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Principal's Message

Dear Parents, Students, and Community Members:

My name is Chad McGough, and I am honored to be the principal of Mary Fay Pendleton. It truly is a blessing to be the instructional leader of such a remarkable school community.

I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than 18 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to work as an administrator and teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as a district instructional specialist and state consultant. I am married to my beautiful wife, Erin, and have four wonderful children - who enjoy spending time outdoors, and staying active.

All of us at Mary Fay Pendleton are eager and excited to begin what promises to be another amazing year. We are poised to provide rigorous and relevant academic experiences that foster relationships through collaboration, perseverance, and productive struggle. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who walks on campus (staff, students, parents, and community members) is excited to be here, working together to ensure everyone succeeds. This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and supportive environment.

It is imperative that our community embraces the idea of doing whatever it takes to advance the achievement of every student. As a professional learning community, we are committed to working tirelessly to provide challenging educational opportunities for children everyday. However, in order to be a successful learning community, we will need your help, as you are an integral part of your child’s education. Open communication with your child’s teacher is vital to ensure an effective and successful partnership throughout the year. Parental involvement is an important aspect of every child’s education and is one of the primary factors in a student’s success in school. There are many ways in which you can participate in school: sitting down with your child when they are doing their homework, asking them what they learned, asking them about the book they’re reading, volunteering in the classroom, becoming a member of PTSA, running for school site council, and assisting with special activities are just a few things you can do to help make a difference.

My goal as principal of Mary Fay Pendleton is to continually improve academic rigor through vertical and horizontal collaboration which is used to: identify focus standards, create measurable objectives, discuss best practices, identify engagement strategies, develop common assessments, and analyze data to ensure academic growth for all students. This type of collaboration will allow us to create learning experiences that require students to think independently and apply their knowledge. Additionally, we will continue to develop a culture of leadership through the Leader in Me approach, which is based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This approach helps students develop interpersonal skills to empower themselves to become a leader in every aspect of their life.

Our job is to strive for excellence and make Mary Fay Pendleton world class. For this to become a reality, we must all work together as a learning community and keep our focus on doing what is best for students. Together we can turn today’s learners into tomorrow’s leaders.


Chad McGough