Brian Turner will be replaced as principal of Day Middle School and taking a new job as the district’s director of professional development and assessment in the office of teaching and learning.
Here’s a letter Turner sent to school families today…
Dear Day Family,
I write to let you know that I am transitioning to a new position in the Newton Public Schools effective June 30, 2016. On July 1, I will be serving as the district’s director of professional development and assessment in the office of Teaching and Learning.
While I am looking forward to my new role, I leave the F.A. Day Middle School with mixed emotions. Since 2010, I have been privileged to serve as principal and will miss this incredibly vibrant community. Although it has been a challenging past year, I nonetheless reflect on the past six years and am proud of our many accomplishments. We increased technology in the classroom, launched and expanded multiple programs to support students academically and socially, adopted instructional strategies to cultivate critical thinking skills, and embraced the language and practices that foster growth mindsets. We have also put in place new programs and initiatives that will serve to increase awareness of and respect for the rich diversity among us and strengthen our efforts to create a safe and supportive school community.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our outstanding teachers and staff who routinely go above and beyond to create a positive school culture that is focused on academic excellence and students’ social-emotional growth. Because of their caring ways and tireless passion for high-quality education, I know Day’s students will continue to thrive: learning about themselves, understanding and appreciating others, and exploring their ever-expanding worlds.
David Fleishman has already identified an interim principal for the upcoming year. This summer, I will work closely with the interim principal to ensure a smooth transition throughout the upcoming academic year.
Please know that I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Day and will miss my daily interactions with everyone. Thank you for your tremendous support over the years. I will cherish the many lessons I have learned at Day.