October is National Principals Month. We will be celebrating our principals and assistant principals throughout the month. I am honored to work with such an outstanding group of leaders. They are integral to the success of our students and our school system.
Speaking of outstanding leaders, please join me in congratulating Liz Snyder
, principal of Hickory Ridge Middle School, who has been named our Principal of the Year and Richie Wells
, assistant principal of instruction at Winecoff Elementary School, who was selected as our Assistant Principal of the Year.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Program Choice Fair
(formerly known as School Choice Fair) Oct. 11th at Jay M. Robinson High School. Representatives from all of our magnet schools and academies including: International Baccalaureate, STEM, language immersion, early colleges, and year-round school will be available to answer questions and share information. Rising high school students also can learn about our National Academy Foundation-certified programs in areas such as engineering, information technology, finance, tourism and health sciences.
The Board of Education has begun the process to establish a boundary for the new Royal Oaks Elementary School
, which will open in August 2018. Information and Feedback Sessions
are planned throughout October, and Public Hearings are planned for November and December before members are scheduled to make a decision on Dec. 11th.
You still have time to submit a suggestion for the name of our district’s newest high school. The Board will accept suggestions until Oct. 27th. You can submit your suggestion using the electronic form
or you can print out
a form and mail it in.
Looking ahead, the first quarter of the new school year ends Oct. 26th; that’s also an early dismissal day for students. Be sure to check the district calendar
for other important dates
– school will be closed for students on Oct. 27th, Nov. 7th, and Nov. 10th.
Christopher Lowder, Ed.D.