All of us are excited to begin the 2015-2016 school year at Dixon Middle School. Several new teachers and staff members have joined our faculty and are poised to offer our students an extraordinary experience this year. We are pleased at the progress that we have made over the past few years and are committed to continuing to build on the great things that happen at our school every day. I assure you that our teachers and staff will work to meet your needs and to provide an exceptional learning environment for all of our students. We will continue to offer rigorous course work with the added support and the right environment necessary for your student to have success.
During the 2015-2016 school year we will continue to participate in a technology pilot of 1:1 iPads for student use in our classrooms and at home. These devices will be integrated into daily classroom use and allow our students to demonstrate their learning in more creative and engaging ways. At home use will be filtered by security profiles and allow for safe-browsing of the internet at home. We are excited about this opportunity and work hard to improve upon our past experiences. We have seen some great things with this initiative over the past two years. We look forward to seeing what our students can produce and learn with technology. Once our students are trained on the apps and care of the iPad, we will phase into a deployment in late September or early October. iPads will not go home at first, but will remain at school until our training is completed; and then go home on a limited basis.
Throughout this year we will continue to promote messages of kindness and teach our students how to prevent and respond to bullying behaviors. The middle school years can be very challenging. With the support of our PTA and other support staff, we will continue to teach this important message and help students remain focussed on school. We are proud of our “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” campaign, and the successes that we have experienced over the past few years.
We have come a long way in the past few years and our academic successes are being noticed. Though not perfect, we strive every day to excel at what we do. Dixon has been a part of our community for more than 85 years and will continue to provide a high quality experience for all of our patrons. If I can ever be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (801) 374-4980.