March 3, 2014

Post date: Mar 31, 2014 6:59:02 PM

We have been busy at DES since I last updated this page. We have just completed our February vacation and are back in school to begin another two month, uninterrupted time of learning. As I stated earlier this year, these two month stints are integral to your child's/children's education. Your child is able to make tremendous gains during these times, especially in the earlier grade levels. It is important that we, as parents, take a step back and take stock in how far our children have come in their own learning. It is very easy to focus on the day to day and not notice the tremendous gains our children make, but I can assure you your children know how far they have come. As parents, our reassurance and recognition is priceless. I would encourage you to have that conversation with your children. It will do nothing, but encourage and motivate him or her to succeed all the more!

Today marked the start of the annual DES Music in the Month of March series. I have never been a part of a school with such a tradition and I have to admit, I really like it. The basic premise of it is that each day, in the month of March, following announcements a song will be played over the intercom. Each classroom can choose to participate and the name of the classroom is announced and their selection is played for all to hear. It is simply a great opportunity to share with one another.

I hope all of you had the opportunity to review your child's NECAP scores. I would encourage you to contact your child's teacher or me if you have any questions concerning the score or the testing itself. Although we will continue to use the NECAP for science testing in the 4th grade for the foreseeable future, we will not be conducting the NECAP reading, writing and math portions of the testing any longer. Next spring we will conduct the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This assessment is internet based and adjusts itself based on the student's performance. Perhaps the easiest connection I can make to this is the NWEA testing that our students already take. The basic premise of the testing is when students are doing well on the test it continues to challenge them, but should they be experiencing difficulty, the test will adjust itself accordingly until it is at their current level. Again, this will not take place for our students until next spring.

In closing, I would like to welcome Mrs. Brown to DES. Mrs. Brown is the new admin assistant (principal’s secretary) at DES. Mrs. Brown officially started today and is excited to begin this new chapter in her career. I know you join me in wishing her the best and feel free to drop by and say hello when you get the chance.


Owen Harrington