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Principal Duane Hale          L. J. Price Middle School

1670 Benjamin Weldon Bickers Drive
Atlanta, GA 30315
PHONE: (404) 802-6300      FAX: (404) 624-5137

July 8, 2013

Dear Parents/Guardians,

   It is an honor to greet you with just a few short weeks before the 2013 - 2014 school year begins.  My name is Duane Edward Hale, newly appointed Principal of Price Middle School.  I am grateful that Atlanta Public Schools and the Price Middle School hiring committee selected me as your new instructional/operational leader.  I will work endlessly to improve the quality of instruction that is delivered to our children, and I am truly excited about the opportunity to be of service to students, parents, and the community. 

   From a philosophical standpoint, I believe that a safe and secure learning environment is necessary for children to effectively learn and our children will adhere to rules and procedures at Price Middle School in accordance with Atlanta Public Schools.  Further, I believe that rigorous instruction and active engagement are the foundations of a quality 21st century education.  By setting high expectations and challenging our students to meet them, I am confident that Price will continue to grow as a learning community as we prepare our students for success in the college and career pathways of their choice. 

   As Principal, I ask that you become active in our school community.  Parental involvement is a critical factor in your child’s success, so please contact the school if you are interested in volunteering.  There are a variety of ways to get involved during the school day and at evening events.  Additionally, I ask that you emphasize to your children that school is important and should be approached daily as such.  We are requesting all parents to speak to your children about the importance of being respectful, adhering to rules and procedures, and completing class and homework assignments on a daily basis.  Furthermore, we need your children to participate in our tutorial programs, and we need all children to read at home for a minimum of 30 minutes a day to improve comprehension in all academic areas. Town Hall Meetings will be conducted the first week of school explaining protocols and procedures for the school year and students will be given academic and behavioral contracts in which parents/guardians must read, sign, and return to Price Middle School by Friday, August 9, 2013.        

   Throughout the year, I ask that you frequently check our website for updated school information, which now includes our revised dress code policy that will be implemented from the start of the 2013 - 2014 school year.  I would also encourage you to visit Price to get your gradebook username and password, so you can check your child’s grades on the internet.  These usually arrive at the school by the end of August.  Once they arrive, we will post this on our website. 

   To assist you with your back to school shopping, please review the our dress code information on our website, which outlines Price’s uniform guidelines.  All students are expected to be in uniforms on Day One 2013.  Please plan accordingly to ensure your child is in compliance with our uniform guidelines.  Please mark your calendar for our Open House on August 5th from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.  Also, the first day of school is Wednesday, August 7, 2013. 

   In accordance with our school theme “Excellence is the Only Standard”, we will excel in Academics, Athletics, and in the Arts. We will create pathways of excellence that will display our Wildcat Spirit in all that we do here at Price Middle School.  Please feel free to call, e-mail, or visit me with your concerns or ideas for the improvement of our school.  The staff and I look forward to partnering with you in our continued pursuit of excellence at Price Middle School.  I look forward to meeting each of you as we move the needle on student achievement, one student at a time.

Educationally Yours,

Duane Edward Hale
Duane Edward Hale