Happy Summer Bulldogs!
I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing summer break, and getting to enjoy all of the sunshine we are having! Getting through a school year after the pandemic was no easy task, but we all pulled together, and made it through. It was great getting to see the students again in person, and re-establishing relationships. For those of you who I have not yet had the opportunity to connect with, I am Lindsay DeFazio, the new principal of Earl Boyles. I have served in the David Douglas School District for the last 18 years, as a classroom teacher, reading specialist and instructional coach. I’m excited to work alongside students, families, staff and community partners to ensure everyone feels cared for, safe, included, valued and accepted. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and my special pooches, Lucy, Sadie and Scout, traveling and cheering for the BEAVS! I look forward to partnering with you to create an exceptional educational experience for your children!
As many of you know Ms. Guynes retired last year, and will be greatly missed! We have few staffing changes at Earl Boyles for this coming school year. I am excited to announce Heidi Buckner as the new Assistant Principal of Restorative Practice. This will be Heidi’s 24th year in the district, and she is eager to serve in her new role. Earl Boyles will also have a new Student Achievement Specialist. Megan Larsen will take on this new role. She has been a classroom teacher for 13 years and is looking forward to supporting teachers with classroom instruction that meets the needs of all students. EB’s new Student Behavior Specialist will be Jessika Joers. This will be her 19th year of service in the school district. Jessika is thrilled to take on this new role supporting students, staff, and families at Earl Boyles. In addition, we will be hiring a few new classroom teachers, a music teacher, cook and a head custodian. We are working hard to build the best school community. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve alongside each of these amazing educators.
We are excited and optimistic for what the new school year will bring. Our goals for the upcoming school year are to focus on building relationships with students and families, implement our new English Language Arts adoption, reinvigorate our PBIS system to strengthen our school wide expectations, embrace and engage in restorative practices, and ensure that all children get what they need and deserve everyday. I look forward to partnering with families and community members to reach our goals.
In the fall, we will have a gradual entry for the first week of school. This means your student will attend 1 day the first week and then everyone will come together the following week. We are also planning a back to school night resource fair, so keep an eye out for information on that! Our office will open back up from 8:00 to 3:30 on August 22nd. Feel free to register here! You can also send the office an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at 503-256-6445, and someone will assist you with your questions.
Again, I am thrilled to serve this community as we continue to learn, grow and thrive.