Dutch Fork Elementary

Academy of Environmental Sciences - Week of March 21st -

DFES Beliefs

  • We believe 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 questioning.

  • We believe in learning from multiple perspectives.

  • We believe in learning from authentic primary and secondary 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 2015 - 2016

  • By the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, 65% of 2nd-5th graders will have scored met or above on their spring MAP reading goals.

  • By the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year, homeroom teachers will have received a minimum of 10 hours of environmental sciences professional development to build teacher capacity and to support magnet them integration.

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First Grade Learning Celebration 3/18/16

The first grade learning celebration was remarkable. Students shared their learning as pedologists (study of soil), hydrologists, and geologists. The feedback received from parents in attendance was priceless. Several parents discussed how students conducted their own research (without parents doing the work). Others discussed how their child helped them (parents) understand rocks and soil with a level of depth. Friday's learning celebration provided evidence to parents that we as a school have moved beyond doing that which is traditional and are engaging in what is possible.

School Renewal Plan Engagement

Tuesday, March 22nd, 3:15-4:15pm

DFES Cafeteria

As you are aware all D5 schools spent this spring working on their respective school renewal plans. Our instructional team along with members of our school improvement council has created a draft for DFES.

For this coming Tuesday we have designed an engagement to allow all certified staff members to review and more importantly add input into our school's renewal plan. These plans will guide our work over the next five years. Looking forward to the discussions.

First Grade Musical

Tuesday, March 22nd, 6-7pm

DFES Mini Theater

Green Elephant Party

Wednesday, March 23rd, 3:15-4:15pm


Our Green Elephant Party is this coming Wednesday. As a reminder, please bring a wrapped or gift-bagged item from home that you would like to recycle as a treat that someone else would enjoy.

Reminder to attend to the shutdown checklist (sent 3/17/16) before leaving Thursday.

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

Where Wonders Grow!