Sign up for School Cash On Line
Quebec Trip- Feb. 7-10
Term 1 Report Cards go home- Feb. 10
Professional Activity Day- Feb. 17
Family Day- Feb. 20
Pink Shirt Day- Feb. 22
Lego Robotics Challenge- Feb. 23
Dental Screenings- Feb. 27-28
Family Skate at Vale Centre- Feb. 28, 5-6 PM
School Council- Feb. 28, 6 PM
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 230 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.Parents - Starting November 7th, we will be going to School Cash On Line. Watch for information coming home leading up to that date. This innovative system allows you to pay for hot lunch, trips, spirit wear and many other school-related things without sending money or cheques with your children to the teacher. It will all be done electronically. This is a great opportunity for our families and the school!
Campbell's Soup Labels- We are still collecting these soup labels. Simply send them in to the office with your child. Thank you for your continued 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 using assessment data to work with students in small groups in reading and writing.
Mathematics will be our narrow focus this year. Staff have committed to deepening their understanding of more intentional mathematics planning and using better questions. This is a strategy 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.