Alexandria City Public Schools
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Class of 2013: Drivers of New Spirit at TC

June 26th, 2013

Alexandria — Good morning.

Have you ever wondered what spirit it took, what determination, what drive … or maybe desperation … to load up all your belongings and your family on a Conestoga Wagon and head westward?

And many of you here in this room and in our community know of the strength, of the hope of a better tomorrow, of the nerve it takes to pack up your family and head off from your home country to a new country, which has a different language and different customs. Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Sherman’s Remarks from the Jefferson-Houston Groundbreaking Ceremony

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 »

T.C. Williams High School Rises in the Washington Post Index Challenge

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 »

Introducing the Proposed FY 2014 Combined Funds Budget

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 »

Dear Mr. President: Our Nation is Not Doing Enough to Protect our Children from Gun Violence

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 »