Elementary Home
Enjoy your Summer Vacation!

It was a wonderful school year at DES!  We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces again in August.  Our Open House will be Tuesday, August 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.  First day of school for grades 1-5 will be Wednesday, August 22.  First day for KinderStart will be Friday, August 24; and the first day for kindergarten will be Monday, August 27. 

Enjoy your vacation!

Mrs. Held & Mrs. Myers 


Teacher Exemptions

It’s hard to believe we are planning for next school year already, but we are! We have a “no request” policy for teachers. This has worked well for our district and our classrooms are very well distributed based on boy/girl ratio, as well as behavior and academic needs of our children.  We will follow this same policy for the 2018-2019 school year. If you have a teacher that you would like to exempt your child from having, please download the appropriate form or see the office secretary for a copy. Requests will not be accepted.

Mentoring Opportunities at DES!
If you would like to spend some quality time with one of our KinderStart-Fifth grade students, we have several mentoring opportunities available to you throughout the school year.   Click on the link below to get started.  We will need you to complete the applicaiton and return it to our Defiance County Mentoring Supervisor.  They will process your application, do a quick background check, offer training and you're all set!  We ask that you visit with your assigned student at least once a month, but encourage once a week (avg. time is 30 minutes).  This is a great opportunity to give back to your community and build the self-esteem of a child at the same time!  Win-Win!
Upcoming Events at DES

August 21 - Open House Grades 1-5, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

August 22 - First Day of School, Grades 1-5 - doors unlock at 8:30 a.m.

August 22-24 - KinderStart and Kindergarten Check & Chat Orientation Meetings

August 24 - First Day of School for KinderStart

August 27 - FIrst Day of School for Kindergarten

August 29 - School Pictures - Grades KS-2

August 30 - School Pictures - Grades 3-5

September 3 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL 

September 14 - KinderStart and Kindergarten Parent Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

September 21 - Grade 1 Parent Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

September 25 - Scheduled TWO HOUR DELAY - doors will unlock at 10:30 a.m.

September 28 - Grade 2 Parent Luncheon at 12:30 p.m.

Defiance City Schools has central registration.  If you need to enroll your child for the 2018-19 school year, please visit our central office located on Arabella St. inside the middle school.  You will need the following information to enroll your child:
Birth Certificate
Social Security Number
Immunization Record
Custody Papers (if applicable) 
Proof of Residency (driver's license, utility bill) 
We look forward to meeting our new Bulldogs!
2018-19 Scheduled Two-Hour Delays for Teacher Professional Development
We attempt to schedule our two-hour delays on the last Tuesday of each month; however, we do have two exceptions at the end of the school year.  Please note the dates below: 
Tuesday, September 25
Tuesday, October 30
Tuesday, November 27
Tuesday, January 29
Tuesday, February 26
Tuesday, April 23
Tuesday, May 21
Hours of Operation and Book Fees
The Defiance Elementary School day runs from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Our doors unlock at 8:30 a.m. for arrival.
On scheduled two-hour delay days, our doors open at 10:30 a.m. for arrival. 
Book fees for elementary students are $52.00.
K-3 Learning Standards
If you have questions about the detail contained under each category on your child's standards based grade card, please click on this link.  It will direct you to the Ohio Department of Education's website.  You can then select the subject and grade you are interested in viewing:
Grades K-3 do not assign letter grades to students.  All report cards are based on skills listed under each standard.  
Defiance City Schools Safety Forum
Phone Numbers
Elementary  419-785-2260
K-2 Fax         419-785-2261
3-5 Fax          419-785-2262
18-19 Class Supply Lists
Changes to Attendance per HB 410
New Teacher Day
Thu Aug 16 2018
to Fri Aug 17 2018
Teacher Work Day
Mon Aug 20 2018
to Tue Aug 21 2018
Wed Aug 22 2018
Kindergarten Orientation
Wed Aug 22 2018
to Fri Aug 24 2018
629 Arabella St.  Defiance, Ohio 43512  |  Phone: 419-782-0070
Defiance High School  |  Phone: 419-784-2777
Defiance Middle School  |  Phone: 419-782-0050
Defiance Elementary  |  Phone: 419-785-2260
Defiance Athletic Department  |  419-784-0102
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Defiance City Schools
629 Arabella Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512

Call 419-782-0070
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