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Principal's Corner

Have a Great SUMMER Panthers

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I am excited to work with DEN students and staff for another year in the upcoming 2017 2018 school  year.  We have made some excellent progress during the 2016 2017 school year.  

  • Our parent surveys reflected improvement in parent and community perceptions of school progress.  
  • AdvancED surveys also showed improvement in ALL categories (excluding one-on-one technology for students).  
  • Our MAP scores in math increased by the expected norm PLUS 13% overall, while our ELA improved the expected norm.  
  • Our behavioral WIG (Wildly Important Goal) of reducing office referrals to 7 per day actually ended up 5.2 per day on the average.  This reflects improved student self-regulation and teacher classroom management.
  • 5th graders enjoyed learning with chrome-books while 3rd and 4th had a little exposure to more technology.
  • Students participated in new testing procedures to more fully understand their reading levels in an attempt to increase reading skills including:  DRA2, 95%, and Barton's
  • MANY student enjoyed new ENRICHMENT offerings at DEN including American Sign Language, Choir, Band, Gifted and Talented, and art offerings by community members.
  • Student Leadership Teams hosted numerous Parent Nights, Assemblies, and a great Leadership Day.  They are truly becoming excellent leaders.
  • By the end of 2016 2017 all teachers were Highly Qualified minus two who are in the ARL program and will be highly qualified once their program requirements are complete.
  • All paraprofessionals in supporting teaching positions were highly qualified.
  • We reduced staff retention from 11 staff changes moving into the 2015-2016 school year, down to 6 changes in 2016-2017 school year, and FURTHER down to TWO replacements for 2017 2018 school year.  This reflects a much happier and healthier culture on our campus.
  • Teachers were able to collaborate to improve instruction for students in 8 days per grade level producing curriculum that aligns with state standards in ELA and Math.
  • Four DEN staff participated in District Team to produce new District goals, visions, and values which align to DEN goals visions, visions and values.  DEN School Improvement Goals will reflect a few tweaks next year to fully align for overall student improvement in 2017 2018
  • Six DEN staff participated with NNRPDP year long investigation of a new Response to Intervention (RTI) program for next year to help struggling students
  • DEN's newest teachers participated in Mentoring for ELA, Math, Leader-in-Me, and more for gains in classroom management and teaching strategies.
  • ALL Teachers learned new computer tools to help in instruction including:  Infinite Campus, Study Island, and Reading Eggs

WOW, what a year!  It has all been worth it and we will begin to see increased student progress as the years move along.  Our goals is to be a 3-Star school OR HIGHER by 2018 2019 school year.

We are spending the summer preparing for this upcoming year and look forward to seeing you all on Aug 28, 2017. 

I will keep the DEN Face Book page updated, so please watch for breaking news there.  To visit our Face Book page either click on the Student DEN Logo on the left of this Web page or click on our Face Book link at the top center of the page.