Principal's Message

  • On behalf of our faculty and staff, I’d like to welcome you to Eleanor Joy Toll Middle School and to the 2017-2018 school year!


    At Toll, students become life-long and life-wide learners through a well-rounded educational experience. The Common Core State Standards aim to develop students who are critical thinkers, lead-learners and who are college and career ready by the completion of their K-12 school experience. Toll is committed to achieving this by blazing pathways and fostering passion and interests in all of our students.


    We offer unique experiences in visual arts, performing arts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and career technology education. In a few examples, this school year I am excited to announce the return of a Culinary Arts program, a new STEAM lab for our growing robotics and coding program and a “Tinker” or “Maker” space for all classes to utilize for project-based learning opportunities.


    We also move towards walking the talk of our mission statement through rigorous academics enhanced by the teaming of our students across content areas in grade-level cores, and, as a proud participant in Glendale Unified School District’s “FLAG program,” which offers dual-immersion in several foreign languages. We also enter year five of our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) focus in all classrooms through a joint-grant with Keppel Elementary, “CREATES.”


    Our school provides a safe and secure campus environment that our diverse student body is proud to call home. Although students head to high school only two or three years after they arrive, the lessons learned at Toll will last them a lifetime. We are an inclusive community of students, educators and families focused on the values of success, respect, cleanliness, punctuality and service.


    In 2017-2018, Toll will continue moving towards a PBIS (positive behavior intervention support) model for student and supporting students’ social and emotional health through our Student Wellness Center. Our faculty and staff will model the expectations we have for our students by being a collaborative culture where all Titans learn together.


    These exciting endeavors are made possible through a joint effort with the GUSD, the Glendale community, the Toll faculty and an amazing parent-support base. We encourage parents to get involved in our PTA or the Toll Foundation. We’d love to see you on our campus. Toll hosts monthly CHAT (Coffee Hour at Toll) meetings where parents can learn more about the school. We also host social nights four times per year for students and families. There is a vital link between home and school communication and student success as we are partners in your child’s education. Information on how you can get involved is found on the home page of our school website. Learn more about our school by signing-up for our Sunday e-bulletin or by visiting our official Facebook page, “Toll Middle School Family.” You can also sign-up to get important texts from me by texting 81010 and sending the message, “@tollm.” Finally, you can get a 140-character snapshot of the day at Toll by following me on Twitter at Dr. C. @TollTitans.


    We challenge all Titans to “Be the Change…” as we ask them to celebrate both our uniqueness as individuals and our universal commonalities. Thank you for your support of all Titans, here is to a memorable school year.

    Thomas G. Crowther, Ed. D.

    Principal, Eleanor J. Toll Middle School
    Ph: 818-244-8414
    Twitter: Dr. C. @TollTitans