Decaturville Elementary School
Welcome to the official site of Decaturville Elementary School. We are home to approximately 285 AWESOME students, consisting of Pre-K thru 4th grade. DES has a dedicated staff that serves our school and community while creating a fun environment! We are dedicated to providing a safe school setting and teaching the newly adopted TN State Standards. You play an important role in our success. Please know you are welcome to be an active part of your child's education and we encourage you to sign up for one or more of our available committees (PTCAB, SIP, etc.), join us for Family Fun and Instructional Nights, visit with us during Parent-Teacher Conferences, and be involved in our PTO. Each staff member can be contacted through the system email, school phone (731-852-4616) or teacher webpage. We hope this school site improves communication between school and home. In addition to the website, you can still expect a paper copy of the weekly PAID sheet, a copy of the academic standards for the quarter, and daily notes about behavior. In order to stay up-to-date with your student's grades, please use Parent Vue (an online portal to keep you up-to-date on your child's assignments and grades). You may get your username and password from the school office and access the Parent Vue site from the link provided at the bottom of this page.
DES emphasizes "Good Character". We strategically weave responsibility, fairness, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship, and respect into each day. The implementation of our RTI2 Behavior system has paired wonderfully with our goal of teaching good character. Each staff member seeks out students who are displaying good behavior or good character and reward the positive with blue tickets. In addition to the daily dose of blue tickets, we reward at least one student per classroom with the "Golden Key" for character each month. These key holders are rewarded with a certificate, key, and pizza party.
In 2019-20, DES will continue to focus on good character and #choosekind with an addition of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Sean Covey started with an adult version of the habits called 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and it spiraled down to elementary schools. As a staff, we feel like these 7 habits will be supportive of what we are already implementing and help to teach our students to take ownership and become effective leaders. The habits are: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw. Last year, we implemented several student leadership teams. As we move into 19-20, we plan to continue and expand on these leadership opportunities. Shared leadership, along with a growth mindset, will continue to move DES in a positive direction!