Ontario Local Schools

Principal's Message / Introduction

Dear Ontario Middle School families:

Keith Strickler

My name is Keith Strickler and it is such an honor to introduce myself as the Ontario Middle School Principal. I not only feel blessed to get to work at Ontario everyday, but I am thrilled to lead such a fine school; one that is filled with amazing students and hard- working, dedicated, expert teachers.  I have had a lot of experiences as a grade 6 - 12 principal, STEM teacher, coach, and in business which have prepared me to lead our school in continuous improvement. I absolutely love our school and my hope is that you will as well.

Ontario schools have meant a lot to me throughout my life.  Not only did I graduate from Ontario but it is where I met my wife, bought a house, and sent my two kids to school.  Both of my grandfathers worked here and both of my parents graduated from Ontario. All seven of my aunts and uncles graduated from Ontario and most of my cousins.  My uncle retired from Ontario as a math teacher and I love looking at pictures of family that still hang in the halls.  Ontario Schools are a family tradition for me.  That is why I care so deeply about the school and each person in the building.  

My hope is that you will find our school to be a place that prepares you well for life.  A place that you can be proud of to call home.  A place where you are given the opportunities to grow and experience many new things.  It is my philosophy that students at the middle school level should be provided as many experiences as possible. I want them to see what they are good at and what they are not yet, what they like and what they don’t, and which direction they want to take and which ones are not the best for them.  A place where they grow academically and where they build lasting relationships with their peers and their teachers. 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be here at OMS and work with the great students, teachers, families, and administrators that call this home.  Let’s make it a great year!


Keith Strickler
Middle School Principal

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