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Re: [Valley_Eye] Visitacion Valley Middle School basks in principal-of-year award

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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 1 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
      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 2 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
        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 3 of 5 , Oct 1, 2007
          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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          CC: bparshal@...
          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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