NCH Middle School

North College Hill Middle School
1624 West Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239

Main Office Phone: 513-728-4785
Main Office Fax Number: 513-728-4786
School Hours: 8:15am - 3:05pm
Grade Levels: 5-8
Tim Sies, Principal
David Grathwohl, Associate Principal

June 19, 2020


Dear North College Hill Family,


Happy Juneteenth! With the ignorance and crimes against humanity that have been brought to the forefront of our collective consciousness, I hope this message brings some light into your day. As Francis of Assisi said, "Just one ray of sunshine is enough to dispel millions of shadows."


Now, if I may step on my soapbox for a just a moment, I'd like to take this time to remind you all that this latest atrocity perpetrated against a person of color - in particular, the murder of a black man - should serve as a stark reminder as to why, as educators, we do what we do. We are not just conveyors of education, but purveyors of truth and justice. Marcus Aurelius said you "commit injustice by doing nothing." We can never be accused of doing nothing as long as we serve our scholars and their families - our community - with the utmost respect and provide them with the best possible service and do so firm in the belief that they are worthy and deserving of all the best in life, as Seneca reminds us that "[a]n action will not be upright unless the intention behind it is upright, for the action depends on it."


To my staff, my students, my families, and our community: I appreciate you. Don't be silent. Lead by example and state your opinion through action. I see a lot of folks posting on social media - good and bad; but how many of them are doing it for attention and how many of them want to BE the change? Align your actions with your words. The great Martin Luther King, Jr. told us that "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." Let me remind you, however, that doing so is not always easy. It's easy to post on social media or write an email or text a friend who feels the same, however, talk is cheap. What is difficult is living those words, as "what is to give light must endure burning" (Victor Frankl). Remember, it doesn't matter if you're black, white, yellow, or purple...these atrocities are happening to OUR people. OUR children are in fear for their lives. OUR families are in fear for their lives. OUR loved ones are in fear for their lives. How much longer will we allow the ignorant to be the loudest voices and biggest examples in our society? It's time the righteous stand up and do what's right and create a society in which the differences between those of the human race are simply what makes each of us unique and beautiful. Let's do the work.


Much love.




Tim Sies
Secondary Campus Principal (5-12)