Portrait of Rose GordanWelcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!

I am very humbled and honored to introduce myself as the newly appointed principal of University Middle School. I am privileged to have the opportunity to lead a school with such dedicated staff, and a supportive school community.  I believe that great schools are the result of great teachers.  I feel very fortunate to be part of this school and to support the students and families of this community. 

While I am new to University Middle School, I am not new to Irvington Public Schools. I have served as a principal in the district for sixteen years. I have been dedicated to the field of education for more than twenty-two years and worked with students ranging in age from Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade. I am thrilled to bring my skills as an educational leader to University Middle School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.  I can assure you that I share in this school community’s dedication to caring for our students every day while providing them with a rich and meaningful learning experience.

One of my primary goals is to support the teachers and administrators of University Middle School so that they can continue to be successful in helping your child grow and prosper. We are committed to building an ever-stronger village that will support the needs of each learner and challenge each student to learn and grow at his/her own optimal rate.  

University Middle School services approximately 800 scholars. We have a 9-period schedule that includes Math, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Physical Education for all students. University Middle School also offers French and Spanish, an intellectually gifted program, magnet music and visual arts programs and technology classes. Chromebook laptops are available to all of our students, and all classrooms have a Smart Board.  There are numerous opportunities available for our students to participate in academic and extracurricular activities that will assist them in becoming more knowledgeable, skillful and confident learners in our society.  

Parent involvement is essential to the success of any highly effective program. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to commit to partnering with us to make this a spectacular and productive school year.  As in the words of John Maxwell, “Teamwork makes the Dream work.”  


Rose Gordon 

University Middle School Principal