North Dearborn Elementary School · 27650 Sawmill Road · West Harrison, IN 47060 · Ph: 812-576-1900 · Fax: 812-576-1901

5th Grade Orientation Night


The 5th Grade Orientation Night at Sunman-Dearborn Middle School will take place
May 5, 2016 from 5:30 - 7pm

This is for all current 5th grade students & parents who have an interest in attending S-DMS for 2016-17.
This is an opportunity to tour the middle school, ask questions, and hear a short
presentation by Mr. Moore and Mr. Maple.

For questions please contact S-DMS administration:
Phone:  812-576-3500
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Before entering 6th grade, your student is required to have 2 more vaccines!!
1.  1 Tdap (Tetanus & Pertussis)            
2.  1 MCV4 (Meningococcal Conjugate)

Parents are required to provide official documentation of your child's immunization to the school prior to the first day of school for  6th Graders.
If we do not receive the required documentation by the first day of school for 6th grade, or if you fail to have a documented appointment date for the vaccines within the first 20 days of school (20 day waiver), we are required to exclude your child from our school, in accordance with state law.

Thank you for your immediate attention to this important matter.

Kindergarten Registration Information Available

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Registration for 2016-2017 Kindergarten is taking place.  

The registration packet can be found by clicking the following link:



Someone will be available in the front office between the hours of 8:00 - 3:00.

Music Notes

spring concert

The 5th grade will be performing their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 12th at 7pm at NDES in the Gym.  


Prescribed Burn at NDES

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NDES has a 13 acre Outdoor Lab that includes a prairie planted with warm summer grasses, a woodland area, and a wetlands.  We are partnered with the Indiana Wildlife Federation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife,  Dearborn County Soil and Water District, Tanner Creek Watershed, National Wildlife Federation, and Cornell University Lab of Ornithology (FeederWatch).

On Saturday, March 26, we had a Prescribed Burn completed on the prairie section of our Lab.  Habitats Solution Wildlife and Forest Management, a company from Columbus, IN, was hired to complete the burn (thanks to a grant form the US Fish and Wildlife).  The burn allows the seeds from the warm prairie grasses to fall to the ground and grow.  It also helps to rid of invasive species (like Autumn Olive and Honeysuckle) and small pine tree growth that can take over a prairie area.  A Prescribed Burn is a cost effective method for managing plant communities and controlling natural succession.  Specific conditions in temerature, wind directions and speed, relative humidity, and ground moisture are all part of the burn plan.  So if you are at NDES, notice the burnt section of the prairie, and then watch to see how it regrows!!  Thanks to Dr. Jackson for supporting this endeavor by the Enfironment Committee to keep our Outdoor Lab a viable educational tool.  

If you use Facebook, you can go to the Habitat Solutions Wildlife and Forest Mgmt. page and see a video of Edward Oehlman lighting the fire on our prairie.  Edward is a former student at SDIS, and is currently studying Forestry at Purdue University.  He earned his Prescribed Burn Certification and offered to help with the Prescribed Burn.  

Dr. Mann Spitler

Dearborn County Citizens Against Substance Abuse and the Dearborn Conty Health Department invite the public to hear Dr. Mann Spitler.  He is a nationally re,nowned speaker who shares the tragic story of his daughter, Manda, and her death from heroin.  

When:  May 23, 2016
Time:  6:00pm
Location:  Ivy Tech Riverfront
                 50 Walnut St., Lawrenceburg, IN  47025
Cost:  FREE - Pizza dinner will be served

Registration is encouraged:
Call Donna @ 812-532-3538


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North Dearborn Elementary School strives to provide a positive, nurturing climate in which our students are empowered to become life-long learners and productive, responsible community members.

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North Dearborn Elementary School
27650 Sawmill Road
West Harrison, IN  47060

Jeff Bond, Principal

Phone: 812-576-1900
Fax: 812-576-1901