Marie V. Duffy Principal’s Welcome
Welcome to the Marie V. Duffy Elementary School and the 2023-24 school year! We are a community coming together to prepare our children to thrive in this dynamic world. Our goals are to further the academic achievement of all of our students by implementing rigorous programs, providing support as needed, to further our innovative, self-directed learners.
Technology is one support. All K-5 students are assigned a Chromebook. Our youngest learners have touch screens. Students understand computers are valuable tools that can support learning and communication. Teachers continue to incorporate new technology into their lessons. Every classroom has a Promethean board and document camera to support instruction.
The social emotional state of our students is supported through daily class meetings, our guidance counselor, and a growing THRIVE therapeutic program. THRIVE serves to create a safe, onsite support system that delivers actionable plans to improve mental wellness for staff and students alike. We also have programs run by teachers, including Duffy Drop In and Duffy Force, our student team that works with our staff team to build a positive school culture. Duffy Force also provides our upper grade students with leadership opportunities. We strive to create a positive, open and productive environment of respect and resilience that empowers students.
The academic needs of our diverse student body are met through proven instructional practices, extensive intervention services, and inclusion classes on every grade level. The Duffy staff continues to participate in individualized and district-provided professional development. Teachers work closely together in PLCs, Professional Learning Communities, to collaboratively and consistently improve instruction.
Our parent liaison, Leticia Marquez, is a daily support and connection to the school for parents. She not only is privy to all the latest information on happenings in the school, but she also hosts parent workshops and is here to provide parents with hands-on support, including with the Parent Portal and messenger systems.
Pamela S. Blalock, Principal
Marie V. Duffy Elementary School