Welcome to the Associate Principals' Page!

Your associate principals are:

Grade 6 -John Kappers - 763-506-5221

Grade 7 - Tim Sukalski - 763-506-5220

Grade 8 (A-L) - Linda Groebner - 763-506-5229

Grade 8 (M-Z) - Denise Collins - 763-506-5224

At Jackson Middle School, the role of Associate Principal is very similar to that of being a "PARENT" to 2000 children:
  • We are here to keep our children safe.
  • We explain our expectations to our children and assign logical consequences in order to encourage positive behaviors.
  • We are here to make sure our children can learn and our teachers can teach.
  • We know that a safe, orderly, and respectful environment is absolutely essential if learning is to occur.
  • We are here to help our children learn from their mistakes.
  • We strive to be fair and consistent. Like you, however, it is sometimes necessary to assign different consequences for violations of the same rule (ex. the first tardy is treated differently than the 10th tardy). While this makes perfect sense, if all the facts are not known, it creates the perception that someone is being treated unfairly.
  • We try to use our experience, knowledge, and common sense to help determine what most likely occurred and determine the best course of action. 
We sometimes find ourselves presented with many different versions of the same event. Like you, sometimes we have to make “judgment calls” we feel are in the best interest of our children and our school family.

To do our best for your child, we need to work together! After all, we have the same goal for your child: to make middle school a productive and happy time in your child’s life! Call us with your concerns – it might be an issue we already knew about; or perhaps it’s something we hadn’t considered or information we need to know to do a better job. In any event, we are here to help!

Just as individual parents sometimes disagree, you may not always agree with us as "parents." If that happens, we ask that you support our decisions at school in the same way we support the parenting decisions you make at home.

Furthermore, by disagreeing in a calm, polite and respectful manner, we can make the best of the situation and model the skills and qualities you want your child to learn and use.

Lastly, don’t be surprised or overly concerned when your child comes home and reports someone was “busted” for something at school. After all, these things will happen because our children aren’t perfect – and neither were we (or ARE we)! But by helping children learn from their mistakes, we are doing our job and doing what is best for your child.

We tell everyone that Jackson Middle School kids are the BEST and we believe it in our hearts! We look forward to our partnership with you this year!