Calendar Update

Due to the most interesting weather pattern this winter, we have now used the 5 scheduled snow days in our calendar, along with an additional three. As a result, the following changes will be made to this years calendar, which was approved at last evenings Board Meeting. 
 
School days are now scheduled for 4/21, 6/25, 6/26 and 6/27.   Graduation will be held on Friday, 6/27.  If the one remaining emergency closing day is not used, Friday 5/23 will be a vacation day.  
 
If we use the remaining vacation day, and additional emergency days are required, we will remove days from Spring Break in the following order: (4/14, 4/15, 4/16, 4/17).  
Every attempt has been made to preserve Spring Break due to the fact that we understand so many may have made travel plans. Removal of these days is our last resort.

Honeywell Alert System
Please be sure to update your Honeywell account in the event you change your phone number or contact information.  Some parents have voiced a concern that they are called too early or too late.  Quite often, the time of the call is dictated by the event we are facing. If severe icing is  forecast, we will try to make the call earlier in the evening to avoid a lack of communication due to downed trees or power lines.  Our cafeteria staff arrives at approximately 5:30 am in some buildings that serve an early breakfast, so I do try to call school early enough for them to avoid being on the roads. We begin internal conversations at 1:00 am, and are usually on the roads between 4:00 and 4:30 am.  The most challenging instance is when we are forced to make a decision before we see our first snowflake.  We shall continue to do our best with the safety of the children in mind.  If one does not want calls before 6 am or after 9 pm, I suggest you log into Honeywell, disable your voice option and sign up for the text or email options.  Of course, if we had a sudden emergency, one may not be as informed, but we cannot send out multiple reports at a variety of times.  After winters like this, Spring cannot come soon enough !  


Dover High School Named as 
National Blue Ribbon High School
by 
Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan

September 24, 2013

We are very proud to announce that the United States Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan, has designated Dover High School as a National Blue Ribbon School.   This marks the apex of a process that began last Spring, when Dover High School was nominated for this award by the New Jersey Department of Education.  A comprehensive application package was completed highlighting each facet of our school ranging in areas from curriculum to test performance.   As an Exemplary Improving school, the staff and students have demonstrated significant progress in academic achievement through the State of New Jersey performance assessments.  Concurrently, programmatic elements of the school represent a vision of excellence wherein all students can achieve their potential.  

This journey began nine years ago, when the staff, administration and Board of Education embraced a vision for our future, a vision that contained a total realignment of our curriculum, redefining what we teach and how we teach it.  We choose not to focus on our challenges but on our aspirations.  As a result, we have seen dramatic increases in academic rigor and concomitant growth in our academic performance.  
The Dover High School of today is academically enhanced, offering over 53 transcripted college credits.   Our new Health and Science Academy offers our students the opportunity to participate in exploratory academics wherein the students are exposed to a variety of academic and personal health experiences. Next year, we will open a new Fine and Performing Arts Academy, embracing our students talents and passion as we provide an academically integrated experience, motivating our students to study today while forming goals for their future.  

The journey is just beginning, but this is an important milestone marking our progress to date.   We hope that you share our pride in the staff, students, and administration of Dover High School as we celebrate Dover's newest designation as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  



Sincerely, 

Robert B. Becker
Superintendent






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Tuesday, May 6
Board of Education Meeting
8:00 PM
Thursday, May 15
Dover Middle School Awards Dinner
6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 20
Board of Education Meeting
8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 21
District Art Show at Dover High School
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dover High School Spring Concert
7:00 PM

The mission of Dover Public School District is to provide an optimum educational experience for all students, creating a passion for learning and encouraging all students to perform to their highest academic potential while promoting self expression, cooperation, and respect for others.  This shall be accomplished via a seamless integration of the New Jersey Core Content Standards into district curriculum and infusing the most current pedagogical practices and technology into the fabric of the classroom environment.

Board Meetings are held in the Board Conference Room
 Dover High School, 100 Grace Street, Dover at 8:00 pm.

Committee of the Whole Sessions:
January 7, 2014
February 4, 2014
March 4, 2014
April 1, 2014
May 6, 2014
June 3, 2014
September 9, 2014
October 7, 2014
November 4, 2014
December 2, 2014


 Regular Sessions:
January 21, 2014 (Canceled due to weather)
February 18, 2014
March 18, 2014
May 20, 2014 June 17, 2014  July 22, 2014
August 19, 2014
September 23, 2014
October 21, 2014
November 18, 2014
December 16, 2014

Please note that all dates may be subject to change.  It is advisable to confirm date and location
by calling the Board Office at 973-989-2005. 
 

Today, 4/20/2014
High: 62 Low: 35
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/21/2014
High: 66 Low: 42
Partly sunny
4% chance of precipitation.