Principals Weekly eNewsletters

Monday, June 4, 2018 is a Day 1

Here a few reminders about this week:

  • Fun Day is taking place this Tuesday (rain or shine).  Students will be busy all day, and they may want to bring water bottles, sun screen, swimsuit, towel, and money.  All students will receive a free French fry and there will be several food vendors. Please click on the link to see the vendors and prices. Fun Day Vendors.pdf The school cafeteria will also be open from 10:30-1:15 for anyone that wants to get lunch from the café that day.  The student’s lunch account will be charged as normal. They will be serving turkey and cheese and ham and cheese pretzel sandwiches. They will also have PBJ sandwiches available.                  

Thank you in advance to the many volunteers that will be here on Tuesday.  We are excited for a great FUN DAY!

  • As the school year closes, please remember that it is still important for students to be in school the entire day. If you need to pick your child up before the end of the school day, please let the office staff know ahead of time or send a note if possible. Mrs. Stein and Mrs. Nicodemus will be very busy with things such as checking in visitors for events, preparing for the end of the year, and ensuring students' needs get met. It is very helpful to them if they know ahead of time when students will be leaving early.                                                                                     
  • 7th Grade Parents/Guardians: You should have received information on Friday explaining options for your student to use his/her Chromebook over the summer. Please make sure your student turns in the sheet identifying which option you choose. In case you did not receive the information (I cannot imagine that would ever happen with middle school students in their last week of school), click on the links. summer2018letter.docx  summer2018signoff.docx One document is a letter from our technology department explaining your options. The second is the document you should return to us as soon as possible. If we do not get any correspondence from parents, students will have to leave their Chromebook at school over the summer.

Thank you very much for your support. Have a great day.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 is Day 3.

Our annual Fun Day will be held rain or shine on Tuesday, June 5th.  We have inside and outside activities happening all day.  All students will receive free french fries compliments of the PTO and Student Council.  A few reminders:  There will be several food vendors if your child would like to purchase food. The cafeteria will also be open, and students may get lunch there like every other school day. Because some activities are outside, we encourage your child to apply sunscreen and drink plenty of water. The PTO is still looking for volunteers to help. If you would like to volunteer for an hour or two, please click on the link below.

Although the students may not appreciate it, I attached a brief report on how to Exercise Kids' Minds During the Summer. Click on the link to read the report. RtP_SummerLearning_1.pdf 

Finally, I want to thank everyone who served in the U.S. Armed Forces to protect our freedom and their families who supported them. Happy Memorial Day!

May 21st is Day 4.

The past week has been filled with examples of how talented our students are. If you were at the Festival of Arts and Culture and/or choral concert, you definitely experienced what I mean. One thing you may not know is how well the students who attended the Festival of Music in D.C./Virginia represented DAMS and the district this weekend. They brought home two superior awards, two first place honors, and one first place overall middle school honors. These are awesome, but not the only awards. There is one more that means so much to me as a principal. The students won the Esprit de Corps award given to the choir who represents their school the best. I am so proud of these students!

Here is a reminder about library obligations:

If your child has a book from our library please encourage him/her to return it by Friday 5/25, so we may account for our inventory.  Special note: No student owes a fine. The only financial obligation will be the cost of any damaged book or book not returned.

Field Day will be June 5th and the PTO needs your help. The following link will take you to the "Sign Up Genius" website where you can find information about Field Day and opportunities for you to support the PTO. They are looking for volunteers and donations of water. I would love to see you there.

Have a great week!

May 14th is Day 5.

Here is an announcement from our world language teachers:

"Do you like to eat? Do you like food from around the world? Would you like to admire artwork from our very own student artists?  Would you like to see a cultural rap from Parody of one of your favorite songs?  Do you like to celebrate cultures?  Please join us on May 17th (this Thursday) at the middle school. Doors open at 5:00, and the night officially begins at 5:30 with a talent/entertainment show. After the show, check out some fascinating art and cultural displays. Did I mention there will be a lot of great food? Hope to see you there."

Information on the eighth-grade awards assembly:

Traditionally, the awards ceremony for all 8th grade students takes place on the last day of school. This year, we are modifying the awards ceremony. On June 7th, we will be holding a breakfast for the President's Award for Academic Excellence winners, American Legion Award qualifiers, and American Legion Essay Contest winners. We will notify these students this week, and invitations will be sent home.  

Scheduling update:

This week, seventh grade students will be selecting Unified Arts courses for next year. 

As always, if you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

Have a great week!

April 30, 2018

Good afternoon. April 30, 2018 is a Day 1.

Fall sports sign-ups are Wednesday, May 2nd at 2:15 in the cafeteria.

  • Current 8th grade students may sign up for Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, or Cheerleading
  • Current 7th grade students may sign up for Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, or Cheerleading

I cannot say enough great things about our PTO. On Thursday, they provided an awesome dinner for the staff. They are also contributing a Keurig machine for the faculty room in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11). If you would like to support the PTO in recognizing our staff, they ask that you think about purchasing some K-cups to go along with the Keurig. 

Another "thank you" goes out to the Dallastown Area Education Foundation (DAEF). Mrs. Erica Stermer (6th grade teacher and DAEF Board Member) organized a clean-up for the Courtyard of Honor at the middle school. The courtyard looks amazing! You can support the DAEF by participating in Give Local York. For more information about the event, please visit

Finally, attached is the cafeteria menu for the rest of the school year.

Have a great week! MS May-June LU menu.pdf 

April 23, 2018

Good afternoon. 

I have a few informational items for you this week besides letting you know that Monday is a Day 3, so I apologize for the length of this email. 

1. The PTO book fair is set up and ready for the students this week. The PTO is an amazing group of parents that provides so much for our students and staff. The book fair is one of the ways they receive funds to help support us. Please click on the link for more information about the book fair.

DAMS PTO Scholastic Book Fair - Dallastown Area Middle School

2. Would you like to see the Dallastown Area Middle School announcements just like your child does each school day?  If so, please add the following link to your desktop and tune in at 7:30 AM to check out what is happening.

If you don’t have time to watch us live in the morning, you can check out our archived programs and watch us any time at this site:

Next year we hope to expand our streaming and include live broadcasts of school events like assemblies, sporting events and classroom happenings, so save the links as we will be using them increasingly.  Good things are happening at Dallastown Area Middle School!

April 16, 2018

Good afternoon. What a crazy weekend of weather we are having! Yesterday, I was sitting at my sons' sports games trying to avoid sunburn. At today's games, it would have been virtually impossible for me to get sunburn because I was covered up trying to stay warm.

April 20th is an early dismissal day for students.  Students can pre-order a Grab-N-Go lunch to take home with them.  Follow the link below to place the order, and we will remind students to pick up lunch before leaving on Friday.  The student’s lunch account will be charged as it is daily.

There will be no school on 4/26 because of parent/teacher conferences. To support the teachers, the PTO is putting together a dinner for them. You can help support the PTO by donating items for the dinner. Please click on the link below to find out how you can help. 

Sign Up

Finally, both seventh and eighth grade students will take the Math PSSA assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. I am so proud of the students for how they handled themselves this past week even though testing for three days can be tough. I look forward to more of the same this week.

Have a great week!

April 9, 2018

Good afternoon. I hope you are having a great weekend and have the time to enjoy today's wonderful weather.

Tomorrow is Day 5. On Wednesday this week, students will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting art club. Here is the description from Ms. Baum: "Calling all crafters: If you want to live dangerously and learn how to make some unique jewelry, come join the new intramural- Enameling Club! You will use a mini kiln to fuse powdered glass to copper pieces. You can make pendants, pins, and earrings. Permission slips can be picked up outside Ms. Baum's door or in the guidance office. The club starts Wednesday (4/11) after school. Hope to see you there!"

Last week, I shared a little information about the Battle of the Buildings that benefits Communities that Care (CTC). Come out and watch people like Andrew "The Ferocious" Foust, Ben "The Barnyard Beast" Abeles, Justin "The Music Man" Buer, and Joy "The Wrecking Ball" Reustle. I still have not chosen my nickname. I wonder what it should be. The Facebook link for more information is

Finally, the PSSA ELA assessment will begin next week.  Below you will find our testing schedule.  Please make sure to plan appointments after our testing sessions.  Once testing has begun, a student must finish that session because it cannot be made up. Testing will take place from 8:00-11:00.

Tuesday, April 10   

Wednesday, April 11

Thursday, April 12   

As always, if you have any feedback for me about our school, please do not hesitate to reach out. I can be contacted through email at Have a great rest of the weekend.

April 2, 2018

Good evening. I hope you enjoyed the extra time with your family this weekend.

Mr. Wingard and his team continue to transition to YouTube Live to broadcast morning announcements. Although this process is not complete yet, I want to share the link with you now. Stay tuned for more information.

Tomorrow (4/2) is Day 6. Here are a few upcoming events:

4/9 National Junior Honor Society induction ceremony

4/10-4/12 ELA PSSA (Grades 7 and 8)

4/12-4/15 DAHS Musical (James and the Giant Peach)

4/17-4/18 Math PSSA (Grades 7 and 8)

4/24-4/25 Science PSSA (Grade 8 only)

4/23-4/27 Book Fair (Except for 4/26. Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled that day, so school is not in session).

4/27 Battle of the Buildings. More information will be shared later about how you can come out and support the middle school staff team as they compete against teams from other schools. 

March 19, 2018

This week is a spirit week at Dallastown Area Middle School!

  • Monday (Day 5) - wear neon to brighten up the week
  • Tuesday (Day 6) - dress like a farmer to sprout great ideas…wear flannel and jeans!
  • Wednesday (Day 1) - Wildcat Wednesday White Out – wear white!
  • Thursday (Day 2) - dress like your favorite book or comic character
  • Friday (Day 3) - Comfy, Cozy Day – wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, etc. No pajamas please!

Report cards will come home tomorrow (Monday). A flyer will be in the envelope with the report card that explains the 10th Annual Festival of Art and Culture. The festival will take place on May 17th from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Middle School. We are looking for volunteers to help make this a fantastic event. See the flyer for more information about how you can help.

Congratulations to the homeroom winners of the Winter Box Top Contest! The winners are Ms. Blank, Mr. Andrews, and Ms. Gibson’s homeroom classes. Thank you for your continued support of the PTO! Every Box Top collected is worth 10 cents. The PTO supports many activities at DAMS with the money collected from Box Tops. Please continue to drop off Box Tops in the collection box in the school lobby. Thank you! 

March 12th 3.11.18 Weekly Update PDF.pdf 

March 5, 2018

It is going to be a fun week at the middle school. This week is Spirit Week, which will culminate in a pep rally on Friday. Here is the schedule for the week:

Monday (Cycle Day 1)-Hat Day ***Craziest hat will earn extra wildcat points***

Tuesday (Cycle Day 2)-Twin Day

Wednesday (Cycle Day 3)-Opposite Day (students dress like teachers; teachers dress like students)

Thursday (Cycle Day 4)-70's Day (ex: tie-dye shirts)

Friday (Cycle Day 5)-Blue and White Day

***Teams will receive wildcat points for participation in Spirit Week***

Do not forget: Monday is Spring Picture Day. 

February 26, 2018

It is with great and excitement and honor that I write this letter of introduction to you as the new Principal of Dallastown Area Middle School. Over the past ten years, I served as an administrator in the Red Lion Area School District. I was Assistant Principal, then Principal, of the Red Lion Area Junior High School before transitioning to Larry J. Macaluso Elementary School as Principal for the past several years. Prior to joining the administrative ranks, I was a Special Education Teacher and Instructional Advisor (K-12).

Dallastown Area Middle School has a rich tradition of dedication to ensuring students are successful not only at school, but also as they navigate through the rest of their lives. The middle school years are a crucial time for students as they begin to develop their adult personality, beliefs, and values. I, and the staff, are committed to guiding the students as they take on this journey.

I recognize we cannot do this alone. I value the partnership with parents/guardians and the community.  I look forward to working with you and welcome your input. Please feel free to call or email me at any time.

Once again, I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of continuing the tradition of excellence at Dallastown Area Middle School.

Dr. Kevin A. Peters

Dallastown Area Middle School
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