Superintendent Message (English)

School has started, students are busy in their classes, on the playing fields and courts, and in activities. Our staff, which by the way are second to none, are busy getting to know their students, learning new and innovative practices, and strengthening their teams. Dayton and the Dayton School District, in so many ways, is truly a winning team!

As I said in my last message, I can see the commitment to literacy, innovation, continuous improvement, and a broad focus on what success means. We need to continue to ask the question, “What does a 25-year-old high school graduate look like?” Everything we do must prepare our students for life beyond graduation. They need to be ready for post-secondary education, service in the military, and/or working in the workforce.

This past month I have spent time developing relationships with as many people as time will allow. Meeting with community members, teachers and classified staff, students, ABC Dayton Education Foundation Board Members, area Superintendents- past and present (One of my favorites- meeting Mr. Frank Dummer, former Dayton Superintendent.), business leaders, Rotary in McMinnville, Chamber of Commerce in Newberg, and many others. I would like to meet with more of you. Please reach out and set up an appointment to talk with me. I want to know your thoughts about our schools- know what you think is going well and how we can improve.

There are so many other great things to mention. We have worked on everything from instruction, technology, and maintenance and facilities, to the future development of the I3 Center at the Jr. High/High School and preparing to integrate that work into the development of a long-range facilities plan. I’ve spent time in many of our classrooms and see fantastic instruction happening throughout our system. We truly have some of the best teachers and staff in the state! Supporting and improving instruction is and always will be one of my highest priorities! All of this outreach will help me lead our School Board, our staff, and our community through a strategic planning process later this year. We will continue to gather information so we can draft strategic district goals and identify an action plan to meet the new goals.  

I want to comment on something I’m sure you’ve heard about nationally- the proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Please know that while I will always refrain from espousing any particular political belief, I feel the need to clarify that I expect the Dayton School District to stand for its kids. For me, it is simple, children should be protected. Our students may be hearing about this and might be really scared. Please always assure them that the Dayton School District is committed to educating every kid, every day in a welcoming, safe, and supportive setting.

Finally, please take a look at our new website do.daytonk12.organd check us out on FaceBook at

Thank you for supporting Pirate Nation and for your efforts to ensure excellent instruction and high levels of learning for all!  We are  “A District with heart… developing minds”, and I am proud to serve you and this mission.                                                                 

Jason Hay