Principals Weekly eNewsletters

October 14, 2019

New Clubs

New clubs have started, and the schedule is below. Remember, if your child is going to participate, you must fill out the permission form at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12fGSzpLfJbAvPi5NgVcIXo3hJ6mQfzFoiH7AVM-uAvU/viewform?edit_requested=true

Mondays: Sign Language Club, Walking Club, Hand Held Gamers, and Color Guard

Tuesdays: Ultimate Frisbee, Board and Trading Card Club, Ping Pong, Green Team, and Anime and Manga Club

Wednesdays: WAM, Math Counts, and Video Game Club

Thursdays: Ultimate Frisbee and Ping Pong

Please contact Mr. Foust (andrew.foust@dallastown.net) if you have questions about our clubs.

National Free Breakfast Week

This week is National Free Breakfast Week. Students have the option to have free breakfast according to the following schedule:

October 14: All students

October 15: 8th grade only

October 16: 7th grade only

October 17: 8th grade only

October 18: 7th grade only

Picture Retake

Picture Retake day will be held Thursday, October 17th in the Auditorium. This day is for:

-Students that are new to our building and missed the original picture

-Students that were absent or missed getting their picture taken

-Students that do not have an ID card

-Students that were not pleased with their original portrait

Students who are getting retakes should return their original picture packet. If students would like a retake but cannot return their package, they still can get a picture retake. However, the package created will be a proof package. Parents should contact Lifetouch to order from the proofs.

C.A.R.E.S. Spirit Week

This week is Spirit Week related to the district’s C.A.R.E.S. initiative.

Monday (Compassion): Dress in Dallastown C.A.R.E.S. t-shirt or clothing with a positive message

Tuesday (Accountable): Dress your best

Wednesday (Respectful): Dress like a friend or a group of friends

Thursday (Ethical): Dress as your favorite super hero

Friday (Service-Minded): Dress in your favorite Dallastown Wildcat wear for our Day of Service

Advanced Planning:

October 28-31: Career Week

November 1: Fall Dance

November 6: PAYS Survey – 8th grade

November 15: End of the first trimester

September 30, 2019

Career Day

October is right around the corner and officially launches our Middle School Career Education Program.  Our 8th graders begin exploring Career Pathways next month with Expedition Day on October 2nd.  On October 9th, we continue with an assembly run by the York County School of Technology.  During the final week of October, our 8th grade students will be participating in our annual career fair and we would love to have YOUR help.

This year’s career fair takes place on October 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.  Each day, the entire 8th grade class is exposed to 8-10 careers (and their associated Career Pathways) through volunteers representing their professions and industries.  We secure a variety of careers and pathways from the professionals in our region, but we know the parents of students in this building do some amazing work and we’d like to tap that resource, as well.  If you’re willing and able to volunteer about 5 hours of time to this cause, we would be extraordinarily grateful. 

If you have additional questions before volunteering to participate, please contact Jake Winemiller (jake.winemiller@dallastown.net; 717-244-4021 ex. 2536).  If you’re ready to volunteer now, please just submit your information through this link and we will contact you with further instructions.

We are looking for as many different careers representing as many different career pathways as possible and we can’t wait to hear from you.

From the PTO

The PTO will be providing the staff a meal on the evening of Parent/Teacher conferences (October 3rd). Please click on the "Teacher Conference Meal" link to see how you can support the PTO and staff by contributing to the meal. Teacher Conference Meal

We are extending our food drive that benefits our Backpack Program. You will be able to access the bins on Thursday all day. Please click on the link for more detailed information. Fall Food Drive 2019.pdf 

Please do not forget about the PTO’s Spirit Night at Panera Bread. Please click on the link for more detailed information and the flyer. PTO Panera October.pdf 

Cafeteria

Have you ever wondered what the students have available for lunch? The October menu can be found at the following link. MS 2019 October Lunch Menu.pdf   

Upcoming Events

October 1: Winter Sports Sign-Ups (During Wildcat Period)

October 2: 8th Grade Expedition Day/7th Grade CLIMB Day

October 3: Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

October 4: No School

October 9: 8th Grade York County School of Technology Assembly at the Middle School

October 14: Free Breakfast for all Students

October 15: Free Breakfast for 8th Grade Students

October 16: Free Breakfast for 7th Grade Students

October 23: PTO Meeting (9:30 a.m.)

November 1: Fall Dance



September 19, 2019

CLIMB Day

We are excited to announce our first ever CLIMB Day for seventh grade students on Wednesday, October 2nd. While our eighth graders are experiencing the Middle School’s first Expedition Day, our seventh grade students will participate in Citizenship & Leadership In the Middle School Building. The day will include a variety of community speakers and educational presentations about making positive decisions.  Additionally, there will be games, outdoor activities, swimming, movies, and music. We are ready for a fun and informative day. No backpacks or chrome books are necessary - just bring a willingness to learn and participate!

PTO Spirit Nights

The PTO will be holding one Spirit Night per month this school year to raise money so they can, among other things, replace several water fountains throughout the building with dual water bottle fillers/water fountains. Spirit Nights are a great way for people who want to get involved but don't have the time to volunteer to still help them out. Plus, no cooking is always a good thing.

Please click on the link for information about the first Spirit Night being held at Panera Bread. Panera 10-1-19.pdf 

Next Week’s Menu from Chartwells

Monday: Turkey on waffles with mashed potatoes and gravy served with mixed veggies.

Tuesday: Homemade macaroni and cheese served with stewed tomatoes and a dinner roll.

Wednesday: Our famous boneless chicken wing bar.  Wings are served with Frank’s hot sauce or bbq sauce.  Peas and your choice of dinner roll or garlic bread round it out to make a delicious meal.

Thursday: Mini corn dogs with baked beans and a roll.

Friday: Fried chicken legs served with mashed potatoes/gravy and broccoli. Add a roll with butter and you have a great meal.

Upcoming Events

September 20: Early Dismissal (10:55 a.m.)

September 23-27: Backpack Program Food Drive

October 1: Winter Sports Sign-Ups (During Wildcat Period)

October 2: 8th Grade Expedition Day/7th Grade CLIMB Day

October 3: Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.).

October 4: No School



September 9, 2019

PTO

Membership in the PTO is a great way to support our students and staff. Please consider joining. Each person that joins will be entered into a raffle for a free escape room for eight! For more information about memberships, please visit Membership.

The PTO is hosting a Fall Food Drive to benefit our Backpack Program. Please click on the link and help support this necessary program. MS Backpack Program

Intramurals

Intramurals are underway for students. The link below includes information on our current offerings as well as an online permission slip. The school must have a permission slip on file for each student participating in our programs. Thank you to Mr. Foust for coordinating our intramural program..MS Intramurals

The Wildcat Way

Previously, I explained a little about our Wildcat Way. At the beginning of the year, we taught students how to display Respect, Responsibility, and Integrity. The link below includes detailed information on what the expectations are for each. The Wildcat Way

Upcoming Events

September 11: PTO Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

September 20: Early Dismissal (10:55 a.m.)

September 23-27: Backpack Program Food Drive

October 1: Winter Sports Sign-Ups (During Wildcat Period)

October 2: 8th Grade Expedition Day

October 3: Parent/Teacher Conferences (1:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.). More information will be coming from your student’s team teachers.

October 4: No School

August 29, 2019

This morning an unplanned building alarm sounded requiring all secondary campus students and staff to exit the building. The alarm was in response to unintentional damage caused to a fire alarm pull station.

Both students and staff are commended for their diligence in quickly exiting and returning to the building.

Have a wonderful day!

August 26, 2019

Good morning. Below is information on tomorrow's Meet the Team event.

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 25, 2019

Good afternoon. Some of you may have heard your student talking about respect, responsibility, and integrity. Our school kicked off “The Wildcat Way” last week by holding an assembly and teaching lessons on how students show respect, responsibility, and integrity throughout their day.

A team of staff members spent the entire 2018-2019 planning the middle school’s PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports) program. The team met several times during the year to develop and prepare for the implementation of the program this school year. Our goal is to shift our focus from being reactive (ex: consequences for inappropriate behaviors) to proactive (reinforcing the positive/expected behaviors) when working with students.

At the foundation of our program is a matrix that identifies what respect, responsibility, and integrity look like in the following: everywhere, classroom, hallway, café, restrooms, bus, and large group gatherings. It clearly defines the behaviors we expect in each of those areas and provides a common language that we will use to communicate to students in many ways throughout the school year. Please take the time to review the matrix as you will be hearing about “The Wildcat Way” consistently this year. The matrix can be found at:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_IYJ0lFJITX0f8VyIt8FwbMH-21aUw8dioB5-B19VJY/edit?usp=sharing

Stay tuned for more information about “The Wildcat Way” informational night where you can learn all about our program.

For more information about PBIS in general, please visit pbis.org.

PTO

The first PTO meeting of the year will be on September 11th at 9:00 a.m. Dr. Dyer and Dr. Doll will be attending the meeting to share some information and hold an open forum for those in attendance. 

Attendance

If you know your child is leaving during the school day for an appointment, please have him/her turn in a note from you to the office that morning. The office staff will give your child a pass to come to the office to be picked up at the appropriate time. When the office staff is aware of the early dismissal, they are able to effectively communicate this to the appropriate staff members, which helps us continue to ensure all students are accountable and safe. In addition, this procedure minimizes the disruption to the learning process and decreases the amount of time you have to wait.

Upcoming Events

August 27: Meet the Team Night

September 2: No School

September 4: Fall Picture Day

September 11: PTO Meeting (9:00 a.m.)

September 20: Early Dismissal

September 23-27: Backpack Program Food Drive


August 23, 2019

Today on the morning announcements, we reviewed the following with the students: building evacuations including fire drills, severe weather, lockdowns, active shooter, and reunification. It is very important that we are preparing the best we can to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

We recognize these discussions can be sensitive, so we encouraged students to ask questions and/or talk to a trusted adult here at school should they have any concerns. It is also very important that you follow up with your child at home.

As always, feel free to reach out to me if there is anything you need from me. Please remember that the safety of our students and staff will always be a priority.
August 22, 2019

Good afternoon.

We had an excellent first day. It was awesome to see the students back in our building.

We will not have access to lockers tomorrow (8.23.19) and will follow the same plan we used today. Students were very flexible with not having a locker. They were great!

Enjoy your evening.

August 21, 2019

I apologize for the second email today.

Important: Currently, we still do not have information about locker combinations. Therefore, students will not have access to lockers tomorrow. Please think about sending your student with only the necessities (ex: chromebook, pencil, notebook) because there will be no place to store things. Also, please know we will not be able to secure any personal electronics for students. We hope to have the locker situation fixed for Friday. I will update you as we make progress. I apologize for any inconvenience. 

August 21, 2019

Good afternoon.

We are very excited to greet students tomorrow and kick off the school year. As you prepare for tomorrow, here are some key things to keep in mind:

1. If your student is a bus rider, please review the bus number with him/her. This reduces a lot of anxiety in students over the first few days during dismissal.

2. Please be flexible. As you know, getting every single detail set up for around 1,100 students is a massive task. There may be some minor things we need to adjust.

Please know that we are here to support you, and your partnership with us is critical. If you ever have feedback, questions, or ideas, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We all look forward to an awesome year together!

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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