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 Families and Staff,
This summer, my family and I read the book Wonder, by R. J. Palacio. If you are unfamiliar with this book, I highly recommend it for your own reading pleasure or to read with older elementary school children or students. Wonder is the story of a ten-year-old boy, born with a severe facial abnormality, and the difficulties he encounters as he experiences school with other children for the first time. While the plot is heavy and many of the events upsetting, the major themes are those of hope, acceptance, and reconsidering how we view and treat others.
One of the most powerful aspects of the book stems from a classroom routine that the main character’s teacher, Mr. Browne, implements throughout the school year. At the beginning of the school year, Mr. Browne teaches a lesson on precepts. Mr. Browne defines precepts as “rules about really important things.” To expand upon this definition a little bit, precepts are general rules or statements intended to teach us how to act and treat others. In essence, they are words to live by. Each month, Mr. Browne gives his students a precept. The students write essays about what the precept means to them and discuss the precept and their responses in class. Over the course of the year, the writing and discussions help the students refine their own behavior and expand their acceptance of all members of their community.
At Deerfield, one of our main areas of focus this year is on clearly defining the behavioral standards we hold for ourselves as a community. This work is rooted in our Core Values and Community Standards. These are the behaviors the Deerfield staff and parents strive to model for our students. The Deerfield staff has also been promoting and acknowledging students’ individual actions by inviting students to serve as Pledge Leaders when demonstrations of our Community Standards are observed.
In addition to these practices, I would also like to offer students the opportunity to refine their own behavior and expand their acceptance of all members of their community by thinking about and responding to precepts. Each month, I will post a new precept for the Deerfield community to consider. Students are invited to respond to the precept by explaining what it teaches them about our behavior and how we treat each other. Here is a link to a few response templates: Monthly Precept Responses. However, students are welcome to create their own response and may respond in words and/or pictures.
Monthly Precept: October
“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.”
-Dr. Wayne Dyer
Students can submit their responses to the main office. Responses will be displayed in the Deerfield hallways. All students who submit a response will be invited to serve as a Pledge Leader at the end of each month.
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.
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|| 9:30 am
| Monday, November 14
|| 7:30 pm
| Friday, March 10
|| 9:30 am
| Monday, May 22
|| 7:30 pm
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