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. 

    Kindergarten Registration

    Registration is open for the 2019-2020 school year. Visit the Registration Procedures page for more information about the registration process.

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  • May 1, 2019


    Dear DeSoto Trail Community,


    We've made it to the last month of the school year! Testing season is upon us. Please be sure to read letters being sent home regarding the  FSA testing schedule.  We're busy ensuring our students are prepared for the next grade level and planning some fun events to celebrate the end of the school year after FSA testing is complete.  


    This year, DTES turns 30 Years Old! Save the date of Thursday, May 30th, for our school-wide celebration. We have some fun activities and a picnic-style lunch planned for our current and Alumni Trailblazers to celebrate this milestone beginning at 10:00am that day.  Please RSVP to Mrs. Keltner at if you are able to join us.  If you'd like to order lunch, please contact our front office for more information and to get a copy of the order form. Payment for lunch orders is  due by Friday, May 17th. 


    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 legislation regarding school safety and discussion with our PTO and school community members, our Visitor Sign-in Procedures have changed. It had 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 expands 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.

    We are continually registering new students.  Registration is now online. 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 and only have students enter cars from the passenger side of the car. We want to keep all Trailblazers safe.
    A reminder that the front parking lot gates will be locked at 4:30pm, and the back entrance of school, on Velda Dairy Road, will be used for all EDEP and after-school activities 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 Keltner





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  • 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


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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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