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  • BYOD Purchase Option

    Click on the image above for information about purchasing a Chromebook through Cohasset Public Schools!

     


     

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  • Bus Fees

    Bus Fee Deadlines

    The deadline for the school bus transportation early application fee of $200 per student, with a family cap of $540 is Thursday, June 1st.

    After June 1st, the application fee is $250 per student with a family cap of $540.

    The fee for any application received after August 1st, is $300 per student with a family cap of $540.

    If dropping off payment in person, please bring payment to the main office of the Cohasset Middle-High School and NOT to the District Office.

     

    A transportation application as well as online payment information can be found on the Cohasset School website www.cohassetk12.org under Department/Transportation.

     


     

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  • Life Threatening Allergy Protocol

    Allergy Protocol

    Click above for information regarding our updated Life Threatening Allergy Protocols.

     


     

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    Click above for information about BYOD device specifications!

     


     

     

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  • New and Updated Social Media Accounts

    Did you know we have a Facebook page? Have you followed Interim Superintendent Demas's new Twitter account? Follow our social media accounts to receive the most up to the minute information about upcoming events and important announcements!

     

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Principal's Welcome

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    Dear Deer Hill Parents, Guardians, and students,

    Welcome to our new website on SchoolWires!  I'm very pleased to be able to offer you this website as a resource for checking in and learning about all the amazing things that go on here everyday.  I'm so fortunate to be the Principal of Deer Hill School, where the community, the staff, and the students are the best!

    The Mission of the Deer Hill School is that we strive to prepare our students for success in the 21st century.  We work to ensure students succeed socially, emotionally, and intellectually.  Throughout our instructional program we emphasize critical thinking, creativity, analytical and technology skills, and we incorporate lessons of collaboration and communication across all curricular areas.  We are committed to providing a safe, respectful and academically challenging environment with clearly defined goals and expectatins.  We strive to develop responsible citizens with an appreciation for diversity, an understanding of global connections, and a passion for lifelong learning.

    We are strongly supported in our efforts by our community.  The Deer Hill Parent Student Organization (PSO) works very hard to provide enrichment programs for our students that promote our rigorous curriculum, to offset costs for high quality instructional materials, to promote our family events, and to support the staff through gestures of appreciation.  The Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF) also works very hard to raise funds for major projects not covered by our school's operating budget.  The CEF has funded such projects as our STEM Lab, technology integration in the classroom, Author in Residence Programs, Orff Instruments for our music program, iPads for teachers, and many other worthwhile and innovative projects.  Both important groups welcome participation from our parents and guardians.

    More information about our programs can be found at this website, which will be updated periodically to include school news, important announcements, upcoming events, and current resources.  Thank you for visiting us!

     

    Yours truly,

     

    Jennifer deChiara, Ph.D

    Principal, Deer Hill School

DHS Principal Blog

  • Social Emotional Learning

    Posted by Jennifer deChiara at 9/8/2017

    Social Emotional Learning at Deer Hill School

         At Deer Hill School we have been making a concerted effort to strengthen our school culture through the integration of social emotional learning (SEL) skills with our daily academic curriculum and routines.  As a faculty, we have been studying the work of the Collaboration for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to learn more about the skills related to social emotional well-being so that we can have a shared understanding around the topic.  The term “social emotional learning” can mean many things to different people, and so developing a common language around the subject is a necessary first step if we are going to strengthen our school culture.  At Deer Hill School, when talking about social emotional learning, we use the CASEL skills framework:

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         For decades schools have devoted varying degrees of emphasis on the skills and conditions associated with social emotional wellness.  In my time in education, we have taught “values clarification” and “character education,” usually as enrichment classes separate from the academic curriculum.  Sometimes we limited these skill sets to be solely within the purview of the Adjustment Counselor.  Or the parents.  However, good teachers have always understood that these skills must be embedded in the academic curriculum and in the daily life of the classroom – they are too important to be relegated to the margins of education and it would be a mistake to squander our opportunity to strengthen students’ abilities in these areas.

         Not only do we attend to the social emotional well-being of our students because it is the right thing to do, but research has consistently shown that social-emotional learning and academic achievement are related.  When students demonstrate healthy self-awareness, they are able to utilize strategies for learning that are most helpful for them.  When they are successful in self-management, they can minimize the distractions brought on by stress and control impulses that have an adverse effect on learning and attention.  When students have strong relationship skills they improve their ability to work successfully in groups – a necessary condition of learning and working in the 21st century.  When they are socially aware, they develop the strengths of empathy and multiple perspective taking.  Responsible decision-making is vital for students to be successful in every domain of their life, including their own personal safety.

         Throughout the year you will hear and read about the methods through which we promote social emotional learning on a daily basis through our academic curriculum, our classroom and schoolwide routines, our enrichment program, and our special occasion assemblies and ceremonies.  Because we believe in a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset (that is, with purposeful teaching and effective effort, all students can strengthen their aptitude for learning) we believe that we have the ability and the responsibility to improve upon the social emotional wellness of all of our students.  If you are interested in learning more about CASEL and the framework with which we and other schools are working, check out the link at http://www.casel.org/.  You will also find our schoolwide goal and supporting objectives and activities in this area in our 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan.

         As always, please feel free to contact me about this topic or any other aspect of your child’s learning experience at Deer Hill School!

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