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  • Russel
    Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of-year award Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer Saturday, September 29, 2007 San Francisco principal Jim
    Message 1 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
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      Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of-year award
      Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
      Saturday, September 29, 2007

      San Francisco principal Jim Dierke knew something was up when he saw
      more cars than usual parked in front of his school Friday morning.
      Out of view, city dignitaries and his students waited inside
      Visitacion Valley Middle School to surprise him with the news: He was
      the National Middle School Principal of the Year.
      The award, given by the National Association of Secondary School
      Principals, includes a $5,000 award for the school.
      "I am feeling elated," he said after the announcement and celebration
      in the school's auditorium. "I think that it really means something -
      not only for me, but for my staff and for my kids - to have this
      recognition."
      At first glance, it might not appear the principal of the year would
      come out of Visitacion Valley.
      The school faces declining enrollment, test scores that don't meet
      federal standards, teacher turnover, truancy and a high neighborhood
      crime rate.
      Yet that's where real leadership comes in, the organization noted.
      Those selecting Dierke for the honor noted how a gunman entered the
      school, threatening teachers and students in 2004.
      "Although authorities captured the person, parents could have
      demanded changes at the school," a statement from the principals'
      association said. "Instead, the parents demonstrated their faith in
      Dierke's leadership by not withdrawing any children from the school."
      Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi of the association noted that
      Dierke has given the community around the school a sense of hope.
      "He has put his heart and soul into making sure his students feel
      safe and secure in their school building and has developed a school
      climate that nurtures academic excellence," Tirozzi said.
      San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia told Dierke's students
      Friday that their principal was chosen from among the thousands of
      middle school principals across the country.
      "He's like our own American Idol," Garcia said.
      In recognition of the honor, Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Friday Jim
      Dierke Day in San Francisco.
      E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@....
      http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/29/BA6MSGFG3.DTL
    • Silvia Taheri
      Russel, thanks for sharing! ... From: Russel To: Valley_Eye@yahoogroups.com Sent: Monday, October 1, 2007 9:18:16 AM Subject: [Valley_Eye]
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        Russel,
        thanks for sharing!

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        From: Russel <rmorine@...>
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        Subject: [Valley_Eye] Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of-year award

        Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of- year award
        Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
        Saturday, September 29, 2007

        San Francisco principal Jim Dierke knew something was up when he saw
        more cars than usual parked in front of his school Friday morning.
        Out of view, city dignitaries and his students waited inside
        Visitacion Valley Middle School to surprise him with the news: He was
        the National Middle School Principal of the Year.
        The award, given by the National Association of Secondary School
        Principals, includes a $5,000 award for the school.
        "I am feeling elated," he said after the announcement and celebration
        in the school's auditorium. "I think that it really means something -
        not only for me, but for my staff and for my kids - to have this
        recognition. "
        At first glance, it might not appear the principal of the year would
        come out of Visitacion Valley.
        The school faces declining enrollment, test scores that don't meet
        federal standards, teacher turnover, truancy and a high neighborhood
        crime rate.
        Yet that's where real leadership comes in, the organization noted.
        Those selecting Dierke for the honor noted how a gunman entered the
        school, threatening teachers and students in 2004.
        "Although authorities captured the person, parents could have
        demanded changes at the school," a statement from the principals'
        association said. "Instead, the parents demonstrated their faith in
        Dierke's leadership by not withdrawing any children from the school."
        Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi of the association noted that
        Dierke has given the community around the school a sense of hope.
        "He has put his heart and soul into making sure his students feel
        safe and secure in their school building and has developed a school
        climate that nurtures academic excellence," Tirozzi said.
        San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia told Dierke's students
        Friday that their principal was chosen from among the thousands of
        middle school principals across the country.
        "He's like our own American Idol," Garcia said.
        In recognition of the honor, Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Friday Jim
        Dierke Day in San Francisco.
        E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle .com.
        http://sfgate. com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi? f=/c/a/2007/ 09/29/BA6MSGFG3. DTL




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      • Edith Epps
        Russel...could you see if we could use this article in the Grapevine? do we need to get permission from the Cronicle? Thanks, Edie Russel
        Message 3 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
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          Russel...could you see if we could use this article in the Grapevine?  do we need to get permission from the Cronicle?  Thanks,  Edie

          Russel <rmorine@...> wrote:
          Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of- year award
          Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
          Saturday, September 29, 2007

          San Francisco principal Jim Dierke knew something was up when he saw
          more cars than usual parked in front of his school Friday morning.
          Out of view, city dignitaries and his students waited inside
          Visitacion Valley Middle School to surprise him with the news: He was
          the National Middle School Principal of the Year.
          The award, given by the National Association of Secondary School
          Principals, includes a $5,000 award for the school.
          "I am feeling elated," he said after the announcement and celebration
          in the school's auditorium. "I think that it really means something -
          not only for me, but for my staff and for my kids - to have this
          recognition. "
          At first glance, it might not appear the principal of the year would
          come out of Visitacion Valley.
          The school faces declining enrollment, test scores that don't meet
          federal standards, teacher turnover, truancy and a high neighborhood
          crime rate.
          Yet that's where real leadership comes in, the organization noted.
          Those selecting Dierke for the honor noted how a gunman entered the
          school, threatening teachers and students in 2004.
          "Although authorities captured the person, parents could have
          demanded changes at the school," a statement from the principals'
          association said. "Instead, the parents demonstrated their faith in
          Dierke's leadership by not withdrawing any children from the school."
          Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi of the association noted that
          Dierke has given the community around the school a sense of hope.
          "He has put his heart and soul into making sure his students feel
          safe and secure in their school building and has developed a school
          climate that nurtures academic excellence," Tirozzi said.
          San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia told Dierke's students
          Friday that their principal was chosen from among the thousands of
          middle school principals across the country.
          "He's like our own American Idol," Garcia said.
          In recognition of the honor, Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Friday Jim
          Dierke Day in San Francisco.
          E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle .com.
          http://sfgate. com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi? f=/c/a/2007/ 09/29/BA6MSGFG3. DTL


        • Betty Parshall
          Russel, Len says its hard to get permission for reprints (dealing with the Examiner publisher), but maybe you have a contact that could help. Otherwise we can
          Message 4 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
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            Russel, Len says its hard to get permission for reprints (dealing with the Examiner publisher), but maybe you have a contact that could help.  Otherwise we can rewrite it for November Grapevine, I should think.

            Edith Epps <aheins@...> wrote:
            Russel...could you see if we could use this article in the Grapevine?  do we need to get permission from the Cronicle?  Thanks,  Edie

            Russel <rmorine@...> wrote:
            Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of- year award
            Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
            Saturday, September 29, 2007

            San Francisco principal Jim Dierke knew something was up when he saw
            more cars than usual parked in front of his school Friday morning.
            Out of view, city dignitaries and his students waited inside
            Visitacion Valley Middle School to surprise him with the news: He was
            the National Middle School Principal of the Year.
            The award, given by the National Association of Secondary School
            Principals, includes a $5,000 award for the school.
            "I am feeling elated," he said after the announcement and celebration
            in the school's auditorium. "I think that it really means something -
            not only for me, but for my staff and for my kids - to have this
            recognition. "
            At first glance, it might not appear the principal of the year would
            come out of Visitacion Valley.
            The school faces declining enrollment, test scores that don't meet
            federal standards, teacher turnover, truancy and a high neighborhood
            crime rate.
            Yet that's where real leadership comes in, the organization noted.
            Those selecting Dierke for the honor noted how a gunman entered the
            school, threatening teachers and students in 2004.
            "Although authorities captured the person, parents could have
            demanded changes at the school," a statement from the principals'
            association said. "Instead, the parents demonstrated their faith in
            Dierke's leadership by not withdrawing any children from the school."
            Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi of the association noted that
            Dierke has given the community around the school a sense of hope.
            "He has put his heart and soul into making sure his students feel
            safe and secure in their school building and has developed a school
            climate that nurtures academic excellence," Tirozzi said.
            San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia told Dierke's students
            Friday that their principal was chosen from among the thousands of
            middle school principals across the country.
            "He's like our own American Idol," Garcia said.
            In recognition of the honor, Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Friday Jim
            Dierke Day in San Francisco.
            E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle .com.
            http://sfgate. com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi? f=/c/a/2007/ 09/29/BA6MSGFG3. DTL



          • molly hassler
            He should be interviewed by the Grapevine. It s a pretty big deal & how often does something like this come along? The Grapevine should cover it w/a local s
            Message 5 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
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              He should be interviewed by the Grapevine.  It's a pretty big deal & how often does something like this come along?
              The Grapevine should cover it w/a local's eye.


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              From: bparshal@...
              Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 10:36:17 -0700
              Subject: Re: [Valley_Eye] Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of-year award

              Russel, Len says its hard to get permission for reprints (dealing with the Examiner publisher), but maybe you have a contact that could help.  Otherwise we can rewrite it for November Grapevine, I should think.

              Edith Epps <aheins@sbcglobal. net> wrote:
              Russel...could you see if we could use this article in the Grapevine?  do we need to get permission from the Cronicle?  Thanks,  Edie

              Russel <rmorine@aol. com> wrote:
              Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of- year award
              Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer
              Saturday, September 29, 2007

              San Francisco principal Jim Dierke knew something was up when he saw
              more cars than usual parked in front of his school Friday morning.
              Out of view, city dignitaries and his students waited inside
              Visitacion Valley Middle School to surprise him with the news: He was
              the National Middle School Principal of the Year.
              The award, given by the National Association of Secondary School
              Principals, includes a $5,000 award for the school.
              "I am feeling elated," he said after the announcement and celebration
              in the school's auditorium. "I think that it really means something -
              not only for me, but for my staff and for my kids - to have this
              recognition. "
              At first glance, it might not appear the principal of the year would
              come out of Visitacion Valley.
              The school faces declining enrollment, test scores that don't meet
              federal standards, teacher turnover, truancy and a high neighborhood
              crime rate.
              Yet that's where real leadership comes in, the organization noted.
              Those selecting Dierke for the honor noted how a gunman entered the
              school, threatening teachers and students in 2004.
              "Although authorities captured the person, parents could have
              demanded changes at the school," a statement from the principals'
              association said. "Instead, the parents demonstrated their faith in
              Dierke's leadership by not withdrawing any children from the school."
              Executive Director Gerald Tirozzi of the association noted that
              Dierke has given the community around the school a sense of hope.
              "He has put his heart and soul into making sure his students feel
              safe and secure in their school building and has developed a school
              climate that nurtures academic excellence," Tirozzi said.
              San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia told Dierke's students
              Friday that their principal was chosen from among the thousands of
              middle school principals across the country.
              "He's like our own American Idol," Garcia said.
              In recognition of the honor, Mayor Gavin Newsom declared Friday Jim
              Dierke Day in San Francisco.
              E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle .com.
              http://sfgate. com/cgi-bin/ article.cgi? f=/c/a/2007/ 09/29/BA6MSGFG3. DTL





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