Welcome to Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School     


First Day of School is September 8th!


Buying individual supplies for each kid is not typical for any school.  Teachers tend to purchase supplies for groups of students to share.  This year’s guidelines created a unique challenge.  Just in time, the Island Fishermen's Wives Association arrived with individual supplies for our students!  We are just blown away by their generosity!  We are so grateful for their help.  

The PTO Sensory Path

We are looking forward to using  our new Sensory Path this fall, spearheaded by Liz Lincoln.  A big thanks to Deanne Heanssler who spent a day on hands and knees applying the decals for the sensory path, as our PTO Sensory Path director Liz Lincoln was very ready to have a baby.  Liz has been a champion for this project, sticking with it despite the heat and the challenges.  She spent much time getting the path installed - just right.  She researched sensory paths and consulted with experts.  Thanks also to Jill Kofton and Kelsey Winslow who worked on artfully designing and testing the distances and functionality of each section of the path. 

Wait until you see it in person, my photos don’t do it justice.

DISES Nature Trail Ribbon Cutting

All 1000 feet of the boardwalk on The Deer Isle Stonington Elementary School Nature Trail is officially completed, there is even an outdoor classroom and display kiosk! 

To celebrate, the entire elementary school had a  K-7 Parade and Health Walk on Friday, October 18, beginning at 8:05. Maine legislator Genevieve McDonald officiated a ribbon-cutting ceremony and led our two hundred students on the Nature Trail from gate to gate. 

Also attending the event were Island Heritage Trust volunteers and Board members, representatives from the Island Education Fund, Friends of Acadia, and Natural Resources Council of Maine and Island Institute, all of whom contributed to the project over the last three years.


Mission Statement

 Creating resourceful, knowledgeable and compassionate citizens of tomorrow. 

Vision Statement
Every CSD 13 student is a self-directed, active learner eagerly engaged in meaningful opportunities for exploration that allow them to follow their passions and dreams, both within their school and in their community. They are confident, resilient, proud of their school, and ready to be compassionate and involved citizens of tomorrow. 
To accomplish this: 

1. We provide our students with a comprehensive, personalized learning experience that includes opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

2. Our students will become clear communicators able to understand a variety of perspectives, skilled in interpersonal and real-world skills, and capable of contributing to strong community leadership.

3. Our learning community, built on the positive aspects of our island culture, will be student-centered, safe, respectful and nurturing for all. Students will be supported in learning to investigate options, make mistakes, and grow in the process. We will foster positive student/teacher educational partnerships as well as collaborative parental involvement and engagement.

4. Our CSD 13 staff are professional, respected, adaptable, and compassionate; they provide strong, informed educational practice and leadership within Union 76. Staff are supported within the schools, where the use of a shared decision model is employed, and also by the wider community. Professional development is encouraged and rewarded.

5. Our facilities are well-maintained and welcoming; they support learner needs and generate a sense of pride for the school community.

6. Our Community takes pride in and actively supports our schools. School/community collaboration to create community-based learning experiences is valued and encouraged. 

Core Beliefs
1. All students can learn and want to be successful.

2. Students learn in different ways, at different rates, and in a variety of settings.

3. Learning involves curiosity, taking risks, and making mistakes.

4. Students need clear and relevant learning targets, frequent feedback, and ongoing, meaningful reflection.

5. Effective applied learning incorporates opportunities for real-world problem-solving.

6. Social, emotional, and physical development are essential to students’ learning and success.

7. Students learn best in a safe environment characterized by positive relationships with peers, and with caring, competent adults.

8. High standards of performance are expected from all members of the learning community.

9. Life-long learning is a community-wide endeavor and a shared responsibility


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