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Energy and Persistence

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*This is one of three inscriptions above the doors of Russell I. Doig Middle School.

Have you read them all?


I always started my year in the classroom with the statement “expect to fail.” What I meant by this is not to fail academically, but to expect not to get everything right the first or even second time. That is the challenge of learning, growth and failure go hand-in-hand. The trick is not to obsess over what you did wrong, but to recognize what you did right.


Your children, our students, are amazing at learning new things every single day and sometimes it is easy to overlook just how much they learn when we focus in on a single score or grade. So when a student is disappointed about the 75% they received on an exam, remind them that though it may not be as high as they would have liked that it is still very impressive that they could recall that much information in addition to everything else they have learned in their other six or seven classes. 


The second part of the conversation should continue with asking them what they believe they did right in earning that grade and where they think they could improve the next time. Additionally, encourage them to ask for help. They are surrounded by adults and peers who want to see them be successful and are always willing to help. I believe that together we can help your children, our students, to develop a growth mindset and continue to amaze us with what they accomplish.


- Mr. Hunkele


The purpose of Trumansburg Middle School is to enhance the intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of our students by teaching and promoting the values of respect, responsibility, citizenship, acceptance, and safety.

To accomplish this, the best efforts of our parents, community, faculty and students will be needed.

Our goal is for students to leave Trumansburg Middle School with a positive self-image and the capacity to become independent and enthusiastic learners.

Email the Principal

You can reach Mr. Hunkele

Important Middle School Dates!


Thursday, December 4, 2014


April 14 - 16, 2015


April 22 - 24, 2015

2014-2015 Middle School Supplies Lists

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

Russell I. Doig Middle School prides itself on being a safe and supportive environment for all students.  If you are aware of any bullying that may be happening in our school community, please click on the link below to download our DASA Reporting Form.  Please send the form to Principal Hunkele (DASA Coordinator) or Dean Miller so that we can address the situation immediately.


DASA Reporting Form