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September 2019

Dear Parent and Prospective Student Athletes

As Director of Athletics, I would like to welcome you to the Frank Ward Strong Middle School Athletics page.  I look forward to getting to know you and your student athlete as they quickly progress through their middle school years.

Successful athletic programs can only be accomplished by a cooperative effort between student athletes, the school, and its community.  As a department, the coaches and staff pride themselves in creating a positive experience for every student athlete at Strong Middle School.  Being a part of a team grows positive relationships with peers and adults while fostering a feeling of camaraderie. We strive to create an environment that promotes sportsmanship, equity, and fairness for all our student athletes and coaches.

It is my belief that athletic teams can achieve individual accomplishments, however successful athletic programs entail so much more.  Success begins with a team approach. This begins with a dedicated coaching staff and mentors, a supportive athletic administration providing supportive leadership, and a supportive school community which all provides a sense of school pride and inclusiveness.  Most importantly, a successful athletic program is built in student athletes feeling a connection to their athletic department and understanding how all these parts fit together to create ultimate CHAMPIONS. We will take pride and excitement as we look to establish this in the communities of Durham and Middlefield. 

I look forward to working with the student athletes and families that make up the successful community of Strong Middle School.  I look forward to meeting all of you at various events around the athletic venues, school, and the community. Please feel free to come up and say, "Hello"!

Sincerely,

Todd Petronio
Athletic Director