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Principal's Message

Dear Smithfield Middle School Families,


It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to inform you that as of June 30, 2021, I will be leaving the position of principal at Smithfield Middle School and will begin my next journey as principal of Westside Elementary School starting July 1, 2021.


It has been a pleasure working with the Smithfield Middle School community since July 1, 2019.  We have fostered solid relationships and a supportive school climate with one another. But since I began my career at SMS, the school has never been about me, rather it has always been about our students and staff. I have had the pleasure of serving alongside amazing office staff and the finest educators these past couple years.  I will cherish the relationships and bonds formed within this school community.  


Mr. Todd Christiansen, currently the principal at Westside Elementary School, will become the principal of Smithfield Middle School, effective July 1, 2021.  He is looking forward to working with all of you and getting to know each of you.


Ms. Deborah Oakes, my current assistant principal at Smithfield Middle School will be transitioning with me to Westside Elementary School next school year.  


Mrs. Kimberly St. George, assistant principal at Westside Elementary School, will be transitioning with Mr. Todd Christiansen next school year to Smithfield Middle School.


I would like to thank you for the opportunity to serve you, your children, our staff, and this outstanding community.  I hope you know I am especially proud of our students.  I look forward to hearing great things about their accomplishments.  During my remaining tenure at Smithfield Middle School, I will continue to pour everything into our school community and strive to leave a legacy worth celebrating.  I hope we all continue to leave our mark wherever we go in life.



Matthew Johnson


Matthew J. Johnson, Principal

Smithfield Middle School





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