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.

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.  



The guidance program at DCES centers around character. Bradley Herrmann, our school counselor, teaches students in his classroom on a regular basis.  He also works with students individually and in small groups as needed.

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.

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.   

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