Academy of Environmental Sciences

Where Wonders Grow

DFES Beliefs

We believe that all people deserve to feel safe, valued, and loved.

We believe all children are naturally curious about the world around them.

We believe learning is a social process.

We believe inquiry fosters an environment of noticing and wondering.

We believe in learning from multiple perspectives.

We believe in learning from authentic primary sources.

We believe in encouraging learners to take risks.

We believe reflection should lead to change and growth.

We believe reflection should lead to social action.

We believe our actions should be aligned with our beliefs.

DFES Academic Goals 2014-2015

DFES Goals:

  • Increase student math achievement
  • Sustain and build upon student writing achievement

Actions to accomplish goals:

  • Inquire into instructional strategies
  • Inquire into writing engaging curriculum for and with students through environmental education

Botanists in Action

So this past week our first and second grade classes began planting a variety of items for the outdoor garden including fruit, vegetables, and herbs. The items planted will serve as great touch stone experiences for students. Looking forward to seeing how much produce is yielded by the end of the school year and more importantly how much growth will be evident by our students as well.

First Grade Team presents at Inquiry Matters Conference....

So CFI hosted their annual Inquiry Matters Conference Saturday, April 18. J Lusk, B. Windham, H. Bradwell presented. I shared a readers digest version of our schools story while the three of them talked about questioning, accessing primary and secondary sources, and the role of reflection. All three did a wonderful job.

In the audience for our session was Katie Wood Ray (an absolute giant in our profession whose work has advanced reading and writing instruction for educators across the country). Katie spent time with Heidi this week leading up to the conference and shared that because Heidi had spoken so highly of our work here at DFES that she wanted to check out our presentation.

Tuesday's PD

There are times when we all move in and out of mentor and apprenticeship roles. This coming Tuesday our four MAT interns will share their expertise as they give insight into their inquiry into teaching projects. The topics that they investigated have meaningful implications for teaching and learning. We look forward to these curricular conversations.

All persons not on district leadership teams will meet in the cafeteria at 3:15. See you all then.

First Grade Muscial Performance "How Does Your Garden Grow!"

Tuesday, April 21st, 6:30-7:30pm

DFES Mini Theater

Early Release Day Wednesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:45-10:45am


The first grade in school music performance will be held on this day beginning at 9 a.m.

MSAP National Conference

Magnet Schools of America will host its 33rd National Conference. The conference will be held in Raleigh, NC beginning Thursday, April 23 - Sunday, April 26. Given the close proximity we are able to bring more staff members along for this experience. The following will represent DFES at this years conference: N. Doremus, B. Windham, C. Paparella, T. Sumpter, T. Cosby, N. Jefferson, E. Perkins, A. Umberger and J. Scott.

Our goal is to gain new insight into growing and making our magnet program even better as we look forward to 2015 - 2016.

Prince Bowl 2015

Friday, April 24th, 5:30-8:30pm

1000 Columbia Avenue

Irmo, SC

We invite all DFES super heroes to attend the annual Prince Bowl Friday, April 24 from 5:30 - 8:30 at Anchor Lanes. Spider Man will be in attendance until 7:30 for photo opportunities with students. Should be amazing experience for DFES boys and their mothers. Special thanks to our PTO for organizing this event.

Happy Belated Birthday!

Last week I overlooked Leyla Wilcox's birthday. Given this oversight just wanted to say happy belated birthday to her.

We develop students who love the world we live in and express critical thinking through natural curiosity and wonder.