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DCS Elementary Education

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Gandhi

Jerry Darnell, Executive Director of Elementary Education
Jerry Darnell, Executive Director of Elementary Education

Welcome to DeSoto County Schools! We have highly committed staff, parents, and community support at each one of our schools to meet the academic, emotional, and social challenges our students face growing up in today's world. We expect our students to meet high achievement standards in an environment that is friendly and nurturing. We made great gains in achievement last year, and we intend on going higher this school year.

The DeSoto County Schools (DCS) have almost 14,700 kindergarten through fifth grade students in 23 elementary and intermediate schools. We strive to provide the students with safe, child-centered schools that promote success in academic areas. Our schools are committed to creative activities which include art, music, and physical education at each grade level. 

Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance and please do not forget to visit all of our programs, initiatives and instructional pages.

Mr. Jerry Darnell,
Executive Director
Office:  (662) 449 - 7179
Email:  jerry.darnell@dcsms.org

 


NEW!
The Mississippi Dept. of Education has released K-5 Family Guides to Success in order to help you and your child succeed. 
Click here to access those guides.

Mississippi Literacy Based Promotion Act

The 2013 legislative session the Literacy Based Promotion Act, the primary goal is to create proficient readers by the third grade.  This law requires all third graders to pass the Mississippi  or they will not be promoted to the fourth grade unless the student meets the good cause exemption criteria.  Click on the links to learn more about this legislation.

Literacy-Based Promotion Act  Parents As Partners Video

http://mdestream.mde.k12.ms.us/aso/LBPA_Parent_Session.mp4

Parent Read-at-Home Plan

http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/docs/curriculum-and-instructions-library/parent-read-at-home-plan_mde_lbpa.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Helping Your child Learn to Read – A Parent Guide (K-3)

http://www.centeroninstruction.org/files/PutReadingFirst_ParentGuide.pdf

 


Meet the ElementarySpecialists
Dee Thompson
Literacy Specialist,
Elementary Schools

(662) 449-7256
Email:
dee.thompson@dcsms.org
Ashley Bynum
Math & Literacy Specialist,
Elementary Schools

(662) 449-7270
Email:
ashley.bynum@dcsms.org

Christy Bennett
Math Specialist,
Elementary Schools

(662) 449-7260
Email:
christy.bennett@dcsms.org

 

Meet the Coaches
 

Kim Alexander,
Literacy Coach
Email:
kim.alexander@dcsms.org
Assignments:

Horn Lake Elementary

Wendy Michael,
Literacy Coach
Email:
wendy.michael@dcsms.org
Assignments:
Southaven Intermediate

Tamara Cumberland,
Primary Coach
Email:
tamara.cumberland@dcsms.org
 Assignments:

Hope Sullivan Elementary
Horn Lake Elementary
Shadow Oaks Elementary

 

Hope Gregory,
Literacy Coach
Email:
hope.gregory@dcsms.org
Assignments:

Horn Lake Intermediate

Kathy Stogner,
Mathematics Coach
Email:
kathy.stogner@dcsms.org
Assignments:

Desoto Central Primary


 


Video Lessons

 

  • Tamara Cumberland (Hope Sullivan Elementary)

         *1st grade, Benchmark Assessment

  • Betsy Copeland (Pleasant Hill Elementary)

         *1st grade, Reading Workshop - Compare/Contrast

  • Misty Vanderburg (Lewisburg Primary)

         *Kindergarten, Writing Workshop - Using Diagrams in Non-fiction Writing

  • Kim Alexander (Walls Elementary)

         *4th grade, Reading Workshop - Character Traits 

  • Kim Tretham (Hope Sullivan Elementary)

         *2nd grade, Guided Reading

 

 

 

 

 

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