School News

Skler's Star Students

As part of Donges Bay's PBIS program (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support), 9 Donges Bay students are acknowledged for demonstrating positive behavior consistent with the word of the month.

In the month of September, Donges Bay focused on RESPECT. Each student who was chosen to be recognized received a Skyler Star Student T-Shirt (logo drawn by our resident artist, Mr. Drumm!), and an award certificate that is currently displayed on the recognition board in the lobby. Check back for October's Star Students, who will be recognized for demonstrating behavior consistent with October's word of the mont: RESPONSIBILITY.

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Flexible Seating at Donges Bay

The Donges Bay PTO was incredibly generous last year in providing flexible seating furniture for one of our 4th-grade classrooms.

Benefits of flexible seating include:

  • creating collaborative learning opportunities for students
  • higher student engagement through creative seating arrangements 
  • opportunities for increased student movement
  • building a stronger community atmosphere

During Curriculum Night, Ms. Lisa Eckes will be available in room 166 to give all families an opportunity to experience how the furniture will be utilized. Please consider dropping by between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on September 10th or September 12th to learn more.  

Moving forward, Donges Bay's staff would like to explore incorporating flexible seating into more classrooms. Thank you for your willingness to learn more and support this student-centered initiative!

5th grader Lilly Dyer Recognized for Compassion and Inclusion

Donges Bay Elementary School honored 5th grader Lilly Dyer with the prestigious Hackett Family Memorial Award on the last day of school, an annual tradition that began in 2007. The presentation of the award occurred during the school’s year-end ceremony.

The Hackett Award is named in memory of Keegan and Maggie Hackett, Donges Bay students who died of a rare genetic disorder called Sanfilippo syndrome. The award is presented annually to a 5th-grade student who has demonstrated extraordinary effort, compassion, and service in promoting and demonstrating the inclusion of persons with differing abilities.

“Lilly is the kindest person, always thinking of others, with a smile on her face all the time,” said Donges Bay teacher Colleen Avila as she presented the award. “She is patient, thoughtful, and continually looking out for others.”

Dyer’s name will be inscribed on a brick surrounding a memorial site in the Donges Bay Elementary School courtyard. The bricks are meant to symbolically depict a pathway of acceptance and inclusion for students of all abilities.

February Night at the Museum

The artwork of Donges Bay is displayed throughout the hallways from February to June. Students from K4 to Grade 5 have worked with Mr. Drumm and parent volunteers to create works inspired by artists throughout history. Take a walk through the gallery to see more.