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:  Mrs. Bagnall’s blog is:

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.

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4/5 CONCERT FOR PARENTS – June 1st, 2018 @ 2:00


Ms. Hilborn & Mrs. Ventura will present the 4th & 5th graders in a concert for their parents as well as their peers in grades 3-5 on June 1 (Friday) at 2:00 in the Howard School GYM.

The 4th graders will play their recorders, and the 5th graders will play their band/string instruments.


Howard First Grade Presents:

A Musical “Informance” – Mr. Duck Means Business!
Presented by the 1st graders on Thursday, April 26, 2018

MRS. KORTE’S CLASS:  In the Vocal Music Room 8 at 10:00 A.M.

MS. MAC DONALD’S CLASS:  In the Vocal Music Room 8 at 10:45 A.M.

MRS. LIPPERT’S CLASS:  In the Vocal Music Room 8 at 11:45 A.M.

Our program is approximately 25 minutes in duration. The children will be singing, moving, and
playing instruments.
Parents and Grandparents are invited to attend. Please check in at the office when you arrive.
See you there!

NOTE:  The informances are being held during your child’s regularly scheduled music time.


What’s new – these are due!

Recorder money is due February 16 – Friday – before MidWinter Break.  Click below to print out order form. 4th graders only – or 5th graders in Ms. Martin’s class if they have no recorder.

Recorder Letter 2018

DSO Permission Slips are due by February 28 – Wednesday – after we return from break. PTA is paying for the buses, but there is a $6.00 charge for each student/teacher ticket. 5th Grade & 4th graders in Ms. Martin’s class only.

Click below for permission slip

DSO Field Trip slip 2018