Principal's Weekly Message
Mrs. Cheri Copeland-Shull - August 25, 2021
Dorr Safety Patrol
Each day it is our goal to ensure that students arrive to and depart from school safely. To make sure that this occurs, Mr. Kerns, supervises our Dorr Safety Patrol. The Dorr Safety enables students to cross King Road safely and provides a safety net between the students and busses and cars. They are also a presence during student drop off and pick up.
We are thankful for our Dorr Safety Patrol and their continued service and dedication to ensure that our students are safe. The Dorr Safety Patrol members include: Ava R., Paisley R., and Travis S. Thank you also to Mr. Kerns for supervising this vital organization to Dorr Elementary!
Upcoming Dorr Events:
Friday, September 17 Constitution Day
Wednesday, September 22 Fall School Pictures (PK-5)
Friday, September 24 Interims Available/Spirit Day-Wear GREEN
“BEE” Involved with our Dorr Parents’ Club
Each school year, I am in awe of the wonderful support that we receive from our Dorr Parents’ Club. They provide tremendous support to our school both financially and socially.
Every month the Parents’ Club offers the opportunity for parents and families to participate in meetings to discuss ways to support the school. There is also an opportunity to share your feedback on what you would like to see for the students of Dorr.
In regard to financial support, the Dorr Parents’ Club coordinates a number of fund raising events each year which support the yearly goal. This year the goal will be discussed at our first Parents’ Club meeting. We greatly appreciate your participation with the fundraising opportunities to support Dorr Elementary.
In supporting the school socially, there are a number of fun events that the Dorr Parents’ Club have sponsored over the years: Fall Family Fun Night/Ice Cream Social, Trunk or Treat Night, Family Dances, Movie Nights, DragonFest, or help with teacher tasks at our Elf Nights. We know that this school year continues to be a bit different so we would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on how we can support our students and families.
As you can see, the Dorr Parents’ Club provides a wealth of support for our school, and we greatly appreciate their efforts. Please plan to join us at our first Parents’ Club meeting of the school year on Thursday, September 9th at 6:30 pm. We would love to have your input!
Fri., Sept. 17 Constitution Day
Wed., Sept. 22 Dorr Picture Day
Fri., Sept. 24 Spirit Day (Wear GREEN)
The Crayon Box That Talked
As each one of our Dorr classroom teachers works to establish a strong classroom community of learners, one of our First Grade teachers, Mrs. Jimenez, took it one step further. She utilized the book The Crayon Box That Talked to share the story that each one of us is unique but plays an important role within the community, very much like a classroom.
Mrs. Jimenez shared the story with the students and then allowed the students to utilize sidewalk chalk in groups to create a picture. Each one of the group’s pictures became part of a larger picture until a beautiful representation was lovingly displayed on the front sidewalk of Dorr Elementary. The students did a wonderful job, and we were so thankful for the tremendous art display.
Throughout this process, the students began to understand the lesson from the book, “We are a box of crayons. Each one of us unique. But when we get together . . .the picture is complete.” Thank you to Mr. Jimenez and her class for reminding us that we all play a very important role in our school community. We look forward to a fabulous year as we learn and grow together.
Teach To’s and STEAM
At the beginning of each school year, we work hard to provide training and expectations for our students through the use of something called “Teach To’s.” These are opportunities to teach our students the acronym of expectations in each area such as the cafeteria, bus, playground, hallway, bathroom, and classroom. The students are instructed in these expectations and then practices the Teach To’s as well. After practicing, the students are rewarded for following these expectations with “tickets” that are shared by the Dorr Elementary staff.
As part of this process, Mrs. DiSalle and her class took it one step further. They decided to invite Nurse Kelly to provide a “Teach To” on handwashing. Mrs. DiSalle also connected this to a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) lesson. The students learned about epidemiology and how germs are eliminated with proper handwashing. With the value of keeping everyone safe and healthy, this lesson was extremely relevant.
As you discuss the beginning of the school year, please talk with your children about the importance of following the “To’s” that have been shared. Have your child share the “Teach To’s” that they have learned and continue to reinforce them throughout these first few weeks of school. We appreciate your partnership as we move this school year together.
Full STEAM Ahead!
It is “official”! Last year, Dorr Elementary was named one of 10 new STEM/STEAM Designated Schools by the Ohio Department of Education! When we started this journey a few years ago, our staff made the conscious choice to be a school that celebrated innovation and the four C’s of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking Skills, and Creativity. Through a focused effort of our Dorr STEAM Team and our wonderful community partners, we have been recognized as a school that encompasses a culture of inquiry, problem-solving, and provides connections to the environment.
The STEAM Designation has been spurred on by the initiative of Project PRAIRIE. This initiative was a collaborative effort with the Toledo Zoo and the Dorr Parents’ Club to create a prairie on our school property. With the help of our students and staff, the prairie was planted in the winter of 2018. As our prairie has grown, so has our students’ involvement in exploring their environment and preserving our nature’s habitat.
We are excited about what Dorr Elementary has been able to accomplish with the help of our partners: The Toledo Zoo, the Toledo Symphony, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Lucas County Soil and Water Conservation District, BGSU, BGSU NWO, and the Dana Corp. In addition, our Dorr STEAM Team of Julie Daniels, Kristy DiSalle, Barb Eckhart, Kelly Kahmann, Brad Kerns, Jennifer Mercer, and Kathy Zeitler provided the necessary leadership to turn this vision into a reality. With these partners and the STEAM Team leadership in place, it is “full STEAM ahead” for Dorr Elementary.
2022-2023 Reconfiguration Plans (click on the link for many details)
In May, 2021, we announced plans to allow the district to better serve Springfield students. At the time of the announcement we shared that data studied over a five-year period informed us that rather than the need for a new school building to educate a growing number of students, the greater need was to examine options that took advantage of existing facilities, the talents of educators, and available resources. These data and our research led to the conclusion that to better serve our students, we should refine grade-level instructional targets and reconfigure our elementary buildings