A Message From the Principal

July, 2019

Welcome to Main Street Middle School!

I am incredibly honored to serve the Soledad community as Principal of Main Street Middle School.

Engaging kids in learning! This is what Main Street Middle School staff is about each and every day for each student by name.   Main Street Middle School students will be empowered to tackle their learning goals with confidence and to constantly work to get better each day.  I look forward to working in partnership with staff, families, community and our students as scholars to support student growth in all domains:  academic, social-emotional, and physical development.

I believe that student connectedness through positive relationships with peers, participation in class activities, clubs, athletics, activities and community service is a cornerstone of student achievement.  Students will be encouraged to get involved and stay involved from the first day of the school year.  Our students will leave Main Street Middle school prepared for high school equipped with the skills to excel in the arenas of their personal/social, academic, athletic and fine performing arts lives.

Photos across the webpage highlight the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that was held on June 29.  The amazing Soledad community has made it possible for the youth in this community to receive their middle school education in a state of an art facility.  The first sounds that represented what this day was all about were produced by kids.  The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Victoria Zieber, Band Director, set the stage on a beautiful bright sunny Saturday morning.  The first student voices came from Diego Guillen when he led the overflowing crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by ASB Co-Presidents Rodrigo Chavez Contreras and Wakeem Harrell in the Student Address. These student leaders represented pride, spoke with eloquent thoughtfulness, and captured the hearts of every person attending.  In addition, 40 more students representing the 8th grade class were a part of leading classroom and campus tours representing their ‘new’ school with Trojan Pride.  All of the students were surrounded by the talented and dedicated Main Street Middle School staff and faculty who were beaming with joy because ‘their kids’ were making moms and dads proud.

Since 1875, Soledad has supported youth in the community to receive their education on the parcel where the new school is built.  The founder of the town of Soledad, Catalina Munras, provided the property for the first Main Street Middle School.  Since that time, five schools have been built and thousands and thousands of lives have been impacted by the level of support within the community.

Main Street Middle School expresses gratitude to the Soledad Unified School District Board of Education, Superintendent Tim Vanoli and Cabinet, Dr. Deneen Guss, Superintendent of Monterey County Office of Education, LPA Architects, Dilbeck & Sons, School Site Solutions, Soledad City Council and Mayor Ledesma, Soledad Historical Society and all of the citizens and employees within Soledad Unified School District whom have had a hand to make this new school possible for today’s youth and generations to come.

Students begin their 2019-2020 school year on Monday, August 12 at 8:00 a.m. Mark your calendar for Back-To-School Night, scheduled for Thursday, August 15 beginning at 6:00 p.m. In closing,  I truly look forward to meeting parents, guardians, and community members and the partnership to support Soledad’s Middle School students for a successful school year.


Lois M. Peterson, Ed.D.