Principals Weekly eNewsletters

April 17,2019

Good evening. As you know, tomorrow from 5:00-8:00 p.m., we will hold our first middle school expo. The goal of the expo is to show parents/guardians and families what a middle school student experienced this year. We are very excited about this event and the time our staff has dedicated to creating opportunities and experiences you will not forget. 

Please join us tomorrow evening as we showcase the learning experiences students have at the Dallastown Area Middle School. For more information about what you can expect, please click on the link. DAMS Expo Evening 4-18-19.docx ​​​​​​​I hope to see you there. 

April 14, 2019

Grab and Go Lunch

Thursday, April 18th will be our last early dismissal Grab-N-Go lunch for this school year.  If students are interested in ordering lunch on this day, they can register through the link below.  We will announce ten minutes prior to dismissal for students to report to the café to pick up lunch before they leave.

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

PSSA

PSSA testing starts tomorrow (see schedule below).  It is important that your child arrives to school on time as we will begin testing by 7:45 AM.  Please avoid appointments on testing days between 7:45-10:30 a.m. This will allow for your child to complete the test session for that day.  Electronic devices are NOT permitted in the testing rooms. Electronic devices include cell phones, smartphones, E-readers, Nooks, Kindles, iPads, iPods, tablets, camera-ready devices, smart watches and any other devices that can duplicate testing materials, access the internet, and/or communicate with others.

Please remind your child of this rule which is handed down to us by the Department of Education. Possessing these devices is a violation of testing security and could result in disciplinary action.

ELA: April 15-17 (7:45-10:30 a.m.)

Math: April 23-24 (7:45-10:30 a.m.)

Science (Grade 8 Only): April 30-May 1 (7:45-10:30 a.m.)

April 11, 2019

Every spring as the weather begins to get warmer, we review the dress code with our students. Inevitably, this brings out many different reactions and responses from students and parents/guardians. The purpose of this email is to clarify recent conversations we had with students about dress code. Below are two key points based on feedback I have received:

  1. 1. There has been no change to the dress code. Everything we recently communicated has been a reminder. For more information about our dress code, please refer to pages 15 and 16 in our student handbook. The handbook can be accessed on our website at ms.dallastown.net>information>general information and forms
  2. 2. Posters have been displayed in key areas such as the cafeteria. Please click on the link to see exactly what has been posted. https://drive.google.com/a/dallastownsd.net/file/d/1E9wTCOou9blgdjG2qpJZoSd6KA-_Gnbc/view?usp=sharing

Dress code is, and will continue to be, a sensitive topic to many. Please know we are committed to doing everything we can to set standards of decency while respecting what is realistic based on the clothing that is readily available in stores.

Have a great day!

April 5, 2019

Raptor System Update

On Monday, April 8th, we will be updating our Raptor system. This is the sign-in system visitors use for things like picking students up and printing an identification badge when leaving the office to enter the school. We are very excited for the updates and the increased security they will provide to our students and staff. Due to the upgrades, everyone will need to have their license scanned again upon their first visit to the school after April 8th. I realize this may cause an inconvenience, but it is a necessary step in keeping everyone safe. Please know if you do not have your license with you when you enter the main office for the first time after April 8th, you will not be granted access to the school and students will not be released. I appreciate your cooperation and patience with this process.

DAMS Expo

Dallastown Area Middle School will hold an Expo event on Thursday, April 18th from 5-8 PM. There will be no parent-teacher conferences scheduled during this time. The Expo will feature the traditional art show, a showcase of curriculum, and a mini multi-cultural fair.  The event will spotlight each content area through a variety of interactive exhibits, demonstrations, presentations, and hands-on activities. This is a family event and should be a fun night for all! ***Note: We are connecting the Art Show and Multi-Cultural Night to the Expo event. The separate Art Show and Multi-Cultural Night originally scheduled for May 15, 2019 is cancelled.

Spirit Week

Monday: Spring Day (wear pastel colors)

Tuesday: April Showers (wear blue and purple)

Wednesday: Wildcat Whiteout (wear as much white as possible)

Thursday: Dress Your Best Day (Spring Pictures)

Friday: College Day (wear college apparel)

Upcoming Events

April 11: Spring Picture Day

April 15-17: ELA PSSA (all grades)

April 18: Early Dismissal (10:55 a.m.)

April 19: NO SCHOOL

April 22: School is in session 

March 28, 2019

Good afternoon. Please click on the link below for information regarding Outbound. 

Have a great day.

https://goo.gl/52ayhs


March 24, 2019

Good afternoon. I hope you have a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather today.

“Think About It Day”

We are excited to collaborate with York College of Pennsylvania and ACCESS – York / Victim Assistance Center of YWCA York for a full-day event on Tuesday, March 26th at DAMS. The event is called “Think About It Day” and the day is dedicated to students thinking about their actions and learning the possible consequences of their actions. The day supports our middle school philosophy by being proactive and tackling the ongoing social issues our students often face. The goal of the day is to empower our students with knowledge with the hope that they think before they act. “Think About it Day” will cover topics such as peer pressure, internet safety, healthy relationships, social media, and vaping education. As a Dallastown Area Middle School family, we hope to encourage our students to have positive interactions and to make good decisions.

NJHS Applications

If you received an invitation to join National Junior Honor Society, the NJHS Application is due by3:00 p.m. on March 27th in the Guidance Office. If you need to reference the 5 qualities of membership, they are fully explained under the NJHS tab of the MS website:https://ms.dallastown.net/clubs___sports/national_junior_honor_society/qualities_of_membership. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Rupp (Kathy.rupp@dallastown.net).

Yearbook

The 2018-2019 yearbooks can now be ordered. The students are working very hard under the direction of Mrs. Colmer, and I am already impressed with their work. Yearbooks are $13 and the deadline to order is April 8th.You can order your yearbook at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our yearbook ID code is 9902319.

Looking Forward

April 11: Spring Picture Day

April 15-17: ELA PSSA for all students

April 18: DAMS Expo (look for more information soon)

April 23-24: Math PSSA for all students

April 30-May 1: Science PSSA for 8th grade students only


March 19, 2019

Good evening. I want to remind you that UA scheduling sheets are due back to homeroom teachers this Friday. Below is the information I included in the update earlier this week:

Attention Parents/Guardians of SEVENTH Graders

On Friday, current seventh graders received a UA (Unified Arts) scheduling packet to take home.  The packet contains instructions, information about due dates, and UA course descriptions. If you have a student who is currently in SEVENTH grade, please discuss the options before he/she selects UA courses for next year. Here are a few key points about the process:

  • 1. Every student should select 6 UA courses using the selection sheet.
  • 2. Students who choose World Language should STILL select 6 UA courses.  This is because not every student who selects World Language will be able to take World Language (due to seat limitation and academic restrictions).
  • 3. The entire packet (completed with parent signature) must be returned to the student’s homeroom teacher NO LATER THAN Friday, March 22nd.  Failure to return the packets by that date may result in students not receiving the courses they want for 2019-2020.

If you have any questions about the UA scheduling process, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor.

Have a great evening!

March 17, 2019

Good afternoon. I trust you had a great weekend.

Attention Parents/Guardians of SEVENTH Graders

On Friday, current seventh graders received a UA (Unified Arts) scheduling packet to take home.  The packet contains instructions, information about due dates, and UA course descriptions. If you have a student who is currently in SEVENTH grade, please discuss the options before he/she selects UA courses for next year. Here are a few key points about the process:

  • 1. Every student should select 6 UA courses using the selection sheet.
  • 2. Students who choose World Language should STILL select 6 UA courses.  This is because not every student who selects World Language will be able to take World Language (due to seat limitation and academic restrictions).
  • 3. The entire packet (completed with parent signature) must be returned to the student’s homeroom teacher NO LATER THAN Friday, March 22nd.  Failure to return the packets by that date may result in students not receiving the courses they want for 2019-2020.

If you have any questions about the UA scheduling process, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school counselor.

Student Security and Safety

For security reasons, no middle school students should be in the high school or middle school before or after school unless accompanied by an adult supervisor, coach or advisor.  It is very important that students are following this expectation. We want to make sure students are safe.

Spirit Week

Monday: Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Tuesday: Pajama Day-Wear Comfy Clothes and Pajamas (***Please make sure your student is wearing school-appropriate attire. Students who are not wearing school-appropriate attire will be required to change***)

Wednesday: Dallastown Spirit Wear

Thursday: Missing Summer-Wear Summer Vacation Shirts

Friday: Flashback Friday-Wear Your Favorite 80’s Clothes

PTO Meeting

Please do not forget we have a PTO meeting on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons. You may enter at the main entrance. I would love to see you there.


March 12, 2019

Good afternoon. I want to take the time to thank you and the PTO for the snacks and coffee you provided to the staff. It was nice to walk into the faculty room and see all the things you donated. We really appreciate it.

Report Cards

Report cards will be available by the end of the day on March 18th. As I mentioned in a previous update, we will not be printing out report cards this trimester. Please click on the link for directions on how to access them through Home Access Center (HAC).  https://goo.gl/g52r7Q

Box Tops

It is Box Tops time!  Help our school earn cash to purchase items to support students.  Each box top is worth ten cents, and some products even have bonus box tops.  All box tops can be submitted in a sealed baggy with the homeroom teacher’s name clearly marked on it.  Students may drop them off in the box top bin located outside the main office.  The homeroom with the most box tops will earn a sweet treat!  Collection ends March 15th.  The homerooms that currently are in the lead are Mrs. Rupp, Mrs. Urey, and Mr. Carter.

Free School Breakfast

National School Breakfast Week is Monday, March 11th, through Friday, March 15th, and free breakfast will be available to our students as follows:

Grade 8 - Tuesday, March 12th

Grade 7 - Wednesday, March 13th

Grade 8 - Thursday, March 14th

Grade 7 - Friday, March 15th 

Looking Forward

March 18-22: Spirit Week

March 21 (6:30 p.m.): PTO Meeting in the Learning Commons. Enter through the main doors.

March 22: Middle School Spring Dance

April 11: Spring Picture Day

April 15-17: ELA PSSA for all students

April 23-24: Math PSSA for all students

April 30-May 1: Science PSSA for 8th grade students only


March 5, 2019

Good morning. There are a few pieces of information I'd like to give you.

PTO Staff Appreciation

The PTO would like to celebrate the end of the second trimester by providing the staff snacks and a new K-Cup stash. Please consider donating pre-packaged snacks (ex: granola bars, cookies, cracker packs, nuts, trail mix, chips, and fitness bars) or K-cups. Donations can be dropped off any time in the front office by this Friday morning. Thank you for your continued support of the PTO and our staff.

Yearbook

The 2018-2019 yearbooks can now be ordered. The students are working very hard under the direction of Mrs. Colmer, and I am already impressed with their work. Yearbooks are $13 and the deadline to order is April 8th. You can order your yearbook at ybpay.lifetouch.com. Our yearbook ID code is 9902319.

Spring Pictures

Spring picture retakes originally scheduled for yesterday will now be held Thursday, April 11th. 


March 2, 2019

Good afternoon. I trust you are having a great weekend. 

I found today’s quote posted behind Mr. Abeles’ desk.  

            “Success isn’t what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.”

That definitely is a message to reflect on.

K’Nex Challenge

Four students led by Mr. Goerner participated in a K’Nex challenge at the Lincoln Intermediate Unit this week. This was the first time DAMS had a team in the challenge. I am proud to say that our team finished 3rd out of 55 teams. The students on the team were Justin Lindenmuth, Ethan Jones, Josh Coleman, and Avery Gorman. Great job team!

Free School Breakfast

National School Breakfast Week is Monday, March 11th, through Friday, March 15th, and free breakfast will be available to our students as follows:

Grade 8 - Tuesday, March 12th

Grade 7 - Wednesday, March 13th

Grade 8 - Thursday, March 14th

Grade 7 - Friday, March 15th 

Early Dismissal Grab-N-Go Lunch

As you know, we have an early dismissal for students this Friday, March 8th.  As we have done in the past, we will provide students the opportunity for a Grab-N-Go lunch. Students must register ahead of time in order to receive a lunch. They can register by clicking on the following link:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8nfhslGGR6EkFAuGtG-IIpuw803S8MSP4A1r_8f3lGOmFGg/viewform?usp=sf_link

Chromebooks

Over the past two months, we have noticed an increase in both accidental and intentional damage of student ChromeBook. As you know, certain damage will require you to reimburse the district for the repairs to and/or replacement of the Chromebook. Parents/Guardians should discuss with students the importance of taking responsibility for their chrome books and remind them that ChromeBook are not their personal property; they are property of the school district. A good thing to reinforce to students is to not let others use/access their ChromeBook. Also, consider inspecting your child’s Chromebook periodically.

Looking Ahead

March 4: Spring Picture Day

March 5: Full Day of School

March 6: Full Day of School

March 8: Half Day of School (also is the end of the second trimester)

March 11: No School for Students

March 18-22: Spirit Week

March 21 (6:30 p.m.): PTO Meeting in the Learning Commons. Enter through the main doors.

March 22: Middle School Spring Dance

April 15-17: ELA PSSA for all students

April 23-24: Math PSSA for all students

April 30-May 1: Science PSSA for 8th grade students only


February 22, 2019

As we near the end of the second trimester, 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.


February 18, 2019

Good afternoon. I hope you are enjoying this great weather.

If you look past the counter, you may see the following quote hanging from the bulletin board in the office:

SCHOOL SECRETARY

(skool sek-ri-ter-ee). Noun.

Someone who solves a problem you did not know you had in a way you do not understand.

See also wizard. magician

I can definitely attest that definition accurately describes Mrs. Stein, Mrs. Nicodemus, and Mrs. Ducharme (Counseling Secretary). Next time you are at the middle school, consider taking the time to thank them for all they do.

Report Cards

As you know, the inclement weather this past week has caused the need to modify the school calendar (see the information at the bottom). It also pushed back the date of the end of the second trimester and report card distribution. Once we get closer to the projected date, I will let you know. Although I will not like it, I do have a feeling there may be some additional changes due to weather.

I have exciting news about the report cards. We will no longer be sending a paper copy home. Instead, you will be able to access the report card directly in HAC. There can be no more excuses like “I lost my report card” or “I never received it.” As we approach the report card distribution date, I will send directions on how to access the report card in HAC.

D-Town Dispatch

The new issue of the D-Town Dispatch was released this week. Click on the link to access it: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19pFfCuNhQp_PIDGyDij1o1TThJQex5Ra/view?usp=sharing. If clicking on the link does not take you to the newsletter, please copy and paste the link into your browser. I continue to be amazed at the talents of our students.

Seussical, Jr.

Our Dallastown Area Middle School musical kicks off the week. I hope you get to see one of the shows.  

Shows will take place on:

                Thursday, Feb. 21st @ 7pm

                Friday, Feb. 22nd @ 7pm

                Saturday, Feb. 23rd @ 2pm

                Saturday, Feb. 23rd @ 7pm

A “Meet the Cast event will be held for children ages 4-10 (*accompanied by an adult) on:

                Saturday, Feb. 23rd @ 12:30pm (DAMS Cafeteria)

                $5/child **Accompanying Adult is FREE

Tickets are:

                $8 Advanced

                $10 At the Door

Tickets can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com   Keyword: Dallastown

Looking Ahead

-Monday, March 4th: Spring Picture Day

-Tuesday, March 5th: School will now be IN SESSION.

-Wednesday, March 6th: School will now be IN SESSION.

-Friday, March 8th: End of second trimester. Students will be dismissed at 10:55.

-Monday, March 11th: NO SCHOOL for students. This will be a full day in-service for staff.

-Thursday, April 18th: School will now be IN SESSION with an early dismissal (10:55). Parent/Teacher conferences in the afternoon and evening.

-Monday, April 22nd: School will now be IN SESSION.



February 4, 2019

Good evening. What a crazy week it was with the weather. I appreciate how everyone was patient, understanding, and flexible. Thank you.

One of our staff members had the idea that I should include a quote that is meaningful to staff members and students. This week’s quote comes from Team Synergy. If you are attentive when you walk down the hallway and enter “Synergy Country”, you will see the following quote on the wall:

“Synergy is better than my way or your way. It’s our way.”

-Stephen Covey

What a great message that is for all of us.

Student Achievements

             Science Fair

Two of our middle school students earned awards in the Junior Division (Grades 7-9) of the science fair. We are very proud of their efforts and the efforts of all of our students who voluntarily submitted projects.

Reserve Grand Champion: Catharine Lasher

Topic: Sanitizer Skepticism

Grand Champion: Robert Nicholson

Topic: How do varying amounts of creamer affect the cooling rate of coffee?

District Seven Band Festival

Two students recently participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators District 7 band festival. Bessy Jiang (flute) and Olivia Oppedisano (clarinet) were selected to participate in the festival out of the nearly 1,000 HIGH SCHOOL students who auditioned. Great job!           

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.

Sock Drive

As you know, we recently had a sock drive to help those in need. Here are the totals:

-825 pairs of women’s socks

-515 pairs of men’s socks

-396 pairs of children’s socks

Grand total: 1,736 pairs of socks

I am so proud of our students and community for supporting those in need.

Dental Health Month

February is Dental Health Month. Here is this week’s tip:

Fact:  Tooth decay is the second most common disease, second only to the common cold.

Tip: Brush your teeth two times a day for two minutes for healthier teeth, good breath, fewer cavities, and to avoid painful dental problems.

Calendar Reminders

2/6:  Spring sports sign-ups (2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria)

2/15: School in session: Inclement weather make-up day

2/18: No school: Presidents’ Day



January 21, 2019

Good afternoon. I trust you had a great long weekend. We are excited to get back to school tomorrow and see great things from the students.

Math Counts

On Tuesday, January 15th, our Math Counts teams participated in the annual Math Counts competition. We had one team finish in sixth place overall and two students made it to the championship rounds. Out of about 160 students who competed, Bessy J. placed ninth, Wendy D. placed tenth, and Adithya S. placed fifteenth. We are very proud of all our Math Counts team members for the excellent way they represented our school. Thank you, Ms. Hammers, for your leadership of the students.

Girls Outstanding Leadership Development & Boys Outstanding Leadership Development (Seventh Grade)

The time has come for Dallastown Area Middle School’s annual GOLD and BOLD events! Students who participate in these events will have the privilege of hearing from various presenters about developing leadership, communication, and other skills necessary for the 21st Century. All seventh-grade students should have received permission slips for these optional, but valuable, forums.

GOLD (Girls Outstanding Leadership Development)

Seventh grade girls will have the opportunity to stay after school on February 1st until 10:30 p.m. Pickup will be promptly at 10:30 p.m. at the middle school front lobby (main entrance).

Girls will have the chance to hear our keynote speaker, York College of Pennsylvania president, Dr. Pamela Gunter-Smith. They will also receive encouragement and information from presenters about self-defense, social media, and communication, and participate in a session run by Lebo Skin Care Center in York.

BOLD (Boys Outstanding Leadership Development)

Seventh grade boys will have the opportunity to stay after school on February 8th until 10:30 p.m. Pick up will be promptly at 10:30 p.m. at the middle school front lobby (main entrance).

Boys will hear from presenters about first impressions, internet safety and digital citizenship, communication, and participate in a session run by our own DAHS JROTC program.

Both nights will end with swimming, basketball, ping-pong, and other fun games and activities with friends!

If you any questions, please contact Mr. Andrew Foust at andrew.foust@dallastown.net.

Thank you to our sponsors - American Legion Post 605, Dallastown Communities That Care, and DAMS PTO!

District No Place for Hate Spirit Week

DAMS will participate in the District’s No Place for Hate Spirit Week. The following are the spirit days:

Tuesday, 1/22: CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY. Wear school appropriate clothing with words.

Wednesday, 1/23: BE BOLD. Stand up against bullying in our schools and wear your favorite bold and neon colors.

Thursday, 1/24: IT TAKES AN ARMY to make a difference. Wear your camouflage or military apparel (please make sure students are adhering to our dress code regarding weapons on clothing).

Friday, 1/25: BULLYING MAKES US BLUE. Wear your Dallastown apparel to show your pride for our bully-free schools! ​​​​​​​


January 14, 2019

Good afternoon. This update is focused on the work of our Student Council. They coordinated two events for this week that are designed to be fun and help others in need.

Put a Sock in It

To go along with our No Place for Hate theme in January, Student Council is hosting a drive called Put a Sock in It. This is a sock drive to collect socks for people who are homeless in York County. During the cold winter months, people who are homeless often wear many socks to keep warm.

From January 15-25, students may put new or used (clean!) socks in the donation bins in the front lobby. Socks do not need to be in pairs; we will take any sock in any size as long as it has been washed. This is a good time to go through your pile of socks that you cannot find the match for and donate them to a worthwhile cause. Thank you for your support!

Spirit Week

1/15 Tuesday: Support the Sock Drive (wear crazy/fuzzy socks)

1/16 Wednesday: Wildcat Wednesday

1/17 Thursday: College Apparel Day

1/18 Friday: Get Ready for the Super Bowl and Wear Your Favorite Sports Jersey

***Yes, we realize it is not Super Bowl weekend, but the students wanted to do something related it to it.

Put a Sock in It

To go along with our No Place for Hate theme in January, Student Council is hosting a drive called Put a Sock in It. This is a sock drive for people who are homeless in York County. During the cold winter months, people who are homeless often wear many socks to keep warm. From January 15-25, students may put new or used (clean!) socks in the donation bins in the front lobby. Socks do not need to be in pairs; we will take any sock in any size as long as it has been washed. This is a good time to go through your pile of socks that you cannot find the match for and donate them (or any other clean socks) to a worthwhile cause. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates

January 14: No School

January 17 (6:30 p.m.): PTO Meeting in the Learning Commons. Enter the building at the main entrance.

January 21: No School



December 17, 2018

I realize I have been saying this quite a bit in my updates, but it is so relevant. What a great week it was! I would like to highlight a few things that stood out to me this week.

Team Inspiration students and teachers held a Penny Wars to raise money for our Holiday Help Fund. They raised a total of $216. Great job!

Members of the NJHS provided an awesome afternoon on Thursday for about seventy members of the “Golden Agers”. They set up the cafeteria, served lunch, cleared the tables, and put the cafeteria back together. Several of our musicians representing the band, chorus, and orchestra showcased their talents. The students representing the chorus led a sing-along and took requests from those in attendance. Thank you to Mrs. Terroso for organizing this wonderful event.

Finally, if you have never read our school newsletter (D-Town Dispatch), you are missing out. You must check it out. Please click on the following link to access the newsletter: November 18 Dtown Dispatch. I am sure you will be just as amazed at the talents the students involved in creating this newsletter have as I am. Thank you to Mrs. Shultz for leading this fantastic team of students.

Grab-N-Go Lunch

Friday, Dec. 21st is our next early dismissal day.  We will only offer a Grab-N-Go lunch. In order to secure lunch that day, students must pre-order. Below you will find a link to the order form.  Please answer the questions and submit the form by Wednesday, Dec. 19th

12/21 Early Dismissal Lunch Order Form

We will make an announcement on Friday, Dec. 21st prior to early dismissal to remind students to pick up their lunch in the cafeteria.  Students will take it with them when they are dismissed.

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Blackwell (Denise.Blackwell@dallastown.net).

Spirit Week

During the week of December 17th-21st, the Student Council will sponsor a Spirit Week. Here is the schedule:

12/17 - Winter hat/holiday hat

12/18 - Winter Whiteout (wear white)

12/19 - Wildcat Wednesday

12/20 - Holiday Sweater day (or regular sweater)

12/21 (1/2 day) - PJ day

As you know, all relevant student dress code expectations will apply. We will be strictly enforcing the expectations (especially for PJ day). If students’ dress does not meet the expectations, they will be required to change into appropriate school attire. 



November 2018
 

SPORTSMANSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT TO STUDENTS 

Dr. Fletcher:  High School

Dr. Peters:  Middle School 

To: Parents/Guardians 

            With the start of the winter sports season students

            are reminded of Dallastown’s commitment to sportsmanship.

            Student fans need to represent our community, school, and team

            in a manner that exhibits respect, class, and integrity.  The

            following York-Adams League expectations should be followed;

 

  1. Appropriate attire will be worn.
    1. This includes the requirement to wear shirts.
    2. Masks and face coverings are prohibited.
    3. Body paint is prohibited.
  2. Appropriate and positive cheering.
  3. Fans will remain seated during play.
  4. No signs, banners, or noisemakers.
  5. Food and drink are prohibited in the gym or pool. 

Thank you, in advance, for your support of our athletic teams.  The

coaches and participants appreciate the Dallastown school spirit and

pride our student body exhibits”



November 29, 2018

Good afternoon. I apologize for the second email. Please click on the following link to see how you can help DAMS families. As you know, we are passionate about supporting those in need in our community. Holiday Help ​​​​​​​

November 28, 2018

It is so great to have the students back to school. The students bring such a great energy and excitement to all of us.

After-School Clubs

With the start of the second trimester, we now have a new club schedule.

Monday:

              -Sign Language with Mrs. Imhoff

              -Running Club with Mr. Stump

              -Handheld Gamers with Mr. Wingard

              -Ping Pong with Mr. Himes

              -Color Guard with Ms. Whitsel (starts at 6 PM)

Tuesday:

              -Math Counts with Ms. Hammers

              -Ping Pong with Mr. Himes

Wednesday:

              -WAM (We All Matter) with Mrs. Eckert

              -Running Club with Mr. Stump

              -Eco-Green Club with Mr. Hewitt

Thursday:

              -Mural Club with Mrs. Gibson

              -International Club with Mr. DiLiberti

Friday:

              -Running Club with Mr. Stump

Stay tuned for information about upcoming clubs like Weightlifting Club, Homework Club, and more. They will begin very soon.

Permission slips for all intramurals can be found on the DAMS Website (Under the Clubs and Sports → Clubs and Intramurals tab)

Student Council Food Drive

The Student Council will be collecting non-perishable food from December 3-14. The food we collect goes right back into our community. The Jacobus and Dallastown Lions Clubs use the food to support families in our area during the holiday season.

We have helped many families in the past and are excited to continue this DAMS tradition of giving.

Spelling Bee

The Annual DAMS Spelling Bee Championship will be held at 6 PM on Thursday, December 6th in the MS auditorium.  Seventeen of our top spellers will compete for the first-place trophy along with several gift card prizes being handed out by the MS English Department and school district. 

Finalists will participate in the traditional fashion of a spelling bee, which will challenge them each to verbally spell words provided by the Central Penn chapter of the Scripps National Spelling Bee organization. 

The competition began early in the fall with a written first-round test of 50 words in all Language Arts classes in both 7th and 8th grade.  Approximately 100 students advanced to a written second-round semifinal of 40 words. 

Upcoming Events:

November 30th: Fall Play

December 4th: Report cards sent home

December 5th: Holiday Musical Concert

December 6th: Spelling Bee



November 20, 2018

This time of year is a great opportunity to reflect on the positives in our lives. I look back over the past nine months I have been here at the middle school, and it is easy to think about what I am thankful for. Here are some of them:

  1. Students: I am sure you can picture the reaction I get when I tell people I am the principal of a middle school. What they do not understand is how wonderful our students really are. Being here at the start of the school year has provided me the awesome opportunity to really get to know students, and I look forward to that continuing. Of course, many students find it challenging to navigate through these years. There is a lot of change happening. It has been said that students enter middle school as children and leave as young adults.  All of us  understand that working with our students is an enormous responsibility and one we all take very seriously.  
  2.  
  3. Staff: There are not words to adequately express how awesome the staff is. Their dedication, commitment, passion, and care are apparent every single day. They truly put the best interest of others in front of their own. If you have not reached out and thanked at least one of the staff members who work with your student, I encourage you to do so.
  4.  
  5. Parents/Guardians: Just like students, I have been able to get to know many of you. Your support for the work everyone does here at the middle school does not go unrecognized. On behalf of all the staff, I want to thank you for what you do. We all recognize how valuable you are to the students’ learning and experiences here.

As you can see, there is a lot I am thankful for. I hope you take the time over the next few days to think about what you are thankful for.

Spirit Wear Sale (PTO)

Just a reminder that the PTO is holding a Spirit Wear sale. The last day to order is November 25th, so you still have time. The proceeds of this sale benefit our backpack program. Please click on the link for more details. https://dams18.itemorder.com/sale

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenifer Talbert (jlmt09@comcast.net).

Student Council Food Drive

The Student Council will be collecting non-perishable food from December 3-14. The food we collect goes right back into our community. The Jacobus and Dallastown Lions Clubs use the food to support families in our area during the holiday season.

We have helped many families in the past and are excited to continue this DAMS tradition of giving.

Staff Professional Development

Have you ever wondered what staff does on Professional Development days when students are not here? Today, we had some fun while refining our skills. Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for proof of the fun we had. I want to thank Mrs. Moose (8th grade science); Mr. Miller (7th grade science); Mrs. Coeyman and Ms. Schields (school nurses); Mrs. Ross, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Gall (learning support teachers); Mr. Goerner and Mrs. Cornish (STEM); Mr. Ellis (8th grade social studies); Mrs. Rimer (reading specialist); and Mrs. Ebersole (FACS). They took time to plan and facilitate excellent training for our staff members today.


November 12, 2018

Good morning.

I would like to wish all the veterans a Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you very much for your service in support of this great country.

 I apologize I am late sending out this update. The theme of this update is "Spirit".

 Spirit Week

Here are the details for the remaining days:

Tuesday: Wear yellow or neon colors to help brighten up your week

Wednesday: Wildcat Wednesday-wear blue and white or school spirit wear

Thursday: Get ready for Thanksgiving and wear your fall colors

Friday: Have a SUPER weekend and wear superhero attire (no masks and school appropriate)

Spirit Wear Sale (PTO)

The PTO is holding a Spirit Wear sale. The proceeds of this sale benefit our backpack program. Please click on the link for more details. https://dams18.itemorder.com/sale

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jenifer Talbert (jlmt09@comcast.net).

Looking Ahead
11/15: School in session
11/19: Half-Day for students
11/20-11/26: No school for students


November 5, 2018

Good afternoon. It was a very fun week here at the middle school. In the near future, I will be posting some updated pictures on the middle school’s website and Facebook page. Please check them out.

Have a great weekend.

History and Outdoors Night

The Dallastown Area Middle School History Club will hostHistory and Outdoors Night on Wednesday, November 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This is a free event for the community.

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

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 9th, we will hold our Fall Dance from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. Here are some expectations:

  1. 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. 2. After checking in and paying, students will be given a wristband. This wristband must be worn at all times.
  3. 3. Snacks will be sold in the cafeteria. To respect the efforts of our custodial staff, no food is to leave the cafeteria.
  4. 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. 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. 6. Students may not leave the dance early unless there are unexpected circumstances.
  7. 7. All school dress code rules and student conduct expectations still apply.
  8. ***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. Ross (Catherine.Ross@dallastown.net) or Mr. Reynolds (Kevin.Reynolds@dallastown.net).


October 29, 2018

I enjoyed seeing all the students (and staff) participate in Spirit Week last week. We have some very creative people at our school.

Costume Expectations

Students and staff are once again permitted to dress up on October 31st. Last week I shared a few guidelines. Please pay special attention to the highlighted one I forgot to mention in last week's update. 

  1. -No weapons (including “fake” and “look-alike” weapons). Please refer to Board Policy #218 for more information about weapons on school property.
  2. -No fake blood and/or other similar substances.
  3. -All costumes must adhere to the school’s dress code.
  4. ***No masks or face paint***

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

Counseling Office

For the past few years, the MS career fair was held over the course of one week in February, but the weather had been a major issue some years.  To minimize weather-related complications and classroom disruptions, our career days this year will take place on October 29th, October 30th, November 28th, November 29th, and December 11th.  This change will also allow our 8th graders to complete the entire slate of career days BEFORE they begin scheduling for high school.  Below are the pathways covered this week.

10/29: Architecture and Construction + STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

10/30: Finance + Manufacturing + Transportation & Logistics

Looking Ahead
11/15: School in session
11/19: Half-Day for students
11/20-11/26: No school for students


October 23, 2018

Please click on the following link for information about an assembly for students that will be held on Thursday, October 25th. MYM Assembly Parent Letter.pdf 

October 22, 2018
Good evening. I trust you had a great weekend. 

From the PTO

The Fall Book Fair at the middle school has come to an end, but you still have time to support our teachers and their classroom libraries. The online book fair is still open until the end of the day on Tuesday, October 23rd. Click on the link below to access the catalog and place your order.

https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=dams

Chromebook Maintenance Plan

As you may remember from the information that came home at the beginning of the school year, the district offers a maintenance plan for school devices. This plan is not mandatory, however, it will cover the cost of most first-time damages. The following is the district’s 1:1 Device Acknowledgement document that explains the details of the coverage. DASD-DeviceAcknowledgment1819.pdf  Please know if you have not elected coverage, you will be responsible for repairs of any damage to your child’s device. Beginning Monday, October 22, 2018, we will strictly enforce the reimbursement for repairs expectations set by the district. For those who wish to still sign up for coverage, you can find information in the document linked above. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Costume Expectations

Students and staff are once again permitted to dress up on October 31st. The following guidelines must be met:

  1. -No weapons (including “fake” and “look-alike” weapons). Please refer to Board Policy #218 for more information about weapons on school property.
  2. -No fake blood and/or other similar substances.
  3. -All costumes must adhere to the school’s dress code.

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

Spirit Week (October 22-26)

Monday: Comfy Cozy Day (No Pajamas)

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Wildcat Spirit Wear (Blue/White)

Thursday: Throwback Thursday (70s/Tie-Dye)

Friday: Luau (Hawaiian Theme)


October 9. 2018

Good morning.

I would like to tell you about two opportunities to support our students. Both are events connected to the PTO, so any help you can give is appreciated. Have I ever mentioned before how awesome our PTO is?

Book Fair

Next week (October 15-19) is our Scholastic Book Fair. A lot of work goes into organizing this, setting up, tearing down, etc. If you can volunteer sometime next week to help with things like checking students out, please click on the link to sign up. There are various time slots still open.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c45afac2da3f85-dams

I want to thank Heather Lee and her team for all the work they have done and will continue to do to make this book fair successful. They have volunteered many hours to plan, organize, and communicate with Scholastic to make this happen.

Food Drive

In connection with our Book Fair, we will be holding a food drive next week (October 15-19). As you know, we are gearing up to start our backpack program. We need your help. Attached is a flyer explaining the drive. October Food Drive 

I want to thank Emily Lauer and her team for all the time they have put in to get our backpack program started. They have volunteered many hours to ensure our students' needs are met. 


October 5, 2018

Thank You
As for many of you, the process of scheduling conferences was very frustrating for me. However, that feeling of frustration does not even come close to the feeling of pride I had over the past two weeks. I would like to take the time to send out a few "Thank You"s.

Parents: Thank you so much for your patience, flexibility, and understanding. As late as yesterday afternoon, I had to call some parents and let them know there was a conflict with their conference time. They had every reason to be upset. Yet, they were completely understanding. Throughout all the scheduling confusion, I did not encounter one parent who was upset by it. That is another example of what makes me extremely proud to be your principal.

Teachers/Staff: What an amazing group of staff I get to work with every day! 

Our UA teachers spent hours greeting parents as they came through our doors. They provided direction to those who needed it and created a welcoming experience for all. 

Our secretaries modified their hours to support parents and our staff. In addition, in the past two weeks, they took countless phone calls from parents with scheduling conflicts. Their organization prevented so many more conflicts we would have had without it.

I am so proud of our teachers. I am sure many of them were frustrated with the process and maybe even at me for the scheduling confusion. They certainly had a right to be. In every single communication I had with them about changes, errors in the process, and things they needed to do to align conference times, I received the same response, "No problem. We'll take care of it." As a leader, I am only as good as the staff I lead. How great it is to know that not only is our staff amazing, they frequently help me be better!

Finally, I want to thank our PTO for coordinating and providing last night's dinner and today's snacks. Special thanks go out to Mrs. Manning (PTO President) for helping to coordinate. I also want to thank Mrs. Baumgartner who not only helped coordinate, she also set up everything here at the school, made sure we had what we needed, and packed everything up at the end.

Thank you to everyone for making this school so great!

Yearbook Sale
Attention all students and parents: This is a reminder that the Fall Yearbook sale ends on October 12th. Yearbooks are $13.00 and can be purchased online using the Yearbook Portal website: YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM. Our school’s ID code is "9902319". If you would like to help with the yearbook, donate pictures, or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Colmer at Katie.Colmer@dallastown.net. We cannot wait to capture this year’s memories and share them with you!

Free Breakfast                                                                                                                          Students will be provided the opportunity to eat free breakfast next week. Here is the schedule:
10/9 and 10/10: Eighth Grade
10/11 and 10/12: Seventh Grade

Calendar Reminders
10/9: York County School of Technology presentation to all 8th grade students
10/15-10/19: PTO Scholastic Book Fair
10/15-10/19: MS Backpack Program food drive (more information to come)
10/18: Picture Retake Day
10/25: “Minding Your Mind” assembly 

Looking Ahead
11/15: School in session
11/19: Half-Day for students
11/20-11/26: No school for students


September 25, 2018

Good afternoon.

I want to thank you for your patience over the past few days as we continue to work through the parent/teacher conference scheduling process. I have personally felt some of the frustration, so I sincerely appreciate your support.

Winter Sports Sign-Ups

Winter sports sign-ups will be held in the MS Cafeteria on Wednesday, October 3rd during Wildcat Period.  Winter sports include:

-Boys’ Basketball

-Girls’ Basketball

-Basketball Cheerleading

-Wrestling 

-Wrestling Cheerleading

Coaches from these sports will be there to hand out information.

Support the PTO and Staff

The PTO is preparing to support our staff during parent/teacher conferences by providing dinner and snacks. They need your help. Please click on the link for more information about how you can support them and our staff by donating items and/or time. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0f48afa929a57-dams


September 24, 2018

Good afternoon. 

Our seventh-grade students have been invited to attend the annual Young Women’s/Young Men’s Leadership Conference. The conference will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 12-2 PM.  During this conference, students will hear motivational speakers talk about the importance of self-worth, turning negative experiences into positive ones, building relationships and much more.  Students are split for this conference:  Women will go to York College and Men will go to the LCBC Auditorium.  The flyers for the conferences can be found at the links below.  Permission slips will be sent home with students and are due no later than October 8, 2018. Students should turn their completed permission slips into their homeroom teacher. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Blackwell  at Denise.Blackwell@dallastown.net.

Young Men's Leadership Conference Flyer.pdf 

Young Womens; Leadership Conference Flyer.pdf 



September 21, 2018

Good evening. The students were certainly excited about having a three-day weekend. I'm sure you are noticing the same thing.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled for October 4th (1:00-8:30) and October 5th (7:30-3:00). This year, you can sign up for a conference through the program PTC Wizard. The window for signing up for a conference opens tomorrow (September 21st) at noon and closes on October 4th at 2:00 p.m. You can access PTC Wizard directly from the Home Access Center (HAC). Please click on the following to see detailed directions: MS Parent-Teacher Conference Information

Item Drop-Off

As a parent of a 7th grader, I know that some middle school students do not quite possess the level of responsibility we want them to have. This means they may forget things every now and then. We are not opposed to parents/guardians bringing in things their children have forgotten. In fact, I have been in a few situations where I had to drop something off for one of my own sons. We are beginning to be challenged with the time it takes to ensure students get the materials they forgot without disrupting the learning environment.

Here are some details that speak to our challenge. In a six-day cycle, we had the following dropped off in our main office:

28 ChromeBook

7 lunches

5 gym clothes

5 school work items (planners, book, classwork)

4 items needed for after school (sports jerseys/equipment)

2 food items (snacks and bubble gum)

1 pair of eyeglasses

1 cell phone

This equals 53 total items

When these items are dropped off, our office staff must log them in, find where a student is, contact the student’s teacher (email and follow-up phone call when necessary), store the items until a student picks them up, track down the student if he/she does not come pick up the items, etc. If you look at the numbers above, you will notice the average number of items dropped off per day during that six-day cycle is almost nine.

To minimize disruptions to the learning environment and provide a structured process, we set up the following procedures:

  1. When necessary items relating to the health/welfare of our students like lunches and eyeglasses are dropped off, we will call the student down to the office to pick up these items. It is very important students are getting these items.
  2. Students will be able to stop by before and/or after lunch to check to see if other items such as those needed for after-school activities, snacks, cell phones, etc. were dropped off.
  3. Recognizing that students may not know items have been dropped off for them, we will make an announcement at 2:00 calling any student down who has an item to be picked up.

I want to reinforce that I am in no way saying that parents/guardians cannot drop off items for students. All we are doing is establishing a structured process to best support everyone. I have directed our office staff to begin following this procedure starting on Monday, September 24th. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We Listened

At our Meet the Teacher Night in August, we conducted a survey on what your preferred method of communication was. Overwhelmingly, Facebook was noted as the preferred method. As a result, we now have a Facebook page. Search for Dallastown Area Middle School and you should be able to access our page. Our main goal as we continue to develop this page is to provide one location where you can get information on upcoming events, learn about what is happening at our school, and promote opportunities and organizations like the PTO. Our Twitter page will remain just as active as it has been.


September 17, 2018

Good evening. Thank you to everyone who came out to Rita's last week to support our backpack program. For those of you in the line I was serving (especially at first), I hope your treat tasted better than it looked!

Intramurals

Below is a schedule of our after-school intramurals. Each intramural ends at 4:15. For more information about an intramural, please contact the staff member written below the title or Mr. Foust at andrew.foust@dallastown.net

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Sign Language with

Mrs. Imhoff

Ultimate Frisbee

with Mr. Gillis

WAM (We All Matter)

with Mrs. Eckert

Ultimate Frisbee

with Mr. Gillis

Running Club with

Mr. Stump

Mat Ball with

Mr. Winemiller

Running Club with

Mr. Stump

International Club

with Mr. DiLiberti

Handheld Gamers

with Mr. Wingard

Volunteer Club with

Mrs. Ross

Eco-Green Club

with Mr. Hewitt

Running Club with

Mr. Stump

Color Guard

with Ms. Whitsel

MathCounts with Ms.

Hammers (starts 10/2)

Power Walking Club

with Mrs. Picchini

Mural Club

with Mrs. Gibson

Student Council

Remember, our school fundraiser this year is through Boon Supply Company. Boon Supply has items such as jewelry and bags as well as organizational items for your home, car, or technology. The fundraiser is run through Student Council, and the funds are used to help provide assemblies, field trips, dances, and more for our entire student body. Our goal this year is to raise at least $5,000! 50% of the money you pay for your items will be donated to DAMS Student Council. Can you help us reach our goal? Please follow the link below to shop! It’s a great time to start stocking up on those holiday gifts. Thank you in advance for your support!

https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=89720&complete

Upcoming Events

9/21: No School-Staff Professional Development

9/25: Boston Outbound Trip Parent Meeting (7-8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium)

10/4-5: No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences (more information coming Tuesday)

 

September 11, 2019

Good afternoon. Thank you very much for all the support you have shown us since the beginning of the school year. It is very important that we are partners in supporting students.

Here are a few things:

PTO

The first PTO meeting of the year will be this Thursday (September 13th) at 6:30 in the Learning Commons (Library). Dr. Dyer will be attending the meeting to share some information and hold an open forum for those in attendance. 

For more information about our PTO (including future meeting dates and how you can be involved), please visit http://ms.dallastown.net/information/our_school/pto

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 must wait.

Upcoming Events

9/12: Fundraiser for the Intermediate School and Middle School Backpack Program

         Rita's on Lombard Road in Red Lion (Cape Horn Shopping Center)

9/21: No School-Staff Professional Development

9/25: Boston Outbound Trip Parent Meeting (7-8:30 p.m. in the Auditorium)

10/4-5: No School-Parent/Teacher Conferences (more information coming soon)


September 4, 2018

Now that the school year is underway, I want to let you know about some opportunities for you to support our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

School Counseling Careers in the Community

Dallastown Area Middle School is in the process of planning an exciting new career education program.  It is our hope that our wonderful Dallastown parents will volunteer to help us make this program as meaningful and special to your children as it can be!  Our overarching career education goals are helping middle school learners:

  • Identify and explore personal interests
  • Identify and explore personal strengths
  • Identify and explore work values
  • Identify and explore career pathways that align with each student’s interests, strengths, and values

Traditional career education programs tend to focus on exposure to a small number of career options (Who wants to be a veterinarian when they grow up?) or a broad overview of general fields (Who wants to work in business?), but our new program aims to add focused, in-depth exploration of career pathways from across the spectrum of options.  

During the 2018-2019 school year, the middle school counseling team will be launching our new Careers in the Community program.  Over the course of the year, we will offer students focused opportunities to learn about careers or career pathways that interest them.  To provide these opportunities, we are humbly asking for your help. Recent research indicates that 50% of students (perhaps more) choose careers based on what their friends and family do for a living.  Our goal is to use our extended Dallastown family to broaden their exposure and horizons, giving each student more ideas and options to consider.

What kinds of careers are we looking for?  Put quite simply: all of them. Technology, Agriculture, the Arts, Law, Medicine, Manufacturing, Business/Entrepreneurship, Services, Trades...we want to give our students the opportunity to learn more about the world of work and as many potential options as possible.  We do not need amazing public speakers or elaborate booths; just bring yourself and a willingness to participate in a moderated panel with other parents in related fields.

We cannot do this without you. An hour or two of your time might help plant a seed that changes someone’s entire life trajectory.  If you are willing to volunteer some time and expertise, please click on this link https://goo.gl/GDoMbq at your earliest convenience and complete the brief (less than 5 minute) informational survey.  If you have any questions before completing the form, please feel free to email Jake.Winemiller@dallastown.net or give Mr. Winemiller a call at 717-244-4021, ext. 2536

Student Council

Our school fundraiser this year is through Boon Supply Company. Boon Supply has items such as jewelry and bags as well as organizational items for your home, car, or technology. The fundraiser is run through Student Council, and the funds are used to help provide assemblies, field trips, dances, and more for our entire student body. Our goal this year is to raise at least $5,000! 50% of the money you pay for your items will be donated to DAMS Student Council. Can you help us reach our goal? Please follow the link below to shop! It’s a great time to start stocking up on those holiday gifts. Thank you in advance for your support!

https://www.boonsupply.com/collections/all?fundraiser=89720&complete

MS Backpack Program

One important aspect of any child’s well-being and ability to learn is proper nutrition.  We recognize this at Dallastown Area Middle School and would like to assist in meeting the needs of school-aged students. In an effort to help children come to school ready to learn, we are providing a “Weekend Backpack Program.” For more information, please click on this link DAMS Backpack Flyer.docx 

August 27, 2018

Good morning. Here are more details about our Meet the Team Night on August 28th (tomorrow evening):

  • 7th grade parents can attend from 5:30-7:00 p.m. They will begin in their student's first core period class and move through all four core classes. From 6:30-7:00, 7th grade parents will have the opportunity to visit any unified arts or PE teachers their child will have this school year.
  • 8th grade parents can attend from 7:15-8:45 p.m. They will begin by visiting any unified arts, PE, or world language teachers their child will have this school year. At 7:45 p.m., 8th grade parents will report to their child's first core class and move through all four core classes.

Do not worry if this sounds confusing. Your child will provide you with a schedule. Because 8th grade parents will start by exploring their child's UA classes, parents should look for the schedule from your child today to know where to go. 7th grade parents should not be concerned if your child tells you he/she left the schedule at school. That may be true. All you need to know is what his/her first core course is. Report to that class at 5:30 and the teacher will give you your child's schedule. 

We are looking forward to a great night!

August 23, 2018

What a great first day of school! As the day progressed, many students adjusted to having to get up early, follow a schedule, and participate in learning. We are very excited for the great things that will happen here this year.

Tomorrow (8/24), we will be reviewing 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 will 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.

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. always

August 20, 2018

We were so glad to see so many of you on Thursday for the Open House. Our excitement continues to build as we approach the first student day on August 23rd. It is going to be a great year!

We would like to thank all the NJHS students who volunteered to greet everyone and provide tours. They are a perfect example of how awesome our students are!

PE UNIFORMS

I would like to clarify the expectations of dress for PE. It is true that we have discontinued PE uniforms being mandatory. Certainly, students may still wear the official PE uniform, however, it is not something that has to be worn.

In a previous email I mentioned a few guidelines, one of which was shorts cannot have pockets. I apologize for the confusion that caused. What I should have been clearer on is that there should be no external pockets (ex: those that are commonly seen on cargo shorts). External pockets can get caught on equipment causing them to rip or, even worse, injure students. Please do not go out and search to find shorts that have no pockets in them. Finding them just may be impossible. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

PTO UPDATE

This link: PTO Rutter's Rewards.docx will take you to information about an effortless fundraiser for the PTO called "Rutter's Rewards Schools". All you must do is register, which is very easy to do.

Remember, our PTO is solely funded by donations. For more information about how you can support the PTO, please click on this link.  http://ms.dallastown.net/information/our_school/pto/membership__popsocket_orders_/

August 13, 2018

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 and your child will enter the MS gym entrance. This entrance will be open between 7:05 a.m. and 7:35 a.m.  This is the same location parents will pick up their children 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 2:40 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Parents must enter our 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. For a more detailed look and explanation, see the campus diagram by clicking on the link.  https://goo.gl/5d867g

SCHEDULING UPDATES

As you know, schedules will be posted to Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, August 13th. Here a few things to know:

  1. If you do not see a schedule in Home Access Center (HAC) on Monday, please be patient. Although we are not expecting any issues, there is always potential that things may be delayed. Please contact us on Wednesday, August 15th if you do not have access to a schedule.
  2. By now, everyone should know which team their child will be on. For information such as recommended supply lists, please visit the team’s specific website that can be accessed by clicking on the “Teams” tab on our DAMS website (ms.dallastown.net).
  3. 7th grade schedules will have nothing listed in the third trimester for the UA class. The reason for this is because the third trimester is split in half, and we are working on how to note that in our Student Information System software. In the Q and A document I sent to you last year when your child was in sixth grade, I gave a brief explanation of the schedule of UA courses. I included it again for those who may not have received the letter or need a refresher.

Q: Besides the four core courses and PE, what other classes will 7th grade students have?

A: Students will participate in four Unified Arts (UA) classes that meet three times a cycle for the first two trimesters. In the third trimester, students will repeat the four courses (two courses at a time for half of the trimester). The UA courses are World Language, Music, Art, and STEM (formerly associated with Tech Ed). The following is an example of a UA schedule:

First Trimester

Second Trimester

Third Trimester

Days 1-3 STEM

Days 1-3 Art

Days 1-3 STEM

Days 4-6 Music

(First half of third trimester)

Days 4-6 Music

Days 4-6 World Language

Days 1-3 Art

Days 4-6 World Language

(Second half of third trimester)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay connected to our school by following us on Twitter.

            @DallastownMS: General information about great things at our school

            @DAMSprincipal: My own personal way to communicate about our awesome school

            @DallastownSD: An excellent source for district-wide information

PTO MESSAGE

Make the last full week of summer count!  From August 13-17, Adrenaline will be hosting a Back-to-School Special “Jump 3 hours for $25.00” package. Socks are an additional $2.00 if needed. Adrenaline will give our PTO a donation worth 15% of the cost of the package. No flier is required; just mention Dallastown Area Middle School when you purchase the 3-hour package. For more information about Adrenaline, you can visit their website at https://jumpadrenaline.com/york.



August 6, 2018

We hope you had a fantastic weekend. Below is information from our school nurses, Chartwells (our food service company), and details about our Meet the Team Night. I also included a few other important items. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

GREETINGS FROM THE NURSES

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  The nursing staff is available to assist with helping students to have a healthy and successful school year.  With the current school year, 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 appreciate your diligence to this important medical matter.

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. 

7th grade- Dental exams are required for all 7th graders.  Completed private examination forms are due by December 14, 2018. 

For students requiring medications during the school day, please have the required forms completed.  Medication administration will occur according to school policy.  An adult must bring in medications to school.

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 

CAFETERIA SERVICES

Chartwells will continue to oversee our district’s food service department for the 2018-2019 school year.  Here are a few things to know:

  1. MySchoolBucks is a convenient, easy and secure online prepayment service, which allows parents to view daily purchases, and account balances. They also have free App that provides parents the ability to add funds electronically for a small fee. Parents can also sign up to receive an email when a low fund balance occurs.  If you wish to open a MySchoolBucks account for your child, please visit www.myschoolbucks.com. You will need to enter your child’s school and student ID#. 
  2. We will begin serving breakfast on the first day of school.
  3. To view menus and nutritional information on meals served in the cafeteria, please visit Dallastown.nutrislice.com
  4. An application for free and reduced meals will be sent home with your child at the beginning of the school year.  Families who received free/reduced meals last year must submit a new application no later than October 5, 2018 to continue this benefit. 
  5. For additional information regarding the school lunch program, visit www.dallastown.net > ‘Departments’ > ‘Food Services.’ 

CAFETERIA PROCEDURES

Faster lunch lines in the cafeteria!  Yes, we can do that with your help!

Chartwells will be implementing a new procedure at the registers called Cashless.  Starting September 10, 2018, we will no longer be accepting any form of payment at the registers for meals. The cashiers will not have cash in the registers to give out change. Not having to give out change during lunch service will speed up our lines and give students more time to enjoy their lunch.

Prior to September 10th, we will be consistently reminding students that they will need to deposit their money in the morning. Students should place their deposit (cash or checks) in an envelope with the student’s name and ID# and put it in the drop box.  Cafeteria staff will empty the drop box every morning and the deposit will be on the student’s account that day.

MEET THE TEAM NIGHT

Our 7th and 8th grade Meet the Team Night will be held on Tuesday, August 28th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for 7th grade and 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for 8th grade. Holding both grades’ Meet the Team Night on the same evening is new this year.

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

PTO GIVES BACK

Dallastown Area Middle School has been working diligently to organize and initiate a Backpack Program to support our students in need.  The purpose of this program is to provide a bag of nonperishable food items to children in need to take home each weekend when school meals are not accessible. 

If you would like to help the DAMS Backpack Program or sponsor a child, please contact Emily Lauer at ems_8@yahoo.com.  If you would like to send in non-perishable food, we will accept the donations.  Please contact Emily for a list of single serve food items recommended to support our program. 

GYM UNIFORMS

Some have inquired about buying PE (Physical Education) uniforms. We are happy to communicate that specific PE uniforms are not required. If your child would still like to wear the school uniform, one can be purchased in our school store. Here is some additional information on, acceptable dress for PE is that you can also find in our handbook:

1. Blue, white or gray shorts or sweatpants; no pockets or zippers

2. Blue, white or gray t-shirt with short sleeves; words or pictures must be school appropriate

3. Athletic shoes and socks

Remember that all clothing must comply with the DAMS dress code.

NEXT EMAIL

On Thursday, August 9th, I will send an email with information about DAMS communication through social media, opportunities for students to get involved, and student drop-off/pick-up procedures.



August 1, 2018


We are all very excited about the 2018-2019 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.

Toward the end of last year, I asked a student what students need from me as a principal. One of the comments she made was she appreciated that my weekly emails were “short and only included important information.” This year, I will continue to take that approach (although this email will be longer than normal).

You will notice this email does not contain a massive amount of information for you to sift through. One of the reasons is because you will soon be receiving access to documents like the handbook, technology use expectations, and annual notifications (I will give you more information about that below), which already is a lot of information. 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. Here is the schedule for those emails:

August 6: -Nurse Information

                 -Cafeteria Services and Procedures

                 -Meet the Team Night Details

                 -Middle School Social Media

August 9: -Opportunities for Students to Get Involved

                 -Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Now, on to the information I have to share.

OPEN HOUSE - AUGUST 16 (12:00-6:00 p.m.)

On Thursday, August 16th 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 nursing, school counseling, and administrative staff will be available to answer your questions and welcome you to the start of the new school year. 

INFOSNAP

Please click on the link for a letter from Mr. Tom Stauffer, Director of Technology Services: InfoSnap 2018 summer letter.docx  This letter contains information about InfoSnap and will prepare you for accessing the beginning of the year documents.

PTO CORNER

An active PTO makes for a healthy school community.  Please consider joining and supporting the PTO by giving of your time, talents, or simply making a financial contribution.  Our PTO supports a variety of programs that benefit our entire student body including assemblies, field trips, and the end of the year field day celebration. 

  • Anyone that joins PTO this year and donates at least $25 will receive an exclusive Dallastown PopSocket (in a paw or wildcat head print). Donate $35 and receive two PopSockets. Any donation over $45 will also earn an additional special item. 
  • PTO meetings are open to any parent or family member of a student at DAMS.  They will be held this year on September 13, November 15, January 17, March 21, and May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the MS Learning Commons.
  • If you have a Giant A+ Rewards card, please do not forget to link it to DAMS. This is one of the major resources the PTO has to fund activities for our students.

There are so many ways to get involved. To get more information about how you can help and all the PTO does to support our students, staff, and community, stop by their table at the Open House on August 16th and Meet the Team Night on August 28th. Also, we are overhauling our website, so check back soon to find the links to all of the PTO’s social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

WHAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR

We are preparing to release student schedules. All of the information can be found in H.A.C (Home Access Center). Here is the timeline:

August 3 - Homeroom and team assignments will be available.

August 13 - Full schedules will be available.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 16 - MS Open House (12:00-6:00 p.m.)

August 23 - First Day of School

August 28 – Meet the Team Night 7th (6:00-7:00 p.m.) and 8th Grade (7:30-8:30 p.m.)

September 3 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

September 5 - MS Picture Day

September 13 - PTO Meeting (6:30 p.m. in the MS Learning Commons)

 Note: Dr. Dyer will be sharing information and holding an open dialogue with those
           in attendance.              

September 21 – NO SCHOOL - Teacher In-Service Day

September 26 - Boston Outbound Parent Meeting (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

October 2 - Williamsburg Outbound Parent Meeting (7:00-8:00 p.m.)

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