• Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year!

    Welcome back, Central students and families!

     

    I am truly honored to join the Central Medford High School family this year as your new principal. My family is with me on this journey as we moved from Newberg, Oregon this summer. My husband Dennis also joined the Medford School District as an IT support, and our three sons will be starting school as twin freshmen at South and a 7th grader at Hedrick. We are excited to explore our new community and begin our new outdoor adventures here!

     

    Let me share a little about myself. I knew in second grade I wanted to be a teacher (because recess is awesome, right?) and decided to become a math teacher when I was in high school, following in my family’s footsteps (5 generations of math teachers!) and inspired by a high school math teacher. For me, math was hard. Like, REALLY hard. I thought, “I’m not a math person,” but that teacher helped me realize I could succeed if I were willing to work hard and use the support around me. His belief in my ability and support for three of my four high school years propelled me toward teaching high school math.

     

    I graduated from the University of Oregon in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Special Education and headed to Pacific University for my Masters of Arts in Teaching. Halfway through the year, I was able to study abroad at the University of Auckland in New Zealand to complete my student teaching and received my Master of Arts in Teaching. When we returned from New Zealand, I began my teaching career in the North Clackamas School District, where I served for five years. Small schools and Advisory called me to the Newberg School District in 2010, where I have been for the last 12 years, serving as a high school math teacher, STEM Instructional Coach, and middle school and district administrator.

     

    This past spring, I knew I was ready to be with students again. High school has been my home for so many years, and Medford School District’s focus on Multiple Pathways to Graduation resonates with my belief that all students can graduate from high school. I believe first and foremost in student voice and that we can better meet our student's needs by listening, letting them lead, and embedding learning through meaningful experiences.

     

    Medford’s motto of “All are learning and learning is for all” is at the heart of our transition this year to Project-Based Learning. Our staff spent several days in June learning and preparing for this shift and will be preparing in August as well for our student’s return. We are excited for students to engage in hands-on, life-embedded learning that will allow them to earn credits towards graduation while integrating their learning in real-time at Central. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to connect with any of our staff throughout the year!

     

    To our students, I cannot wait to meet you! I believe students are at the center of all that we do, and the relationships between our families and school community are vital to the success of our students. We encourage you to become involved, stay connected, and let us know how we can best support you and your students throughout the year. Please know that my door is always open, and I welcome your presence and positive input throughout the year. Make sure to follow us on both Facebook and Instagram and be a part of our journey! #TigerTough #CentralStrong

     

    I look forward to meeting you all soon. We are going to do amazing things together! 

     

    Cass Thonstad

    Principal

    Central Medford High School

    cass.thonstad@medford.k12.or.us