Welcome to Dover Air Base Middle School! I know that this is an environment in which
your student will thrive. DABM is a
small school, where you will find a dedicated and caring staff serving
predominantly children of military personnel.
We look forward to building a partnership with parents so that we can
ensure your child reaches his or her full potential not only academically, but
also socially and emotionally.
To that end, we stress constant improvement.
I had the pleasure of reading the book My Personal Best: Life lessons
from an All-American Journey by John Wooden, who was the head basketball
coach of UCLA, and won 12 national titles in the 1960’s and 70’s. Here is one of my favorite excerpts from the
book, as he recalls his father’s words of wisdom:
don’t try to be better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the
best you can be. You have control
over that, the other you don’t.”
have suggested that one of the reasons UCLA often outscored opponents was that
I never stressed outscoring opponents—that is “beating” someone else or
“needing” to win a game. I don’t know if
it is true or not. Try your hardest, make the effort, do your
best. That’s what I stressed, and it came from Dad. Today, almost a century after he first taught
that lesson to me, I believe his advice is as good as gold.
Hard work and perseverance towards constant personal
improvement is at the heart of what we do at DABM. We not only demand it of our students, but we
demand it of ourselves. As a staff, we
pride ourselves on constantly evaluating our programs and strategies to improve
upon them, so that, in turn, we serve our students and their families as
effectively as possible.
We also know that it is imperative that we work alongside our
parents to stress this most important concept.
We urge you to become an active
part of your child’s learning experience by ensuring that they are organized
and prepared, complete their assigned work in all classes, and come to school
each and every day rested and ready to learn.
We also ask that you be a constant presence on Home Access, so that you are monitoring your child’s
performance. We know that when we work
together, our children will get the most out of their middle school experience,
and the result will be a student who is confident and capable. We look forward to our partnership!
David W. Santore, Ed.D.