Principals Weekly eNewsletters

August 18, 2019

It was so great to see many of you at last week's Open House. I hope the time you spent at the middle school built even more excitement for the 2019-2020 school year. Below is information addressing the most common questions we received at Open House. As always, if you have any additional questions or need information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

PARENT DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP PROCEDURES

When dropping off a student prior to 7:35 a.m., proceed to the rear of the building to the gym entrance. This entrance will be open between 7:05 a.m. and 7:35 a.m.  This is the same location students will be picked up at the end of the school day.

Please know that traffic flow is one way from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and again from 2:45 p.m. to    3:05 p.m.  Parents must enter campus from the New School Lane entrance and exit campus from Tennis Court Hill. This is very important as we want to keep our students safe. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

A diagram can be found at the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hXb4_KiAHCbhkiT09-Jk_nOR3MoKnPI8/view?usp=sharing

Please be aware that students dropped off after 7:35 a.m. must enter through the main doors and check in at the office.  

FRIENDLY REMINDER: SCHOOL CHROMEBOOKS

If you elected to take your school-owned Chromebook home over summer break, please make sure that you have the device charged and with you on the first day of school.  Those students who elected to turn in their devices and new students will receive their devices on the first day of school.

PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES (CELL PHONES)

Students are permitted to bring personal electronics to school with the understanding that the school and school district are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.  However, all personal electronic devices must be powered down and stored in secured lockers from 7:35 a.m. until 2:50 p.m.  Students will not be permitted to use personal electronic devices during lunch.  Students who violate this rule may be subject to having their devices confiscated until a parent can retrieve the device from the main office.

MEET THE TEAM NIGHT

Our seventh and eighth grade Meet the Team event will be held on Tuesday, August 27th. Meet the Team for seventh grade will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meet the Team for eighth grade will be from 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Please adhere to the following schedule:

Seventh Grade

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.-Parents and guardians of SEVENTH grade students will follow their student's schedule.

6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.-Parents and guardians of SEVENTH grade students can visit their student's Unified Arts classes (Music, Art, STEM, PE, and World Exploratory Language).

Eighth Grade

7:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.-Parents and guardians of EIGHTH grade students can visit their student's Unified Arts classes (Music, Art, STEM, PE, and World Language).

7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.-Parents and guardians of EIGHTH grade students will follow their student's schedule.

This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to meet their student's teachers and learn more about the exciting learning that will take place this year at DAMS.

For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase Dallastown Area Middle School spirit wear at Open House, we will have it available to purchase during the Meet the Team event.



August 11, 2019

We are all very excited about the 2019-2020 school year here at the middle school. Over the summer, staff have worked diligently to prepare for this year, and there are many exciting things we will introduce to the students and you throughout the year. A special thanks goes to the custodial and maintenance crews that worked extremely hard to make our school a welcoming one.

You will notice this email does not contain a massive amount of information for you to sift through. To help you stay organized with specific building information, I have broken it down and will be sending it to you over the next few weeks.

Student schedules are set to be released in Skyward tomorrow. Please be patient with us as we still are trying to get a few things (mainly homerooms) correct in the system.

OPEN HOUSE - AUGUST 15 (12:00-6:00 p.m.)

On Thursday, August 15th we are hosting our annual summer open house from 12:00-6:00 p.m. Students and parents are invited to arrive at their leisure during this timeframe to participate in tours of our building led by National Junior Honor Society members.  This is a great opportunity for students to become acclimated to our building and their specific classroom locations.  Representatives of our staff will be available to answer your questions and welcome you to the start of the new school year. 

New this year is a middle school spirit wear sale. T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other items will be for sale in our lobby. Start the year by showing pride in our school.

The PTO has scheduled food trucks to be on campus during our Open House. They will also be holding the Book Fair. This is just another example of how our PTO supports the students, families, and staff of the middle school. Please consider talking with them about how you can be involved.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay connected to the middle school through social media.

Facebook

DAMS: https://www.facebook.com/DAMSPrincipal/

DAMS PTO: https://www.facebook.com/DallastownMSPTO/

Twitter

DAMS: @DallastownMS

DAMS PTO: @PTODAMS

GREETINGS FROM THE NURSES

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!  The nursing staff is available to assist with helping students to have a healthy and successful school year.  As you know, important immunization regulations are in effect.  Notifications for students with incomplete immunizations have been mailed home to those guardians whom have enrolled students attending school on a provisional status.  We do not want any students to not be able to attend school, so we appreciate your diligence in ensuring all immunizations are up to date.

Please notify the nurse of any health changes for your child throughout the course of the school year.  The nurses may be reached at MSnurse@dallastown.net or by phone at (717) 244-4021, ext. 2508. 

For students requiring medications during the school day, medication administration will occur according to school policy.  The policy requires an adult to bring the medicine and appropriate documentation to the school. One option that may be convenient is to drop off the medication and required documentation (you can find the medication form by clicking on the link below) to the nurse during our Open House on August 15th. The nursing staff will be here the entire time.

Access to important Dallastown Middle School health forms: Health Forms

(Medication Form, Asthma Action Plan, Seizure Action Plan, Allergy Action Plan, Dental Examination Form, Physical Examination Form)

Best wishes for a healthy school year!

Dallastown Middle School Nurses 


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