Welcome to Deer Isle - Stonington Elementary School


Veterans Day Concert

Our K-4 students started our Veterans Day Concert with the “Star Spangled Banner.”  DISES students celebrated America’s veterans for keeping this Nation “the land of the free and the home of the brave." Each grade level performed a song to honor a branch of the military. Island and Peninsula Veterans joined students and families. Veteran speakers shared their experiences and answered questions from the students. 

Throughout this Nation’s history, America’s service members have bravely answered the call to defend our freedom and provide aid to our friends and allies. At our concert this week, it was our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service, and to honor them for their sacrifices.

Holidays Around the World

First grade has begun an integrated unit that studies some of the winter holiday traditions celebrated by people in different countries.  Students will “travel” to different countries and read and write about how some people there celebrate. Students will also make some fun educational crafts related to the different holidays.  During the week of December 10- 14 students will enjoy an integrated arts residency with guest teacher Ian Bannon. Students will work together to tell a story using shadow puppets. This program is possible thanks to Joshua McCarey and Opera House Arts.  

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 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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Invitation for public comment:  School Union 76 is in the process of preparing and submitting its applications for Title IA and Title IIA grants. We welcome any comments and suggestions from the public regarding those applications and use of grant funds.  Anticipated submission dates are June-July 2018.
Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.
Title II A is aimed at Building Systems of Support for Excellent. Teaching and Leading and is generally used for professional development.

October 15, 2018

Dear Parents/guardians of students with IEPs,


Please take a short survey for the Dept. of Education.   We really appreciate your help.

This is being conducted as part of our special education audit conducted by the Dept. of Education.  The results go right to the DOE.  The link is below.


The Parent survey consists of 17 questions and should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

Thank you for your cooperation in making this year’s Parent Survey a success!


If you have any questions, please contact Roberta Lucas at Roberta.Lucas@maine.gov  or 624-6621.




Kathleen Glennon