February 10, 2014

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:58:22 PM

As I write this latest DES Principal’s Page entry, the cold weather is still at the forefront of my mind. I would ask that parents please ensure their child is dressed for the cold weather and ready to go out for recess. We have had some students not able to participate because they did not have gloves, hats or even a jacket. We want to ensure there are no students who are outside for the whole recess and not dressed for the weather.

Technology is continuing to make an impact at DES. The iPads that were recently purchased for the school are beginning to make an impact in the classrooms. The important aspect of technology like iPads and laptops that we need to remember is the technology items are simply a tool to use in the classroom. We realize that we cannot and should not center our lessons around the technology piece, but more aptly on the learning objective. Many times the piece of technology being used is the best vehicle or tool to use to get to the objective, but that is not always the case. With that said, it is always exciting for me to walk into a classroom and see students genuinely excited to learn. The iPads we are using are helping to create this excitement in the classroom.

The iPads are just a piece of our technology plan. DES is in the midst of rewriting its technology plan for the next five years. Each plan we write needs to reflect upon where we are and where we need to be. Not only does this plan have a budgetary impact, but more importantly it has a learning impact. It is important for us to realize the necessary balance we need to keep between having current and cutting edge technology pieces for our students and teachers, what the costs are, as well as what is most effective for learning. Our technology plan will take all that into consideration and more.

I am eagerly anticipating the upcoming Winter Concert at DES on Thursday, February 13th. I have enjoyed watching the students’ musical skills increase over the past months as they prepare for the concert. Seeing Mrs. Campbell, Mr. Jenkins and Mr. Hodges work with the students has been a joy as well. Music is such an important part of all of our lives and these students who will be performing have worked very hard to perfect their performance. It should be a great night for all in attendance.

I wish you all the best and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Owen Harrington