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 we reflect on this past school year, we have seen much progress toward our vision to be a national model for educational excellence. Our students have made academic gains and have excelled in extracurricular activities. Our students' SAT scores were the highest in the Piedmont Triad. Graduation rates were up and drops outs were down. We broke ground on our new high school in the fall and construction is underway. Davie County Schools was ranked 2nd in North Carolina with the highest return on investment out of the 115 school districts!
We have seen new faces as educators retire, and are excited to welcome new teachers, administrators, and staff to our community and our school family. Our teachers are some of the best in the country and I continue to receive comments and emails from parents thanking our teachers who go above and beyond the call for their children. I am extremely proud of our staff!
Thank you to all of our parents, members of the community, and local foundations who continue to support public education. This past school year, you provided over $200,000 in local grants and donations to support the children we serve. We had another summer filled with learning opportunities and camps. Those experiences are enriched by the generous support of so many people in the community who dedicate their time, talents, and resources. The Davie Community Foundation and the Mebane Charitable Foundation have been conduits of financial support for our summer educational experiences and have made it possible for us to enhance these experiences for children.
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.