Principals Weekly eNewsletters

May 19, 2020

Good afternoon. 

I want to let you know two things:

1. There will be no principal office hours tomorrow due to scheduling conflicts for me.

2. As you know, normally the work for students is released on Monday for the week. Due to Monday being Memorial Day, the work will not be released until Tuesday (5/26) morning. Remember, next week is the last week for student work. 

Have a great day.
May 11, 2020

Good evening.

I want to fill you in a few informational items about the rest of the year.

1. The last day students are expected to complete work is May 29th. Although this is technically not the last student day (as noted on the school calendar), there will be no work assigned to students after May 29th.

2. On Tuesday, May 26th, 7th graders are scheduled to return items/pick up items at the school. On Wednesday, May 27th, 8th graders are scheduled to return items/pick up items at the school. Both days will be from 12:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. More information will be coming out about the specific details of those evenings.

The first MS Principal Office Hours we held on Wednesday was a great time to openly communicate. I will be holding two more Office Hours this week. Both will be on Wednesday, May 13th. One will be from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and the other from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. I decided to add an evening opportunity for those who cannot make it during the day. Please click on the link for the information I sent out last week about Google Meets. MS Google Meets

Please know, we discovered last week that some were able to get into Meets without having to go through everything that is on the document, so do not be worried if what you are seeing is not exactly what is explained on the document. I hope to see you there.

Have a great night!

May 4, 2020

Good morning. I am excited to announce that I will be holding my first Office Hour through Google Meets on Wednesday, May 6th from 11:00-12:00. This is for Parents/Guardians only. Please click on the link below to access the information on how to join.

MS Principal Office Hour

April 28, 2020

Good morning. Below is information that covers a lot of current topics. There are several links in this email, so I will try to organize them as best as possible. I will list the link then give a brief description below each. 

Have a great day.

DAMS Distance Learning Survey

Please consider completing a very brief survey regarding your Distance Learning experience since moving to Weekly Overviews (assigned work by individual teachers that began April 14th). These are uncharted waters for all of us and we appreciate your honest feedback.  

DAMS Update 4.27.20

This link will take you to a video that I created yesterday. I apologize it is about fifteen minutes long, but there was a lot to cover. In the video, you will find information about:

  1. -Student pick up/return of items at the end of the year
  2. -Update to the Distance Learning Family Site
  3. -Weekly Overviews
  4. -Skyward and grading
  5. -Google Meets

DAMS Google Meets Site

This is the site I mentioned in the video that is a great source of information about Google Meets.

Just a reminder to the parents and guardians of the current 7th grade students that the course selection for Unified Arts and World Language selections for next year is due today. Below is a copy of the letter from the counseling department that gives more information.

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Current 7th Grade Students:

While it is difficult to believe, the administrative team and school counseling department at Dallastown Area Middle School are already working hard to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The information below is extremely important to the current seventh graders in the selection of Unified Arts (UA) courses for the 20-21 school year. 

 

Each student in 8th grade next year will either:

  • -Study a world language (Spanish, German, or French) or
  • -Take six total UA courses (two courses per trimester)

Not every student will be academically eligible to take world language in 8th grade. In addition, unfortunately, not every eligible student who chooses world language will ultimately receive the course, mainly due to enrollment limitations for those courses. Because of that, every current 7th grade student should complete the UA course selection form even if they intend to take a world language next year

It is important that the scheduling form (8th Grade WL/UA Scheduling Request Form) is completed by Tuesday, April 28th to ensure students have the best chance to take courses they are interested in. Although we cannot guarantee students will get every course they select, completing the form by Tuesday, April 28th provides us time to manipulate the schedule as best as we can to help support the requests.  After that deadline, all students will be scheduled for UA electives by random assignment and world language seats may be limited or unavailable.

 

***You can access the Unified Arts course guide and information on world language options through the links below. These resources can help you in making decisions about course selection.

 

8th Grade UA Course Guide

8th Grade World Language FAQ

We are extremely excited for the class of 2025 to take the next step in their journey!  If you or your child has any questions about scheduling unified arts or world language for next year after reviewing the included information, please contact your school counselor and we will do our very best to help you.



April 21, 2020

Good afternoon. The information from the counselors below is for current 7th grade students.
Have a great day!

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Current 7th Grade Students:

While it is difficult to believe, the administrative team and school counseling department at Dallastown Area Middle School are already working hard to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 

The information below is extremely important to the current seventh graders in the selection of Unified Arts (UA) courses for the 20-21 school year. 

Each student in 8th grade next year will either:

  • -Study a world language (Spanish, German, or French) or
  1. -Take six total UA courses (two courses per trimester)

Not every student will be academically eligible to take world language in 8th grade. In addition, unfortunately, not every eligible student who chooses world language will ultimately receive the course, mainly due to enrollment limitations for those courses. Because of that, every current 7th grade student should complete the UA course selection form even if they intend to take a world language next year

It is important that the scheduling form (8th Grade WL/UA Scheduling Request Form) is completed by Tuesday, April 28th to ensure students have the best chance to take courses they are interested in. Although we cannot guarantee students will get every course they select, completing the form by Tuesday, April 28th provides us time to manipulate the schedule as best as we can to help support the requests.  After that deadline, all students will be scheduled for UA electives by random assignment and world language seats may be limited or unavailable.

***You can access the Unified Arts course guide and information on world language options through the links below. These resources can help you in making decisions about course selection.

8th Grade UA Course Guide

8th Grade World Language FAQ

We are extremely excited for the class of 2025 to take the next step in their journey!  If you or your child has any questions about scheduling unified arts or world language for next year after reviewing the included information, please contact your school counselor and we will do our very best to help you.



April 16, 2020

Good afternoon.

Recently, we learned that automated messages regarding overdue library books were still going out from our system. Yesterday, we were able to turn them off.

I sincerely apologize for these messages going out and to those who received them. As I said before, we are here to support you and those automated messages definitely contradicted that. Please know that library fines are not on anyone's priority list right now, and students will not be accruing fines. 

Have a great day.

April 15, 2020

Good afternoon. 

Please click on the link for a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document that will address many questions we have received about how things will look for the rest of this trimester. I hope this helps clarify things for you.

Have a great day!

MS FAQ 4.15.20


April 7, 2020

Good afternoon. The following link will take you to a video that was just posted to the family site. In the video I shared a little about what things will look like starting next week so that you and the students know what is coming up.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMFzgFTG9yA&t=3s

I cannot say enough that we are here to support you and your student in the learning process. 

Have a great day.

April 6, 2020

Good afternoon. Welcome to the start of our second week of Distance Learning. This week, students were given four assignments for each course. Since there are only three student days this week, students are required to complete three (one assignment is labeled as optional) and submit them by 3:00 on Wednesday, April 8th. You can access these assignment lists on our DASD Family Distance Learning Site: MS DASD Family Site

Please click on the link for important information from our UA department (Art, Music, etc.)    Unified Arts Information 4.6.20

Enjoy your week!


March 30, 2020

Good morning!

I realize you are getting many emails today, but I wanted to welcome students and families back. Our staff has been working extremely hard to prepare a continued academic program for our students during these unique times.

Tomorrow, I will post a video to the DASD Family Distance Learning site (https://sites.google.com/dallastown.net/dasddistancelearningfamilies/home/7-8). This site houses everything you and the students need for the week. In addition, your student's teachers will be reaching out directly to them.

Thank you again for being a partner with us. We will navigate these times together successfully. That is the middle school way!

Have a great day.

March 3, 2020

I am very excited for our movie night this Friday, March 6th. The PTO has been working hard to plan a great night. Here are a few details:

1.      Students selected Playing with Fire as the movie selection.

2.      Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the movie will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. Admission is $2 OR a non-perishable, unexpired food item donation for the Weekend Backpack Program.

3.      In order to help the PTO get an accurate count, students should RSVP at the following link if they have not already done so: https://forms.gle/ZSS1GTAa7ve5R1w67

It is very important students and parents/guardians follow expectations to ensure safety and a fun experience for all. Please adhere to the following:

1.     All students should be picked up and dropped off at the Auditorium entrance. To help ensure the safety of our students, parents, guardians, siblings, etc. are not permitted to enter the building (unless previously signed up as a volunteer through the PTO link).

2.     After checking in, students will be given a wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times.

3.     Pizza ($2), snacks ($1), and drinks ($1) will be sold in the auditorium lobby. To respect the efforts of our custodial staff, no food or drink is to leave the lobby.

4.     The district’s Electronic Device expectations state pictures and/or videos taken by personal devices are prohibited unless under the direction of a staff member. This policy will be in place for Movie Night.

5.     Students may not leave the event early unless there are unexpected circumstances. Students who leave the event without permission will not be allowed to return.

6.     All school dress code rules and student conduct expectations apply.

7.     Students should be picked up promptly at 8:00 p.m. It is very important students are picked up at that time.

*** This event is for Dallastown Area Middle School students only.  As another security measure, this will be monitored very closely. Students must check in upon entry and staff will verify their status. Anyone at the Movie who is not a middle school student will be escorted out of the building.***

If you have any questions about this event, please do not hesitate to contact the PTO at damspto@dallastown.net.


February 7, 2020

Good afternoon. As you know, today was a unique day. We worked through a power outage, time spent sitting in the hallways, getting 1000+ students through the cafeteria in forty-five minutes, and a quick dismissal. Today was another example of how awesome our students and staff are. The students consistently followed the Wildcat Way throughout the day, even during situations they had never been in before. I could not be more proud of our students and staff.

PTO News

Congratulations to this week’s food drive winners. Ambition led the way in seventh grade. In eighth grade, there was a tie between Voyagers and Invictus. Thank you to everyone who supported our backpack program.

This Sunday, February 9th, Primanti Bros. is hosting the next DAMS PTO Spirit Day. Mention Dallastown Area Middle School PTO and twenty percent of your purchase will be donated back to the PTO to purchase additional water bottle fillers for our students.

The PTO is selling discounted Hershey Park admission and meal tickets now through March 26th. Please visit https://damspto.ecwid.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

PSSA

We will conduct our PSSA testing as follows:

April 21-23: ELA (7th and 8th)

April 28-29: Math (7th and 8th)

May 5-6: Science (8th only)

Please remember that no educational trips during those testing dates will be approved.

From the Music Department

The music department is currently holding a shoe drive. They are collecting shoes of any size and style as long as they do not have holes and have life left in the soles. Shoes can be put in a bag and dropped off in the large collection boxes in the front lobby, gym lobby, or entrance to the music wing. Their goal is 2,500 pairs of shoes, so they need your help.

Musical

Tickets are now on sale for our musical, The Little Mermaid, which takes place on February 27-29. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/36766. You will not want to miss this.

Spirit Week

February 10: Blue Out Day-Wear blue clothing

February 11: White Out Day-Wear your favorite white shirt

February 12: Winter Hat Day

February 13: Pattern Day-Wear your polka dots, stripes, or any other pattern

February 14: Red, White, and Pink Day



February 6, 2020

On Monday, February 10th, we will be reviewing our school safety protocols with our students. These protocols include lockdowns, preventing tragedy, permission to survive, and reunification. It is very important we prepare the best we can to ensure the safety of all students and staff.

We recognize this can be very sensitive to some, so we encourage 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.

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

Have a great day!

February 4, 2020

From the School Nurse

The state of Pennsylvania requires that students in 7th grade have a dental examination completed.  Mailings will be sent home for any 7th grade student who has not yet submitted a dental exam.  DAMS will be hosting the SMILES Dental Program on March 13th, 2020.  If you would like for your child to have a school dental examination, please complete and return the mailed permission form and application by February 14th, 2020.  School dental examinations may also be scheduled online at www.MySchoolDentist.com.  If your child is in 8th grade and you would like your child to have a school dental screening completed, please contact the nurse at MSnurse@dallastown.net for an application or visit www.MySchoolDentist.com to register online.

Student Drop-Off

This is just a reminder of a few things about student drop-off at the gym entrance in the morning:

1. Please remain in your vehicle when dropping your student off. Students should exit the car by themselves and proceed directly to the gym entrance.

2. Please make sure you are dropping your student off at the gym entrance and not any other location. When students are dropped off at other locations (ex: at the stop sign on the road leading to the gym entrance), there is a significant safety risk as well as an increased risk for traffic accidents.

3. If there is space in front of you when you pull into the lane next to the curb, please pull up as far as possible. This helps everyone get through the drop-off lane as quickly as possible.

We all want to make sure students and staff are safe in the morning, and by remembering these things, we can help ensure their safety. Thank you!

PTO Food Drive

The PTO is holding a food drive this week to support our school's weekend backpack program. The list of requested items can be found on the PTO page of the school's website or on the PTO's Instagram page. There is also a link on the PTO's page to donate money through Paypal if you would rather do that. Donations should be placed in the student's team's bin in the lobby, and the team that brings in the most donations in each grade will win a Wildcat Way Period. As of today, Team Inspiration and Team Voyager are in the lead.

Spring Sports Sign-Ups

Spring sports sign-ups will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, February 5th from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. The following sports are open to middle school students in the spring:

Junior High Boys Soccer

Junior High Girls Soccer

Junior High Track & Field

Junior High Girls Volleyball

Upcoming Events

February 3-7: Food drive to benefit our PTO backpack program

February 14: School will now be in session

February 17: No school

February 27-29: Middle school musical

February 28: End of second trimester

March 2: No school

March 6: PTO movie night

January 26, 2020

Good afternoon. Some could not access the spirit week information in my last email. I apologize for that. That information along with details about a food drive are below. Have a great weekend!

Spirit Week

Monday-Crazy Sock Day: Wear your favorite wacky socks

Tuesday-Comfy Cozy Day: Wear your favorite comfy clothes (must adhere to the student dress code expectations)

Wednesday-Twin Day: Grab a friend and become twins

Thursday-Team Colors Day

  • Invictus and Ambition: Black
  • Synergy, Excel, and Awesome: Blue
  • Legacy and Inspiration: White
  • Voyagers and Velocity: Green
  • Endeavor and Phoenix: GrayFriday

Friday-Jersey Day: Wear your favorite team's jersey

Food Drive

The PTO will be holding a food drive from February 3-7 to support our school's weekend backpack program.  The list of requested items can be found on the PTO page of the school's website or on the PTO's Instagram page (and if you haven't already followed them, their handle is @damspto).  There is also a link on the PTO's page to donate money through Paypal if you would rather do that. Donations should be placed in the student's team's bin in the lobby, and the team that brings in the most donations in each grade will win a Wildcat Way Period.



January 22, 2020


As many of you know, I just returned on January 2nd after being out for shoulder surgery. It is so great to be back. Seeing the students and staff has always energized me, and I certainly missed that.

Spirit Week

Student Council has organized a Spirit Week for January 27-31. Please click on the link for more information.

January Spirit Week

From the PTO

The PTO has been very busy supporting our staff and students. On behalf of our staff, I want to thank them for providing an awesome meal for us the night of Parent/Teacher conferences. It was amazing!

This Saturday, January 25th, Isaac’s is hosting a fundraiser for our PTO. All you have to do is take the form with you and enjoy your meal. For more information, please click on the link.

PTO Isaacs Jan 25

Save the date: The PTO will be hosting a movie night for students on Friday, March 6th. Stay tuned for more information.

Spring Sports Sign-Ups

Spring sports sign-ups will be held on Wednesday, February 5th from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the middle school cafeteria. The following sports are open to middle school students in the spring:

Junior High Boys Soccer

Junior High Girls Soccer

Junior High Track & Field

Junior High Girls Volleyball

Upcoming Events

January 27-31: Spirit week

February 3-7: Food drive to benefit our PTO backpack program

February 14: School will now be in session

February 17: No school

February 27-29: Middle school musical

February 28: End of second trimester

March 2: No school

March 6: PTO movie night
November 21, 2019

Good evening,

The purpose of this email is to communicate to you that your child’s report card can be viewed on Friday in Skyward Family Access.

Step 1: Sign into Skyward Family Access using your assigned username and password.

Step 2: Click the Report Card tile for the child you wish to view a report card for.

Step 3: Click the Save icon near the top left of the screen to save your work.

Step 4: Click the Download icon to the left of the report card you wish to view.  

If for any reason you wish to print a report card and are unable to do so, please contact the counseling office at 717-244-4021 x 2530.  We will be happy to print one for you!

We had an awesome Trimester 1 and we are looking forward to a terrific Trimester 2!
November 13, 2019

Upcoming Leave

So that you are informed in advance, I will be on medical leave from December 3rd-January 1st for a minor shoulder surgery. During this time, Mrs. Terroso will be your main contact, and please feel free to connect with her. I am confident you will experience no disruption to your child’s outstanding education because of our awesome staff.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

From the Nurses

The State of Pennsylvania requires dental examinations for all 7th grade students.  Any dental exam that has been completed after July 1, 2018 will be accepted for the 2019-2020 school year.  Click on the link (Private Dental Form) for a private dental exam report that will need to be completed and submitted to the school nurse.  Completed forms are due by December 13, 2019 and may be emailed to MSnurse@dallastown.net or faxed to 1-866-233-9796.

CARES Collection Drive for Troops

Just a reminder that we have partnered with the Dallastown American Legion Post 605 to collect items for our troops. Below is a list of items we are collecting until the end of this week.

-Body Wash: Men and Women                               

-Shampoo                                    

-Body Lotion: Men and Women                   

-Toothpaste

-Deodorant (stick only): Men & Women    

-Hand Lotion                                                                        

-Toothbrush (individually packaged)          

-Dental floss

All donations will be delivered to the Lebanon VA Hospital.

Update to Holiday Help Volunteer Opportunity

I am resending this information because some had difficulty accessing the form through the link on the document I sent out last week.  Below is the information from the counselors that was on that document. The link included below is the direct link for the sign-up form for those who may want to contribute but were unable to access the form through the document.

Dallastown MS: Caring and Sharing Holiday Help Program

While it is hard to believe, the Holiday season is officially upon us!  This is an exciting time for most of us, as we celebrate with our families and give thanks for all that we have. It is also a perfect time to look for ways to help those around us.

Here at the Middle School, there are families who need assistance to ensure that their children have a bright and cheerful holiday.  If your family is interested and able, we are looking for help supporting those Middle School families in need by sponsoring a family. 

You are able to support as many families as you like. What does sponsoring a family entail?  We ask that you purchase a gift card for $25 per student that you sponsor. The counseling office will contact you with a wish-list of stores/locations that the student(s) would prefer.  Once you purchase the gift card(s), we ask that they are returned to the MS Counseling office no later than Monday, December 6th.  Beyond gift cards for the children, our district and counseling office work together to provide groceries for a Holiday meal each family can enjoy together.

If interested, please click on the following link to sign up https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdtDBhuZbTPRmSxdR1wARwLv6w1XKMCVPAlUb7BlJO5bG7eZA/viewform and one of the School Counselors will be in touch with you.  We ask that you complete this form by Friday, November 22nd.

Please feel free to contact Mr. Jake Winemiller (jake.winemiller@dallastown.net) or Mr. Jonathan Gray (jonathan.gray@dallastown.net) with any questions or concerns.

Thank you so much for your help and assistance!

Grab-N-Go Lunch

As you know, we have an early dismissal this Friday (November 15). We will offer Grab-N-Go lunches for our middle school students. If your student is interested in ordering a lunch, please follow the link below. All middle school students received an e-mail with this link as well.

The lunch includes: sandwich, 1 fruit, 2 veggies, and milk. The cost will be deducted from your child's lunch count (if applicable).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAMByx6K05otaX5gNYP4UoQX6C34SpL43HKmP8vOtsakFu7g/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please contact Mrs. Blackwell (denise.blackwell@dallastown.net) with any questions.

Lost and Found

At the end of the first trimester (this Friday), all unclaimed items in the lost and found will be washed and donated to charity. If your child is missing something, please have them check the lost and found. 
November 8, 2019
From the Counselors

We are very passionate about helping those in need. Please click on the link to see how you can partner with us in helping middle school students and families.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kKLiKA3et8Z0QLrI5iAf1oJ8HpqhI2XijPlaXhrAIPI/edit

New Club

Ms. Hess (World Language Teacher) will be holding a new club. She will be offering Zumba on Thursdays starting November 14th.

Spirit Week

Next week, Student Council is having the first spirit week of the school year!  Students can earn points for their team for participating. Here is the schedule:

Monday: RED, WHITE, and BLUE Day – wear USA colors to show your support for our Veterans!

Tuesday: Jersey Day – wear your favorite sports jersey

Wednesday: White Out Day – wear white clothing

Thursday: Comfy Cozy Day – wear comfy clothing (NO PAJAMAS)

Friday: Flannel Friday or Country Day – wear those flannels or your favorite country outfit (no costumes)

From the PTO

The PTO is holding a fundraiser to purchase two additional water bottle filters for the middle school. Please consider purchasing a Mr. Carwash package through https://damsptocarwashgc.ecwid.com/. They will make great gifts. The sale will run through December 18th. 

Upcoming

November 15: End of first trimester

November 18: No school for students

November 27: Half day for students and staff

November 28-December 2: No school for students and staff

November 8, 2019 

Hello Wildcat Families!!

Friday, November 15th is an Early Dismissal Day. We offer Grab-N-Go lunches for our middle school students. If interested in ordering a lunch, please follow the link below. All middle school students received an e-mail with this link as well.

The lunch includes: sandwich, 1 fruit, 2 veggies, and milk. The cost of  will be deducted from your child's lunch count (if applicable).

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScAMByx6K05otaX5gNYP4UoQX6C34SpL43HKmP8vOtsakFu7g/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions, please contact me at Denise.Blackwell@Dallastown.net or 717-244-4021 ext. 2505.

Denise Blackwell/Assistant Principal


October 24, 2019
Good afternoon,

There are two pieces of information from our Counseling Department that I want to share with you. 

The Wildcat Way Update

As you know, we have launched The Wildcat Way this year. Please click on the link to find a letter from Mr. Winemiller, School Counselor detailing additional information about The Wildcat Way.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JgF0OKRrt0czyYCR-h6EMHoDPjoLTyOA0rK-_AjlSB0/edit?ts=5da745c0

York County School of Technology Information (for 8th graders)

You can find information about the application process for the York County School of Technology here: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/16SmwUHc87L-ASj2oEkrZNvwPkfiCrUdOUFq1emmPA-o/edit

October 23, 2019

Fall Dance

Middle school dances could very well be one of the most awkward experiences students have during their time here. That is what makes them so fun. On Friday, November 1st, we will hold our Fall Dance from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Here are some expectations:

1. All students should be picked up and dropped off at the main entrance. To help ensure the safety of our students, parents, guardians, siblings, etc. are not permitted to enter the building.

2. After checking in and paying, students will be given a wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times.

3. Snacks will be sold in the cafeteria. To respect the efforts of our custodial staff, no food is to leave the cafeteria.

4. There will be additional lights in the gym. Students should avoid going near these lights as they can get very hot. We will have the necessary precautions set up, but a reminder is always good.

5. The district’s Electronic Device expectations state pictures and/or videos taken by personal devices are prohibited unless under the direction of a staff member. This is the same for the dance.

6. Students may not leave the dance early unless there are unexpected circumstances.

7. All school dress code rules and student conduct expectations still apply.

8. Students should be picked up promptly at 9:00 p.m.

***The dance is for Dallastown Area Middle School students only. As another security measure, this will be monitored very closely. Students must check in upon entry and staff will verify their status. Anyone at the dance who is not a middle school student will be escorted out of the building.***

If you have any questions about the dance, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Shultz (Stevie.Shultz@dallastown.net) or Mr. Reynolds (Kevin.Reynolds@dallastown.net).

Costumes

Students are once again permitted to dress up on October 31st. Here are guidelines that students must follow.

  1. 1. No weapons (including “fake” and “look-alike” weapons). Please refer to Board Policy #218 for more information about weapons on school property.
  2. 2. No fake blood and/or other similar substances.
  3. 3. All costumes must adhere to the school’s dress code.
  4. 4. No masks, hoods, or face paint.
  5. 5. Costumes cannot interrupt the learning environment (ex: very large costumes)

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or the main office.

Breakfast Cart

A few weeks ago, we unveiled our new breakfast cart at the gym entrance (where students who do not ride the bus are dropped off in the morning). There are many options, including hot foods, for students to choose from for breakfast. This is a very convenient option for students, and I wanted to make you aware that is available.

History and Outdoors Night

The Dallastown Area High and Middle School History Clubs will host the 2nd Annual History and Outdoors Night on Wednesday, November 6th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., a free event for the community.

Held in the middle school cafeteria, students will present projects related to historic events of various topics. Local scout troops will demonstrate skills and information related to outdoor activities.

Best-selling author Ron Kirkwood will also be in attendance.

For information, access: History and Outdoors Night or contact Club Advisor/7th Grade Social Studies teacher Ben Abeles at benjamin.abeles@dallastown.net

Advanced Planning:

October 28-31: Career Week

November 1: Fall Dance

November 6: PAYS Survey – 8th grade

November 15: End of the first trimester (information about report cards will be sent out soon)


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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