Dear Deterding Families,
I am ecstatic to be part of such an amazing artistic, educational community! I hope you will find your child’s experience at our school to be successful as well as challenging, while enriched by art, music, and dance.
Deterding is one of three schools in San Juan that is privileged to be home to the Rapid Learner program. Though the Rapid Learner classes are often working at a different pace than the neighborhood classes, it is important for all students at Deterding to understand that we are all part of the same community while we meet the individual needs of each student in the classroom.
Our staff is working diligently to continue with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (or CCSS). We are currently using Benchmark for ELA, Critical Literacy, Guided Reading, and Writer’s Workshop as part of our Balanced Literacy Language Arts program. We have the privilege of working with Rick West, a professor from UC Davis, to constantly improve our math instructional practices and engage our students in problem solving. One of the major shifts with Common Core is writing across all subject areas and the integration of technology. We are continuing our use of a typing program to support students as they prepare for CAASPP (standardized Common Core test created by SBAC). Our fabulous team of teachers is working hard to collaborate and ensure that we have a continuum K-6.
Deterding has an amazing parent organization, DREAM! DREAM welcomes help and input from all members of the community. They work really hard to bring wonderful events to the school including the International Celebration, Jog-a-thon (DREAM Run), Harvest Festival, Book Fairs, Talent Show, auctions, and much more! The funds raised help pay for a portion of the band teacher’s salary as well as many other needs our school has each year.
Our school goal for attendance this year is 97%. Please help us by making sure you bring your child to school on time and ready to learn! We have a weekly attendance competition within our grade levels with the winners housing a Deterding Dolphin for the week. The class with the highest attendance percentage at the end of each trimester will earn a pizza party for the whole class.
At Deterding, we strive to make sure that our students treat others with respect and be active participants in the Deterding community. We launched a campaign a few years ago called “Kindness is Contagious”. We are furthering that this year with challenging students to show kindness to each other as a way to pay it forward. Students who demonstrate good character can earn Caught-a-Dolphin cards which are put into a drawing and prizes are given out each week with bigger prizes given each month. Each month we have a character trait aligned to our Successful Habits on the report card. One student from each class who has best demonstrated the trait is chosen to be recognized by receiving a t-shirt, a picture on the wall in the MP room all month, and their name read over the loudspeaker and in the school newsletter.
We look forward to a great school year and welcome your participation and support as we enrich and challenge our students every single day!
Mrs. Melanie AllenPrincipal, Deterding Elementary School