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Welcome to DeMotte Elementary School!  I'm Josh Pearman and I am humbled to serve  as Principal of our great school and in our community. Here at DeMotte Elementary School, our mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Empower our students.  It is our goal to provide learning experiences that are engaging and rigorous for all students! DeMotte Elementary was named as a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School. This prestigious distinction shows that the United States Department of Education recognizes all of the hard work and commitment that makes DeMotte Elementary students achieve at high levels.

It is my strong belief that it still takes a 'village' or 'team' working together, to raise a child. Therefore, at DeMotte Elementary you will find that our teachers, students, and parents/guardians are what make us a strong and caring school community.  We appreciate your on-going support as your child enters the classroom, learns, and grows throughout the year.

As our school leader, I believe that the safety and security of all our students is of utmost importance. Because of our dedication to take the safety of students and schools seriously, Kankakee Valley Schools has partnered with local law enforcement and is pleased to have multiple student resource officers assigned to our schools.  At DeMotte Elementary, we have multiple safety and security measures in place and regularly review plans and procedures.  Some of our safety measures are easily seen by parents and members of the community, while others are not so visible.  We ask for your cooperation and patience in keeping all of our students safe.  One way we keep students safe is that we identify all visitors coming into our school.  Please do not be surprised if you are asked to show a photo ID upon entering the building or picking up your child from school. We understand that this may feel like an inconvenience, but please understand, the safety of our students and staff is paramount.

As a school community, we are committed to providing all children access to the best education possible and will work diligently for your children.  We are proud of our hard working teachers and staff members. I may be biased, but I believe they are the BEST in the state of Indiana! I truly feel blessed to serve as your principal here at DeMotte Elementary School. As a parent or community member, I want to encourage you to consider getting involved here at DeMotte Elementary School in our PTO, or as a volunteer! I look forward to working with you, our community most importantly, our students!

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Let's have a fantastic school year!