Message from the Principal
Dear Dudley Elementary Families,
As Principal of Dudley Elementary School it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year, my 1st full year as principal, but my 24th year with this learning community. We are all excited to have students back in our classrooms. It is our mission to create a community of lifelong learners and we look forward to partnering with you to achieve it.
As we embark on the new school year, I want to take a moment to reflect on some of our key accomplishments: Maintaining a Level 2 school and district, reducing class size by adding a third and fourth grade teacher, providing an extended day Homework program, Peer Mentor program and before school MCAS Prep program.
We look forward to building on these successes and making even more progress this year. This year our key goal is to infuse more technology into our classrooms Our first steps in moving towards it: are adding 3 new Chromebook carts and 30 new iPads available for student use and Gsuite accounts for all 2-4th graders. This year we have moved from a Title 1 Targeted Assistance program to a schoolwide Title1 program. More information on that will be coming soon.
We set high goals, and we work hard to achieve them. But I want to assure you that this work goes well beyond the numbers.
We know each student is an individual, bringing unique talents and needs to school every day. We pride ourselves on the opportunities that we have available to help each and every student child succeed. These opportunities are included in our academic programming, which ensures that each student is challenged appropriately while building a foundation of knowledge and skills. In addition to basic core subjects, students have access to electives, extracurricular activities and other resources (such as the library and technology) that help them develop their strengths, interests and talents, whether in the arts, history, athletics, STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) or other areas. And we offer a wide range of services that support the total child, including social/emotional supports, counseling, tutoring and more. Always, we are looking to the future, searching for new strategies to help students succeed—and preparing them for what comes next.
This work is not easy, but Dudley Elementary is a community of professionals. We all—teachers, administrator, school counselor, support staff and the many others working with us—are collaborating to create a safe, supportive, welcoming learning community where all students are treated fairly and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Families and other community members play a critical role as partners in supporting both your students at home and work in the schools. We look forward to working with you throughout the year to make important decisions that impact both your child as an individual and the school as a whole. As a start to this partnership, we hope you will volunteer in any capacity that you may be able to, join the PTA, read to your children 20 minutes a day, practice math facts every day and support your child’s teacher.
To stay up-to-date on what’s happening throughout the year, I encourage you to follow us on twitter DESTopdogs@TopdogsDES
Dudley-Charlton Regional School District is a wonderful learning community. I feel so privileged to be a part of it. This is a very special place, and my colleagues and I appreciate the trust that you’ve shown in us by sending your children here every day. We will do our best to ensure they have a fulfilling, happy and safe year.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
I am looking forward to a great school year.
Diane D. Seibold