Mrs. Becky Ventura has “officially” retired from DPS, but is currently serving as a long-term substitute for Mrs. Jessica Bagnall. She had a baby boy, Wyatt, this summer and is staying home with him (maternity leave). Mrs. Bagnall will assume the role of Howard’s vocal music teacher the week before Thanksgiving break. Mrs. Ventura will still pop up here and there, subbing for different teachers in the building.
NOTE: Concert dates have been set — February 28 at 7 pm parents can enjoy a vocal music concert featuring the 4th & 5th graders; March 27 at 7 pm parents can enjoy a concert by their 2nd & 3rd graders!
Ms. JaNell Wilder also joins us this year. She is teaching 2 classes on Friday afternoons. She will see Ms. MacDonald’s 1st grade & Ms. Minier’s 3rd grade once per week, while Mrs. Ventura (later, Mrs. Bagnall!) will also be seeing them once a week (2 lessons per week). Howard now has three sections of each grade, each needing two 45-minute music classes a week and the lunch periods were extended by almost 10 minutes. One music teacher couldn’t fit all of the required classes into the allotted time frame, so…welcome, Ms. Wilder!
Finally, please welcome Mrs. Celeste Reed to Howard as our new instrumental music teacher! She will be working with our 5th graders this year. She has been in the district for many years and is a wonderful, caring teacher.