We are thrilled to welcome almost 16,500 students back to the classroom next week as Dublin City Schools begins the 2019-20 school year on Aug. 14.
I hope all of our families, students, and staff have had a great summer. We are anxious to return to providing our students with world-class instruction and well-rounded experiences. This school year will, of course, provide challenges and opportunities.
We are very excited about the work being done by our Profile of a Graduate Task Force.
The journey of creating our Dublin City Schools Profile of a Graduate began during the spring of 2017 when a vast amount of surveying work, largely online, was conducted. Teachers, support staff, students, and parents were all involved in a survey process with the fundamental question being “What are the essential habits, skills, and attributes for each DCS student to obtain before graduation in order to best prepare the student for a successful future?” Hundreds of responses to this question were received and our academic team created the first rendition of our DCS Profile of a Graduate.
The Profile of a Graduate is not about test scores, but it is about character attributes such as perseverance, the ability to think critically, kindness, empathy and many more. In June, a new Profile task force began meeting to further explore these concepts and how to effectively implement them into our daily work. These guiding principles will continue to drive what we do for students on a daily basis and we will be keeping you posted as we move that process. I invite you to learn more about the profile at https://www.dublinschools.net/ProfileofaGraduate.aspx.
Of course, we will be dealing with the challenges posed by enrollment growth again this school year. The solutions are currently under construction, but for one more year, we will be hard pressed for space. Construction is progressing well on Hopewell Elementary and Abraham Depp Elementary. Both are scheduled to open in the fall of 2020. The former Central Office is in the process of being renovated into a centralized preschool and that facility will also open in the fall of 2020. We will be breaking ground on middle school five in the spring of 2020 and that school opens in the fall of 2021. In the interim, we have continued to grow and have enrolled students from more than 100 countries speaking more than 60 different languages. This fall, we will begin the K-8 redistricting process in order to prepare for these new schools. Our process will be transparent, will include many public meetings, and will be wrapped up by winter break in order to give our families plenty of time to prepare for changes.
As you know, the safety and security of our students is our number one priority. As we begin next week, please exercise caution when driving around our schools. Each morning at arrival and in the afternoons at dismissal, we have thousands of our students walking, biking, and driving to and from school. Please slow down and observe the flashing light signs and posted speed limits.
Again this year, we invite you to share your back to school photos with us on Twitter using the hashtag #DCSday1. We are going to have another great year here in Dublin City Schools and we could not do it without the support of this fantastic community. Thank you!