DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL
NETZABERG MIDDLE SCHOOL
APO AE 09114-8130
August 28, 2017
Willkommen to Deutschland! The Faculty and Staff of Netzaberg Middle School are looking forward to your arrival for SY 17-18. On behalf of our school and the entire Knight Staff we would like to welcome you to Netzaberg.
The Grafenwoehr area has a rich history; the facility recently celebrated its 100 year anniversary! Over the last 100 years, local residents saw the town of Netzaberg completely destroyed in the 1930s (then rebuilt over the last few years), Elvis Presley in the 1950s (he was stationed here during his tour), and US, German, and NATO troops train. Approximately 80 years after its destruction by Hitler, the rebuilding of the Netzaberg community includes our school, Netzaberg Middle School. We are in our tenth year. Grafenwoehr Middle School was a temporary home for two years while the Netzaberg facility was built. Like so many things in Germany, the Grafenwoehr Training Facility and the Netzaberg area are a beautiful mix of old and new.
The administration, faculty, and staff are dedicated to quality education for all of our middle school students. As you may recall from what was shared last school year, Mr. Brady, DoDEA Director, set two priorities for our organization after his first 100 days in office. The first key priority states:
A wide range of programs are offered to expand the students‟ physical, cultural, and intellectual development. We also
realize the importance of developing in each student an attitude of self-respect and self-worth; therefore, we will also focus on character development throughout the school year.
Communication between the home and the school is very important to ensure maximum benefit in your child's educational
experience. We encourage you to visit the school often. We hope you will become involved in your child's education through such programs as the PTSA, School Advisory Council (SAC), Volunteer Program, and School Improvement Team. Parental support is vital, and with your help, our new school year will be our very best! We have an open door policy. If you have any concerns about anything at school, please feel free to come in and discuss those concerns with us.
This handbook has been prepared to provide both students and parents information concerning our school policies and procedures. Please read this handbook carefully and keep it available for reference during the school year. The partnership between home and school guarantees success for all students and your support is vital. As we form that partnership, we wish you and your children a successful and exciting 2017-2018 school year.
Dr. Vincent Diaz, Principal Mr. Vincent Kroeger, Assistant Principal
Dr. Vince Diaz, Principal
Netzaberg Middle School
Dr. Vince Diaz is a graduate of University of Washington, Eastern Washington University and Seattle Pacific University. He was born in Puerto Rico and lived in Puerto Rico, Kansas, Panama, Bamberg, and Washington State while his father proudly served in the U. S. Army. As a student in Bamberg, Germany, he has many fond memories of the school and community which influenced him to apply for work in DoDEA schools. Most of his school years were spent in Washington State which he claims as his home of record.
Before his appointment to Netzaberg Middle School, he served DoDEA schools in Vilseck, Kitzingen, Grafenwoehr, Naples, and Schweinfurt. He also worked in schools in Tacoma and Ocean Shores, Washington. During his years as an educator he has served as a school counselor, school administrator, university instructor, and college administrator.
His goal for all Netzaberg Middle School students is to experience a world-class educational environment as they prepare for their future college and career successes.