Dear Parents and Guardians,
Summer break has come to an end and it's time for school to begin. Along with some well-deserved rest and relaxation, our staff has been attending graduate school, presenting and attending professional development, and taking advantage of a variety of educational opportunities aimed toward our goal of continuous improvement. I know they will be excited and ready to serve the students of Del Valle High School on Monday. On a personal note, I am looking forward to meeting all our new students and parents and getting reacquainted with our returning students. We have some exciting construction projects that will occur at DVHS over the next couple of years, including a new Fine Arts facility and a new field house, as well as a new Career and Technology Education (CTE) facility.
Our policies concerning outside snacks, pizza or fast food delivery and drinks being brought into the school have not changed much. If students have these items, they must remain in their backpack or pocket or out of sight throughout the school day and during tutorials. Items from students who are not in compliance will be taken up and the student may choose to pick it up after school. The only exception will be if your student brings a lunch from home. Lunches brought from home may only be consumed in the cafeteria area during lunchtime and may not be shared. Water is acceptable to have and may be consumed at school and in classrooms with teacher approval. For everyone's safety, students may not bring glass containers of any kind to school.
Please remind your students that all Del Valle schools are Closed Campuses, which means that once students arrive on campus, they must have permission to leave campus. We offer a free, nutritious breakfast five days a week and a dinner after school Monday through Thursday. With the Dollar General set to be re-opened and the new store that has opened across the street, it is important that our students know that they are not allowed to go to either place once they have arrived on school property and may not return to campus after school once a student leaves the campus to go to the store. This is a safety issue, considering that there are no lights or designated crosswalks leading to and from either location.
This year, students will continue to be allowed to use their phones and other electronic devices before school, during passing periods, and during lunch, but not during class time. Upon arrival to each class, students are required to have all electronics turned off and put away unless a teacher's lesson plan specifically calls for the use of student devices. Students who violate this policy will have their devices taken up and will only be returned after payment of a $15.00 fee. It is our hope that this policy will allow you to more effectively communicate with your student throughout the day, while also assuring that students are not distracted during instructional time.
I look forward to seeing this year and am at your service. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my assistant, Connie Bergara, to set up an appointment to meet with me.
David W. Williams
Principal, Del Valle High School