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   2016 Welcome Back — Students, Families and Staff

For me, this too represents a new beginning as the Director of Education at the Durham District School Board. As an educator with the DDSB for more than 28 years, I share your excitement for the new school year and the possibilities and opportunities it presents. I am proud to lead the creative and dedicated team of employees who all work together to support student achievement and well-being.

To our new students and to our Kindergarten students who are experiencing school for the first time, – we say welcome to the DDSB! At the DDSB we pride ourselves on making our schools welcome and inclusive for all of our students and members of our school communities.

On behalf of the Durham District School Board staff and our Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our well wishes to all of our students for a school year full of growth, learning and success. In support of student success, we will continue to focus on our renewed Math Strategy, improving our learning environments and incorporating ways to use technology to supporting effective teaching and learning. Details of our strategic priorities can be found on the back page of the 2016-2017 Annual Information Calendar or on our website.

​​At the DDSB, we have a strong tradition of working with all members of our school communities. Engaged parents and guardians make a difference for our students, and ultimately to student success​. As such, we encourage parents and guardians to have ongoing open, productive communication with your child’s teacher and school.

We also welcome and encourage parents and guardians to become involved in School Community Councils (SCC), which provide a vital link between school, home and community. The SCC is a forum for parents, guardians and other members of the community to contribute to school life and support student achievement and well-being.

To stay on top of information, news, highlights and events from the DDSB, regularly visit and your school’s website.
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Please accept my best wishes for a successful and memorable 2016-2017 school year.
Lisa Millar,