Kindergarten Fall 2017



I am a Teacher. I am a Learner.
We are successful at Des Moines.

At Des Moines Elementary, we value each of the roles within our community. We view students, families, teachers, and staff as integral components to ongoing success. We see every member of our community as having something to offer, something to gain, and many ways to demonstrate success.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that every adult and every child is a TEACHER:
- We all have talents, skills, and expertise to offer.
- We all have unique perspectives to share.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that every adult and every child is a LEARNER:
- We identify areas for development.
- We honor mistakes as a step in the learning process.
- We nurture curiosity.
- We create a safe environment for transparent learning and risk taking.

At Des Moines Elementary, we believe that SUCCESS can be measured in many ways:
- By progress toward standards, and also by growth.
- As a group, and also as an individual.
- By outcomes, and also by attitude.



Dear Des Moines Elementary Families,


During the coming weeks, students in grades 3 - 6 will be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA).


The SBA is our state-required annual check-up on learning. It measures how well students and schools are performing on our state's learning standards. While no test is perfect for assessing the whole student or school, the SBA is a better tool than previous state tests and aligns with our state and school learning standards. It goes beyond multiple choice questions to measure skills like problem solving and critical thinking that are important for success in college and the workplace.


Washington's learning standards define what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Meeting the standards means students are prepared for success as they move forward, and, ultimately, that they are ready for college and career. Results show us where students may need extra help or more of a challenge.


You can help, as you do every day, by ensuring your student consistently gets enough sleep, eats breakfast, and is on time to school. Our testing SBAC window will be April 17th – May 12, 2017:


Mondays:                  6th Grade

Tuesdays:                 5th Grade

Wednesdays:           4th Grade

Thursdays:               3rd Grade

Fridays:                     Make-Up Testing


5th Graders will also be doing MSP Science testing on May 12, 2017.


Please try to avoid scheduling appointments during your child’s designated testing days.


As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you for your support,


Rick Wisen


Des Moines Elementary




About Us

Des Moines Elementary School
22001 9th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198
Rick Wisen
Office Manager
School Hours
9:10 a.m - 3:40 p.m

Early Release Days
9:10 a.m - 2:10 p.m

Office Hours
8:15 a.m - 4:10 p.m


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