As we prepare to leave for spring break, I wish to thank you for your continued support of our Fort Bragg Schools. It was wonderful to see so many parents involved in our Month of the Military Child and STEAM WEEK activities. Our teachers, administrators, and I appreciate your presence in our schools and your involvement in your child/children's education.
I appreciate the feedback many of you have provided me regarding our 2014-15 Student Assignment Plan. The coming school year will bring many changes across our schools, and I do realize that change- even good change- creates anxiety. May goal is to ensure each Fort Bragg Schools' student a quality DoDEA educational experience. To accomplish this, many students will attend a new school for the coming year. Should you have questions or concerns about the student assignment plan that have not been addressed, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone, 910-907-0228.
As you know, the Department of Defense contracted with the RAND corporation to conduct a study that will assess the options for educating the children of military members attending schools operated by DoDEA on military installations in the continental United States. As part of the data gathering for the study, RAND researchers are conducting focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders to include teachers, principals, superintendents, military commanders and parents. Focus group participants are randomly selected by RAND. Researchers from that organization have begun contacting selected parents to invite them to participate in a focus group. If you are one of the parents randomly selected, please consider participating. Your voice is important.
I wish your family a safe and restful vacation time, and I hope that you will schedule a conference during the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conference Day on 30 April.
Sincerely,Emily Marsh, Ed.D
Copy of 18 April 2014 letter
Over the next several weeks, we anticipate that The National Defense Research Institute (RAND) will begin collecting qualitative data through interviews and focus groups via telephone and video-teleconference from installation commanders; DoDEA teachers and administrators, LEA superintendents; and parents of military-connected students attending DoDEA and public schools surrounding military installations.
For more information visit the CONUS Educational Options Assessment (CEOA) site
DoDEA REGULATION 4700.2 directs district superintendents to implement security controls and procedures to safeguard and protect DoDEA students, personnel, visitors, and resources at the school level. In keeping with the intent of this regulation, NC: Fort Bragg District will create a Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) which will require parents, or other authorized individuals, to present picture identification to pick up a student during or after the school day at all schools serving students prekindergarten through fifth grade. Those individuals picking up middle school students during the school day must present picture identification. Specific safety procedures for middle school student dismissal will be developed by the middle school principal and shared with parents. This SOP will be created and implemented no later than Tuesday, 15 October 2013.
Many of our schools have already implemented this best practice regarding student safety. The district SOP will help ensure the safety of all students. Each principal will provide parents specific details regarding the school's student dismissal plan.
Your continued support is appreciated as we seek to provide safe and secure learning environments for all students.
Emily Marsh, Ed.D
In August 2014, the primary school under construction on Honeycutt Road will open for approximately 800 students in grades pre-kindergarten through second grade, replacing Murray PS and McNair ES. The opening of this facility will allow us to close our two oldest schools, Holbrook ES and Pope ES, and to redistrict all students living on main post to more modern, up-to date buildings that are more cost efficient to operate and maintain and which better support 21st Century teaching and learning. The redistricting plan will not affect students living in Linden Oaks.
Mr. Charles Council, Education Operations Manager, will chair the Ft. Bragg Schools redistricting committee, which will include command and community representation. The committee will begin work this month, and parent input will be requested during the process. In addition to attendance areas for elementary school students, I have asked the committee to consider any needed adjustments to school hours. The committee will provide the School Board and me monthly updates, and the committee's recommendations are due to me by 6 January, 2014.
We look forward to the challenge of providing each Fort Bragg Schools' student the best possible educational environment. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Council or me at 910-907-0200.
Emily Marsh, Ed.D.
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The Secretary of Defense made the decision earlier this week to exempt our school-level educators and instructional support staff from the furlough of federal employees. Schools will not be closed for the furlough days during August and September, and an updated school calendar is available on our Fort Bragg Schools Website. Our teachers and administrators look forward to welcoming students back to school on August 26th. Please plan to attend your child's open house and to be an active participant in your child's educational program. Thank you for your continued support during these times of uncertainty and for the privilege of serving the Fort Bragg Community.
Emily Marsh, Superintendent
On behalf of all Fort Bragg Schools' employees, I welcome you to School Year 2013-1014. I am eager for the students' return, and despite the challenges we face today, the staff and I remain committed to supporting military families and ensuring all students the best possible educational program. Our teachers, administrators and support staff are well prepared for this school year, classrooms are ready and we are excited about the many opportunities our students will enjoy this year in the classroom, during sporting events, and on study trips. Working together, parents, teachers, community members, and school leaders can make a difference in the lives of our students, preparing them for responsible citizenship and success in today's global society.
As parents, community members, and educators, we share a common goal: success and highest achievement for all students. To realize this goal, every child must have the benefit of quality classroom instruction that prepares them for life in the 21st century and caring teachers and administrators. The teachers and administrators of our eleven schools are committed to this goal, striving each day to maintain a culture of high expectations, to maximize available resources, and to meet the individual needs of all students.
The importance of parent-teacher-community partnerships, in support of students, cannot be overstated. To maximize learning, we need your help. Regular school attendance correlates directly with success in academic work, improves social interaction with adults and peers, provides opportunities for important communication between teachers and students, and provides a cumulative effect of establishing life-long habits that are critical for developing career readiness skills and success in college, military service, and the workplace. School attendance is a joint responsibility between parent or sponsor, the student, the classroom teacher, and the school. I ask that you make every attempt to ensure your child attends school each day school is in session. Coming to school on time each day, eating a good breakfast, and getting sufficient rest and daily exercise are simple steps that affect academic success.
I encourage your participation in our school activities. Please visit our schools and get involved. Share your suggestions and concerns with your school principal. When students see parents and community members involved in school activities, achievement increases.
The administrators and teachers at Fort Bragg Schools invite you to join us as we strive toward excellence. It is indeed a privilege to serve the children of our community and their families. Together we can help shape the future of our nation and our world.
Emily Marsh, Ed.D.