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Aviator Updates

For the latest and most up-to-date information see the weekly Aviator Update from Ms. Kortokrax.


Our Duke Elementary Fun Run event has begun! This year, our school is raising funds for Student Enrichment (ie: School-wide Incentives, Brain Pop, Author Visits, Reading A-Z, etc.) and Classroom Support. Our goal is to raise $20,000, and, if you’d like to, we are inviting YOU to help!

Here’s how you can support CWF Duke Elementary:

1. Register on tonight. It’s so easy!

2. Share about our fundraiser with your family and friends using the SHARE BUTTON on

3. Give a donation, if you are able.

Thank you for supporting our school!. We can’t wait for the Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary Fun Run happening on 09/15/2023!

Visit our PTA page for upcoming events and Spirit night information

2023-2024 School Supply Lists

Registration Information

PreK registration opens on April 12 - for more information see our SMCPS website

Kindergarten registration is now open - more information can be found on our SMCPS website        

Refer to this Registration Checklist for all required forms and documents needed to enroll your child at CWFDES

Summer registration is by appointment only - sign up for an appointment here

Any questions?? Please contact Stephanie Magill at or Cindy Toothacker at or call 240-309-4658. 


SOAR Mission:

Captain Walter Francis Duke Elementary School implements S.O.A.R. expectations for all students across all school settings.  

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Welcome to Duke!

Welcome to Duke

Hello Duke Families,

Mr. Adams and I are excited to join your community as Principal and Assistant Principal of CWFDES. Our educational philosophy is based on the belief that when children are excited to attend school, the learning takes care of itself. We look forward to getting to know each of your students and making the 2022-23 school year their best one yet. 

We firmly believe that the home/school connection is essential for the success of our students. Be on the lookout for future communications from us as we get closer to Wednesday, August 24th (the first day back for students). In the meantime, enjoy these precious summer months and time spent with your families.


Katie Kortokrax and Zach Adams

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