June 29 - Last Day of School
June 30- Professional Activity Day
July 1 - Canada Day - school closed
July 4 - 8 - office open 8:30 to 3:30 for enquiries
Aug. 29 - School office re-opens for registrations - 8:30 to 3:30
Sept. 6 - First Day of School
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.
We want to wish all of our Dragon families a long, relaxing summer. Please see the newsletter for information about the September start up. Our class lists will be posted on the Friday before the Labour Day weekend. Our Kindergarten class lists and startup information is in the Kindergarten report cards. For our JK families, this will be mailed out on June 29th. Any students who were absent when the report cards went home on June 28th, will have their report cards mailed home. If you have any questions please call the school.
See you in September!
Please note that all Library Books must be returned by June 3rd. The inventory starts at that point. If books are not returned, a notice of fines will be sent home for students or parents to either replace the book in question or pay the amount indicated on the notice. Thanks for helping to keep our collection current and complete!
Campbell's Soup Labels- We are still collecting these soup labels. Simply send them in to the office with your child. Thanks for your support!
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. T. Acaster, 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.