Dartmouth Public Schools

iInspire, You Matter, Kindness Matters

Dr. Bonny Gifford

Summer Institute


DPS Summer Institute

Thursday, June 13th and Friday, June 14th Curriculum Summit

Monday, June 17th, Tuesday, June 18th, and Wednesday, June 19th Individual Sessions

Summer Institute Survey

If you would like to offer a suggestion for a topic during our Summer Institute 2019, please fill out Part 1! Interested in facilitating a session for our teachers? Please fill out Part 2!

March Madness (Not Just About Basketball!)

DMS March Madness!

Final Bracket: Wonder by R.J. Palacio vs The Hate U GIve by Angie Thomas

Which great book are you rooting for to win?

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Quinn School March Madness

Final Bracket: The Pigeon Finds a hot Dog by Mo Willems vs We're All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

Which are you cheering for?

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MCAS Development Committee

Mr. Will Higgins, DHS Lead Teacher/Instructional Coach, serves on the Grade 10 ELA MCAS Development Team. This committee is responsible for helping to choose, assemble, and edit material for the exam, which takes two years to develop. Recently, Mr Higgins attended a meeting and was impressed with the overall care and rigor put into the process of crafting the exam. It’s also nice to know that the exam, at its core, is being developed by public school teachers from all over Massachusetts.

Elementary iStem Club

Elementary iSTEM Club is once again the place to be at 8AM on Wednesdays. This year, students from all elementary schools have been working on developing and creating their own games. Focusing on the concept of a game (rules, parts, objectives, etc.) and having the students build/assemble their own and then present their games to each other, arcade-style.

Cushman Learners

Student Reflection

Grade five teachers gave their students an enlightening opportunity, to go back and review one of their 4th grade MCAS essays, that had been released by the Department of Education! The goal of this work was to provide students with insight and reflection that would help them to improve their performance as a writer on the state assessment.

After each student received their 4th grade essay and the rubric from the state, they were asked to write an action plan about their work moving forward. Students commented on their strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Some students were pleased with the effort that they had put forth last year, while others were shocked by their performance. Students provided the following comments; “I can’t believe I only wrote a few sentences.” “I didn’t even give evidence from the text!” “Ugh, I didn’t proof read my work, some of the sentences didn’t it even make sense!” “I used boxes and bullets to organize my work; it helped me to remember to explain my thinking.” “My essays as a 5th grader are crazy good compared to this!”

Teachers of course helped students reaffirm that they are now a year older and know so much more, encouraging them to show what they know as a 5th grader.

We strive to make every moment a teachable one, by providing our students with feedback in a timely manner so that everyone is able to make adjustments to practice.

“The more you know the more you’ll grow!”

PD with the Author!

Kindergarten Teachers attended a conference with Natalie Louis, the author of the Kindergarten Phonics units, and snapped a selfie!
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DPS takes the PLUNGE for Special Olympics

Special Olympics Massachusetts hosted a Polar Plunge at East Beach in New Bedford on Saturday March 23rd. Dartmouth Public Schools staff and students took the challenge and plunged into the cold water raising money for Special Olympics. For the third year in a row, Potter School took the plunge. Dartmouth High School also had a group of plungers led by team captain Ashley Kocur-Pierpont. With the help of students, staff, and family members, the DHS team was able to raise over $5,200, which was the highest fundraising team in the plunge. Collectively, the New Bedford Polar Plunge raised more than $27,500 for Special Olympics Massachusetts and local programs. The event was put on by Dartmouth High graduate and Special Olympics employee Ellie Gamache. Despite the morning snow, the Dartmouth plungers braved the chilly water all for a great cause and are looking forward to next year's plunge already!

Potter School Polar Plungers included Mrs. Brooks, Mr. Porter, Mr. Fluerent, Jack Fluerent, Mrs.Doucette, Mrs. Morrison, Abigail Morrison, Alexa Morrison, Caiden Martinho, Casey Martinho, Dylan Dionisio, Eric Dionisio,and Ms.Smeaton

Dartmouth High Polar Plungers included Mrs. Kocur-Pierpont, Mr. Breault, Mr. Cappello, Mr. Thibault, Mr. Martin, Mr. Boyle, Mr. Reed, Mr. Hellkamp, and Mr. Gaffney, Mrs. Gamache along with student plungers Travis Tetrault, Lavender Bourque, Katherine Rosen, Charlie Gamache, and John Gamache.

Renewing Your Academic Professional License

Do you have a Professional license or licenses that you need to renew and want to learn about renewal requirements? If so, this presentation provides a tutorial on licensure renewal.


Water Works

Second Grade students made a model plateau and learned how water can change land. Learning came alive as the model turned into a canyon.
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Blended and Personalized Learning

The Blended and Personalized Learning Core Team has continued our work studying best practices in face to face and virtual meetings. The Ambassador Innovators Team is also continuing to meet with the Core Team to support bringing the future focused practices into the schools. The Ambassadors will bring the classroom lens to our team by reviewing these practices with the core team.

Dartmouth Public Schools' Core Team consist of the following members:

Dr. Bonny Gifford, Superintendent

Michelle Roy, Assistant Superintendent

Tracy Oliveira, Director of Teaching and Learning

Carl Robidoux, Associate Principal Dartmouth Middle School

Elizabeth Correia, Assistant Principal Demello School

Trisha Leary, Instructional Technology Specialist Quinn School

Kristen Martinho, Grade 1 teacher Potter School

Dartmouth Public Schools Ambassador Team consist of the following members:

Lindsey Sousa - Cushman

Leslie Gamache - DeMello

David Finn-Clarke - DeMello

Robin Kolbeck - DeMello

Nicholas Bolger - Middle School

Anne Brown - Middle School

Laura Gardner - Middle School

Helen Mitchell - Middle School

Jeremy McDonald- Middle School

Dana Doucette - Potter

Anne Goodman - Potter

Jennifer Oliver - Potter

Richard Porter - Potter

Wendy Candeias - Quinn

Tracy Chamberlain - Quinn

Erin Finnegan - Quinn

MaryBeth Richardson - Quinn/Demello

Shannon Salvador - Quinn

Together will be ushering in transformation in teaching and learning in a slow and careful manner, one activity at a time, getting feedback to tweak our plans and thinking along the way.

In a recent meeting, teams discussed the questions below thinking about, "What do you envision an ideal classroom to look like at DPS?"

  • What are the teachers (lesson architects) doing?
  • What are the students (learners) doing?
  • What kind of tasks are the students working on?
  • What does the ideal classroom look like, feel like and sound like?
Take a look at some of the responses. What are your thoughts?

What is Blended and Personalized Learning? What is it not?

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Wellness at DHS

Dartmouth High School’s Wellness Department combines traditional Physical Education and Health curriculum in order to provide students with the knowledge, skills and habits of mind necessary to live a life of health and wellness. Students are able to personalize their wellness education by choosing courses aligned to their health and wellness interests and needs

Voice and Choice in Reading at DMS

Reading Classes at DMS are all about helping students to enjoy books while thinking and wondering. They’ve been working on building stamina, becoming aware of their thinking, and building on their understanding while sharing with others. 6th-8th grade students have really enjoyed being immersed in books in verse and developing their reading ability by acquiring reading strategies and applying those strategies to their own reading.

Take a look at the DHS Harmonix web page! The Harmonix performed on "Sing That Thing." which will air on April 26! ENJOY!

Staff Spotlight

Name: Maria Rafferty

School/Position: Secretary @ Dartmouth Middle School

Hometown: Sao Miguel, Azores

Education: Kinyon Campbell Business School: Accounting Major

One goal I have achieved in my career so far that I feel most satisfied about: Setting up student exchange programs with Dartmouth and sister city Lagoa, Sao Miguel, Azores.

Role model or someone who has had a great impact on my life: My parents for their courage, strength and love.

If I could travel anywhere in the world, it would be: Italy and Greece

Pet peeve: Clutter

Favorite leisure time activity: Gardening, walking and reading

Favorite movie: Sound of Music

Favorite author: Danielle Steel

I think the world's greatest invention is: GPS system

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