• Hugh V. Wallace, III

    Hugh V. Wallace III, M.Ed. + 30, M.H.A., B.S.
    School Phone: 985-229-8225

    Principal's Welcome

    August 10, 2018


    Principal’s Message


    Welcome back to everyone in the O. W. Dillon family (students, parents, staff) for another exciting year!  As all of you know, our “Vision” is to simply ensure that every student is able to read, write, and comprehend on or above grade level. To accomplish this, we will continue to advocate our “Core Values “of the “4 Cs” of (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking). We do this in conjunction with the District’s vision of the 3 “B’s” – “Be Respectful, Be Compassionate, and Be Great”!


    We have a few new faculty members, reclassifications and transfers that I would like to recognize and welcome to the O. W. Dillon family. In Pre-K – Ms. Jasmin Moore –transfer; K – 2 -Ms. Delane Wilson – Paraprofessional; 3rd Grade SPED – Ms. Lathura Knighten – reclassification; 4th grade Math/Science– Mrs. Tonja Thompson- transfer; 5/6 grades SPED –  Mrs. Roseiland Brown- transfer  and Ms. Giovanna James; Mr. Clifton Williams -Paraprofessional. They have already demonstrated a commitment to the improvement of student learning and I know they will be welcome additions to the OWDLA family.


    We encourage all parents to come and utilize the resources provided in our Parent Center. Staff members are on hand to provide assistance in completing all required forms such Lunch applications and also assist parents with any issues they may have with their child’s academics. Please note that all non- registered students will not be allowed admittance until the online “Registration Application” is complete. Additionally, if any parent(s) is interested in serving as a class “Mother” or “Sponsor”, please contact that respective teacher.


    Last year, as one of the four State of Louisiana’s “Top Gains “ schools in Tangipahoa Parish we instituted a number of instructional (CRA methodology in mathematics, the Balanced Literacy Approach in ELA) and behavioral interventions (PBIS) programs as “RTI’s” (Response to Interventions) and positive rewards (PBIS Store with “Dillon Dollars”). These programs are designed to improve academics and behavior; consequently we witnessed moderate “Benchmark” gains in ELA and substantial “Benchmark” gains in Math in grades K and 2. We also saw definitive LEAP growth in 3rd and 6th grade Math. Additionally, we again had some of the lowest Discipline rates in the District as a result of our proactive discipline approach. It is our sincere belief that the End of the Year data indicates that increased integrity will definitively improve our “RTI”and overall student achievement.


    In closing, I would like to inform/remind all parents of the upcoming events for the month of August:

    1. In Kindergarten –

    Girls only - Monday & Tuesday, August 13th. & 14th.

    Boys only – Wednesday & Thursday, August 15th & 16th.

    All students report Friday, August 17th.

    1. OPEN HOUSE – August 22, 5 pm-7 pm
    2. Early Dismissal - ½ Day School – Professional Development

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office – 985-229-8225




    Hugh V. Wallace III, ABD., M.Ed. + 30, M.H.A.