Welcome to Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School     



3/15/20 - DISES building is CLOSED to the public until further notice. Essential personnel are staggering their use of the building following the guidelines set by our governor.

DISES Remote Learning Begins

DISES will be closed for at least the next two weeks, and we will be instructing remotely.  

The DISES office will be open, starting Tuesday.  
Administration and Office Staff in all buildings and the Central Office are expected to be in the building 8-3, every day.  If you need anything - call the school.  We will help.    

DISHS and DISES will start the delivery of bags and meals on Wednesday.  All families will receive meals (breakfast and lunch for all children under the age of 18) unless you call the office to request otherwise.

DISES students will be contacted using the phone numbers collected in the recent technology survey to begin remote instruction on Wednesday.  The first call will be to work on connection and logistics.  Lessons begin on Thursday. 

Everyone will get meals.  We will put a note in each bag that meals go to all families unless requested otherwise by calling the office.

DISES Plans for the Possibility of Remote Learning

Despite concerning news, nervous children, and worries for loved ones - teachers maintained a comfortable and steady routine all week.  They slowed down and kept things calm, but carried on with grace. 

After students left school on Friday - the building buzzed with activity.  Teachers prepared lessons to be completed by students at home in the event of extended school closures.  The kitchen planned for how they might cook and deliver meals to families. And the Special Education staff made plans for how they might support students completing work at home.  

 Thank you to all of our families for being so supportive and flexible with the half-day schedule, allowing us to figure things out to best teach our students and support the community.

Some things we can already tell you about what was created for your children:

  • Ideas and resources packed have mostly focused on things that do not require technology.  

  • The work included was selected based on student levels, so it can be completed without supervision.

  • Math, reading, and writing were the main focus - but we included activities and integrated science and social studies with literacy.

Utilizing the results of the technology survey that was completed this week, teachers have up to date email and phone numbers for the students in their class to maintain contact in the event of a school closure.  Teachers will plan to support instruction, hoping to call or email students daily to check-in and assist. Planning for the possibility of remote learning is a challenge. We don’t know how long the school may be closed, so we planned for two weeks of materials.  We will modify what has been organized as needed.
The object of the remote learning materials is to keep student’s minds fresh and actively engaged if they are away from school.  

National Public School Week Video

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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