom, and we encourage all students and families to get involved in our extracurricular opportunities and all our school has to offer. Educating your child is a business we take very seriously, and we feel lucky to have the privilege to be a part of this journey.

I began my career as a junior high math and science teacher and have also spent time as a K-12 STEM curriculum director. More recently, I served as both a junior high assistant principal and principal. Junior high has always been my passion, and I love seeing how students grow during this unique stage in life. My children also attend District 59, so I am thrilled to plant my roots in my home community.

As the 2021-2022 school year begins, I look forward to building relationships and collaborating with you to create a strong school and community partnership. Through this bond, we can help all students be successful during their time at Friendship Junior High. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time as open communication is so vital.

Go Firebirds!

Mike Wheatley
Principal, Friendship Junior High


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