About Us

Heidi Balter

Heidi Balter Principal hbalter@hcpss.org
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Ducketts Lane Elementary School. A world of excitement, adventures and learning experiences are awaiting you and your child. We believe that a child's first experiences in a public school setting are extremely important in establishing good work habits, routines and positive attitudes, which will influence a child's future in school and society. Our goal is to help all our students become life-long learners. An integrated curriculum presents an educational program that unifies all content areas: language arts, math, science, social studies, health and safety, music, art, physical education and technology. The program is designed to strengthen physical, emotional, social and intellectual skills and encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Should you have any questions about any of our programs, your child's teacher and I will be happy to talk with you. We highly value strong home-school connections. We hope that you will become active in our school programs, such as volunteering in your child's classroom and supporting the PTA. You are your child's first and most important teacher. Families can do many school-related activities at home to help their children succeed in school. If you have not already done so, sign up for HCPSS News. This is an excellent way to stay informed about school programs, construction updates and transition activities. To sign up, please go to www.hcpssnews.com and follow the directions to create or update your subscription. We are looking forward to an exciting new school year in our beautiful new school!

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson Assistant Principal derek_anderson@hcpss.org
Derek Anderson was the Fourth Grade Instructional Team Leader at Jeffers Hill Elementary during the 2012 - 2013 school year. Prior to Jeffers Hill, Mr. Anderson was a technology teacher and third grade teacher at Swansfield Elementary School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and earned his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Anderson and his wife, Jonae, have been married since 2007 and they welcomed their first daughter, Peyton, to their family in 2011. In his free time, Mr. Anderson enjoys spending time with his family and working out. He is excited about joining the Ducketts Lane community and looking forward to a great school year.

Paul Norfolk

Paul Norfolk Assistant Principal paul_norfolk@hcpss.org
Mr. Paul Norfolk is happy to join the staff at DLES. Prior to coming to DLES, Mr Norfolk was a teacher at Clemens Crossing Elementary and an assistant principal at Waverly, Talbott Springs, Atholton and Ilchester Elementary Schools. He enjoys working with our hardworking students, supportive parents and talented staff every day. Mr Norfolk lives in Eldersburg with his wife and twin sons who are students at Liberty High School.

School Overview

DLES profile with data on school

Where our strengths shine! Our students say: 95% of us, have a best friend at school, 92% of us, have an adult who cares about us, 89% of us, feel safe at school. Our strengths are: achieving, caring, competing, confidence, dependability, discoverer, future thinker, organizer, presence, and relating.

front facade of the DLES building

Front facade of the DLES building

View school floor maps.

Extracurricular Activities

Ducketts Lane students have the opportunity to participate in extracuricular activities such as those listed below. For more information, contact the program's event coordinator.
 

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering. There are two primary goals of the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

  • To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.
  • To provide extra sets of eyes and ears throughout the school building during the student day.
  • You can learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S. at http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/allaboutwatchdogs/

HowardCounty Recreation and Parks Before and After Care - (410) 313 - 7275

Early Learning Centers - Download Flyer: Preschool Flyer_small.pdf

Elementary School Child Care - Download Flyer: Elementary Flyer_small.pdf

The Can-Teen Club - Download Flyer: CanTeen Club Flyer_small.pdf

Howard County Recreation and Parks Basketball

Howard County Recreation and Parks Chess Club

Bricks4KidzSports Spectacular - (410) 927 - 5455

Bricks4KidzSpace Adventures

LEED Certification

Logo: 2015 LEED Gold Certification

Ducketts Lane Elementary School was given a LEED certified Gold Status in 2015.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Ducketts Lane Elementary School is among a small percentage of Howard County and Maryland schools to have earned LEED certification, which recognizes a commitment to environmental sustainability.

Board of Education Representative

Howard County public schools are divided into school clusters, which are assigned to individual Board members to facilitate school visitations, attend special events, and provide a point of contact for each school community. View all BOE school cluster assignments.

DLES BOE Representative: Sandra H. French