Denton Elementary School
School-Wide Communications Plan

“Learning for Today, Tomorrow, and the Future”

Mission
The mission of Denton Elementary School is to be an effective school in the development of the whole child through positive commitments and partnerships with students, staff, parents and the community. In order to accomplish our mission, we must be:
D edicated and determined to learn
E nergetic and enthusiastic
N urturing within our environment
T eaching with love and compassion
O pen and adaptable to new ideas
N eighbors with our community


Commitment to Communication
Denton Elementary School is committed to openness, honesty, and public involvement in our communications. We believe that good communication builds credibility, improves relationships, supports teaching and learning, boosts student achievement and our school's overall reputation. We understand that our school belongs to the public, our Denton community, and that citizens and staff deserve to be fully informed and involved in efforts to educate our community's children.

Communication Priorities
  • High student performance
  • Healthy students in a safe, orderly and caring school
  • Effective and efficient operations
  • Informed and involved families and community members
  • Strong family, community and business support


Communication Challenges and Goals

Denton Elementary School realizes it faces new and ongoing challenges that impact our quality of communications.

  • Whenever possible, we will do our best to use two-way communication that offers face-to-face discussions and exchanges of thoughts and ideas, as opposed to one-way communication that merely “sends out” printed or electronic information.
  • We will actively seek and regularly offer parents and community members opportunities for school engagement --- ways to be involved on campus and in school projects, decisions and goals. School volunteers, business/education partnership, School Advisory Council, School Improvement Team, and PTO are several engagement opportunities.
  • We realize the challenges of educating an increasingly diverse student body. In order to meet our students’ needs better, we will strive to offer communication in each families’ first language and ensure that communication with everyone avoids technical language.
  • We will always do our best to use effective communication within our school and within our community as we prepare for and experience crises. Student safety is our number one goal.
  • We realize the importance of evaluating each communication goal and strategy to determine if each is effective in helping our school grow in positive directions. We will examine our practices and continually refine our communication procedures each year.


SCHOOL-WIDE COMMUNICATION PROCEDURES

Denton Elementary has put in place several avenues of communication to keep parents and community members informed throughout the year. Our proactive plan for disseminating information includes the following components:
  • School sign in front of the property
  • School newsletter sent out each month
  • School web site at http://www.davidson.k12.nc.us/denton/denton.htm
  • Community Bulletin Board in Primary Building hallway
  • Information reported in the Denton Orator newspaper and other area print and electronic media
  • School-wide flyers, memos and other materials sent home when necessary
  • Individual classroom newsletters
  • Graded work, tests and assignments sent home
  • Teacher messages entered in student's folder/agenda
  • Teacher phone calls
  • Student Progress Reports
  • Student Report Cards
  • Parent/Teacher conferences
These various types of communication occur or are available regularly throughout the school year. We strive to keep parents informed and to make our community aware of the many events and exciting happenings at Denton Elementary.

In addition to our proactive communication components, we receive feedback, information and suggestions through two very deliberate types of contact:
  1. Teams or groups that meet regularly and formally for the express purpose of exchanging information and providing permanent organization to our communication framework; and
  2. Informal contacts and/or responses that occur as needed.
The table on the following two pages provides further explanation and definition of these groups and kinds of contacts.

(To see the complete document go to Document Manager and download COMMUNICATION PLAN)