Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the end of the year draws near, I must admit that I have no idea how it passed by so fast. In less than 5 weeks, we will say goodbye to the Class of 2013 and get prepared to welcome the Class of 2016. The experiences I have had at Dodson, my alma mater, continue to be my most memorable moments in education. In the simplest terms, Dodson is an outstanding academic institution that cultivates the lives of our future. And for that, I continue to feel extremely fortunate to be assigned as the principal.
The culmination ceremony for our eighth grade students has been scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate all of our eligible students as they have worked extremely hard for this moment. I would also like to remind all parents and guardians that participating students will only receive two tickets to the ceremony as seating is extremely limited.
As we begin to celebrate the achievements of our eighth grade students, it is also important to note that middle school culmination is just one point along the studentsâ€™ educational trajectory. They will advance to senior high school where they will have new experiences and face different challenges. To all of our eighth grades students, I wish you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors.
I would also like to remind parents the first day of instruction for the next school year will begin on Tuesday, August 13, 2013. Please be sure to plan your summer schedule around the opening of school to ensure your child will be in attendance on the first day.
To coincide with the start of the new school year, Dodson will conduct a school-wide orientation for all of our continuing students. Orientation packets will be mailed out to parents during the early part of July. The orientation schedule is as follows:
Grade 7 - Tuesday, August 6
Grade 8 - Wednesday, August 7
Please note that assigned registration times will be mailed during the summer
During the orientation, students will have the opportunity to take their yearbook photo and receive their student identification card.
A final point I would like to address is the importance of goal setting. The entire faculty would like all students to develop both short-term and long-term goals during the summer months. To facilitate their development, please have conversations with your child about their goals. Encourage them to stay committed by taking them to the library and having them research various colleges and careers on the Internet. In addition, please ensure your child continues to read during the summer as research indicates students lose 18% of their academic skills due to lack of study during the summer months.
Once again, on behalf of the entire Dodson community, I would like to thank everyone for a successful school year. I look forward to seeing all of our continuing students during orientation on either August 5 or 6.
Have a restful and enjoyable summer.