Welcome back! In Davie County Schools, we have a vision to be the national model in creating educational excellence through innovative and personalized experiences. We truly believe all children can grow academically, identify and develop their own talents and leadership skills, and find success. We are excited to begin a new school year and to continue implementing the strategies we have outlined in our 2013-2017 Strategic Plan.
As I reflect on this past school year, we have experienced so much academic success among our students. We are blessed to have quality teachers who dedicate their lives to providing unique learning experiences for the children we serve. Our schools are fortunate to have the support of so many business and community partners. Our community has experienced economic growth with the numerous announcements of new businesses, and we look forward to establishing strong relationships with those businesses who have chosen to invest in Davie County. We brought hundreds of parents, citizens, staff, and students together to develop a five-year strategic plan, as well as provide feedback for plans to build one new high school and repurpose the existing high school site. Together we are making a difference in the lives of 6500 students, their families, and the future of our community.
This summer, we had a series of exciting opportunities for students to continue to grow academically. Many of the summer camps and activities across the district were possible due to the financial support of the Davie Community Foundation.
We will begin a new school year with new resources for our teachers and students. We will continue the use of PowerSchool and provide online access to student assignments and grades through the parent and student portal. Our teachers also have access to a suite of digital instructional resources through the implementation of HomeBase. These and many other initiatives will support instruction and more efficient communication throughout our organization.
Parents, you are our greatest educational partners, and I appreciate all you do to encourage and continue the academic growth of your child at home. I would also encourage members of our community to consider joining the 2000+ volunteers who support learning, or have lunch with a child in our schools. If you are interested in a tremendously rewarding volunteer experience, contact one of our principals to find out where your talents can be used in our schools!
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Darrin L. Hartness, Ed. D.