Our Core Values
The Deerfield community is one that truly cares about all students, families, and staff members. We strive to align our actions and behaviors with the following core values: Cooperation, Academic Excellence, Acceptance, Respect, Responsibility, and Effort. Forming the acronym CARE, our core values help us create an environment in which all students can learn and grow.
Joshua C. Baumer, Principal
Dear Deerfield Staff and Families,
As I have shared in a previous Principal’s Message, much of the professional development provided to our elementary school teachers this year has focused on science teaching and learning. Teachers have been learning to use STEMscopes, which will serve as the core science curriculum for Westwood Public Schools. This curriculum is highly-engaging and encourages inquiry, exploration, hands-on, and project-based learning. It also offers engineering design challenges that encourage collaboration among students.
This past week, I had the opportunity to observe and participate in science learning in two different grade levels. In second grade, students were identifying the properties of various materials. They were then using this knowledge to determine which materials should be combined to construct a hat that would both absorb sweat and protect their heads from the sun. The final hats looked quite different from one another. However, they were all conceived of through exploration and thoughtful and purposeful decision-making.
In third-grade, students predicted which of a variety of objects would be attracted to a magnet. They then tested their predictions by touching a magnet to each object, one at a time, to see if it sticks to the magnet. Several students were surprised to find objects attracted to a magnet that they did not predict would be and vice versa.
What was most striking and exciting in both of these situations is that the level of engagement, enjoyment, and participation among all students was quite high. Not surprisingly, so was the degree of learning!
Thank you so much,
Deerfield Elementary School
72 Deerfield Avenue
Westwood, MA 02090
Welcome to Deerfield School from your Deerfield Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)! We are looking forward to another successful and fun school year.
To learn more about your PTO, please visit our Welcome Packet and the PTO section of the website which includes information about how to Get Involved, Keep In Touch and also about our Mini Courses.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who help make your PTO a success! Your PTO works best when all members of our school community work together. Please consider volunteering with one of the many committees we have. There are many ways to get involved!
Click here to learn more about our committees and to find an opportunity that is a fit for you.
| Friday, September 23
|| 9:30 am
| Monday, November 14
|| 7:30 pm
| Friday, March 10
|| 9:30 am
| Monday, May 22
|| 7:30 pm
All meetings take place in the Deerfield Cafeteria.
Email us at DeerfieldPTO@gmail.com.