Bret R. Tarver Leadership Academy

  • Principal Joy Weiss

    Dear Tarver Families, 

    Welcome back for the 2022-2023 school year!   We  are excited to connect, grow and continue building relationships with our families again.   The excitement across our campus is contagious!  So many exciting things are happening and we are ready to greet our students’ smiling faces, laughter, curiosity, sense of humor and love for learning. 

    We hope everyone is enjoying their summer vacation and spending some extra quality time with family and friends.  We want to take a few moments of your time to update you and share some important pieces of information with everyone regarding the new school year.  It is our intention that this information allows you to plan ahead and prepare for the start of the new school year.  Please review the additional pieces of information provided with this letter.

    As many of you may have heard or know already, I will be leading both Tarver and Atkinson this school year as the Principal.  It is my goal to stay  actively involved in Tarver and as visible as possible while also making new connections with our Atkinson community.  This is an exciting opportunity to bring together 2 campuses and grow our community of learners and leaders, which strengthen our families, neighborhoods and the surrounding larger community.  

    Additionally, we will be welcoming several new staff members including our new Assistant Principal, Mr. Lindsey.  Mr. Lindsey joins us with many years of experience and is excited to be part of the Tarver family.  We know our students will love connecting with Mr. Lindsey and getting to know him as he gets to know our students.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 4th for Meet the Teacher and an opportunity to introduce yourself to Mr. Lindsey.  

    This school year, we are embracing the theme, “All In, Leading with Heart and Mind.”  Our goal is to ensure a culture of excellence remains.  Excellent cultures are resilient, loving, vulnerable, equitable,  and courageous.  When we say “ALL IN,” we mean ALL.  Every student, every teacher, every staff member can learn and grow.  We will lead with our hearts and our minds so ALL students feel valued, respected, worthy and loved-always!  Tarver’s mission remains the same to provide not only the best academic experience, but to support their emotional, social and physical growth.  

    At Tarver, we know the keys to our scholars’ future success lie in the range of experiences they are part of both in school and at home.  With that in mind, we aim to provide opportunities for all our students to explore their strengths, talents, and potential.  We invite you to come alongside and partner with us on this incredible journey.  There are many ways to get involved including our POD program and the start of some new programs this year.  We cannot wait to share more with our families in August on these opportunities.

    Additionally, as a Title 1 School, in conjunction with the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 (ESSA), we understand the importance of providing your child with teachers and instructional assistants that are highly effective and meet all state requirements.  Our staff is committed to providing high levels of academic achievement and critical thinking skills in order to be college and career ready.  As a parent, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of those who work with your child.

    With our amazing and talented staff and parents working together, our students will be the leaders of tomorrow!  We look forward to meeting each of you, developing relationships and sharing our goals, vision and big rocks with all of you!  It’s an exciting time at Tarver and we are ready to shine

    Tarver, Dolphins SWIM together . . .

    Sincerely,

    Dr.  Weiss 



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