As Principal of Alfred I. duPont Middle School, I want to take this opportunity to share my excitement as we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year. I want to thank the entire Dragon Nation for their commitment to excellence as we continue to establish ourselves as one of the premier middle schools in Duval County, one with a rich tradition of high academic standards. We are very proud of the academic achievement of our students on the 2018 Florida Standards Assessment as our overall school score increased by 59 points!!! We successfully increased proficiency in several categories according to data recently released by the Florida Department of Education. Our overall Math scores increased by 8%, Science 4%, Literacy 1%, Civics 36%, and Acceleration (Algebra & Biology) increased 11%! I feel confident that our students will continue their award winning performance this year in our quest to become an “A” school!
This year our “stars” will continue to have access to a variety of electives including, Spanish, French, Chinese, Global Scholars, Music, and Art. duPont will continue to provide accelerated courses in Algebra I, Geometry, Biology I, and Pre-Early College. In addition to our academic programs, students may try out for football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, softball, baseball, track, swimming, and cheerleading. We will continue with our Before School Enrichment Program which is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 am –9:00am for a small fee of $60.00 per month. Please be sure to read this entire newsletter for more information about athletics and the morning program. Our 6th Grade Summer Bridge Academy will be held July 31st for students with last names ending in A-L and August 2nd for students with last names ending M-Z. All sessions will begin at 6:00 pm in the school’s auditorium.
Parents, we ask that you support our team by joining our PTSA, Parent Advisory Council (PAC), School Advisory Council (SAC). PTSA, PAC, and SAC meet on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, 5:30 pm respectively. Please stop by the Parent Resource Room during Orientation for more information on our parent organizations. Don’t forget to join us for Open House September 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to meeting you on the red carpet during Orientation!
Marilyn M. Barnwell, Principal