Excited and delighted are two adjectives that I would use to describe how I feel about school year 2016-2017.

I’m delighted because the administration, faculty and staff are all returning with a renewed sense of pride and purpose. What I know is that we are sincerely looking to make this school year the absolute best for all students and stakeholders. We have clear eye views on where we want to go and what it will take to get there, and it will require the help of everyone who has a stake in the life of Dunbar and the students it serves.

I’m excited because as the Principal at Dunbar, I have another year to make an indelible mark on tomorrow’s leaders. We know that there is no students nor alumni like Dunbar’s. When our Poets arrive and when they leave, the expectation for competence, clarity and commitment is well placed. That’s why I know that each year as another class reaches that universal milestone--graduation, we have to do right by them. The stakes have never been higher and the demands are ever increasing. And that’s why I’m also excited to announce that this year, Dunbar will be one of two select schools to offer a brand new opportunity that makes college more of a reality to our students.

What I’m referring to is P-TECH. It stands for: Pathways in Technology Early College High School (see link: http://hub.jhu.edu/2015/11/23/p-tech-baltimore-anouncement/). In addition, our students will have the benefits of our ongoing relationship with Johns Hopkins in the Dunbar-Hopkins Health partnership and two federally funded 21st century ALIVE programs and the engagement of our advisory board who prepared our freshmen through the Reginald F. Lewis Pre-Scholars program.

I’m confident that Dunbar has what is necessary to make our Poets competitive global citizens. This is the year that we will find solutions for every area that needs improvement and the year that every Poet experiences a truly rich and rigorous education that carries the spirit and pride of Dunbar amongst leaders capable of delivering with dedication, determination and dependability; the Dunbar way!

Sincerely,

Tammy N. Mays

Tammy N. Mays, Principal

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