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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.

Principal

Dear Des Moines Parents and Families,

 

As spring appears, so does the time for end of the year assessments for 3rd through 6th grade students at Des Moines Elementary. This year, our students will again be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC), along with 26 other states. The SBAC test has two major portions to the assessment. The computer adaptive test and the performance task, where students research a topic and then write an essay in response to a prompt.  These tasks are in-depth and analyze student writing along with their reading skills in correlation to the Common Core State Standards. One area that you can assist with at home is to have your student practice their typing skills to familiarize him or herself with the keyboard layout. Listed below are some free websites you can use at home:

 

                  Dance Mat Typing: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/

                  Rapid Typing Zone: http://www.rapidtyping.com/

                  Typing Web: http://www.typingweb.com/

                  KeyBr.com: http://www.keybr.com/

   

Over the course of the next few weeks, school staff will be meeting to finalize the Smarter Balanced testing schedule for students in grades 3-6 for both mathematics and reading. Students in Grade 5 will also be taking the science MSP as well. As soon as it is completed, a schedule will be sent home, along with other important information. Look forward to this coming home soon!

 

Thank you for supporting our commitment to student achievement.

 

Best Regards,         

Rick Wisen, Principal 

 

 

About Us

Des Moines Elementary School
22001 9th Avenue South
Des Moines, WA 98198
  
Phone
206-631-3700
Fax
206-631-3747
 
Principal
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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