Principal’s Corner

Welcome to Doss Elementary!

Doss Elementary is a highly sought after elementary school in the Austin Independent School District with approximately 780 students. It is a diverse campus with 23 different home languages spoken by our families. The high academic standards and overall positive campus culture are a draw for parents seeking an elementary school for their young children.

After nine years of service, Doss Principal Sherrie Raven is leaving Doss to become the Director of Social Emotional Learning. Under her leadership, Doss has had many consecutive years of academic success and has earned a reputation of being a school that supports all students.

As your new principal, I am committed to continuing the tradition of high academic success at Doss. In addition, I believe that it is our responsibility to prepare our students for life beyond the academic classroom. We can do this by emphasizing a global educational experience for our students. The Anderson Vertical Team has created a signature program called “One World Schools” that focuses on our global presence. Working under this umbrella, Doss will continue to create cross-cultural experiences through the use of technology and by providing other language development opportunities that will enhance our children’s understanding of the transforming world around them. This will align directly with the academic programs at Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School.

This year, Texas is moving to a new state accountability test to replace the TAKS test. This new test, called STAAR, will replace TAKS for state accountability measures. While we will not receive an official accountability rating for 2011-2012, we will still be responsible for teaching the state standards (TEKS) and our students will continue to be assessed on these standards. We will spend time this fall examining our instructional practices so that we can ensure academic achievement for all students on the new state assessments and promote success beyond them.

Doss is certainly a special place! I am proud and honored to be working hand in hand with the Doss staff, PTA, and community to provide the best possible educational experience for every child that walks through our doors.

I am looking forward to reconnecting to those of you whom I have worked with before and to meeting those of you who are new to Doss.

If there is anything that I can do to assist you, please don’t hesitate to call or come by!


Janna Griffin
Principal, Doss Elementary School
July 2011

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