Dutrow Elementary School

60 Curtis Tignor Road     Newport News, VA 23608     Phone: (757) 886-7760     Fax: (757) 989-0932

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Mission Statement:

We will develop responsible, respectful citizens ready for an interconnected, interdependent world because they are knowledgeable of global relationships and how they impact our lives. 


Ability to think globally and locally

Multi-Cultural awareness & tolerance

Knowledge of age appropriate current events

Early bilingual development (Spanish)

Geographic and geo-literate knowledge

Ability to communicate effectively ina range of situations

Balanced, creative, respectful, and caring indiviuals 


Inquirer Acquires skills for purposeful, constructive research
Thinker Applies thinking skills critically and creatively to solve complex problems
Risk-taker Approaches unfamiliar situations with confidence
Knowledgeable Explores themes which have global relevance and importance
Principled Displays integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice
Caring Develops a sense of personal commitment to action and service
Open-minded Respects the views, values and traditions of other individuals and cultures and is accustomed to seeking and considering a range of points of view
Balanced Understands physical, mental and personal well-being
Reflective Analyzes own strength and weaknesses

Appreciation appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people
Commitment being committed to their learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility
Confidence feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.
Cooperation cooperating, collaborating and leading or following as the situation demands
Creativity being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas
Curiosity being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people and cultures
Empathy imaginatively projecting themselves into another's situation, in order to understand his/her thoughts, reasoning and emotions
Enthusiasm enjoying learning
Independence thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based in reasoned principles and being able to defend their judgments
Integrity having integrity and a firm sense of fairness and honesty
Respect respecting themselves, others and the world around them
Tolerance feeling sensitivity towards differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others




  • Maintains high expectations for all learners
  • Uses Planner Template collaboratively
  • Involves students in designing their own learning and assessment
  • Addresses assessment throughout the process
  • Reflects a coherent, school-wide program
  • Groups units for in-depth exploration
  • Differentiates for a range of abilities
  • Builds upon students' prior knowledgeable and experience
  • Focuses directly on concepts which cross international boundaries
  • Emphasizes connections between disciplines


  • Uses a range and balance of teaching strategies
  • Teaches math and language through direct instruction
  • Groups and regroups students for a variety of learning situations
  • Empowers students to feel responsible and take action
  • Pursues open-ended inquiry and real-life investigations
  • Addresses needs of students with different levels and types of ability


  • Views, plans, teaches and assesses as interconnected processes
  • Involves student in self and peer assessment
  • Involves students in shared reflection at the end of each unit
  • Uses a range and balance of assessment strategies including District and State tests





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