Friday, July 31, 2015

New Beginnings

It has been a couple of weeks since I moved into the front office at Dexter Park and I am finally getting a chance to catch my breath and reflect on all that comes with a transition such as this. As in any new position, I have spent much of my time so far listening and learning, asking questions, and trying to get a sense of the culture that is present in the school. A phrase that I have heard over and over is "people work well together here" and "I'll do whatever is best for kids". Nothing excites a principal more than to hear those two phrases, as it is clear signal that Dexter Park has a foundation and culture that promotes teamwork among its' staff (and in return, students) and a belief that students are the top priority. I am thrilled to support an already strong and supportive team here in Orange. On that note, I want to thank everyone that has sent me a note of support and welcome. This includes district administrators and staff, Dexter Park staff, community members, and parents. Your support and gracious welcoming of me into your school community has been humbling.

As a quick school update, the custodial staff is doing a tremendous job getting the school prepared for the arrival of students and staff. The guys take a great deal of pride in their work and the building, as evident below:

I plan to use this blog as a way to update and inform on the many things happening at the school and the district throughout the year. I also like to write about and give my opinions on current educational issues popping up in the media. If throughout the year you have feedback for me to better improve the blog, please feel free to let me know.

I plan to communicate in a variety of ways so that staff, the community, and parents can be up to date and be an active member of the Dexter Park community. Again, if there is something you find more helpful than others, I welcome your feedback. Here is are some of the ways besides this blog where you can stay connected with me and the school:

Twitter: @PrincipalDodge1
Remind 101 (you will receive DP updates via text message): subscribe by texting the message @dexterp to 81010

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Mr. Dodge