Deer Lakes School District Community:
This is always a very exciting time of the year, not only for our students and their families, but also for those of us who work in education. Our facilities crew has been putting the finishing touches on our beautiful campus for the start of the new school year and our returning students will soon fill our hallways with laughter and an energy only they can provide.
We are particularly excited this year because the 2018-2019 school year marks the 50th anniversary of the Deer Lakes School District. To commemorate the occasion, we have designed a new temporary logo and we have planned several events for throughout the year.
While it is important that we remember our history and acknowledge our wonderful past, it is imperative that we continue to remain forward-focused so that we can continue to meet the ever-changing and diverse needs of our students. Over the past few years, Deer Lakes has greatly increased student rigor through a number of programs including the introduction of the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and a completely redesigned curricula almost across the board to meet and exceed state and federal standards.
To help improve our students’ experience, we have added a school counselor to serve our elementary school population and an assistant principal in the middle school. Also, crews have worked diligently throughout the summer to repair the roofs at Curtisville Primary Center and East Union Intermediate Center and they overhauled the gutter system in the high school swimming pool.
Our commitment to serving our students in innovative and substantive new ways is perhaps best exemplified through our One-to-One initiative, which will provide all Deer Lakes students with their very own electronic personalized learning device. Students in grades 6-12 will be permitted to bring home their Google Chromebooks while students in grades K–5 will leave their devices at school.
Your student’s class schedule and busing information is now available through the Skyward student information system. Also, if you haven’t already done so, please visit your child’s school supplies page on the District’s website (www.deerlakes.net) to make sure that your student has everything he or she needs for the start of classes. Should you have any questions on any of those issues, you are encouraged to call your child’s school to resolve them.
Finally, there have been no changes to any of our cafeteria pricing. Milk will remain set at $.50 per carton, while lunch prices for students will again be $2.70 for students in our elementary schools and $2.95 for our secondary school students. Free and reduced lunch applications are also available on our website.
Janell Logue-Belden, Ed.D
Superintendent, Deer Lakes School District