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August 31 First day of School - Grades 1 - 4

Dear DMS Families,

It is hard to believe that it is June and we are preparing to end the 2015 - 2016 school year.  It has been a busy year of learning and fun at DMS!  As we wind down the school year and begin to prepare for another fun-filled year, we wanted to highlight some special things that happened this year!

DMS Highlights 2015-16

  • Deans Mill School was recognized by the State of Connecticut as a School of Distinction for Highest Performing Overall and Highest Performing Subgroup. These are schools in the top 10% with respect to the Accountability Index.  The Accountability Index was based off 2015 Smarter Balanced testing. We are very proud of our students and staff for this achievement and look forward to continuously increasing academic growth!

  • Deans Mill School has expanded its Unified programming.  In addition to Unified Sports, DMS now has a Unified Social Club and a Unified Art Club.  We held a culminating collaborative event with West Vine/West Broad to celebrate our Unified activities.  These programs give students with and without disabilities more possibilities to develop social, athletic, and leadership skills, while providing a safe environment for students to create new friendships and form positive relationships!

  • Our students and staff continued to support positive behavior by enlisting in the Bucket Filler Program.  For engaging in positive behavior and following the DMS Wish, students are reinforced in a variety of different ways.  Students can also be individually recognized by School Administration when he/she receives a Bucket Filler Referral.  To celebrate all of our bucket fillers, Ms. McCurdy and Mr. Bousquet enjoyed visiting classes to read stories, joining classes in special activities, playing gaga ball or other games!

  • School staff, district administration, and community members have been engaging in on-going planning for the upcoming Elementary Building Project.  The building project will enhance Deans Mill School and provide our students with a modern learning environment that will allow us to meet student needs.  This year we have worked hard to provide suggestions to the architects and building committee on site layouts for our new school.  As the design phase rolls out, we look forward to seeing more about what the future holds for DMS!

  • Deans Mill School Special Education teachers received a grant from the Stonington Education Fund for a Buddy Bench on our playground to increase opportunities for our students to have positive peer experiences.  The DMS Buddy Bench empowers students to be kind and show empathy for one another.  Students enjoy meeting new friends on the Buddy Bench!

  • Throughout the school year, we have implemented the Eureka Math Program in partnership with Investigations to students in Grades 2-4.  This new program challenges how our students think and approach math problems and is aligned with the Common Core.

  • Deans Mill School started to use STAR360 as a Universal Screener. This program allows us to screen all students (K-4) three times a year and provides us important data to make sure students are making progress in math and reading.  Using STAR360 has allowed teachers to pinpoint instruction based on student needs and has allowed us to make sure all students are demonstrating growth.

  • The PTO has continued to offer exceptional educational and cultural opportunities for our students.  Some activities have included: South African Dancers, author Tish Rabe, Yale Spizzwinks, and Math & Science Day.  Fundraising efforts have provided field trips for all grade levels!

Thank you for all your support!  We can only accomplish all of our goals with the support of families, students, and staff.  We look forward to many more highlights to come in 2016 - 2017!

Best wishes,

Jenn & Tom

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