Principal's Page

Dear Mustang Community,

dustinI am honored to serve as the principal of Manitou Springs Middle School (MSMS). I believe that our staff’s commitment to our core values of Relationships, Opportunities, and Deep Learning make our school a special place for students to learn.

Manitou Springs Middle School is a thriving school community, serving approximately 320 students from grades 6 to 8, where every student has an opportunity to discover their fullest potential. Through the use of research-based instructional strategies used in every classroom, our dedicated staff increases students’ overall confidence, feelings of success, and engagement in school. In addition to core academic classes, a wide range of learning opportunities are available through classes such as art, band, orchestra, choir, world languages, computer science, physical education, and careers in construction. Advisory is an integral part of our middle school programming where staff supports the social-emotional development of students through a rich and engaging curriculum designed to empower students during their middle school years.

Student success is always at the forefront of our minds at MSMS. Our goal is to create interactive, language rich classrooms where students can thrive academically. If you visit our school, you will hear students speaking in complete sentences as they build their confidence using academic language. Our dedicated staff work diligently to plan engaging lessons and learning experiences every day.

Additionally, we believe in the importance of social emotional development which is critical during the middle school years. Our master schedule prioritizes advisory as a component of the school day. During advisory students have dedicated time to build relationships with their peers, learn organizational skills, and receive direct instruction on topics such as mindsets and goals, recognizing bullying and harassment, thoughts, emotions, and decisions, and managing relationships and social conflict.

If you are interested in learning more about what our school has to offer, please contact the front office and we can schedule a time to meet. Thank you for your interest in Manitou Springs Middle School. Go Mustangs!

Dustin Cady
Manitou Springs Middle School