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,
For many years our second grade students have participated in the Same and Different Like Me, Understanding Our Differences program that introduced students to visual, auditory, and physical disabilities. Annually, a team of teachers and administrators have met in the summer to revise and update the materials. The updated curriculum now includes grades kindergarten through five. The updated curriculum will incorporate lessons at each grade level as part of our Open Circle program and is team-taught by special education, specialists, and classroom teachers. There are still opportunities, where appropriate, for parent participation and help.
The vision of this program is to provide meaningful experiences related to our individual differences to create an environment that promotes awareness, increases knowledge, and builds acceptance for all.
The goals of the program are:
Awareness: To build disability awareness into the school curricula through active learning experiences.
Knowledge: To increase knowledge and decrease misconceptions about people living with disabilities.
Acceptance: To foster acceptance, respect, and positive attitudes towards people living with disabilities in the school and community.
Teachers across the district use the same lessons. The grade level topics include:
Kindergarten: Including one another
1st grade: Physical disabilities
2nd grade: Sensory disabilities (hearing and vision)
3rd grade: Cognitive disabilities
4th grade: Specific Learning disabilities and AD(H)D
5th grade: Autism and mental health topics
The lessons at each grade-level will take place between January, 2017 and the end of the school year. Your child’s classroom teacher will communicate specifically when these lessons will occur. I encourage you to talk to your child about their learning on these topics. If you have questions about the program, please feel free to contact your child’s classroom teacher or me.
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.