Welcome to Raúl H. Castro Middle School

Katherine HoornstraWelcome Raul H. Castro Families!

On behalf of the Castro Cougar staff, I would like to welcome you to our school, where we serve our students with the guidance of our mission. As the new proud principal of Castro Middle School, I am excited to accelerate to new heights with the support of our students, staff, families and community through offering each member of the Castro community a partnership for success.
We pride ourselves on working collaboratively to cultivate a positive and safe learning culture that promotes self-awareness through social, emotional, and academic growth for all students. We do this by offering programs such as the Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) to provide positive reinforcement for positive choices, the Boys Town Social Skills Framework and a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.

As we prepare to empower each and every one of the Castro students, staff, families and community members to take ownership in establishing a culture of achievement, I would like to make note of some critical aspects that will impact our success:

Parents: Your participation in your child’s education and the school community is critical!

Students: A focus on being model citizens and doing what is expected the best you can each day is essential!

Our teachers' continued commitment and dedication to offering our students the best education is key!

As the school principal, it is important to foster an environment conducive to the highest levels of learning.  We can work together to promote optimal growth and success of each of our students by:  

  • Providing and maintaining high expectations
  • Building strong relationships
  • Believing that all students are capable of success
  • Empowering leaders at all levels
  • Promoting ownership in the school community through collaborative practices

We are CHAMPIONS in everything we will accomplish this school year!

Let’s make it happen!

Katherine Hoornstra


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