January 5 - Classes resume
January 14 - French Immersion open house at McKay School - 6:30 p.m.
January 16 - P. A. Day - no classes
January 20 - intermediate basketball games start
January 27 - SAC meeting
January 30 - Movie night at DeWitt Carter
February 5 - Kindergarten Open House from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
February 6 - First Term Report Cards go home
Welcome to the DeWitt Carter Public School Website. We hope this website will further strengthen the connection between school, home, and our community. DeWitt Carter Public School is located on Fares Street in Port Colborne. We are the only public school located on the East Side of the Welland Canal. DeWitt Carter is currently home to close to 260 students from junior kindergarten to Grade eight. For a more in depth history of DeWitt Carter Public School, please have a look at our School History Page.
Did you know that Kindergarten Registration for next September will begin soon? DeWitt Carter will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House and Registration on February 5th, from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. See the link below for more information.
The staff is in the midst of attaining our school goals in literacy and numeracy. We have committed to:
We have made great gains in literacy but will strive to maintain them by committing to a comprehensive literacy block that focuses on reading, writing, oral communication and media studies.
Mathematics will be our narrow focus this year. Staff have committed to deepening their understanding of more intentional mathematics planning which is a skill that helps our students access their learning of the curriculum more effectively. This learning will unfold over all strands of mathematics.
What does a Growth Mindset School look like?
(Taken from http://www.mindsetworks.com/webnav/whatismindset.aspx)
Administrators support teachers’ learning. They are responsive to honest feedback, rather than defensive. They seek to build their skills, and are willing to learn from their teachers.
Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and instructional leaders, rather than shut their classroom doors and fly solo. They strive to strengthen their own practice, rather than blame others. They truly believe that all students can learn and succeed—and show it.
Parents support their children’s learning both inside and outside the classroom. They partner with teachers, and respond to outreach. They worry less about advocating for their children to get good grades and focus on making sure kids are being challenged and put in the effort needed to grow.
Students are enthusiastic, hard-working, persistent learners. They take charge over their own success.
For more information, Please read the following article:
Growth Mindset Article
STAFF GROWTH GOAL
Staff will commit to increase their knowledge of technology and how it is used in the classroom as we move towards teaching by how students learn in the 21st century
- Co-create success criteria, rubrics and exemplars with students, and use these regularly as we provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific and meaningful to improve student learning and achievement.
- Provide students with multiple opportunities to improve their work and provide modeling on how to identify next steps and set learning goals
- Plan instruction for students based on their learning needs and use the gradual release of responsibility model to build independence, perseverance and responsibility.
- Create an environment that promotes thinking through posing and responding to a wide variety of questions and teaching through critical thinking, inquiry and problem solving.
Finally, we will focus on having students receive ongoing, descriptive feedback based on the success criteria from the teacher and from peers and inquiry-based professional learning that builds capacity, informs instructional practice and contributes to a culture of learning.
If you have questions about what this means, ask a staff member. We need to be in this together. Have a great month!
Mr. J. MacJanet, Principal
DeWitt Carter Staff
To access the Code of Conduct, click here
Questions regarding the new Code of Conduct should be directed to the office.