24 years and counting … it has been a great run so far for D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School! The beginning of the 25th year in the school’s rich history presents us with the unique opportunity to both reflect upon and honor the great achievements of the school’s past, and to renew our focus on preserving and strengthening the D’Evelyn program so that 25, 50, and 100 years down the road, this timeless liberal arts public school program is available to students of future generations.
As we set to begin this 25th year, it is important to reflect upon the wonderful vision established by the D’Evelyn Founders. While there are many important details outlined in the D’Evelyn Founding Document, this year as a faculty, staff, and community, we will focus on the core mission of the school - providing a school environment where all students are held to high academic and behavioral expectations within the framework of a liberal arts curriculum, in order that the students will be prepared for effective citizenship and a happy, full, and successful life.
I am grateful to our Founders for having the knowledge, wisdom, courage, and fortitude to design and open this school that serves Jefferson County. It is a privilege for me to have the responsibility of serving as principal of this great school. It is rare to find a school that offers such an impactful program to all of its students as a public institution with enrollment open to all county residents.
It is a privilege for our teachers to teach D’Evelyn students. D’Evelyn teachers have the privilege of teaching, mentoring, and supporting our great students, while dedicating their efforts to teach the thoughtfully designed, timeless D’Evelyn liberal arts curriculum.
It is a privilege for our students to attend D’Evelyn. The value of the liberal arts education is boundless - students develop the knowledge, skills, character, and work ethic necessary to success in any future pursuit. The D’Evelyn founding premise that all students should have the opportunity to achieve success within this rigorous program is both inspirational and empowering. Further, with nearly 2,700 graduates in the first 21 D’Evelyn graduating classes, D’Evelyn students have a large pool of role models setting an example for the wonderful foundation the D’Evelyn program provides.
By design, the D’Evelyn program will challenge students, and the experiences of different students will be unique as they face those challenges. Please join the D’Evelyn faculty, staff, and administration in support of the effort to encourage growth, improvement, and personal development for your student throughout their D’Evelyn tenure. It is okay for students to face challenges - in fact, facing and overcoming challenges is an important part of preparing adolescents for a happy, successful future. We have numerous intentionally designed systems to support struggling students; however, if you feel your student may need additional support, please use direct communication with the most appropriate involved adult in the building.
I could not be more excited for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. I appreciate your support throughout this year and beyond as we work to sustain the greatness of the D’Evelyn program, while working to secure its place as an excellent public school serving our students and families.
Josh Griffin, Principal