The 2016 -2017 school year is fast approaching, and I eagerly anticipate the coming year. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Dodge County Educators, support staff, students, parents, and the Dodge County Board of Education to make this school year a great success.
There are always new challenges to meet and goals to reach and this year will be no exception. However, I am confident that the team of educators in place for the 2016 – 2017 school year will work in the best interest of our students to assure their success.
Students and educators at Dodge Pre-K will return this year to Smartboards and new computers in every classroom. Students will also enjoy the newly upgraded playground that is age-appropriate. There are only a few vacancies left for the center to reach capacity. Interested parties can pick up applications at the Dodge County Board of Education office until pre-planning.
Students at North and South Dodge will return to schools that feature secured entrances that will enhance building safety. All restrooms in the North and South buildings have also received much needed renovations this summer. During their renovations, North and South Dodge educators have continued to serve their 21st Century summer program students as well as administer the Milestone retakes on the DCMS campus. Ms. Sonya Bundick is the new Principal at South Dodge Elementary.
Dodge County Middle School students in grades 6-8 will return to school and participate in curricular scheduling changes that feature extended learning time in language and math. DCMS students in the 8th grade will also have the option to obtain High School credits in Agriculture, Science, Mathematics, and Health and PE. Dr. Elvis Davis is the new Principal at DCMS.
Dodge County High will continue to enhance its STEM program in the coming year. Their expanded emphasis in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics has fostered a partnership with Mercer University. Teachers from DCHS have attended STEM workshops at Mercer for the last two years; and this year, Mercer will sponsor three Woodrow Wilson Fellows to intern at DCHS.
There has been an abundance of activity with DCHS Athletics’ programs this summer as well. Coaches and student athletes alike have put in many hours this off-season to ensure that DCHS sports will continue to be competitive in all areas.
The Dodge County Achievement Center and the Performance Learning Center are tremendous assets to our system. This summer, their combined efforts resulted in six additional students graduating from the Dodge County System during the 2015 – 2016 school year.
As we prepare for another school year, I encourage parents to be involved in the education of your children. Establish comfortable communication with your students, teachers, and administrators. Whether your child is beginning his or her journey at Pre-K or whether he or she is beginning his or her senior year at DCHS, our goal is the same - “We are here to help children succeed. It’s that simple.”
Please join us for Open House at your child’s school on August 8th from 5 to 7 PM.
T. Michael Hilliard, Superintendent