DeSoto Trail Elementary

Challenging each student to blaze a successful trail to the future.

Important Information

 School Hours

  • School is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. each weekday.
  • Morning supervision is available from 7:45 a.m. to 8:25 a.m.
  • Afternoon supervision is available from 2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Attendance Message Line

Any time your student is absent from school or if you have any attendance related issues, please call the Attendance Message Line at 850-488-9971 and leave a detailed message. This phone line is available to you 24 hours a day!


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Technology Links

Visit the Technology page of our website to find links to Internet resources that you can use at home. 

Say No to Bullying

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Please review the following resources to familiarize yourself with what Leon County Schools is doing to prevent bullying, and talk to your child about saying no to bullying.


  • March 16, 2017

    Happy Spring, Trailblazers! It's hard to believe we are heading into the last term of this school year.  The testing season is upon us, so please be sure to check out our school calendar for test dates.  We know our Trailblazers are prepared to "show what they know." While there is much work to still do this last nine weeks of school, we have a lot of fun activities planned, too.  Be on the lookout for emails via listserve and class/grade-level messages with more details. 
    We continually enroll new students during the school year.  Please see registration procedures under the "Our School" tab on our website.  You may also contact our office for more information regarding the documents needed to complete registration for students who live in our school zone or who have been approved by the School Choice office to attend DTES. 
    In order to ensure you are receiving the latest school information, please sign up for our Listserve. The link is located on the left-hand side of our webpage.  Also, be sure to double-check with our registrar, Colleen Teaf, to make sure we have your correct contact information.  This is particularly important if the district office needs to send a mass phone message out to our families. 
    Be sure to check out our FLICKR page for pictures of our Trailblazers hard at work and having fun.  Also, the school calendar on our website is a great way to keep up with all of the events happening on campus and upcoming Share Nights that are held at various business partner locations.  Another great way to stay connected on a daily basis is to watch our morning news show, WDTS.  Click on the link to our Youtube channel.  There you can find videos of not only WDTS, but a variety of events that take place at DTES.  See below on our webpage for a list of social medias where you can find DTES highlights and updates.

    Our regular office hours are 7:45am to 4:15pm.  School starts at 8:30am and is dismissed at 2:50pm.  Student supervision is from 7:45am to 3:15pm.  If students arrive on campus between 7:45am and 8:00am, they must report directly to the cafeteria where staff will be able to provide supervision.  At 8:00am, all students are able to go to their morning play areas. 

    ALL car-rider traffic will be at the front of the school.  Only Pre-K parents, with assigned parking passes, are able to park at the back of the campus.  There may be traffic congestion in the morning, and I appreciate everyone's cooperation throughout the school year.  Please be prepared to make adjustments in your schedule to ensure your children are at school on time.  In addition, we ask for your patience, as there may be long lines to pick up your children in the afternoon.  Be reminded that there are safe buses available for our Trailblazers to use, so you may want to utilize this option to avoid the much anticipated school traffic. One additional note is to please refrain from using your cell phones when utlizing the car pick-up/drop-off line. We want to keep all Trailblazers safe.

    Should you have any questions, please contact me or our Assistant Principal, Dr. Cassandra Poole. Thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

    -Michele C. Keltner, Principal



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  • Registration for New Students is Now Open

    April 12, 2017

    We are open for new student registration! All of the forms and information you need are on our website under OUR SCHOOL > Registration Procedures. We are ready to help you sign up your rising Kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year and all other students transferring to DeSoto Trail for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year . Please contact Colleen Teaf, Registrar at 850.488.4511 today if you need help.

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  • Trailblazer Fitness Adventure

    February 2, 2016

    The Trailblazer Fitness Adventure is here! The TFA is an obstacle course-based fundraiser - it involves all students in a fun, team building fitness event while helping our school raise funds for technology. We developed and are running this fundraiser ourselves rather than contracting with a third-party company, so 100% of the profits come right back to DeSoto Trail!


    The TFA is structured to attract support for our school from beyond our local community. Our school-wide fundraising goal is $40,000. If every family identifies three sponsors for their student who can pledge $1 per obstacle ($30), we will easily meet our goal. Please visit and share your class' donation page with family and friends who can help us raise money for technology!


    Thank you for your support, and please consider coming to the Trailblazer Fitness Adventure on February 12 to volunteer or cheer on your Trailblazers. Volunteers can sign up at

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  • Trailblazer Patrons Program

    October 5, 2016

    The Trailbazer Patrons program is our single large PTO fundraiser. The PTO supports all sorts of resources and activities at DeSoto Trail, including library books, PE supplies, classroom materials, musical productions, reading programs, Grandparents Day, Field Day, Veteran's Day, All Pro Dad, the Science Olympiad, and the 5k Run for Literacy. By avoiding any middlemen in the fundraising process, the Patrons program brings 100% of donations back to the PTO to be used at DeSoto Trail. Please consider making a donation at

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  • 2016-2017 Assessment Calendar

    October 5, 2016

    Our school district's Testing, Research, and Evaluation department has posted the 2016-2017 assessment calendar to their website. Please visit to view the latest version of this calendar.

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  • Support DeSoto Trail with your Target REDcard!

    Posted August 8, 2015

    Do you have a Target REDcard? Did you know that Target will donate up to 1% of your purchases to DeSoto Trail Elementary School through the Take Charge of Education program? This is a really easy way to get money to improve our school. It is hassle-free with just one phone call. Please contact Target at 1-800-316-6142 or visit the Target REDcard website to register your card to DeSoto Trail Elementary School with Identification Number 41244.

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Current Humidity: 99%
Current Rainfall: 99 in/hr
Current Dew Point: 99 °F
Current Pressure: 99 inHg

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