Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School 

Creating resourceful, knowledgeable, and compassionate citizens of tomorrow.

Phone: (207)348-6301         249 N. Deer Isle Road FAX: (207)348-6304  Deer Isle, ME 04627     

Welcome letter from  the new principal, Jane O'Connor

Letter to families Aug. 2023 - Google Docs.pdf


The FY25 ESEA application is open for public comment until June 30, 2024. Funding from Title I, II, IVA, and V must be applied for yearly, and we are requesting public input on the projects and expenditures for those funds. 

Please contact or (207) 348-9100 in order to add any comments, suggestions, and concerns.  

DISES Supporting the Community

Our staff and students showed support for the lobster fishing community by wearing red!

Dream Cloud project

Working together during technology Fridays, both 2nd grade classes took what they learned about Martin Luther King, Jr. and created personal own dream clouds. The classes brainstormed what types of dreams and hopes they had for their communities. They talked about what they would like to see in the world around them. Students then used their google classroom, editing, and typing skills to complete an online template. After their individual clouds were printed, students cut out their work and added a drawing that goes with their dreams. The dream clouds were then laminated and hung on along the nature trail to inspire their school community and remind themselves of all they hope and dream for the world around them! 


2023-2024 Calendar


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