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Joe Ortega
CMS Principal
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It is with honor and great pleasure that I greet you as the Principal of Chariton Middle School. As I have visited with teachers, staff, students, parents and community members, we have agreed to work towards Chariton Middle School shining as a beacon of academic excellence for our school district and for our state. The results have not materialized by accident. It has been through the hard work, dedication, and partnerships that have existed between school staff, parents, community members, and most important, the students. This formula for success is what has embraced me from the very beginning when I walked through the doors of CMS. I am humbled and most appreciative of the opportunity presented to me to become a member of this educational family. I have been privileged to have spent 11 wonderful years as an educator working with students from the middle and high school. The first six years as a Special Education Teacher and the last four as an administrator with Des Moines Public Schools. The commonality in my service and experience has been the collaboration with others to provide the best possible education experiences for students. As the instructional leader of our fine middle school, I enthusiastically embrace the task of continuing to utilize fiscal, human, and material resources at my disposal to ensure that students are prepared with the necessary tools to be productive citizens as they write the next chapter of their educational lives moving toward high school, post-secondary education, and/or the workforce. I realize that differentiated, rigorous, and relevant instruction that meets the needs of each student will be the vehicle to continuing the success that has been experienced. The learning environment must be as safe and secure as possible for all students, staff, and support personnel. A team approach most definitely is necessary to create and maintain that desired learning environment. I look forward to the exchange of ideas as we all work to create the conditions for students to learn and teachers to teach.




Phone: 6417745114Email: Joe OrtegaChariton Community School District
1300 N. 16th Street Chariton Iowa 50049