Principal's Welcome


Dear M. D. Roberts School of the Arts Family,           

It gives me great pleasure to greet you for the first time as M. D. Robert’s principal.  M. D. Roberts is a school with great traditions and a legacy of excellence.  I intend to honor that legacy by working hard each day to unite all stakeholders toward the common goal of achieving higher academic performance for all Robert’s students.  Through this united vision, I believe that M.D. Roberts Middle and Fine Arts Magnet School can become the premiere middle school in the Southeast.   

From a philosophical standpoint, I believe that a safe and secure learning environment is necessary for children to effectively learn.  Further, I believe that a culture of high expectations, highly engaged family and community support and effective instructional practices are the cornerstone for high performing schools. 

By setting high expectations, and challenging our students to meet them, I am confident that M.D. Roberts Middle School will continue to grow as a learning community.  In order to foster your child’s social and emotional growth, please encourage him or her to get involved in extra-curricular activities.  Students who play sports, participate in Fine Arts, and join Clubs tend to enjoy their overall school experience, while achieving a higher level of success. 

As Principal, I encourage you to maintain active participants in your child’s education.  Parental involvement is a critical factor in your child’s success, so please contact the school if you are interested in volunteering.  There are a variety of ways to get involved during the school day and at evening events.  Additionally, I ask that you remind your children that school is important, and that their future success will be determined by the decisions that they make today.    

Throughout the year, I ask that you frequently check the Roberts website for updated school information.  Please look for important school events on our website’s calendar.  It will be posted each month, and provides important dates.   

In closing, please feel free to call, e-mail, or visit me with your concerns or ideas for the improvement of our school.  The staff and I look forward to partnering with you as we commit to a higher level of performance for all students.


Sara C. Stephens

Sara C. Stephens, Ed. S.


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