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Important Dates

June 2 - Graduation meeting at 5:30 in the library

June 4 - Paul Davis presentation at 7:00 pm for all parents

June 8 - DSBN track and field meet

June 11 - Hot Lunch

June 12 - P.A. Day - no classes

June 15 - intermediate co-ed soccer tournament

June 17 - intermediate 3 -pitch tournament

June 18 Junior 3-pitch tournament

June 22 - Kindergarten Graduation

June 22 - Grade 8 graduation

June 24 - report cards go home

June 25 - Last Day of Classes

Have a fantastic Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME

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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.

BREAKING NEWS

Do you know any family that has a young boy or girl who will be starting Kindergarten next September? If you do, make sure you tell them to register their child for Kindergarten as soon as possible. All they have to do is call the office at 905 834-7440 to begin the process and find out how to register.

Paul Davis presentation : Have you ever wondered about the kinds of things that children can access through their social media? Come out to see Paul Davis on June 4th. He will be doing a special presentation for our parents at 7:00 p.m. The technology is always moving forward and we struggle to keep up with it. Our children do not. The information he shares will go a long way in helping you, as the parent, make decisions about your child's access to social technology.

DRAGON FOCUS

The staff is in the midst of attaining our school goals in literacy and numeracy. We have committed to:

LITERACY

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.

NUMERACY

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.

Helping your Child with Problem Solving

GROWTH MINDSET

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

WE WILL:
- 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!

Sincerely,
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.