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Welcome to the beginning of our 2016-17 school year, and our very special place. As the students and families prepare for the first day of school on Thursday, September 1st, please visit our website and your specific building for valuable information. In addition, the prinicpals will be sending welcome back information to every family.
We welcome two new principals, nine teachers, two custodians, one secretary, and six new paraprofessionals who will be joining our team. They come to us with a considerable amount of experience and expertise. They are all personable, upbeat, and genuinely care about children. You will enjoy meeting and working with them.
Staff members have been preparing during the summer for the beginning of the school year by participating in training sessions, revising curriculum, and updating instructional materials. Also, prior to the beginning of school, all staff members will be involved in four days of preparation and training to expand and increase the success of our students as we maintain our high education and character standards. All new staff members will have an additional four days of training and orientation.
Throughout the summer, the construction at Dunwiddie Elementary School and the High School was in full swing, and will continue as school begins. The principals and our construction managers are planning and organizing the construction work to accommodate the daily operations of the High School and Dunwiddie Elementary School when school begins. I want to thank everyone for their patience and flexibility as we will be making some adjustments in a few of the instructional spaces so that construction and education can occur simultaneously.
Our leadership team, consisting of all the principals and central office administrators, has been spending the summer closing out last year and planning for 2016-2017. The administrators are also receiving training specifically designed for leadership, relationship-building, communication, and student mental health. Therefore, we will be well prepared for the beginning of school to again help our students be successful and continue to make this a wonderful learning environment for everyone.
Please visit our website, Facebook page, and LinkedIn page. You are always welcome to stop by any of the school district buildings for help and assistance.
Michael R. Weber, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools