1. Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

    Much work remains but improvements emerging at Holyoke's Dean Technical High School...

    The sign at Dean Technical High School facing Main Street read, "97 percent attendance keep coming." The public display about the rise in attendance from last year's 87 percent along with a drop in suspensions, upticks in the graduation rate and passing grades for all of the current seniors in all of their courses have educators in a Dean-boasting mode, kind of. "I think it's important that we get the word out about how things are going so well at Dean Tech," Principal Jeffrey Peterson said Monday.

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    1. I think it's important that we get the word out about how things are going so well at Dean Tech.
    2. And we came in and just changed the culture.
    3. They really rebooted the culture and climate, which was the goal. By no means am I claiming victory. By no means.
    4. All the teachers and students, they get along more. They have better relationships.
    5. It is an opportunity to turn around a school that is struggling. It's a challenge that I couldn't turn down.
    6. They're just not happening. In fact, we haven't had a fight in this school in 14 months.
    7. We stress that professional behavior is critical to success.
    8. I've wanted to do it since I was like in the fifth grade. I wanted to paint cars and redesign them and make them all new again.
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