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Winter Carnival

It is with heartfelt thanks to all community members, PTO, parent volunteers, our staff and students that we extend our appreciation for the support we received with our 2018 school-wide Winter Carnival.  Without your generosity of time, abundant donations, energy, and positive spirit, it would not have been such a brilliant success.  The smiles and feedback from your children speak volumes.

Many thanks,

The Winter Carnival Committee

Nora Bradford, Jessica Gillen, Darlene Allen, Clara Stone, Tara MacKechnie, Dawn Nault, and Julie Davis

5/6 Grade Play "Buddha Walks"

Imagine: befriending a young prince of Ancient India, only to have him leave his kingdom one day—and all that he loves—to seek a cure for life’s suffering. The 5/6 students completed an amazing three-week learning adventure. For one hour each day, students were immersed in a world far beyond the classroom—studying, co-writing, staging, and performing an inspirational one-act SPIRIT SERIES play: “Buddha Walks.” Designed to engage and challenge students, this unique educational curriculum promoted literacy, higher-order thinking, positive core values, presentation skills, teamwork, character and self-esteem.

The promise of Spirit Series was apparent:

AWAKEN each student to their strength of character

CONFRONT each student with the high-stakes choices before them

CHALLENGE each student to forge a positive vision for themselves

EMPOWER each student with the skills to succeed

INSPIRE each student to become their own hero


Healthy Snack Grant

A big thank you to our grant writer Kathy Glennon for finding us the funds to provide healthy snacks for kids at DISES.  The goal is to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for our students and make connections between healthy eating and the Health curriculum.  We have enough funds to offer snacks to every child K-8 on  Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for the rest of this school year.

This project relies on school staff, partners like Edible Island, and parent volunteers. It is going to take us all working together for the project to be successful.  Sheila Nevells, our head cook has been great in supporting our efforts already.  Wes Norton from Edible Island is places the first produce orders each week. PTO volunteers come to school each Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8-9am to prep the healthy fruits and vegetables for kids. If you would be willing to help prepare snacks for kids, for one day a week for one hour 8am-9am, please contact or email Tara McKechnie: tmckechnie@dises.org.

Island Education Foundation to Support Literacy

Thank you Island Education Foundation!

DISES has been granted funds from the Island Education Foundation to purchase resources to support the literacy initiatives at DISES.  Teachers in grades 3/4 will have funds to purchase the Leveled Literacy Intervention kit for students, a powerful intervention that provides daily, intensive, small-group instruction that turns struggling readers into successful readers with engaging leveled books and fast-paced, systematically designed lessons.  K-8 teachers will be able to purchase assessment kits for each grade level to observe student reading behaviors one-on-one, engage in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling, and make informed decisions that connect assessment to instruction.  The grant also includes classroom library funds to spruce up the series collections in each 3/4 classroom.  

Intermediate Coral Reef Art

Students in grades 3 and 4 worked with artist Glenn Towne at his studio, the Coral Reef Art Studio in Brooklin.  Students had a blast working and painting in his style.  Each student  painted their own wooden fish; come see them on display in the school.

Thank you to Seamark for the grant that made this project possible!



Community Meeting on Survey Results

After a review of the survey results, attendees helped define the themes that will frame the plan development. The resulting strategic plan, due to be completed in May 2018, will be used by the School Board to guide programming and budget development for the DIS school system for the next five years.

For more information about the Strategic Planning Committee, please see the following documents.

Committee Charge
Committee Members

Striving to be Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, and Coconut Free!

Thank you for your support in helping our DISES family as we are striving to be peanut free, tree nut free, and coconut free.  Our efforts are in place to keep our children safe.

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