Hugh V. Wallace III, M.Ed. + 30, M.H.A., B.S.PrincipalSchool Phone: 985-229-8225
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 “Mission” of implementing and enhancing the “4 Cs’ of (Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking).
We have a number of new faculty members and reclassifications that I would like to recognize and welcome to the O. W. Dillon family. In Pre-K – Mrs. Jenita James-Jackson, and Ms. Patrice Warford; Kinder- Ms. Katelynn Carter; 1st grade – Mrs. Karen Smith and Mrs. Virginia Cook; 2nd grade – Mrs. Lorri Morgan; SPED – Mrs. Teresa Lusk; 4th grade ELA/SS – Mrs. Amanda Guidry;
5/6 grades SS – Ms. Sophia Simmons; and Paraprofessional- Mrs. Roseiland Brown. Their commitment to the improvement of student learning is beyond question and I know they will be welcome additions to the OWD family.
The District is going “Green” and requiring that all Applications be completed online, therefore 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 as Student Registration and 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.
This is a critical year in the history of OWD and the Tangipahoa Parish Public School System. We have now been designated as a “Leadership Academy” with a strong emphasis on “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics = STEM”. Therefore, we will “up our game” by not only increasing the expectations for the success of our students, but also increasing the rigor of our instruction and curriculum. Anything less than excellence is not acceptable, nor will failure be tolerated!
Last year, we instituted a number of instructional (iReady) and behavioral interventions (PBIS) programs as “RTI’s” (Response to Interventions). These programs are designed to improve academics; consequently we witnessed moderate “Benchmark” gains in ELA and substantial “Benchmark” gains in Math. We also saw definitive growth in 3rd and 5th grade Science and 5th and 6th grade Social Studies. It is our sincere belief that the End of the Year data indicates that increased fidelity will definitively improve our “RTI”and overall student achievement.
Hugh V. Wallace III, M.Ed.,M.H.A.