About DCES


Mrs. Lacy Gustafson, our Art teacher, guides our student artists in studying various periods of art history, working with different media, and exploring specific styles. The goals of the art studio include establishing a safe environment that encourages student artists to explore the wonderful world of art, find their personal style, have fun, and grow as artists. Mrs. Gustafson expects each student to cultivate his or her personal style in art and to leave the studio with a deeper understanding and continuous respect of art. The students will learn how to relate class knowledge to the world around them.

 Art Club

This program is available for 4th grade students takes place before school and is conducted by our art teacher, Mrs. Lacy Gustafson. Students sign up for art club which is 8 club meetings each semester. Information about signing up is sent home each semester. 

Library Media Center

Students visit Mrs. Newkirk, our librarian, and the library on a weekly basis for scheduled class times to check out books, receive lessons in library skills, complete research projects, and expand on 21st century skills.  The library is also open for students to drop in and exchange books as needed throughout the week.  

Antler Lunch Bunch

This program is open to fourth grade students who would like to expand their reading skills and varieties.  Each month, students will read a new selection and meet in the library during their lunch and recess time to discuss the book they have read and complete projects to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the titles.  

Sports Club

Sports Club is a great way to work on skills and interact with other students in various grades. It is used to incorporate our food groups, how to live healthy and active lives as well as learning team building strategies and leadership skills. We have fun and is always something new every month!

Computer Lab

We have 27 computers in our computer lab. Students in K-4th grade use the computer lab twice a week for 30 minute sessions. In the computer lab students complete the Study Island program and work on keyboarding skills. 


The guidance program at DCES centers around character. Cacie Stewart, our school counselor, teaches students in her classroom on a regular schedule as part of our specials and enrichment classes.  She also works with students individually and in small groups as needed. All students in kindergarten also recieve Friendship Club. The focus of Friendship Club is teaching students how to be a good friend, make friends,  and what a good friend looks like. Mrs. Kringlen organizes the Giving Tree, Food Drive, Hope Center Drives, Toys for the Holidays, and implements the Community Service Award Program.

Academic Team

We have a great Academic Team at DCES! Fourth graders are allowed to try out for the team in September. We usually practice once per week and maybe more as tournaments get closer. Our circuit has an alpha and beta tournament where we compete against other 4th grade teams in the metro area. Fourth grade academic team is mainly used to give kids a taste of what academic team is like at the intermediate school and beyond where teams could go on to compete nationally. We are amazed everyday at how much our students know and how much they learn throughout the year!

Gifted and Talented 

Our gifted and talented education at DCES is evidenced in several different ways.  Our classroom teachers differentiate for the varieties of learners in their classrooms including providing for the gifted learner.  Students also have the opportunity to work with Mrs. Gerst on Wednesdays during their enrichment time.  During this time the gifted learners work through different units that include STEM in conjunction with the scientific method or the engineering design project based learning model.

Lunch: A Balanced Plate

Our lunch program at DCES is run by Sodexo.  Our goal is for your child to have a balanced plate at lunch.  To learn more about it, read more here: A Balanced Plate Lunch


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