DCS Announcements

New Google Restrictions

posted Apr 19, 2018, 1:56 PM by Debbie Boisvert

To support an effective educational environment at DCS we are in the process of restricting certain features of  student school accounts and school equipment including non educational apps, extensions and websites, and the ability to access a secondary google account when logged into a school account.

This is a work in progress and will take time to fully implement. If you or child finds an app or extension that is not now accessible that should be or that should be limited in access please email Deb Boisvert dboisvert@sau53.org. This implementation is a process and we will need your help in refining these restrictions. .

At this time we would also like to remind you that Google does not allow students under the age of 13 to have independent google accounts unless they are in an educational domain. If you want your child to have a home Google account you can use Google Family Link to set up a supervise account https://families.google.com/familylink/

If you are interested in learning more about the google environment that we have at school we will be having a Parent/Child google For Grownups night

Google for Grownups - Wednesday May 23 6:00-7:00pm

We use Google for Education is a powerful tool that is used extensively by students throughout our school. Our students often know more that their parents about how it works. Come to this hands on event and learn from kids about how to use Google with your child and for your own purposes. Please sign up in advance as this event is limited. You don't need to bring your child but parent/child teams are encouraged.

Sign up here http://bit.ly/DCSgrownup

Thanks you for your interest and attention to this issue. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Deb Boisvert

Tech Coordinator

Deerfield Community School

Curriculum Readers Needed

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:22 AM by jocelyn messier

Deerfield Community School is inviting community members to review the proposed updated Music, Wellness and World Language curricula. If you are interested in being a reader, please contact me at cdsmith@sau53.org.  
Your time and interest is valued.

Chris Smith, Principal



Transformer Update

posted Apr 17, 2018, 8:06 AM by jocelyn messier

Transformer is in Candia at the intersection of Rt. 27 and RT 43, turning onto Rt 43 heading for the Deerfield line.
Plan ahead and expect some traffic delays!
Thank you!

Music Fundraiser begins!

posted Apr 16, 2018, 8:01 AM by jocelyn messier

The DCS Band's Play for Pledges fundraiser will run from April 16 - May 21 with the goal of raising $2,500 in 5 weeks! All money raised will be used to help repair instruments, fund transportation to festivals and unique performance events, and purchase new instruments.

Students will request pledges for their practice minutes. Pledges can be made for a certain amount of time practiced... $.25 per minute, $5 per hour, $1 per day, $10 flat rate pledge - the possibilities are endless! Additionally, your pledgee gets to decide what works for them.

Students are required to practice for homework, but now they earn money for their Music Department by doing something which is required - that’s a pretty good deal!  Students who practice the greatest number of minutes will be awarded prizes!

Please see a band student to make a donation! 


Library Welcomes Visiting Author

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:22 AM by jocelyn messier

Author Jordan Sonnenblick visited all 6th through 8th graders on Tuesday.  He conducted assemblies for all three grades, where he talked about how he gets ideas and inspiration. His stories were inspiring, funny and sometimes sad.

Mr. Sonnenblick encouraged students to pursue their dreams.  He also held a writing workshop and had lunch with a small group of students.  It was a terrific opportunity for students to get to know a wonderful young adult author.


Step into Spring Wellness!

posted Apr 13, 2018, 8:18 AM by jocelyn messier

Olaf's final "Go for the Gold...Everyday" tip is Brush and Floss your HEALTH!!

Proper brushing and between-teeth cleaning are the foundation for good oral health, fresh breath, and a pleasant smile.  Always follow the advice of your dentist and dental hygienist, and always use the best oral hygiene aids- toothbrushes, inter-dental cleaners, and floss.

 It is important to keep your gums healthy; this can be a good start to overall health.  If your gums are inflamed, you are more likely to experience ill health, as your circulatory system spreads the effects of inflamed gums throughout the body.


School Board Notes

posted Apr 13, 2018, 6:07 AM by Debbie Boisvert


With town meeting officially behind us, the board spent much of our April meeting beginning to lay groundwork for next year. As part of our discussions, Principal Chris Smith presented several of the steps DCS will be taking as we move toward 2018-19. One position that has been reached by the DCS staff and administration is that DCS will not be moving forward with the PACE initiative, electing instead to maintain DCS’s current approach to school-wide assessments. While the administration intends not to continue with PACE, the productive and valuable tools that have accompanied the system at DCS, such as rigorously vetted performance assessments and inter-faculty quality control, will continue. The staff and administration value the goals of PACE -- to use engaging and meaningful modes of student instruction and assessment -- and will continue to work toward their implementation independent of the PACE system.

Principal Smith also outlined a pilot approach to grouping students beginning next year in 5th grade. One of the goals of DCS’s ongoing work to incorporate more competency-based learning is to target education more directly to match each student’s needs. Each student enters 5th grade, for instance, in a slightly different place. Competency-based education strives to meet each student where they are and challenge them to move forward. While accomplishing this in a small school ilke DCS is not easy, the 5th grade teachers have agreed to use more fluid student groupings next year. As Principal Smith explained, in this model students will move between groups as they gain mastery of various competencies, thereby allowing teachers to target their instruction to a group of students that is working on a comparable competency. The goal of this pilot in 5th grade is to find a balance between more effective instruction and maintaining a ‘family’-type group that is so important to students of this age. Looking forward, success in this pilot may lead to considering even more flexible groupings that span the ‘band’ of 5th and 6th grades combined.

2018-19 Calendar

posted Apr 11, 2018, 10:50 AM by Debbie Boisvert

Principal Search

posted Apr 11, 2018, 7:53 AM by Debbie Boisvert

8th Grade Graduation

posted Apr 9, 2018, 8:32 AM by jocelyn messier   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 8:35 AM ]

DCS Graduation

Wednesday, June 20th



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