High School/Middle School Principal
Phone at HS: 563-659-0715
Phone at MS: 563-659-0735
BA Iowa State University
MA Western Illinois University
2007-present: Principal of Central DeWitt High School & Central DeWitt Middle School
2006-2007: MS/HS Asst. Principal of Central DeWitt CSD
34 years as Educator
• A Message from Mr. Pickup •
Welcome to Central DeWitt High School, home of the Sabers!
I am extremely excited to begin my 13th year as principal as we begin the 2019-20 school year. I look forward to continuing a great working relationship with the community, parents, and students of Central DeWitt Community School District. It is exhilarating for our students and staff to work in this state-of-the-art facility.
I know first hand what an exceptional staff Central DeWitt High School has after working in the District for 22 years as a teacher, assistant principal, and currently as principal. Throughout the past school year, I repeatedly experienced the dedication of our staff members. I look forward to working with our faculty during this school year to help students reach their maximum potential. Our teachers will continue to work diligently at building positive working relationships with our students. We are making a difference in the lives of our students. I truly feel that I have the best job in America!
Central DeWitt High offers multiple “dual” credit courses and have had students graduate with 50+ college credits to take with them to the post-secondary life. We met the goal of having our students graduate with an Associate’s Degree before high school graduation. We had two and hope to have more in the future.
Our faculty continues to work very hard at improving teaching methods to meet the demands of the 21st Century Learner. We have been really focused on Standard Based Grading as we continue to explore how to make this a reality. We now have a most of our teachers in the pilot and next year we will be fully implemented with this.
Central DeWitt High School’s faculty will be participating in some fantastic professional development this fall. Teachers will be grouped into PLC’s (Professional Learning Communities), for the fourth year. Collaboration among teachers has helped us grow in the classrooms.
Central DeWitt High School has been a 1 to 1 school for seven years. There are many exciting things happening at the high school. We have embraced change to make this a great place to learn and teach.
Remember that schools operate most efficiently when there is a cooperative effort of parents, students, faculty, and administration. We are a team that functions best when we are all “pulling the rope in the same direction.” Please consider logging on to Infinite Campus to keep informed on the grades of your child. We have a goal of having 100% of our parents using this great tool to keep informed about their child’s grades and events at the high school. If you have lost your login information please ask at registration or give the high school a call at 659-0715. Please let us know if you are having problems with this valuable tool.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone 563-659-0715. Thanks for visiting our web site.
Have a great school year!
Yours in education,