NEW BUFFALO — New Buffalo Area Schools students got their first look at the new Middle/High School leadership team during the Aug. 30 Back-to-School Night.

“It’s great being back. It feels kind of like a homecoming,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Lindley, who retired as NBAS superintendent in 2009 after 18 years of service. “I’m seeing a lot of people who I had in school – they’re now parents.”

New High School Principal Tracy Ripley (who was a teacher at New Buffalo High School for 17 years before serving as Middle/High School Principal and K-12 Director of Teaching and Learning in Eau Claire) said Lindley hired her as a teacher.

“It’s a full circle,” she said

Ripley said the New Buffalo High School Back-to-School Night program (which showcased clubs, sports and other organizations offered at the High School) was designed for the entire community of high school families.

“We want to really focus this year on making all students feel like they are a part of a club, an organization, a sport – that there’s something here for them. So we’re inviting all of our families in – 9th through 12th,” she said.

Ripley said the first day at New Buffalo High School (Sept. 6) went very well, with students in groups based on graduation year moving through four rotations (a technology meeting where they received laptops; a class advisor meeting; a school rules/procedures meeting; and school pictures) before attending each of their classes to meet teachers and familiarize themselves with the daily schedule.

Ripley succeeds Wayne Butler, Jr., who retired effective Aug. 19.

“It’s going to be a great year, I’m very excited,” said New Middle School Principal Dan Caudle while welcoming parents and students on Aug. 30.

He said the last year and a half has been tough on everybody.

“I just want to get back to normalcy for our kids so that they can have the memories from school, and have them be positive.”

Caudle most recently was Assistant Principal at Liberty Middle School in Chesterton, Ind. Prior to that, he was Assistant Principal for three years at Chesterton High School. Additionally, he has nine years of Middle School teaching experience at Northwest Indiana schools.

He succeeds Bradley Brunner, who accepted a position at The College Board.

New Buffalo Elementary pupils and their families also got to meet their teachers (and be greeted by returning Principal Adam Bowen) during that facility’s Back-to-School Night, also held Aug. 30.

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