Dartmouth Public Schools

Kindness Matters

Dr. Gifford

As the curtain drops on another school year, I’d like to take this time to recognize all of you who make Dartmouth Public Schools an exemplary place of learning and growing for every one of our students. Because of your dedication, passion and commitment, each of you plays a role in improving the lives of students. A stroll through any school, a review of student data or attendance at any event confirms the positive impact you make each and every day. With confidence, we can say students are thriving in Dartmouth.

Congratulations! With your help we accomplished so much. Elementary curriculum alignment, enhanced safety measures, exploding use of technology for learning, expansion of robotics, iSTEM and engineering, attention to mental health, human resources efficiencies, Innovation Lab purchases, team chair training, incredible theater and music performances, Innovation and Art events, and athletic successes are among the many achievements we can celebrate.

Our accomplishments can be attributed to our steadfast commitment to a "student first mantra" and our core values. These include a belief in the potential of all students, a desire to re-imagine education, support for social and emotional learning, unrelenting focus on rigorous and effective instructional practices and a collaborative team approach to decision making.

Next year we stay the course; continuing to be guided by our strategic plan’s three main tenets; Teaching and Learning, Access and Equity and Community Engagement. Energies will be focused on adding to an already exceptional learning environment. We look to expand efforts around STEM and innovation rich learning experiences. Ongoing professional development will be provided in personalized and blended learning to encourage teachers to try new ways of tailoring instruction, expression of learning and assessment to inspire student engagement, embolden student voice and spark a life-long desire for learning. A brand new Innovation Lab equipped with state of the art technology and tools will open for business, next steps on stadium renovations will be undertaken, the elementary balanced literacy model will be completed, a 1 to 1 technology initiative will be rolled out and the middle school roof will no longer leak!

As we anticipate the work ahead please consider the words of Vince Lombardi. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” I, for one, will take that!

Have a joyful summer!

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Summer Reading

Dartmouth Elementary Students Summer Reading Program for 2018 is called "Catch the Reading Bug!" Thursday, June 14 marked the date of Dartmouth Elementary School’s “Catch the Reading Bug” Summer Reading Kick-off. In recognition of the event, students cozied up on the school lawn and got lost in their new summer reading book. This event was designed to inspire and motivate students to be life-long readers and to continue to read even when they are not in school. Titles were carefully selected by Dartmouth elementary teachers and students were able to choose from among two titles. Each student received their new summer reading book and got the opportunity to crack the cover and begin their journey into new worlds. Dartmouth Middle School and Dartmouth High School students will be reading a book of their choice and participate in a book talk in September.

See what our students are reading by checking out our Summer Reading Web Page.

DESE Teacher Leader Opportunity

Apply to be a CURATE Fellow! The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is partnering with Teach Plus and the to launch a new initiative called CURATE: CUrriculum RAtings by TEachers.

Saying Goodbye to our Retirees and Seniors!


We said our good byes and gave our well wishes to the Class of 2018! Every staff member has had a hand in preparing them for their future. As they look back on their years in Dartmouth they will remember not only the lessons from books but life lessons through the relationships they forged. Whether you remember them as entering kindergarten carrying their "character" lunch boxes or as middle school students carrying all their books at once, enjoy the knowledge of seeing what commitment to people and education can accomplish.


Although you may not be gracing the halls of Dartmouth schools come this fall you will grace our hearts with the fond memories of your dedication and compassion to your students and colleagues over the years.