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Mr. M Puts the Pal in Principal


Patrick Micinilio is the class of 2013’s assistant principal, but his authoritative position did not stop him from fostering close relationships with many of the students of this class. In fact, this is the first class that Micinilio has shepherded through four years of high school.

“Having watched these students come in as freshman, even meeting some of them in eighth grade, and watching them grow and mature over four years has been rewarding,” Micinilio says.

Katie Platt ’13 attests to Micinilio’s commitment to the class over four years. “He knows every kid in our grade’s name and, over the past four years, he has made a point to get to know all of his students,” Platt says.

He has grown close to this class by attending their extracurricular events, printing their report cards quarter after quarter (a usually pleasant experience), hosting weekly homeroom meetings and talking with them in the halls. As a former English teacher, he has even offered help on essays.

“There’s a negative stigma attached to the assistant principals because they deal with discipline, but I’ve had plenty of positive relationships with kids; they were always welcome in my office,” said Micinilio.

Matt Smith ’13 certainly made the most of that open door policy. “Whenever I had some spare time, I could always hang out in Mr. M’s office and joke around about things going on at school, my friends or baseball,” Smith said.

While Micinilio is excited to watch the graduation of his first full four-year class, he’s sad to see them leave.

He says, “The passion of this class, that will be sorely missed. As well as their energy, the energy of the class of 2013 is unmatched.”

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