Academy of Environmental Sciences
Where Wonders Grow
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
- 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
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.
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
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
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.