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Michelle Nutter, Principal

Welcome! As the principal of DeVaney Elementary School, I feel like one lucky lady!   When you enter our building, take a look around and notice our environment.   In it, you will find what we value.  I hope you notice high expectations.  High expectations breed discipline, learning, and then fun.  When all of these things occur, we can begin to reach our goals.  DeVaney staff members are dedicated and welcoming.  Our students are well-behaved, hard-working, and friendly.


In classrooms from Kindergarten to fifth grade, you will see the same language and programs as they build from one year to the next: 


To reinforce the importance of reading, reading, reading...students set personal Reading Counts goals.  Books are selected around individual Lexiles so students can set goals, read at their own level, and track their progress.  The entire school loves to celebrate when school-wide reading goals are met.  Contact your child's teacher or me to learn more about Reading Counts and Lexiles. 


Students learn a language that defines good qualities or "traits" of writing.  The 6+1 Traits of Writing is a language used at every grade level.  Those traits are ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.  Conversations about improving writing skills is much more effective when we are speaking the same language.  Teachers display a yearlong bulletin board where trait icons, definitions, artifacts, and writing samples aid in the learning process.



Everyday Math is another spiraling program at DeVaney.  Along with it, we are working toward being more intentional about teaching math vocabulary, attacking word problems, and building fact fluency.   Flashmasters, handheld devices, are used at each grade level to provide interest, practice, and tracking as students increase their fact speed and accuracy.


Parental Involvement:

The more involved parents/family members are, the more successful their childern will be.  Please assist in the learning process by:

  • making sure your child is on time and at school every day;
  • communicating with the classroom teacher;
  • talking to your child about school; and
  • supporting and expecting your child to complete homework and read.

Contact Information:


Office Phone-  (812)462-4497



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