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From The Principal

Have you noticed your students telling you how they have made "connections"?

Have they asked you, "What makes you say that"?

When talking casually, do they make a point to tell you if they agree or disagree and then share their thinking?

Those are thinking moves that we use often at our school. As part of creating a Culture of Thinking and Language & Literacy, we bring student thinking to the forefront and teach our students to value thinking and be mindful of thinking.

When we mention "connections", we are asking students to connect learning and understanding to something that they already know or understand.

When we ask "What makes you say that?" students have the opportunity to share their thinking and back it with evidence, while listeners have the opportunity to consider the speaker's viewpoints and perspectives. This provides deeper discussions and understanding. Using the phrase "What makes you say that?" is preferred over asking "Why?" because "What makes you say that?" conveys a curiosity, interest, and value of someone's thinking rather than questioning or challenging someone's thinking.

Using sentence stems like "I agree" or "I disagree" and then sharing one's thinking helps to develop specific structures in oral language and helps with discussion skills.

Using the same language at home will demonstrate the teamwork we hope to have with our families. As a staff, we believe in the culture of learning we have established and believe in developing the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me or your child's teacher! We love to share what we are doing!

With gratitude,

Mary Beth Merlo

Our Mission:
The DeKeyser community provides a safe, learning environment while encouraging academic and personal success through high expectations.

Our Theme:
DeKeyser Elementary School's theme is "Adventures never end!"

A note from the Principal...May 24, 2018

Dear DeKeyser families,

It's hard to believe we are turning the corner toward the end of the school year! The Parent Input Forms mentioned in the last What's Happening at the "D" are still available in the front office. They are due on June 1st. Because of planning for next year, late forms are not accepted.

If you know your child will not be returning to DeKeyser, that is also helpful to know for planing purposes.

Last Friday was our annual Spring Fling fundraiser. Dancing, silent auction, a basket raffle, and Oreos! It was a fun night! Check out the pictures in this newsletter. Thank you to the families and staff who supported our school at the Spring Fling. A special thank you to the businesses in the community who donated.

This is the final week for the 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade M-Step testing. The NWEA MAP testing window will continue until June 8th.

One last reminder, with the sun being out more, if you would like your child to have sun-screen on at recess, please apply in the morning before school. :)

With gratitude,

-Mary Beth Merlo

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.   

Student achievement in the district outpaces all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students and staff are regularly honored for excellence.

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