DeSoto Trail Elementary

Challenging each student to blaze a successful trail to the future.

Important Information

  •  School Hours

    • School is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. each weekday.
    • Morning supervision is available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
    • Afternoon supervision is available from 2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

    Attendance Message Line

    Any time your student is absent from school or if you have any attendance related issues, please call the Attendance Message Line at 850-488-9971 and leave a detailed message. This phone line is available to you 24 hours a day!


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    Technology Links

    Visit the Technology page of our website to find links to Internet resources that you can use at home. 

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  • January 4, 2018

    Happy New Year, Trailblazers! We hope eveyone enjoyed the Winter Break and the extra Snow Day.  What fun it was to play in the snow and to know it will be in our memories forever!
    We are continually registering new students throughout the year.  Please see registration procedures under the "Our School" tab on our website.  You may also contact our office for more information regarding the documents needed to complete registration for students who live in our school zone or who have been approved by the School Choice office to attend DTES. 
    In order to ensure you are receiving the latest school information, please sign up for our Listserve. The link is located on the left-hand side of our webpage.  Also, be sure to double-check with our registrar, Jamie Yeargan, to make sure we have your correct contact information.  This is particularly important if the district office needs to send a mass phone message out to our families. 
    Be sure to check out our FLICKR page for pictures of our Trailblazers who were hard at work and having fun during the school year.  Also, the school calendar on our website is a great way to keep up with all of the events happening on campus and upcoming Share Nights that are held at various business partner locations.  Another great way to stay connected on a daily basis is to watch our morning news show, WDTS.  Click on the link to our Youtube channel.  There you can find videos of not only WDTS, but a variety of events that take place at DTES.  See below on our webpage for a list of social medias where you can find DTES highlights and updates.

    Our regular office hours are 7:45am to 4:15pm.  School starts at 8:30am and is dismissed at 2:50pm.  Student supervision is from 7:45am to 3:15pm.  If students arrive on campus between 7:45am and 8:00am, they must report directly to the cafeteria where staff will be able to provide supervision.  At 8:00am, all students are able to go to their morning play areas. 

    ALL car-rider traffic will be at the front of the school.  Only Pre-K parents, with assigned parking passes, are able to park at the back of the campus.  There may be traffic congestion in the morning, and I appreciate everyone's cooperation throughout the school year.  Please be prepared to make adjustments in your schedule to ensure your children are at school on time.  In addition, we ask for your patience, as there may be long lines to pick up your children in the afternoon.  Be reminded that there are safe buses available for our Trailblazers to use, so you may want to utilize this option to avoid the much anticipated school traffic. One additional note is to please refrain from using your cell phones when utlizing the car pick-up/drop-off line. We want to keep all Trailblazers safe.
    A reminder that the front gates will be locked at 4:30pm, and the back entrance of school, on Velda Dairy Road, will be used for all EDEP pick-up. 

    Should you have any questions, please contact me or our Assistant Principal, Dr. Cassandra Poole. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

    -Michele C. Keltner, Principal



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  • Watermelon Wednesdays and Summer Reading

    May 29, 2017

    Trailblazers, join us for Watermelon Wednesdays on June 7 and July 12! Log your reading using this form and read at least 6 books over the summer to be invited to come enjoy a treat at the beginning of the school year.

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  • Registration for New Students is Now Open

    April 12, 2017

    We are open for new student registration! All of the forms and information you need are on our website under OUR SCHOOL > Registration Procedures. We are ready to help you sign up your rising Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year and all other students transferring to DeSoto Trail for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year . Please contact Jamie Yeargan, Registrar, at 850.488.4511 today if you need help.

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  • Leon County School’s Safe Schools Statement

    April 25, 2017

    Pursuant to federal law, students may not be denied a public education. As such, Leon County Schools is committed to providing a world class education in a safe environment for all students--regardless of immigration status.

    LCS administrators will continue to enforce Board Policy 5540 in relation to non-DCF law enforcement investigations involving students on campus. This policy requires parents’ consent in order to provide access to students unless there is a warrant or an exigent/emergency circumstance such as an investigation involving a missing child.

    LCS counselors have been trained to provide support for students and families who may be impacted by changes to federal law. The safety and security of all our students will continue to be our top priority. 

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  • 2016-2017 Assessment Calendar

    October 5, 2016

    Our school district's Testing, Research, and Evaluation department has posted the 2016-2017 assessment calendar to their website. Please visit to view the latest version of this calendar.

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  • Support DeSoto Trail with your Target REDcard!

    Posted August 8, 2015

    Do you have a Target REDcard? Did you know that Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to DeSoto Trail Elementary School through the Take Charge of Education program? This is a really easy way to get money to improve our school. It is hassle-free with just one phone call. Please contact Target at 1-800-316-6142 or visit the Target REDcard website to register your card to DeSoto Trail Elementary School with Identification Number 41244.

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Current Temperature: 53.2 °F
Current Humidity: 99%
Current Rainfall: 99 in/hr
Current Dew Point: 99 °F
Current Pressure: 99 inHg

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