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


Vision of Excellence

The DES family will promote our core values of S.W.I.M. by supporting a challenging curriculum, honoring individuality, and working collaboratively.

S: stay safe

W: Work hard

I: include everyone

M make responsible choices

Parents’ Right to Know

Annual Notification for Title I:

Do you know what it means that DES is a Title I school? Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. Title I, Part A is contained in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to local school systems and schools with high percentages of poor children to support the academic achievement of disadvantaged students. All twenty-four local education agencies in Maryland receive Title I funds; in Caroline County, all five elementary schools receive Title I funding.

At Denton Elementary School, our funds support a wide range of supports including a Reading Resource Teacher, Math Resource Teacher, and two part-time Reading Intervention Teachers who work with our online reading interventions in grades three through five. The funding also supports our Family Reading and Math Nights, Our Dr. Seuss event, and our 5th Grade Parent Nights (Coming soon! Watch for more information!). This year, some of our Title I funds have paid for the math manipulatives and take home Fundations materials that have been sent home in our grade level resource packets.

As you can see, these funds provide additional academic support and materials to help low-achieving children who attend Title I schools master challenging curricula and meet state standards. Title I funds support extra instructional support in reading and math, and materials of instruction including technology. If you have any questions about Title I and how the DES funds are allocated, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. McCandless.

Parents' Right to Know:

DES is a Title I School receiving federal funds to improve instruction in math and reading. Parents of students attending Title I 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 qualifications.

Please reach out to Mrs. McCandless if you have any further questions.

School Parent Compact

We recognize the importance and value of partnership between the school and parents. We have created a Parent & Family Engagement Plan that outlines the school’s commitment to 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