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Madison Metropolitan School District

Principal's Welcome

Welcome from principal Melanie Thiel

Welcome, both new and returning families, to the 2023-24 school year!  Our school has undergone a significant change this year: we have adopted a new name, Ezekiel Gillespie Middle School.  Additionally, our mascot has changed from a Jaguar to a Grizzly.  So we are now known as Gillespie Grizzlies! This change represents our school's growth, evolution, and commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for our students. The new name reflects our dedication to innovation, inclusivity, and the pursuit of excellence.

While our name may be different, our core values and commitment to your child's education remain unwavering. We will continue to provide a high-quality education that fosters academic excellence, nurtures social and emotional well-being, and prepares students for a successful future.

At Gillespie, we believe that building strong relationships is the foundation of a successful school community. We recognize the value of a positive partnership between home and school, and we are committed to working collaboratively to support your child's academic and social/emotional success. We encourage open communication  and collaboration. Throughout the year, we will organize events to foster dialogue, share resources, and provide insights into your child's progress. Please watch your inbox for our weekly newsletter which will contain all the updates and information about what’s happening at Gillespie. 

I would like to express my gratitude for your continued trust in us as we navigate this school year together. We are here to support you and your child every step of the way, and we are confident that this school year will be one filled with growth, success, and memorable experiences.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any member of our staff if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas you would like to discuss. We are here to listen, support, and collaborate.

Wishing you a fantastic and enriching school year!

Melanie Thiel
Principal, Ezekiel Gillespie Middle School