Tuloso-Midway announced several grade configuration and administrative changes for the 2016-2017 school year. At the Primary School the third grade will be moving to the Intermediate School and PK and Head Start will move from the Intermediate School to the Primary School.

The new classroom moves will be in effect on July 20. The new grade configurations consist of Primary School housing PK to 2nd grades and the Intermediate School 3rd to 5th grades.

Current Primary School Principal David Calk, will be moving to the Intermediate School as the new principal, replacing Ayme Morales who is retiring as a full-time administrator. Calk has worked at Tuloso-Midway for 11 years in the following positions as a teacher/coach at the Academic Career Center, Assistant Principal at the Primary School and the past four years as the Principal of Tuloso-Midway Primary School.

“I’m proud to be associated with such a wonderful group of educators that truly understand how to meet the physical, emotional and academic needs of students.” He added, “We have made dramatic academic progress with our economically disadvantaged population. Last year we achieved the highest scores on the State Assessments in our schools history.”

Calk recognizes the challenges he faces as he assumes this new responsibility and his message to his new staff is, “to make a difference in the lives of each and every one of the students on our campus. It is my responsibility to give our teachers the tools to make that happen.” He further stated, “My primary goal for next school year will be to continue to use the RTI process that we have developed, and to work with each teacher at the Intermediate School to focus on individual student growth. David is married to his wife of 23-years, Laura Yturria-Calk and has three children Alec, Noah and Sarah.

Replacing Calk at the Primary School will be new Principal Margaret Canales. Canales has worked for four years at Tuloso-Midway including two years as the Assistant Principal at the Primary School and the past two years as the Assistant Principal at Tuloso-Midway High School. Before coming to Tuloso-Midway she taught secondary science in Corpus Christi ISD and in the Valley. “A challenging feature is to take the time to analyze the performance of students who are struggling. In my position, utilizing the resources available to aid students in their academic careers, especially those who are having trouble graduating, is paramount.”

She is excited and looking forward to having a great experience and relationships with her staff, students and their parents.

“In my experience positive communication is the foundation for any successful endeavor, especially in education. I have complete confidence that by encouraging communication between students, parents and staff, the result will inevitably be a stable and jovial school environment.”

Canales is married to Victor Canales, Sr. who is a Pharmacy Informatics Specialist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital and has three children Victor Jr., Alexandra and Micaela whom are all attending college at Del Mar and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

According to Superintendent of Schools Dr. Suzanne Nelson, “change is inevitable."

“By mid-fall we should be 100 percent complete and ready to enjoy the classroom additions and the new FEMA dome which will serve during the school day as an additional gymnasium for the campus,” she said.