May 24th, 2013
Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
We need to thank Yvonne Folkerts, Sheryl Gorsuch, Helen Morris, Blanche Maness and other school board members for helping to bring this dream to life.
And thank you Mark Eisenhour and Principal Rice-Harris for all your hard work. I’d also like to give a special thanks to our PTA. Read the rest of this entry »
April 15th, 2013
There is much to recognize and celebrate in the news from Jay Mathews’ annual national report on what is called the Washington Post Challenge Index. Mr. Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 15 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list.
The ranking just released for 2013 ranks T.C.W. 633 in the country, an increase from 828 last year. This data is based on over 22,000 high schools and is a measure of how many AP or IB exams were given divided by the number of graduating seniors. Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2013
Students, Staff, Parents, Members of the School Board and the entire Alexandria Community:
I am honored to present to you my FY 2014 combined funds budget which is centered on our students and dedicated to their learning. Developing a budget for students growing up in our global society is a wonderful challenge as we all want to do so much for our students. With increasing enrollments in ACPS (as shown below) and with ever-increasing expectations for all students, the focus of this budget is how best to address the needs of our students as we come out of a severe economic recession which held down expenditures in areas such as textbooks, reading materials, and other essential learning resources, including support personnel. Read the rest of this entry »
January 14th, 2013
The tragic loss of so many young lives as a result of gun violence must stop. As parents, educators and public servants, we work hard each day to provide a safe environment for our children to learn and grow. We need our national leaders to help us with the issue of gun violence in schools. Read the rest of this entry »
December 21st, 2012
I wanted to share this special message with all ACPS educators and all our colleagues around the nation.
Thank you for your tireless work on behalf of the students we serve. Each day we have the privilege of educating some of the most wonderful, energetic, challenging, and joyous children to be found any where in this country. These children are the face of America… who we are and who we are becoming as a country. Read the rest of this entry »