It’s been a year since that fateful day when 18-year-old Anastasia De Sousa lost her life just three weeks into her first term at Dawson. It ’s been a difficult year for the entire Dawson community — and parents and grandparents everywhere.
As teachers, we are happy to see the smiling young faces of the new students who have put their trust in our administration and in us to provide them with the best possible education in the safest environment possible.
Security measures, such as locks on classroom doors and an intercom system, cannot take away the sense that what happened last September 13 could happen again anywhere and at any time. But Dawson life goes on and we have much to keep our minds off these fears.
Dawson has changed since a year ago but it is for the better. There is a real sense of community and a renewed commitment to our students. And there are more students than ever in our halls.
The newly-built Dawson Theatre will soon be open. Its accessibility makes it a wonderful venue in which to view the talents of our theatre students. We invite you to attend our performances this year.
There are many people outside Dawson who were a tremendous support to us throughout the year. In parti cular, I would like to thank Rev. Diane Rollert of the Unitarian Church who opened her space and her arms to my students and their parents just four days after the event.
In the High Holy days, Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur, it is a fitting time to remember those we have lost and look forward to a year filled with peace, health, happiness, and above all — understanding.