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Principal's Message

Headshot of Janet Gates

Welcome to the Donlon Elementary School website where you will find information regarding our school and upcoming events. As the principal of Donlon, I have the privilege of introducing you to our school where we continue to maintain a high tradition of excellence.

At Donlon, our staff is committed to preparing all of our students to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. Our goal is to have all students strive to become informed citizens who are prepared to participate in a culturally diverse society. Our school’s priority is to provide a safe learning environment where students are supported academically, emotionally, socially, and physically to reach their full potential.

At Donlon, we strive to provide students with an environment where they are supported and challenged academically. Our very dedicated and highly qualified staff uses district adopted standards-based curriculum combined with effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of our diverse student population. We use continuous assessment and data to inform our instruction and develop learning goals for our students. We also tie in our city and district wide adopted Community of Character Traits (Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honesty, Respect, and Integrity) across all areas of the curriculum.

Parent and community involvement play an integral role in the success of Donlon. Our Parent Teacher Association (PTA) works closely with staff to support and enrich our school programs. We also work directly with outside community groups in providing our students with links to real life experiences. At Donlon, we are proud of the commitment by our students, staff, families, and community members in making our school a place where children thrive and are given multiple opportunities for success.


Janet Gates