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The Dickinson High School Open House,
which was canceled last week due to inclement
weather, has been rescheduled for
4-7 p.m. Monday, October 20

Inside DISD
Peterson Taking The Long Road
Home To Dickinson ISD

DISD Communications Specialist

Dickinson Independent School District has long had the reputation of bringing the best-quality teachers and administrators into the fold. Such is the case for new Hughes Road Elementary School Principal Kristi Peterson.

For the past 10 years of her career, she heard how great things were in Dickinson ISD, and she wondered what it would be like to work for a district that placed value in their employees. “I would hear all kinds of things about Dickinson, all over the place,” she said.

“I would go to a conference, and people would be talking about it. Even at my previous jobs in teaching, I would always hear how great things were here.”  

Peterson graduated from Baylor University in 1993 with her bachelor’s of science in education. Her career began at Friendswood ISD and moved on to Alvin, Clear Creek and La Porte. She went back to school in 2006 to get her master’s of science at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. Elementary school is where her heart is. After serving two years as a junior high administrator, she moved back to elementary school as an assistant principal in La Porte.

“My heart has always been with younger students,” she said. “I enjoy working with them and listening to them share their creative thinking.”

Peterson is excited about all the opportunities in store for Hughes Road and Dickinson ISD. “I want and expect Hughes Road to be the destination campus for Dickinson ISD,” Peterson said. “I want all of our teachers to love it here and our parents to say they love bringing their kids here. But, most of all, I want our students to get the best education they could ever get.” 

The new chief spends every morning out in the driveway helping kids out of their car and meeting parents. She spends part of her day evaluating teachers and checking on kids to make sure nothing gets missed. “I want us, as a whole, to always be improving,” she said. “We want to make sure kids are getting what they need and are learning and improving every day. Our teachers here at Hughes Road are doing a great job. They all work hard and teach with such conviction and always want to improve.

“I just love my job and these kids,” Peterson said. “Some nights, I don’t leave until late because I just want to make sure I have called that parent who needed me earlier in the day or answered that email that I didn’t get to. Most of the time during the day, I don’t get to some of that stuff, so I don’t ever want to leave without taking care of things.”

With so much emphasis on test scores, Peterson said she believes when you are teaching every day, scores will improve on their own because students are engaged and learning. “We have to make sure we are teaching what we need to every day,” she said. “I believe if we do that, the scores will take care of themselves.”



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Abilities Conference and Resource Fair Scheduled

The department of Special Programs of Dickinson ISD presents their Abilities Conference and Resource Fair Saturday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Dickinson High School.
The keynote speaker for the event is
Johnathon  Vermaelen. There will be breakout sessions presented by area experts and educators addressing social skills, behavior, education, sensory needs, transition plus many more. Interpreter services available upon request. 
Several vendors will share valuable information and resources, and there will be l
imited breakfast snacks provided…Lunch at your own expense. Chick –Fil-A will have food available for purchase on site.
The c
onference is FREE and open to the public. 
For more information on the conference and registration,  please contact Jeanna TenBrink at
dickinsonconference@gmail.com or call 832-340-3714. Register at https://dickinsonisdconference.eventbrite.com

Words from DHS
Principal Billye Smith
Dickinson High School Principal has a new Principal's Corner on the DHS website. She has some valuable information for parents and students alike!
HERE to read her message from September 29!

AVID Tutors Needed
Dickinson ISD is seeking tutors for the AVID class. AVID tutors facilitate Socratic seminars on Tuesday and Thursdays.
Click HERE for application!