Dogwood Hill School is home to nearly two hundred seventy students for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Serving as the District’s site for the Preschool Program, it has children ranging from three years to ten years in age.
Construction on Dogwood Hill School was begun in 1964. Mr. Gene Casaleggio was the first principal, serving in this capacity from 1965 to 1994. During his tenure, enrollment at Dogwood Hill School rose to over six hundred students. With the refinement to special education and basic skills practices, along with the additions of art and music classrooms, space has stayed in high demand at Dogwood Hill School, even though, through the demographics of the town, enrollment has dropped.
In September of 1994, Dr. Christopher Lane moved to Dogwood Hill School as principal. Dr. Lane was instrumental in overseeing the beginning of Dogwood Hill School moving into the technology age. When Dr. Lane moved over to become principal at Valley Middle School, Mr. William Beluzzi took the helm of Dogwood Hill School for the next two years.
Since September of 1999, Mr. Glenn Clark has been principal. Over this last decade, enrollment has climbed from approximately 270 students to today’s figure. The Computer Lab, which was thought to be on the cutting edge of technology, has given way to mobile laptop carts, so any child can have a computer on their desk in any period of the day. SMART Boards are in every grade level and wireless Internet connectivity is throughout the building.
Students have enjoyed more than technology, however, at Dogwood Hill School. What have remained constant over the years are three things: the dedication and professionalism of the staff, the support and assistance of the parents, and the incredible kindness and industry of the children. These facets are what make Dogwood Hill School a jewel in elementary education. They have remained constant since the school first opened its doors.
The web pages that follow only offer a glimpse of the wonderful education going on at Dogwood Hill School. Enjoy this virtual visit, and please feel free to come by in person.