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Welcome to the 2015-16 school year
On behalf of the Dublin City Schools Board of Education, and our teaching and support staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Our staff anxiously awaits the return of our students on Aug. 26.
As is the case with the beginning of any new school year, unique challenges and opportunities lie ahead. You will hear and read about the Dublin Difference again this school year. The Dublin Difference is more than a tagline or a hashtag. By keeping our focus on three simple but essential concepts, we are can all row in the same direction, toward our goals of providing our students with an educational experience that will prepare them for success.
What is the Dublin Difference?
1) The Dublin Difference is a well-rounded education that develops not only a child’s mind, but also a child’s heart.
2) The Dublin Difference is the commitment by our faculty to deliver world-class instruction in order to ensure our students are college and career ready.
3) The Dublin Difference is our commitment to continuous improvement.
These three core beliefs make the up the Dublin Difference and our expert teaching staff will be working hard to be a difference maker for your child this school year.
What’s new in 2015-16?
Work will soon be underway on the first of our 22 elementary classroom additions to open for the 2016-17 school year. We’ve experienced rapid and intense enrollment growth this summer and these additions are much needed. We will keep you posted on their progress.
One of the most exciting changes this school year is our new K-8 Gifted Services model. This new group of services is the result of the work of the Gifted Task Force which met throughout last school year. After thorough research, and conducting a transparent process that included six community meetings, we are excited the new gifted curriculum will begin to be delivered when school begins next week. A continuum of services supported by research and best practices will be provided to identified gifted K-5 students. The model includes a school-wide enrichment model for K-3, with an emphasis on promoting creative and divergent thinking in all students. Testing to identify gifted students in the area of superior cognitive ability will take place in the spring for students in grades 3 and 4. Services for cognitively gifted identified 4th and 5th grade students will include a pull out service which allows students to work with a Gifted Intervention Specialist. Additionally, these students will be grouped together in small groups in their regular classroom in order to provide a peer group for these unique students. We grow thinkers here in Dublin City Schools and we cannot wait for classes to begin.
Another great academic opportunity for students is our new IT Academy. Housed at Dublin Scioto, this is a dual enrollment program allowing students to earn college credits through Columbus State. Upon completion of the IT Academy program, students are qualified for Java, SQL, HTML, and .NET certification exams. Students learn the basics of sequencing, and logic, algorithmic applications, and the basics of building simple, interactive applications. The two-year program is for juniors and seniors and is a great way to get a leg up on college credit or a career.
These fantastic new services and programs are developed through community collaboration and a dedication to planning. In order to focus on instruction and preparing our students for success we must be great planners. Only through diligent and strategic planning efforts can we take care of our finances and our community’s investment in our facilities. We work extremely hard to operate in the most efficient manner possible in order to continue directing limited funds to our classrooms. Among 14 Ohio districts of similar size, we rank number one in the percentage of our budget spent on classroom instruction.
In closing, I thank you for supporting our schools, students, and staff. It takes a community effort to meet the high expectations and goals we have for our District. I encourage you to stay informed about your school district by taking advantage of our many communication platforms.
You can follow the District on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, sign-up for email notifications, and get all the latest school information at our web site,
We look forward to seeing our students next week. Have a great 2015-16 school year.
Todd F. Hoadley, Ph.D.
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7030 Coffman Road
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