January 4, 2019
Dear DeSoto Trail Community,
Happy New Year! We hope 2019 has gotten off to a great start for you. There is a Teacher Planning Day on Monday, Jan. 7th, and students return to school on Tuesday, Jan. 8th. We will continue to work hard and celebrate our success throughout the second semester.
This year, DTES turns 30 Years Old! Save the date of Thursday, May 30th, for our school-wide celebration. More information will be coming soon about the picnic-style lunch we are planning for our current and Alumni Trailblazers to celebrate this milestone. Our theme this year is "No Grit, No Pearl." Be sure to learn more about our Growth Mindset initiative, click the "Programs" tab on our website.
Due to new legislation regarding school safety and discussion with our PTO and school community members, our Visitor Sign-in Procedures have changed. It has been our longstanding policy that ALL visitors must sign in through the Raptor system in our front office and get a name badge before coming onto campus during school hours. Our new policy will expand this requirement to before school hours as well. During morning drop-off, the black security gates will be closed and visitors will not be able to freely walk onto campus prior to the first bell.
ALL visitors, including parents who walk students to classrooms, must check in through the front office and receive a name badge to come onto campus. Visitors who have already had their license scanned may use the self-check-in computer kiosks in the front office.
We understand that this procedure may be an inconvenience, but the safety and security of our students is always our number one priority. If you plan to walk your child to class anytime during the school year, please account for the time it will take to check in through the office. Student tardies caused by check-in procedure delays will not be excused.
We are excited that DTES has a full-time School Security Monitor and a full-time Behavioral Specialist to support our school safety and mental health initiatives this year. As we begin our 30th year at DeSoto Trail Elementary, we are appreciative of our families’ support in assisting our Trailblazers to achieve success. We welcome our community’s support and presence on campus while still ensuring the safety and security of our faculty, staff, and students.
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.
Should you have any questions, please contact me or our Assistant Principal, Dr. Cassandra Poole. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.
We are proud to announce that the following have completed the requirements and is now ESOL endorsed:
Carol Bird, Margaret Kolke, Elizabeth McMahon, and Kimberly Morris.
The following teachers are currently working toward the endorsement:
Sarah Bennett, Lindi Coker, Janet Childers, Pamela Denton, Amanda Hutchins, Theresa Lambert, Catherine Lewis, Kalin Lovett, Hina Saud, Carol Hurst, Jasmine Shipman, and Regina Whitmore
A big thank you to those teachers who have worked hard to meet the district and state’s requirement.
Administration of DeSoto Trail Elementary
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.