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MHS Principal's Message

August 2018

posted Aug 24, 2018, 5:16 PM by Richard Barden

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Welcome to Methuen High School! This school year is my fourth as principal and it is an honor and a privilege to lead the Methuen High School community. We have a proud history of providing the best learning experiences for students and our goal is to once again raise the bar.  

In 2018-2019, students will continue to learn with an emphasis on 21st century learning expectations. Our 1-to-1 iPad program is entering its sixth year, and high-quality instruction and student engagement will be a priority in every classroom. Lessons will be designed and delivered to stimulate collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. All students will be challenged. College and career readiness is the priority, and it is our mission for all students to be prepared to access any desired post-secondary opportunity. 

Methuen High School is a large, comprehensive high school with a diverse student population. To meet the needs of all students, we foster an inclusive learning environment - enabling learners of all types to access course content, participate in learning activities, and demonstrate understanding. Our implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) along with Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) will continue. A focus this year will be familiarizing our faculty with Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Through the principles of UDL, learning experiences are designed to meet the needs of the widest range of learners. The principles of PBIS, SEL, and UDL combine to provide the framework necessary to cultivate an inclusive school environment that is safe, supportive, and conducive to teaching and learning for all. We aim to educate the whole student. 

A successful high school experience requires committed partnering between community members, parents and guardians, and high school staff. This “village of caregivers” working together will provide the support network necessary for student success. Methuen is a community built on pride, and this pride will inspire and empower students to take advantage of all that MHS has to offer.   

It is with great enthusiasm that I enter the 2018-2019 school year as principal of Methuen High School. I look forward to working together to provide our students with a rich learning experience. I wish everyone the very best this school year.  


Richard Barden 
Methuen High School

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