Joseph R. Dawe, Jr. Elementary School
131 Pine Street
Stoughton, MA 02072
The Joseph R. Dawe, Jr. Elementary School has a diverse kindergarten through fifth grade student population of approximately 420 students. There currently are three classes at the first, third, and fifth grade levels and four classes in kindergarten, second, and fourth grades. Class sizes range from 17 to 24 students per class.
In addition to the regular classrooms from kindergarten through fifth grade, there are two substantially separate Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) classrooms and two substantially separate Primary Adjustment Class (PAC) classrooms that house students from across the district. Although the TLC and PAC classrooms are substantially separate programs, many of the students from these programs spend different amounts of time within the instructional day in our regular education classrooms and regularly integrate for special subjects. The Dawe School also houses a CHARMSS PDD classroom.
In addition to the twenty-one regular education teachers currently in kindergarten through fifth grades, there are two special education teachers, one and a half reading teachers, a full-time guidance counselor, a .9 adjustment counselor, and a full-time nurse. Special subject teachers for art, music, physical education, and computers and a full-time library assistant complete the instructional staff.
The Dawe School has a tradition of providing a variety of learning experiences and enrichment programs for students with a wide range of educational needs. We subscribe to the mission statement of the Stoughton Public Schools, which is dedicated to the education of the whole child. Our mission is to set high standards for academic excellence for every student. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to become articulate, productive, and responsible citizens.
The Dawe Elementary School is committed to providing a learning environment and school program that will cultivate self-esteem, academic excellence, sensitivity for art, music, athletics, technology, and respect for individual differences in order that each child may reach his or her full potential in all areas of his/her intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development. In order to accomplish this goal, the Dawe School is committed to the following core beliefs or core values:
- The Dawe School is committed to promoting and maintaining the self-esteem and self-respect of all students.
- The Dawe School is committed to developing and providing our students with a variety of relevant instructional and enrichment programs, as well as appropriate support services, that will meet the unique, varied, and special learning needs of a diverse student population of 5 -11 year old kindergarten through fifth grade students.
- The Dawe School is committed to developing and implementing staff development training and programs that support the Massachusetts Common Core of Learning, the Curriculum Frameworks, and the system-wide goals of the Stoughton Public Schools.
- The Dawe School is committed to providing our students with the necessary skills and an appreciation of learning that will enable all students to become lifelong learners.
- The Dawe School is committed to providing our students with meaningful, non--threatening opportunities to experience art, music, athletics, and technology so that participation and appreciation become lifetime basics.
- The Dawe School is committed to high expectations for students and to striving to have each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of his or her intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.
- The Dawe School is committed to working closely and cooperatively with parents, guardians, and the community-at-large in order to promote a high level of parental and guardian involvement in our school.
- The Dawe School is committed to providing a safe, secure, and orderly learning environment for students and staff.
- The Dawe School is committed to promoting a proactive discipline policy and program with clear expectations for student behavior, as well as consequences that are timely, appropriate, and consistent. The Dawe School believes that student discipline should be respectful of the self-esteem of students and should follow the basic tenets of privacy, proximity, and predictability.
The Dawe School believes in the importance of frequent communication with the parents and guardians of our students. We also encourage parents to play an active role in their children's education. Letters to parents, notices or reminders of upcoming events, a monthly calendar, and our newsletter are utilized to keep parents informed of special activities or events and to promote regular communication with parents throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to communicate regularly with their children's teachers and to meet with them, as needed, during the school year. We also encourage parents to serve in a number of volunteer roles within our classrooms and the school.