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Texas Academic Performace Report (TAPR) 2018-2019
Erin Frye - Principal
My philosophy centers upon the belief that an effective school is a cohesive one where administrators, teachers, and staff engender confidence, encourage diversity, and promote collaboration. I prioritize motivation and connecting with others and providing challenge and purpose while also valuing staff and their contributions. I will always seek to promote an environment committed to best practice and philosophy and capable of navigating change and embracing innovation. My hope is to be instrumental in the realization of an educational system that truly promotes growth for everyone involved.
- Equity & Equality: All Means ALL
- Safety & Culture: Create Safe Spaces
- Growth: Prioritize Balanced Learning
- Communication & Collaboration: Build Transparency and Trust
- High Expectations: Promote Excellence
- Continuous Improvement: Prepare for the Future
In my 21+ years of experience in education, I have served as a leader in various capacities. I have been an administrator in Mansfield, Lewisville, and Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISDs and a teacher in Coppell, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, and College Station. I am also a former Coordinator of IB Programs and an Instructional Facilitator. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education in Leadership & Administration at Texas Woman’s University.
Dear Alexander Elementary Family,I am very honored and excited to have been given the opportunity to join the Alexander Elementary School family as your new principal! Chance can bring with it trepidation, and I want to assure you that I am committed to promoting and pursuing excellence for our school, our staff, our students, our parents, and our community. I will partner with you as we strive to exceed expectations and equip our students with the skills they will need to be reflective, balanced, and capable learners for the road ahead.My intent with this communication is two-fold. First I am committing to you to learn as much as I can about what makes this school great already. In my life and work, I embrace the perspective that suggests we “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” I want to know the things that you know – both the particular realities and the intangible marks of this wonderful school family. Second, I want you to get to know me, to know my heart for students, to see how much I believe in the power of personal growth.Together, I want to chart a course for the future of our school that respects the road behind and blazes a bright light for the road ahead. I invite you to engage with me as we write our stories of success at Alexander Elementary.Excited for the road ahead,Erin FryePrincipalEstimada Familia de la Escuela Primaria Alexander,¡Para mí es un gran honor y placer tener la oportunidad de unirme a la familia de la Escuela Primaria Alexander como su nueva directora! El cambio puede conllevar la inquietud, y quiero asegurarles que tengo el compromiso de promover y perseguir la excelencia para nuestra escuela, nuestro personal, nuestros alumnos, nuestros padres y nuestra comunidad. Seré su aliada en el esfuerzo por superar las expectativas y dotar a nuestros alumnos de las destrezas que necesitarán para ser estudiantes contemplativos, balanceados y capaces de abordar el futuro.Este comunicado tiene dos objetivos. En primer lugar, quiero prometerles que aprenderé lo máximo posible sobre lo que ya ha hecho excelente a esta escuela. En mi vida y en mi trabajo, tomo la perspectiva de que "debemos primero buscar entender, y luego ser entendidos." Quiero saber las cosas que saben ustedes – tanto las realidades específicas como los rasgos intangibles de esta maravillosa familia escolar. En segundo lugar, quiero que me conozcan a mí, que conozcan mi interés profundo en los alumnos, que vean cuánto creo en el poder del crecimiento personal.Quiero trazar juntos el camino hacia el futuro de nuestra escuela, uno que respeta lo ya recorrido y a la vez brilla una luz fuerte sobre lo que tenemos por delante. Les invito a interactuar conmigo mientras escribimos nuestros casos de éxito en la Escuela Primaria Alexander.Con emoción por el camino que nos espera,Erin FryeDirectora
510 Softwood Dr
The parents, students, and teachers of Alexander Elementary School strive through encouragement, example, and recognition of individual achievement to enable children to become productive members of society, to attain their highest academic and creative potential, and to develop self-discipline, self-esteem, and a high level of intrinsic motivation.
Soaring to Success
Red and Royal Blue
8:00 am - 3:30 pm
S. Gus Alexander, Jr. Elementary opened in 1972, with additions in 1977 and 1980 and renovations in 2003. The school was named for S. Gus Alexander, Jr., son of former board member Gus Alexander, Sr. The school originally served grades K-3, and added fourth grade classes which were relocated from Brandenburg Intermediate in 2003.
S. Gus Alexander, Jr.
Alexander Elementary was built in 1973. The 9.5 acres that make up our campus were graciously donated to the Duncanville School District by Gus and Louise Alexander. Our school bears the name of their son, S. Gus Alexander, Jr. He was a lieutenant in the US Army during the Viet Nam War. On April 12, 1969 he was killed in action. S. Gus Alexander, Jr. was 24 years old.
Our school and playground sit on land that was once Skyline Farm. Young Gus' family worked this beautiful farmland for over ten years. He plowed the fields, helped his dad feed the livestock and drove the grain truck during harvest season. Gus Alexander, Jr.'s life causes us all to be exceedingly proud of our school and the courageous, meaningful life of the man for whom it was named.
Stamatios Gus Alexander, Jr. was born on June 11, 1944. He moved to Duncanville in January, 1946. Gus Jr. attended elementary school at Central Elementary. The junior high was down the street from Central Elementary. He attended high school at the campus now known as Reed Middle School.
Gus Alexander, Jr. was a Cub Scout and an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where the youth center was named in his honor. He loved hunting, fishing and sports. He played little league, junior high baseball, football and track before earning eleven letters in sports. He was an honor student who played on two championship basketball teams, played on two championship baseball teams making all district with the team going as far as a team could progress (winning regional honors). In football he was district and state honorable mention on the district championship team. Gus Alexander, Jr. excelled as a scholar as well as an athlete. He earned a place on the honor roll for academic achievement.
Gus was respected and liked by his friends, serving as captain or co-captain of his high school baseball, football and basketball teams. During his senior year his friends chose him as their "Class Favorite".
He was awarded a football scholarship to McMurray College. After two years there, he transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington earning his BBS. He married Kathy Loper in 1966. In 1967 he joined the US Army and attended Officers Training School in Ft. Benning, Georgia. There, he was an instructor, graduating as a lieutenant. Then Gus was sent to Viet Nam.
Gus Alexander, Jr. served our country bravely and received many medals for his heroic deeds. The highest award, the Silver Star, was awarded for saving his radio operator's life and then radioing for help for his platoon and another platoon, thereby saving many other lives.
S. Gus Alexander was a student, the same as the ones who now attend the school named in his honor. He loved his school and his life here in Duncanville. We, as students and faculty of S. Gus Alexander Junior Elementary School, can pay tribute to the young man for whom this school was named by giving our best to our school and community.
Information taken from: The History of Duncanville "The Alexander Handbook"
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