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Principal Notes

Dalhart Elementary School houses  close to 600 students with 85 staff. It includes Pre-K, Head Start and Kindergarten through Third Grade classrooms. We welcome parents, families and the community to become involved in the many varied activities and programs offered at DES.  Please let your child's classroom teacher know if you are willing to serve on any of our campus committees to help us plan for another successful school year at DES.

Karen Taft, Principal
1401 Tennessee Avenue
Phone 244-7350

 Mission Statement
The mission of Dalhart Elementary is to provide an educational climate in which each student can learn and be successful. The administration and faculty of Dalhart Elementary strive to ascertain that each student develops mentally, physically, socially and emotionally to the maximum of his/her potential. Dalhart Elementary provides guidance, motivation and curriculum in a positive atmosphere to ensure success for each student to obtain a knowledgeable background for functioning effectively and successfully at the elementary level.




What's New!!!!!!
October 27th - 31st is Red Ribbon Week!! The dress up days are:
Monday: Drugs turn you inside out - wear your clothes inside out!
Tuesday: Sock it to drugs - put on your craziest socks!
Wednesday: Drugs can’t find us - wear camouflage!
Thursday: Follow your dreams, don’t do drugs - it’s pajama day!
Friday: Team up against drugs - sport your favorite team!

Mrs. Burks service learning "Penny Harvest" raised $1313.84 for Make-A-Wish. The most money raised in 6 years!!!

  • Important Upcoming Dates!!
    October 27-31 - Red Ribbon Week
    October 30 - Music Program
    November 17-21 - Book Fair
    November 26 - Early Dismissal 12:30
    November 27-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
    December 19 - End of 1st Semester
    December 20 - January 4 - CHRISTmas Holiday
Assistant Principal Notes

I am thrilled to serve as the Dalhart Elementary School Assistant Principal.   At DES, our students are properly prepared to be 21st Century thinkers using critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication to develop their decision-making and problem solving skills. The elementary school’s diverse educational programs and co-curricular activities allow students to explore their interests and have new experiences out of their comfort zone. Using inquiry-based learning and rigorous content, our educators challenge all students to explore real-world problems and engage in meaningful learning.

The teachers and administrative team hold the highest standards for all students at DES. High expectations for student respect, responsibility, and integrity help create a positive learning environment where all students feel enthusiastic about their school experiences. It is our goal that each child will reach their greatest potential both academically and behaviorally, along with being fully prepared for success in college and in their career.

The collaboration with the staff, students, families, and community members at Dalhart Elementary School creates a culture that promotes the philosophy of life-long learning. It is my belief that this is the type of culture where all members of our school community can thrive.

As a new member of your school community, I am excited to support your families in preparing our students at DES for success. My office door is always open. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

Wade Ritchey
Dalhart Elementary School
Assistant Principal