Principal's Message


We are Dillard Strong!



Dear Dillard Dragons,

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Dillard Street Elementary School!

We consider it a great privilege to work with your children and look forward to fostering a challenging, nurturing, and fun learning environment. The staff at Dillard St. places an emphasis on collaborating with each other so that students are receiving the best instruction possible. We believe that all students have the ability to succeed both academically and personally and look forward to working with students to accomplish this goal.

Community involvement is a key component to the success of students at Dillard Street. Our staff welcomes parent volunteers and community volunteers as key contributors to supporting the learning of our students. I would like to invite all to be a part of our school community. We welcome and encourage parent volunteers and hope that you will take advantage of the many opportunities available to you. These opportunities include tutoring in the classroom, attending/volunteering at PTA events, working in classrooms, chaperoning field trips, student mentoring groups and more. Please contact your child’s teacher or our office staff for ways to become involved in our school. You can also find information on upcoming events, informative newsletters, and volunteer opportunities on the OCPS Dillard Street website at:

Please take a moment to read through the parent handbook. It is full of important information and will help you and your child have a successful year. It will provide you with some of the basic information about our expectations, common procedures, and norms at Dillard Street Elementary.

I am honored to be the principal of Dillard Street Elementary and look forward to working with our talented educators, supportive parents, and amazing students again this year. Thank you in advance for making Dillard Street Elementary a wonderful place for children to learn.

Here’s to a great school year!


Tiffany Smid


Community and Parent Involvement Opportunities

Volunteering in Classrooms: 

We are always looking for volunteers to assist in classrooms, the Dragon Diner, computer labs and Media Center. If you are interested in becoming a Dragon Volunteer, please log on to to complete the volunteer application.

Mentoring Program: 

Dillard Street Elementary is in need of volunteers to become role models and mentors for some of our students with "untapped potential" who struggle in school. If you have at least 30 minutes of free time each week and would like to become a Dragon mentor to a student with "untapped potential" in order to help them become more successful, please contact Kelley Bell at

PTA Opportunities:

The Dillard Street Elementary PTA has a variety of activities planned for this school year. We hope you’ll join us and be a part of it. Some of our most popular annual events include the Spaghetti Spooktacular Halloween Dinner in October, participation in the Winter Garden Christmas Parade and a much-loved Father Daughter Dance. We also sponsor several fundraising campaigns, including a spring Boosterthon, to raise money that directly benefits our teachers and students in the classroom. In addition, we support the school and teachers through participation in two annual book fairs, Teacher Appreciation Week and an active and growing homeroom parent program. Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the school year in September.

As parents, we know you juggle a busy schedule, but we have a variety of volunteer opportunities. A meaningful contribution does not necessarily require a large time commitment. If you would like to be a PTA volunteer, we will find a project that works for you and your schedule. Your membership and participation makes us a stronger and more effective organization.