Our Mission Statement
We, as educators, strive to promote the expression of the Orthodox Christian way of life. We believe every child is unique and learning is an individualized and ongoing process. We recognize our opportunity and mutual obligation to develop within each child the skills, virtues and habits of heart and mind needed to meet the challenges of an ever-changing society. Through mutual respect our students will grow and learn in a positive atmosphere, where faculty, staff, parents and students together are enthusiastic about the learning process. To this end in attaining our philosophy we strive:
• To teach and practice Orthodox Christian values
• To help each student develop to his/her potential in an atmosphere which promotes self-esteem and confidence.
• To cultivate an appreciation and respect for others
• To identify the relationship among various subjects through a holistic approach to teaching which incorporates culture, religion and citizenship
• To promote cooperative learning in a mutually supportive environment which allows each child to perform to the best of his/her ability
• To employ teachers who present themselves as positive role models and create a nurturing environment in the classroom
• To maintain open channels of communications between school and home recognizing that the student is at the center
A Message From Our Principal
Greetings DGK Family!
Welcome to the 2019-2020 new school year! I hope this finds you enjoying the summer holiday.
Thank you kindly for the warm welcome into the DGK community. I have had the opportunity to meet with parents, teachers, and some students over the summer and I am honored to be a part of a school that is a model for rigorous and authentic education and best practices.
We have been busy preparing for the new school year in many exciting ways. Our building been painted, the cafeteria has been renovated and our new elevated side terrace area with a garden space is in progress. Our goals for the upcoming year are to strengthen and deepen our student’s curiosity, proficiency and creativity to be life long learners.
DGK offers a progressive educational program. This year we will be continuing our Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop model with addition phonics to the lower grades. We are also going to begin to introduce STEM based programming throughout the school in an interdisciplinary way through Math, Science, ELA and Art.
Our aim is to help all our students develop a rich toolbox with a wide perspective creating everyday, every subject, every moment chances to grow and excel. Our world is ever changing and we want our students to be highly prepared for all the challenges ahead academically, professionally and personally. Our excellence as a school community requires common goals and accountability. All stakeholders, students, faculty and parents are asked to participate in reflective practices to provide continuity and consistency to our work.
The small classroom environment gives us the unique ability to provide for the needs of each individual child. This year we continue to have fantastic programs in Art, Physical Education, Greek, and Dance.
As an educational leader and the New Principal of DGK, I look forward to the year ahead and working with you. Thank you for giving me the opportunity work with the faculty to make a difference in your child's life. I endeavor to and partner with your family to support your child's academic, social and emotional growth. Our Parish Council, School Board, and faculty collectively and collaboratively work to prepare your child in becoming a scholar and a global citizen.
School Board 2019-2020
Chairman - Gerasimos Menegatos
Vice Chairman - Maria Kambourakis Harisis
Treasurer - Christina Karahalios
Secretary - Sophia Lambrakis Madimenos
Anna Petalas - Steliaros