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Patch MS

Principal's Corner

Dear Students, Families and Community members On behalf of the faculty and staff at Patch Middle School, it is my pleasure to welcome you to a new school and a new school year. Patch Middle School is committed to providing a caring and nurturing environment that is tailored to the specific learning and social needs of our middle school students and to continue the tradition of high expectations the Stuttgart community has established.

We will offer a diverse set of classes this year. In addition to the core subjects of Math, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies, we will offer many classes in art, music and technology to students in all three grades. Students will have the opportunity to take advanced classes in Foreign Language and in Mathematics. This challenging and engaging curriculum will ensure that the students of Patch Middle School are on the path to be college and career ready.

The staff of Patch MS is excited to offer a strong advisory program which will provide each student with an adult advocate. These advocates will work to give guidance, supplemental support and promote communication between home and school. The advisories will also offer a peer group for students and a more intimate connection to the school environment.

My experience has shown me that it takes a team to help students reach their full potential. One goal I have for the school year is to help build and support the strongest possible partnership with parents and community members to ensure the highest quality of education for the students of Patch Middle School. I encourage you to join the PTA, make contact with your child's teachers, frequently check Gradespeed and talk to your child about their school day. Additionally,know that my door is always open and that you are more than welcome to come to the school to discuss successes and challenges.

Parent Back to School Night is Tuesday September15th. Please join me, Assistant Principal Mynda Massey and the entire faculty for this important and informational evening. You will have an opportunity to experience your student's daily schedule and meet the teachers and staff.

I am thrilled to be a part of this community and the Patch Middle School family. Welcome to the first year of Patch Middle School!


Rick Renninger


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Mr. Rick Renninger began his DoDEA career in 2004 as an Educational Technologist and as a Mathematics teacher at SHAPE Middle/High School. Moving into administration, he worked as Assistant Principal at Heidelberg High School for four years before moving to Wiesbaden in 2012 where he has served in the role of assistant principal for the past three school years.

Mr. Renninger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education from Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis, IN. He holds a Master of Education degree from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. Mr. Renninger began his teaching career as an adjunct instructor at Indiana-Purdue University, taught mathematics and computer science in two high schools in Indianapolis and worked as a technology director, database administrator, and mathematics teacher in two schools in Louisville.

Mr. Renninger has previous experience with moving schools, teachers and buildings. He understands that educators' and students' interests must be considered throughout a given project. He looks forward to working with the community, the faculty and staff, and the district project officer on the new middle school in Stuttgart.

Rick believes that relationships are the cornerstones of education and that creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are essential to preparing students to be college and career ready. He is excited about the opportunity to continue to work with the best students, parents and teachers in DoDDS-Europe in his position as principal of the new middle school in the Stuttgart community.