Dartmouth Public Schools

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Dr. Gifford

With June fast approaching, the budget process will come to a close at the annual town meeting on June 4th. Each year, starting in October, the effort to develop a financial articulation of our core beliefs, mission and goals begins. It involves numerous group and individual meetings with directors, building leaders, central office administration and town leaders. We collaborate with school and finance committees as well as the select board, with a goal of explaining the reasoning behind our decision making and the choices we make in an effort to garner support. While engaged in this endeavor, we remain focused on students and continuously circle back to our strategic plan and key principles to create our “best” budget proposal that will advance the mission of our district: we are confident our plans will enhance our quest to prepare students to flourish in a rapidly changing 21st century.


Oftentimes, educational choices necessitate the reallocation of resources from one area to another in order to accomplish a particular goal or to address a specific need. For example, each year we pay close attention to incoming Kindergarten students; assessing the need for an additional section. Grade progression of a larger than usual class size or “bubble group” might also result in teacher shifting. Retirements might be an opportunity to reallocate funds to hire instructors that more closely align with our vision; investment in instructional technology specialists and computer science personnel are examples. We also consider how we might increase social emotional and specialist support. All of this goes hand in hand with decisions around resources, transportation, out of district costs and facility maintenance.


Although the yearly endeavor is complex and sometimes disappointing, budget season also generates excitement as it allows us an opportunity to re-imagine our teaching and learning environment. Knowing a endless supply of money does not exist we brainstorm, get creative, and strategize so we can arrive at moments when we get to say YES!

Thomas C. Murray

Today’s educators, and those leading classrooms and schools, are some of the most dynamic.

Back to School PD Day! August 26, 2019

DPS is happy to announce the keynote speaker for Back to School PD Day - August 26, 2019. Thomas C. Murray is the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools. The message he shares is aligned with the work Dartmouth Public Schools have been focused on and will further inspire our efforts around innovation, personalized and blending learning and pathways! Mr. Murray co-authored the best-selling book, Learning Transformed. Mr. Murray will deliver the Keynote opening speech and facilitate breakout sessions.

MASS Award Recipients

Two outstanding members of the Class of 2019, Charolette Correiro and Shane Rose received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Certificate for Academic Excellence. Students receiving this award across the State of Massachusetts have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of excellence during his or her high school career.
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Mentoring and Internships

DHS engineering intern, Mitchell Spell and his brother Gavin, visited their little sisters class at Demello school to make rockets out of soda bottles! Mitchell collaborated with the elementary school as part of his internship! What a great opportunity for all.

Meet Mr. Richard Gill - New Associate Principal at DHS

Dartmouth High School is excited to announce the addition of Mr. Richard Gill as Assistant Principal effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Gill will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Assistant Principal Christopher Boyle. Mr. Gill is currently employed as an Assistant Principal at Southbridge High School in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Prior to serving as an Assistant Principal in Southbridge, Mr. Gill served as an administrator in the Oxford Public School System working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Mr. Gill’s successful administrative experience was preceded by an equally impressive teaching resume. Mr. Gill served as a Mathematics Teacher at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in Peabody, Massachusetts where he taught a range of different Mathematics courses from remedial Algebra to AP Statistics. Before becoming an educator, Mr. Gill served the nation as a two-time Commanding Officer in the United States Coast Guard.

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Job Fair

Class of 2019, DHS held a job fair for the Class of 2019.Over fifty employers as well as all branches of the military were on hand. Students were prepared for on the spot interview with resumes in hand.

Dr. Tonja Hunt - DPS Physical Theripist

Congratulations to our very own Dr. Tonja Hunt!

Dr. Hunt received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Northeastern University. What a proud moment for her, her family and her students.

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Art & Innovation Show

Junior Banquet

Lauren Coelho - Assumption Volleyball

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Ben Rioux - Bryant University - Cross Country

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Sofia Souza - Fitchburg State University - Softball & Field Hockey

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Chloe Martinez - Johnson & Wales University - Soccer

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Special Olympics

Staff Spotlight

Name: Erin Shurtleff

School/Position: 4th Grade Teacher at DeMello

Hometown: Westport, MA

Education: Bachelors in Psychology, Master of Arts in Teaching (both from UMass Dartmouth)

One goal I have achieved in my career so far that I feel most satisfied about: I have achieved many goals in my teaching career, but I think the best one has to be earning a position teaching at DeMello School. It is truly a place where coworkers are like family. I have found a place where I love going to work everyday and have students who are absolutely amazing.

Role model or someone who has had a great impact on my life: I have been lucky to have had so many influential people in many areas of my life. However, I believe that my parents have been the biggest influence in shaping me into who I am today.

If I could eat dinner with somebody famous, dead or alive, it would be: I would definitely choose my dad. He passed away two years ago and one more time to get to have a meal and conversation with him would be absolutely amazing.

Pet peeve:I have a few... the biggest one is people who “are all talk and no action”.

Favorite leisure time activity: Pretty much anything outdoors. I especially like walking in the woods and on the beach or riding my horse.

Favorite movie: I have so many, but I think my favorite to watch with my boys is “The Sandlot”.

Favorite book: Usually it’s whatever book I am reading at the moment.

I think the world’s greatest invention is: Electricity. There are so many other inventions that have come about because of electricity. It’s also something we totally take for granted until the power is out.

My favorite motto or saying: “”Though she be but little, she is fierce”

What I like best about working at DPS: Having taught in another district for many years before working in Dartmouth, I am extremely grateful for the sense of community and caring found

in this district for everyone.

A New Grandmother!

Meet Eloise Grace (Ella) and her proud grandmother!


Interested in sharing a picture of your new grandchild/child? Send a picture and stats to Mrs. Scorpio (Karenscorpio@dartmouthschools.org)

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