About Our School

Denton Elementary School is a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Five system-wide Title One School.We’re located in central Caroline County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

We are proud of the active engagement between our school and the students and families we serve. We have an active PTA, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of student activities and clubs. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about DES. GO DOLPHINS!

Message from the Principal

Susan McCandless (Principal) headshot

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Denton Elementary School website. I am honored to be the principal of this amazing school. It is my hope that you will find our redesigned website to be full of information and easy to navigate.

Be sure to stay up-to-date by subscribing to news posted through this website, through Smore, and by following us on Facebook @dentondolphins.

Please know that our faculty and staff are always here to serve you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the school at 410-479-1660 or e-mail me or a staff member.


Susan McCandless, Principal



It is the mission of Denton Elementary School to collaborate with the community and students in promoting a safe school environment that encourages hard work and includes everyone in a rigorous education. Through this, students will be taught and encouraged to make responsible choices that will lead them to future success in college and careers.

Parents’ Right to Know

PES is a Title I School receiving federal funds to improve instruction in math and reading. Parents of students attending Title 1 schools may request information about the professional qualifications of their child's teachers. Parents of elementary students may request in writing to the school principal information about their child's teacher including: 

  • Any college or university degree or certification held. 
  • The subject area of the teacher's degree or certification. 
  • Whether the teacher is certified by the State of Maryland to teach a grade level or subject area. 
  • Whether the teacher holds a provisional certificate. 
  • Whether the child is served by paraprofessionals and, if so, parents may request their professional

School Improvement Plan

School Parent Compact

We recognize the importance and value of partnership between the school and parents. We have created a school-parent contract that outlines the school’s commitment education, as well as expectations for students and parents.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

DES has an active PTA, and we encourage parents/guardians to attend and get involved! If you would like more information, please email desmdpta@gmail.com


Current PTA Officers:

Darlene Schwaeble – President

Tiffany Keene – Vice President

Rachel Newman – Treasurer 

Jamie Towers – Secretary 

Volunteer Information

From the CCPS website: Under normal circumstances, we encourage and welcome volunteers into the schools. However, COVID-19 has created challenges that require us to limit the number of people in school buildings. Therefore, for the time being, we have placed our Volunteer Program on hold.

Health Room & Wellness

School Nurse: Jane Blough

Health Room Phone Number: 410.479.2916


DES has a School-Based Wellness Center operated by Choptank Community Health System. The Wellness Center is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Clubs & Activities

DES offers a variety of fun clubs and activities for our students! Examples include:


5th Grade Band

Art Club