Principal’s Message for August 2012

August 1, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Dear DPMHS Community,

It has been a busy summer and new students continue to enroll at Daniel Pearl Magnet High School.  The main office is now open and student leaders are already planning for the New Student Orientation that will take place on Wednesday, August 8th.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has gone through a major reorganization this summer to better focus on teaching and learning.  Local Districts 1 and 2 are now Educational Service Center North (ESC North) which is located in the former Local District 1 Office next door to DPMHS.

Along with the reorganization have come many changes in personnel, including myself.  This summer I was selected to be an Instructional Director for High Schools.  Although this is a promotion and an honor, it is difficult to leave the small but mighty high school that we have built over the last three and a half years.

As the principal of a new high school, I never dreamed that we would accomplish so much in such a short time.  I am proud of our caring, hardworking staff and the wonderful faculty that stops at nothing to help students work to their highest ability.  I am amazed at the kindness, the respect, and the pride that our students show for each other, for the adults in their lives, and for our school.  I am grateful for the parents and community members who have participated on committees and councils, made donations, and volunteered many hours to support our school in such drastic economic times.

I have always told our students how important it is that they remember our school mission and to leave Daniel Pearl prepared to be strong communicators who influence the world positively at home, in their communities, and in the world.

It is time now for me to leave and to share the lessons that have made Daniel Pearl Magnet High School so successful with other schools. I am pleased to pass on the great responsibility of the role of principal to Ms. Deb Smith, former principal of Independence High School.  We have had a close relationship with Ms. Smith and her high school since DPMHS opened, and she is the ideal person to carry on the values, beliefs, and mission of our school.

I thank all of you for supporting our school and for giving me the opportunity to be principal of Daniel Pearl Magnet High School.  It is an honor that I will always cherish.

My best to you,

Janet Kiddoo