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D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 26

Week of February 12, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to Mr. Carter and the Team Omega students for producing and presenting an incredible Egyptian Night at the Museum event on February 8.

Congratulations to all the 7th grade male students who participated in Boy's Opportunity (for) Leadership Development or BOLD this past Friday!

Congratulations to Mrs. Terroso for taking on the role of acting Principal at the middle school! 

Congratulations to Mr. Mahorney for taking on the new role of Dean of Students at the middle school!

Congratulations to Mrs. Blackwell for taking on the new split role of Assistant Principal at the middle school and Loganville-Springfield Elementary.

THANK YOU!!

Thanks to Mrs. Terroso and all the dedicated faculty and staff members from across the school district who came together to facilitate another incredible BOLD Program experience for our 7th grade men!

Thanks to Chicago Bear's fullback, Mike Burton, for his empowering words delivered to our BOLD audience!

Thanks to our JROTC cadets for leading an excellent discipline and drill workshop during BOLD!

Thanks to Mr. Bumsted for his service to our middle school students, staff, and community during his tenure as Principal!  Best wishes to him in his new role leading DASD Cyber/STRIVE/Homeschooling & at the high school.

SPRING SPORTS REMINDER

Spring sports sign-ups are this Monday, February 12 during Wildcat Period (rescheduled from Wed., February 7.)  Attached is a document providing critical physical examination and IMPACT testing information that parents of perspective athletes must know.  PHYSICAL AND RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION.pdf 

MS MUSICAL IS HERE!!

Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature's most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures.  The ever-curious Alice's journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly stranger as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweddle Dee and Tweddle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!  Come see Alice in Wonderland Jr. which opens on Thursday, February 22 at 7:00 PM, and showings on Friday, February 23 at 7:00 PM and Saturday, February 24 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Tickets are available online at: https://ms.dallastown.net/departments/music-_drama/drama_club

WANT TO VISIT THE NAVAL ACADEMY?!

If you are an 8th grade student interested in learning more about the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, Lt. Col. Innerst who commands our high school JROTC is sponsoring a bus trip to the Naval Academy on Saturday, March 31.  The cost of the trip is $90.00 including transportation to/from Annapolis, a presentation by USNA Admissions officer, Q&A sessions with midshipmen, lunch, a guided tour of the Academy, and a stop in the gift shop.  Reservations are on a first come first serve basis so don't delay if you are interested!  Attached is a flyer containing more information: Naval Academy Bus Trip Announcement-2018.pdf 

WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER CODING?

Our middle school has collaborated with York College of PA to provide training and application on Arduino (C++) computer programming.  If you are in 8th grade and would like to learn this skill set Mrs. Connelly and a group of students will be providing workshop opportunities during coming Wildcat Periods.  If interested, please see your math teacher. No prior experience necessary!

INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Looking to get involved in an after school extra-curricular activity?  Here is a list of the extensive club offerings that are currently running or will be running soon.  If you want more information, please visit our guidance office.  And remember...Dallastown provides an activity bus for those students who want to stay after but don't have a ride! Tri Two Intramurals as of Jan. 18.pdf    Here is a link to the activity bus schedule:http://http://http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in future newsletters.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 12 - Spring Sports Sign-Up (during Wildcat)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 19 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances

March 2 - Freshmen Course Selection sheets due to team teacher

March 8 - FULL DAY OF SCHOOL (Calendar change due to January 17 cancellation)

March 9 - SCHOOL IN SESSION + EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:55 AM (Make-up from January 17 cancellation)

March 9 – END OF 2ND TRIMESTER



D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 25

Week of February 5, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to the following students for organizing a fundraiser service project and raising over $400 for Service Dog training and Heavenly Paws animal shelter.

  • Tegan Mortenson - Grade 7 Excel
  • Ellie Patton - Grade 7 Excel
  • Kayla Sebastian - Grade 7 Omega
  • Kylie Sciuto - Grade 7 Omega
  • Gabrielle Borromeo - Grade 7 Omega
  • Bessy Jiang - Grade 7 Omega
  • Alexa Viands - Grade 7 Omega

Congratulations to the following students who make up the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Tech Fire Robotics team that successfully qualified for the state tournament being held on February 24th at our own DAIS campus. 

  • Maxwell McCormick - Grade 7 Omega
  • Ryan Rosay - Grade 8 Legacy
  • Lara Munford - Grade 7 Imagination
  • Kaeden Babcock - Grade 9
  • Mark Morton - Grade 9

Here is a link to the York Dispatch story from January 28.  Come out and support the Tech Fire Team as they compete in states on February 24th at DAIS! https://www.yorkdispatch.com/videos/news/education/2018/01/27/video-first-tech-challenge-robotics-competition-york/109877654/

Congratulations to all our 7th grade girls who participated in Girl's Opportunity (for) Leadership Development or GOLD this past Friday!

Congratulations to Lillie Markle - Grade 7 Masterminds, who placed second in the Young Playwrights for Change competition for her exciting one act play about women's rights!  Great job Lillie!

THANK YOU!!

Thanks to the Mrs. Barb Terroso and all the dedicated faculty and staff members from across the school district who came together to facilitate another incredible GOLD Program experience for our 7th grade ladies!

Thanks to former York mayor, Mrs. Kim Bracey, for her empowering speech delivered to our GOLD audience! 

Thanks to Mr. Bill Probert, Mrs. Kelly Heisey, Mr. Jake Winemiller, Mr. Jonathan Gray, and Mrs. Vickie Ducharme for organizing and facilitating our 8th grade Career Fair this past week!

Thanks to all the community businesses and organizations and their representatives who donated valuable time and resources to the Career Fair.  Your insights on potential career pathways is truly awesome!

Thanks to the Communities that Care organization for donating $500 in support of GOLD and BOLD programming.

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM!!

If you missed the Freshmen Orientation program hosted last Monday, January 29 by the high school guidance department and department heads...NO WORRIES!  Here is a link to the program that was presented.  https://hs.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159663/File/School%20Counseling/9th%20Grade%20Powerpt%202018%202019.pdf

If you have any questions regarding high school scheduling or programming please contact the high school guidance department by emailing Mrs. Heidi Beck at Heidi.Beck@dallastown.net

BOLD IS HERE!!

If you have a son in 7th grade or you are a 7th grade boy, don't forget to turn in your permission slip for the Boys' Opportunity (for) Leadership Development Program or BOLD being held this coming Friday, February 9th from 2:50 PM until 11:00 PM.  Many exciting and engaging workshops and activities are planned to include topics such as "How to Make a Good First Impression", "How to Safely Navigate Social Media", "Confidence", "Teamwork", and "Outdoor Survival".  There will also be free time for swimming, playing games, hanging out, and eating!  This year's keynote speaker is current NFL Chicago Bears player Mike Burton. Hope to see an army of young men at this year's BOLD event!

SPRING SPORTS REMINDER

Spring sports sign-ups are this Wednesday, February 7 during Wildcat Period.  Attached is a document providing critical physical examination and IMPACT testing information that parents of perspective athletes must know.  PHYSICAL AND RECERTIFICATION INFORMATION.pdf 

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10 a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.  See this flyer for more information:   Heart Screening Clinic.pdf 

MS YEARBOOK ONLINE ORDERS

Don't miss your chance to order a middle school yearbook!  This year's yearbook is $12.00.  Order your yearbook by going to http://YBPAY.LIFETOUCH.COM and enter the following code: 9902318.  Attached is a flier containing this information: Yearbook On Line Sale.pdf 

WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER CODING?

Our middle school has collaborated with York College of PA to provide training and application on Arduino (C++) computer programming.  If you are in 8th grade and would like to learn this skill set Mrs. Connelly and a group of students will be providing workshop opportunities during coming Wildcat Periods.  If interested, please see your math teacher. No prior experience necessary!

INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Looking to get involved in an after school extra-curricular activity?  Here is a list of the extensive club offerings that are currently running or will be running soon.  If you want more information, please visit our guidance office.  And remember...Dallastown provides an activity bus for those students who want to stay after but don't have a ride!  Tri Two Intramurals as of Jan. 18.pdf    Here is a link to the activity bus schedule: http://http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in future newsletters.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up (2:30 PM)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 19 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances

March 2 - Freshmen Course Selection sheets due to team teacher

March 8 - FULL DAY OF SCHOOL (Calendar change due to January 30 cancellation)

March 9 - SCHOOL IN SESSION + EARLY DISMISSAL at 10:55 AM (Make-up from January 17 cancellation)

March 9 - END OF TRIMESTER 2



D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 24

Week of January 29, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to the following students who represented our middle school at the LIU student forum on Friday, January 19th. 

  • Trishelle Guy - Grade 8 Legacy
  • Alina Stein - Grade 8 Voyagers
  • Owen Bricker - Grade 8 Voyagers
  • Nick Cromartie - Grade 7 Omega
  • Julia Raab - Grade 7 Excel
  • Josh Coleman - Grade 7 Inspiration

Congratulations to the Omega and Excel students who organized a fundraiser for the animal shelter, Heavenly Paws.  These young ladies raised over $400 that will be donated to the shelter.  Great job!

THANK YOU!!

Thanks to the NJHS students who served at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on January 25.  They were:

  • Kayleigh Chamberlin - Grade 8 Revolution
  • Olivia Stein - Grade 8 Legacy
  • Quinn Eckert - Grade 8 Endeavor
  • Ashley Kenney - Grade 8 Endeavor
  • Rylee Laughman - Grade 8 Legacy
  • Kaden Kashner - Grade 8 Revolution

Thank you to Team Legacy students and teachers for their role in maintaining the recycling initiative at our school.

Thank you to all the students and faculty that participated in "No Name Calling Week" and brought critical attention to the issue of bullying at our school.

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM!!

All 8th graders and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Freshmen High School Orientation program to be held on Monday, January 29th from 7PM to 8PM in the high school auditorium and main lobby.  Students and parents will be presented with information regarding high school academic programming, scheduling, and high school student life during this meeting.  Immediately following the presentation students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the various academic departments and organizations at the high school.  A screen cast of the presentation will be available to all students and parents unable to attend this program.

8th GRADE CAREER FAIR!!

The 8th grade Career Fair will kick off on January 29 and run through February 2.  Monday will involve a preview presentation by Mr. Probert (District Career Coordinator) Each subsequent day will feature a different career pathways session.  The various career pathways drive the Dallastown Area High School programming.  All eighth-grade students will have an opportunity to learn about these various career opportunities and visit with representatives from various York County employers.  The pathway presentations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 30 = Architecture/Construction, Business Management/Finance, and Health Sciences
  • Wednesday, January 31 = Hospitality, Information Technology, and Manufacturing/STEM
  • Thursday, February 1 = Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources, Arts/Audio/Video Technology/Communication, and Education/Training/Government & Public Administration
  • Friday, February 2 = Human Services, Law, Public Safety, Corrections/Security, Marketing, and Transportation/Distribution/Logistics

GOLD & BOLD PROGRAMS!!

The middle school is very excited to announce that we are planning our annual GOLD and BOLD programs for our 7th grade students. GOLD is Girls Opportunity (for) Leadership Development program, which began about 24 years ago, and BOLD stands for Boys Opportunity (for) Leadership Development which began three years ago. GOLD will be held on Friday, February 2nd from 2:52 PM – 11:00 PM and BOLD the following Friday, February 9th. Since adolescence is a time of change and can be a very challenging time, we are providing a night full of seminars on relevant topics. GOLD will conduct seminars on leadership, skin care, confidence, and empowerment. BOLD has workshops on how to make a good first impression, social media, confidence, and outdoor fun. Additionally, there will also be free time for swimming, playing games, hanging out, and eating. Both programs have a keynote speaker. The girls’ speaker is former York City Mayor Kim Bracey and the boys’ speaker is current NFL Chicago Bears player Mike Burton. We encourage all seventh graders to sign up for the event. 

WANT TO LEARN COMPUTER CODING?

Our middle school has paired with York College of PA to provide training and application on Arduino (C++) computer programming.  If you are in 8th grade and would like to learn this skill set Mrs. Connelly and a group of students will be providing workshop opportunities during coming Wildcat Periods.  If interested, please see your math teacher. No prior experience necessary!

INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Looking to get involved in an after school extra-curricular activity?  Here is a list of the extensive club offerings that are currently running or will be running soon.  If you want more information, please visit our guidance office.  And remember...Dallastown provides an activity bus for those students who want to stay after but don't have a ride!  Tri Two Intramurals as of Jan. 18.pdf    Here is a link to the activity bus schedule: http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

FEBRUARY CAFETERIA MENU!!

Here is the menu for the D.A.M.S. cafeteria in February: MS Feb LU menu.pdf 

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10 a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.  See this flyer for more information:   Heart Screening Clinic.pdf 

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in future newsletters.

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 29 - High School Freshmen Orientation Program (7 - 8 PM)

January 29 through February 2 - 8th Grade Career Fair

February 2 - MS GOLD EVENT (7th grade girls)

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up (2:30 PM)

February 8 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances

March 2 - Freshmen Course Selection sheets due to team teacher

March 9 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 17)



D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 22

Week of January 15, 2018

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ON FOR TOMORROW!!

The conferences scheduled for tomorrow, January 16 from 1:00 PM through 4:20 PM and 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM are still on despite the pending snow.  If the weather forces the cancellation of the conferences, the school district will communicate via phone message as soon as such a decision were to occur.  Our teachers and staff look forward to meeting with you and discussing your child's academic progress and scholastic programming. 

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to the 16 members of the Math Club "Math Counts" who participated in the local inter-scholastic competition at York College held on Tuesday, January 9.  Representing Dallastown with a 3rd place in the team round was John Seitz, Rohan Panchwagh, Aniruth Ramanthan, and Ethan Kim.  Also, a big congratulation to John Seitz who placed 2nd in the individual competition and 3rd overall out of approximately 150 middle schoolers!  The full Math Counts roster is below:

  • Jonathon Seitz - Grade 8 - Trailblazers
  • Rohan Panchwagh - Grade 8 - Trailblazers
  • Aniruth Ramanthan - Grade 8 - Trailblazers
  • Ethan Kim - Grade 8 - Voyagers
  • Malay Patel - Grade 8 - Revolution
  • Anand Patel - Grade 8 - Endeavor
  • Daniel Wu - Grade 8 - Trailblazers
  • Alex Zhelezov - Grade 8 - Voyagers
  • Josh Coleman - Grade 7 - Inspiration
  • Andrew Allen - Grade 8 - Revolution
  • Kevin Provenson - Grade 8 - Legacy
  • Neil Patel - Grade 7 - Imagination
  • Bessy Jiang - Grade 7 - Omega
  • Dominic Mumma - Grade 7 - Inspiration
  • Kori Thompson - Grade 7 - Inspiration
  • Lara Munford - Grade 7 - Imagination

FRIENDLY REMINDER: MS DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Parents/Guardians & Students are reminded to please follow the procedures and expectations regarding daily dismissal as outlined below:

  • Dismissal is at 2:50 PM.  Only students with explicit permission from middle school administration may leave at an earlier time.
  • All bus riders and walkers are to exit directly from the main entrance or auditorium entrance and report directly to their assigned bus or proceed directly home.
  • All car riders are to exist from the lower gym lobby entrance and remain on the sidewalk until their ride arrives.
  • Parents/guardians who choose to pick up their child MUST proceed around the back of the school (one-way traffic flow), pick up at the gym entrance, and exit the campus from "tennis court hill".
  • Students remaining for clubs and intramurals should report directly to the cafeteria (or announced alternate location).
  • Student-athletes should report directly to their practice or game location and remain in that area.

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

NEW INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Some exciting intramurals are coming your way…

First, introducing the history club intramural. If you are interested in researching historic events and topics and discussion and debate, then come out and join history club starting on Wednesday, January 10th.  Mr. Abeles will host this intramural and you will learn about a variety of topics from different periods of World History.  History club will meet with Mr. Abeles in room 252. Permission slips can be picked up in the guidance office.

Second, the weightlifting intramural will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on January 23rd. All are welcome, and you can attend one day or both days.

Third, stay tuned for more information on some up and coming intramurals including Minecraft, coding, Lego Masters, and Green Club.

Remember that our district provides a student activity bus for any secondary student wishing to participate in our intramural programming that might not have a ride home.  Here is a link to the activity bus information:

http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM!!

All 8th graders and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Freshmen High School Orientation program to be held on Monday, January 29th from 7PM to 8PM in the high school auditorium and main lobby.  Students and parents will be presented with information regarding high school academic programming, scheduling, and high school student life during this meeting.  Immediately following the presentation students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the various academic departments and organizations at the high school.  A screen cast of the presentation will be available to all students and parents unable to attend this program.

FRESHMEN SCHEDULING TIMELINE!!

Following the Freshmen High School Orientation programming, the scheduling timeline will kick into effect.  Below is a summary of that timeline and deadlines:

  • January 29 - Orientation program at high school (7 - 8 PM)
  • February 5 through 15 - Middle School teachers provide recommendations on student's Course Selection Sheets.
  • February 20 through 23 - High School counselors will be with 8th grade students during core instruction time to discuss procedures, timeline, and course selection.  Course selection sheets are distributed at this time.
  • March 2 - Course selection sheets are DUE to 8th grade TEAM TEACHER.
  • March 7 & 8 - 8th graders will enter their course requests in eSchool.

8th GRADE CAREER FAIR!!

The 8th grade Career Fair will kick off on January 29 and run through February 2.  Monday will involve a preview presentation by Mr. Probert (District Career Coordinator) Each subsequent day will feature a different career pathways session.  The various career pathways drive the Dallastown Area High School programming.  All eighth-grade students will have an opportunity to learn about these various career opportunities and visit with representatives from various York County employers.  The pathway presentations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 30 = Architecture/Construction, Business Management/Finance, and Health Sciences
  • Wednesday, January 31 = Hospitality, Information Technology, and Manufacturing/STEM
  • Thursday, February 1 = Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources, Arts/Audio/Video Technology/Communication, and Education/Training/Government & Public Administration
  • Friday, February 2 = Human Services, Law, Public Safety, Corrections/Security, Marketing, and Transportation/Distribution/Logistics

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in future newsletters.

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10th, a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 16 - NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences Round 2

January 29 - High School Freshmen Orientation Program (7 - 8 PM)

January 29 through February 2 - 8th Grade Career Fair

February 2 - MS GOLD EVENT (7th grade girls)

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up (2:30 PM)

February 8 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances

March 2 - Freshmen Course Selection sheets due to team teacher


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 21

Week of January 8, 2018

FINAL SIGN-UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ROUND TWO!!

The window for signing up for the second round of Parent-Teacher conferences will close at 3:00 PM this Wednesday (January 10). Conferences will be 20 minutes in duration and will take place on January 16 from 1:00 PM through 4:20 PM and 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM.  As previously advertised, the link to sign up for conferences through the online PTC Wizard is: https://ms.dallastown.net/information/p__t_conferences  If you discover that your child's team or teacher has no remaining spots available to meet your scheduling needs, please contact your child's team leader to arrange an alternative time.

Here is a listing of the team leaders:

If you experience any difficulties arranging a conference, please let me know and I will be glad to assist as quickly as I can: chad.bumsted@dallastown.net

FRIENDLY REMINDER: PERSONAL DIGITAL DEVICES

Just a friendly reminder that ALL personal digital devices (cell phones, tablets, Smart Watches, etc.) must be powered down and put away (preferably in a secured locker) at the start of the student school day (7:35 AM) until the end of the student school day (2:50 PM).  All students are provided a district Chromebook device for academic/scholastic purposes which also provides access to student email.  Therefore, personal devices are not necessary during the school day and only serve as a distraction.  Please know that if a student violates this expectation, staff members have been instructed to request that the student power his/her device down, and hand it to the staff member who will then promptly take it to the main office.  All confiscated devices will remain locked in the school safe until a parent/guardian is able to come to the office and retrieve it.  The main office is open from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Additionally, the school and school district are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property which should be considered before bringing valuable possessions to school.  If you have any questions regarding this expectation, please contact Assistant Principal Denise Blackwell at denise.blackwell@dallastown.net

PTO TEACHER CONFERENCE SNACKS SIGN UP!!

The PTO is sponsoring a snack station for teachers and staff during the January 16 Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you are able and willing to contribute to the "snack station", please go to the this SignUpGenius link for more information. The PTO kindly asks that any contributions be dropped off by 9AM on Tuesday, January 16.  Thank you!!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0944aca72aa57-conference

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

FRIENDLY REMINDER: DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Students and parents are reminded that all students should dress appropriately for the seasonal weather.  Despite the recent severe cold snap, many students chose to arrive to school in t-shirts and shorts.  Please understand that in the event of a school emergency evacuation, students and staff may be exposed to the outside elements for up to 20 minutes or more.  Dressing warmly is critical to one's safety and wellbeing. 

FLU SEASON IS HERE!!

Unfortunately, flu season is upon us.  To avoid major disruptions to school activities and learning, we are asking for your assistance.  Please take the following measures:

  • Keep your immune system up by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious meals, and drinking plenty of water.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water.
  • Keep an individualized dispenser of antibacterial gel available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a "forearm wing technique" when sneezing and coughing.
  • Dispose of tissues in waste cans.
  • If running a fever or demonstrating flu like symptoms (aches, significant congestion, coughing) please STAY HOME.  Presenteeism only serves to spread the flu to others. 

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in coming newsletters.

NEW INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Some exciting intramurals are coming your way…

First, introducing the history club intramural. If you are interested in researching historic events and topics and discussion and debate, then come out and join history club starting on Wednesday, January 10th.  Mr. Abeles will host this intramural and you will learn about a variety of topics from different periods of World History.  History club will meet with Mr. Abeles in room 252. Permission slips can be picked up in the guidance office.

Second, the weightlifting intramural will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on January 23rd. All are welcome, and you can attend one day or both days.

Third, stay tuned for more information on some up and coming intramurals including Minecraft, coding, Lego Masters, and Green Club.

Remember that our district provides a student activity bus for any secondary student wishing to participate in our intramural programming that might not have a ride home.  Here is a link to the activity bus information: http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

DALLASTOWN TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE

If you have a middle school student interested in playing tennis or learning about the sport of tennis here is a great opportunity for them to get involved.  Dallastown Boys High School tennis coach, Mr. Koons, is organizing and leading this program that takes place from Sunday, April 8 to Sunday, May 6.  Attached is the sign up/registration form: Spring 18.pdf 

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10 a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 11 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

January 15 - NO SCHOOL (National Holiday)

January 16 - NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences Round 2

February 2 - MS GOLD EVENT (7th grade girls)

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up

February 8 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 21

Week of January 8, 2018

FINAL SIGN-UP FOR PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ROUND TWO!!

The window for signing up for the second round of Parent-Teacher conferences will close at 3:00 PM this Wednesday (January 10). Conferences will be 20 minutes in duration and will take place on January 16 from 1:00 PM through 4:20 PM and 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM.  As previously advertised, the link to sign up for conferences through the online PTC Wizard is: https://ms.dallastown.net/information/p__t_conferences  If you discover that your child's team or teacher has no remaining spots available to meet your scheduling needs, please contact your child's team leader to arrange an alternative time.

Here is a listing of the team leaders:

If you experience any difficulties arranging a conference, please let me know and I will be glad to assist as quickly as I can: chad.bumsted@dallastown.net

FRIENDLY REMINDER: PERSONAL DIGITAL DEVICES

Just a friendly reminder that ALL personal digital devices (cell phones, tablets, Smart Watches, etc.) must be powered down and put away (preferably in a secured locker) at the start of the student school day (7:35 AM) until the end of the student school day (2:50 PM).  All students are provided a district Chromebook device for academic/scholastic purposes which also provides access to student email.  Therefore, personal devices are not necessary during the school day and only serve as a distraction.  Please know that if a student violates this expectation, staff members have been instructed to request that the student power his/her device down, and hand it to the staff member who will then promptly take it to the main office.  All confiscated devices will remain locked in the school safe until a parent/guardian is able to come to the office and retrieve it.  The main office is open from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Additionally, the school and school district are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property which should be considered before bringing valuable possessions to school.  If you have any questions regarding this expectation, please contact Assistant Principal Denise Blackwell at denise.blackwell@dallastown.net

PTO TEACHER CONFERENCE SNACKS SIGN UP!!

The PTO is sponsoring a snack station for teachers and staff during the January 16 Parent Teacher Conferences.  If you are able and willing to contribute to the "snack station", please go to the this SignUpGenius link for more information. The PTO kindly asks that any contributions be dropped off by 9AM on Tuesday, January 16.  Thank you!!  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0944aca72aa57-conference

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

FRIENDLY REMINDER: DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER

Students and parents are reminded that all students should dress appropriately for the seasonal weather.  In spite of the recent severe cold snap, a number of students chose to arrive to school in t-shirts and shorts.  Please understand that in the event of a school emergency evacuation, students and staff may be exposed to the outside elements for up to 20 minutes or more.  Dressing warmly is critical to one's safety and well being. 

FLU SEASON IS HERE!!

Unfortunately flu season is upon us.  In an effort to avoid major disruptions to school activities and learning, we are asking for your assistance.  Please take th following measures:

  • Keep your immune system up by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious meals, and drinking plenty of water.
  • Wash you hands frequently with soap and hot water.
  • Keep an individualized dispenser of antibacterial gel available.
  • Cover you mouth and nose with a "forearm wing technique" when sneezing and coughing.
  • Dispose of tissues in waste cans.
  • If running a fever or demonstrating flu like symptoms (aches, significant congestion, coughing) please STAY HOME.  Presenteesim only serves to spread the flu to others. 

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25  (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in coming newsletters.

NEW INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES!!

Some exciting intramurals are coming your way…

First, introducing the history club intramural. If you are interested in researching historic events and topics and discussion and debate, then come out and join history club starting on Wednesday, January 10th.  Mr. Abeles will host this intramural and you will learn about  a variety of topics from different periods of World History.  History club will meet with Mr. Abeles in room 252. Permission slips can be picked up in the guidance office.

Second, the weightlifting intramural will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning on January 23rd. All are welcome and you can attend one day or both days.

Third, stay tuned for more information on some up and coming intramurals including Minecraft, coding, Lego Masters, and Green Club.

Remember that our district provides a student activity bus for any secondary student wishing to participate in our intramural programming that might not have a ride home.  Here is a link to the activity bus information: http://www.dallastown.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_159455/File/Departments/Transportation/Bus%20Schedules/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

DALLASTOWN TEAM TENNIS LEAGUE

If you have a middle school student interested in playing tennis or learning about the sport of tennis here is a great opportunity for them to get involved.  Dallastown Boys High School tennis coach, Mr. Koons, is organizing and leading this program that takes place from Sunday, April 8 to Sunday, May 6.  Attached is the sign up/registration form: Spring 18.pdf 

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10 a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 11 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

January 15 - NO SCHOOL (National Holiday)

January 16 - NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences Round 2

February 2 - MS GOLD EVENT (7th grade girls)

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up

February 8 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 20

Week of January 2, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to our Winter Sports student-athletes.  In addition to compiling impressive records on the courts and mats, these young people have demonstrated the diligence and character expected of Dallastown student-athletes.  Attached are the rosters for the various sports teams: Boys’ Basketball 2017-2018.pdf   Girls Basketball 2017-2018.pdf   Wrestling 2017-2018.pdf   WRESTLING CHEERLEADING 2017-2018.pdf   BASKETBALL CHEERLEADING 2017 - 2018.pdf 

Congratulations to the cast and crew of the junior high musical...Disney's Alice In Wonderland Jr.  These students will be working hard over the next two months in preparation for the dazzling theatrical performance we have all come to expect from our performing arts department.  More details to come on the dates and ticket sales of this fabulous show.  Attached is the cast and crew: Alice in Wonderland 2018 Cast and Crew.pdf 

FLU SEASON IS HERE!!

Unfortunately, flu season is upon us.  To avoid major disruptions to school activities and learning, we are asking for your assistance.  Please take the following measures:

  • Keep your immune system up by getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious meals, and drinking plenty of water.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water.
  • Keep an individualized dispenser of antibacterial gel available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a "forearm wing technique" when sneezing and coughing.
  • Dispose of tissues in waste cans.
  • If running a fever or demonstrating flu like symptoms (aches, significant congestion, coughing) please STAY HOME.  Presenteeism only serves to spread the flu to others. 

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ROUND TWO!!

On January 16, the middle school will hold its second round of parent-teacher conferences.  These will be private individual conferences open to all parents who are seeking to meet with their child's teachers. Conference slots will be 20 minutes each and will occur 1:00 PM through 4:40 PM and 6:00 PM through 8:20 PM.  Parents will be able to sign up for a conference with their child's team teachers using PTC Wizard.  For sign up directions, please go to: https://https://ms.dallastown.net/information/p__t_conferences If you find that the time slot you would like to meet is already taken, please contact your child's team leader and arrangements will be made to accommodate your schedule.

SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES!!

The Central Penn Parent organization is holding a Summer Camp fair on Saturday, February 3 at the Camp Hill Mall.  Representatives from a variety of day and overnight student camp experiences will be on hand to provide information about the many summer opportunities available.  Check out this link for more information: http://: http://www.centralpennparent.com/2017/2018-summer-camp-fair-will-offer-one-stop-summer-camp-shopping-for-central-pa-families/?utm_source=cpp-daily-enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cpp-daily-enews-2017-12-15

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences Round 2

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today (December 19, 2017) at 4:00 PM, the Parent Teacher Conference "Wizard" scheduler will open so that a conference can be scheduled with your child's core team and/or Unified Arts teachers.  The January 16 conferences are private, 20-minute conferences that are parent requested.  Each core team and each Unified Arts teacher will have a total of 18 conference slots that day (January 16) beginning at 1:00 PM through 4:20 PM and again at 6:00 PM through 8:00 PM.

As sign up is based on a first come - first serve premise, we encourage any parent seeking a conference to sign up early.  Again, sign-ups begin at 4:00 PM today and the window closes at 3:00 PM on January 10. 

For sign up directions, please go to: https://ms.dallastown.net/information/p__t_conferences

If you discover that your child's team or teacher has no remaining spots available that meet your scheduling needs, please contact your child's team leader to arrange an alternative time.

Here is a listing of the team leaders:

The following staff members will need to be contacted directly to set up a conference with them as they are not listed in the middle school's PTC Wizard selections:

On behalf of our entire staff and faculty, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to continuing to collaborate with you in your child's scholastic journey.


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 19

Week of December 18, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • Congratulations to the Grade 8 Revolution Team for winning the Food Drive challenge with 519 items being contributed!  They will receive a pizza party and open gym in recognition for their efforts.
  • Congratulations to the participants of the Wildcat Spelling Bee held on December 12.  They are as follows: Rohan Panchwagh (8 Trailblazers), Kaylee Kolsovsky  (8 Voyagers), Emilie Smith (8 Revolution), Adam Rubi (8 Legacy), Caitlyn Borromeo (8 Revolution), Lydia Tolerico (8 Revolution), Givi Mchedlishvili (7 Omega), Daniel Wu (8 Trailblazers), John Ward (8 Trailblazers), Aniruth Ramanathan (8 Trailblazers), Andrew Wiley Hunt (8 Trailblazers), Hannah Coblentz (8 Trailblazers), Sashirekha Nallapati (8 Trailblazers), Lily Thornley (8 Endeavor), Jessica Coulson (8 Revolution), and Neil Patel (7 Imagination).
  • Congratulations to the winners of the Wildcat Spelling bee.  They will represent the Dallastown Area School District at the WITF Regional Spelling Bee held in Harrisburg in January.
    • First Place Champion - Emilie Smith (8 Revolution)
    • Second Place - Rohan Panchwagh (8 Trailblazers)
    • Third Place - Aniruth Ramanathan (8 Trailblazers)

THANK YOU!!

  • Thank you to our student body and faculty on raising 1,116 food items in support of the Dallastown Lions Club Holiday Food Baskets.  These items will benefit families from the larger Dallastown community that are experiencing financial difficulties during the holiday season.
  • Thank you to the members of our middle school chorus, middle school orchestra, and middle school flute sectional for their outstanding performances at the annual Golden Agers holiday luncheon held on December 14.
  • Thank you to Anna Smith (Grade 7 Excel) for performing solo holiday sing alongs at the Golden Agers holiday luncheon.
  • Thank you to the following members of the National Junior Honor Society for assisting as servers and wait staff at the Golden Agers holiday luncheon: Emma Patton (8 Revolution), Mollie Schoeppner (8 Endeavor), Nicholas Ryan (8 Voyagers), Sashi Nallapati (8 Trailblazers), Jonathan Arbittier (8 Legacy), Kayleigh Chamberlin (8 Revolution), Daniel Hallett (8 Voyagers), Brannigan Stiles (8 Revolution), Chelsee Johnson (8 Legacy), Olivia Herbert (8 Revolution), Jianna Woods (8 Revolution), Cooper Green (8 Legacy), Alexander Zhelezov (8 Voyagers), Rylee Laughman (8 Legacy), Kellie Pison (8 Trailblazers), Kaylee Kolsovsky (8 Voyagers), Maxim Milner (8 Revolution), Ben Poff (8 Legacy), Max Fetrow (8 Trailblazers), Rylee Dunkerly (8 Trailblazers)
  • Thank you to the following members of the 7th grade Team Excel that served as greeters and escorts for our Golden Angers holiday luncheon: David Adamchak, Gabrielle Aiosa, Aryan Arora, Matt Borger, Jackson Buer, Sydney Coby, Natalie Cottrell, Samuel Deardorff, Caleb Fox, Naiara Garcia, Timothy Giacopelli, Rhiannon Henry, Haley Jamison, Mia Karlie, Tanner Kauffman, Raena Lawton, Elizabeth Lipinski, Reagan Maitoza, Ava Markel, Teagan Mortenson, Jaden Paschke, Jakob Rager, Arianna Shirey, Anna Smith, Emma White, Rishard Winters.
  • Thank you to Mrs. Barb Terroso, Mr. Tim Miller, Mrs. Carol Stein, Mr. Justin Buer, Mrs. Jennifer Ruth, Mr. David Diehl, Mrs. Lisa Hammond, and all the members of the Chartwells cafeteria staff for working behind the scenes to make the Golden Agers holiday luncheon a great success!
  • Thank you to the students and staff of the Innovation Community (Team Inspiration and Team Imagination) for raising over $400 through their Penny War Competition!  These funds will go toward Dallastown Community families facing financial hardship.

SPIRIT WEEK - HOLIDAY SEASON!!

During the week of December 18 through December 22, the middle school will be holding another Spirit Week for students, faculty, and staff.  All are encouraged to participate in this holiday season fun!  Here are the themes for each day:

  • Monday, December 18 - NORTH POLE DAY - Wear hats, scarves, and gloves.  Holiday hats are also acceptable.
  • Tuesday, December 19 - BLIZZARD DAY - White out!  Wear all white to keep those hopes of snow days alive!
  • Wednesday, December 20 - WILDCAT WEDNESDAY - Show your Dallastown spirt by wearing blue, white, or Wildcat apparel.
  • Thursday, December 21 - HOLIDAY SWEATER DAY - Keep it classy or go full out "ugly" sweater!
  • Friday, December 22 - HIBERNATION DAY - Prepare for the long winger break by wearing sweats and comfortable clothes on our half day.

EARLY DISMISSAL LUNCH SIGN-UP!!

Hi Wildcats………. our next early dismissal day is Friday, December 22nd.  This is your chance to order a Grab-N-Go lunch. Please follow the link below.  We will remind you the day of to stop in the café for your lunch before you leave school.  Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbxenbZ8I6o9RYopwddqFMnSvF7AqWwarPAFbQH34XNo0CGA/viewform?usp=sf_link

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES ROUND TWO!!

On January 16, the middle school will hold its second round of parent-teacher conferences.  These will be private individual conferences open to all parents who are seeking to meet with their child's teachers. Conference slots will be 20 minutes each and will occur 1:00 PM through 4:40 PM and 6:00 PM through 8:20 PM.  Parents will be able to sign up for a conference with their child's team teachers using PTC Wizard.  An email with the PTC Wizard link will be sent out on Tuesday, December 19.  If you find that the time slot you would like to meet is already taken, please contact your child's team leader and arrangements will be made to accommodate your schedule.

SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITIES!!

The Central Penn Parent organization is holding a Summer Camp fair on Saturday, February 3 at the Camp Hill Mall.  Representatives from a variety of day and overnight student camp experiences will be on hand to provide information about the many summer opportunities available.  Check out this link for more information: http://www.centralpennparent.com/2017/2018-summer-camp-fair-will-offer-one-stop-summer-camp-shopping-for-central-pa-families/?utm_source=cpp-daily-enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cpp-daily-enews-2017-12-15

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 18 to 22 - Holiday Spirit Week

December 22 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM)

December 25 to January 1- SCHOOL CLOSED (Holiday)

January 16 - Parent/Teacher Conferences Round 2

Volume 2017-18, Edition 17

Week of December 4, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to Christina Ball (Grade 8, Endeavor) and Maggie Kern (Grade 8, Endeavor) for winning the Red Lion VFW "Patriots Pen" essay contest.

Congratulations to all students, faculty, and staff for successfully completing the first trimester under the Secondary Middle School Redesign.  Slight adjustments and tweaks to some of the procedures based upon both faculty and student feedback have been beneficial as we continue our journey of learning.

THANK YOU!!

Thank you once again to the Dallastown American Legion for their generous sponsorship of our GRIT t-shirts.  All students, faculty, and staff will receive a free "Got GRIT" t-shirt with the design designed by 7th Grader, Gage Magar (Team Excel) on the back.  These shirts will be distributed right before the holiday break. 

Thank you to all the families that responded to the email for "adopting" a family through our guidance department's Caring and Sharing Holiday Program.  Through your amazing generosity, we were able to support 44 families in just two days!  Way to go Dallastown!

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!

We are down to two remaining weeks in our holiday food drive to assist the Dallastown Lions Club in providing meal baskets to families from our larger Dallastown community.  So far, we have collected nearly 500 food items and are half way to our goal of 1,000 items.  Currently our leading team with 197 items is Grade 8 Team Revolution!  Close on their heels is Grade 8 Team Endeavor with 146 items.  We have until December 15 to reach our goal.  Remember that we are collecting canned goods and non-perishable food items (boxed pastas, mixes, rice, etc.).   Items should be placed in the team bins located in the main lobby.  The winning team will receive a special Wildcat Period event during the week of December 18. 

7th GRADE DENTAL EXAMS!!

The Pennsylvania Department of Health require 7th grade students to have a completed dental examination report on file with the school by December 15.  Attached is a blank dental form:Dental Form- Private Report.pdf  For assistance with any questions please contact our school nurse, Mrs. Coeyman at 717-244-4021 (2508) or email at jennifer.coeyman@dallastown.net  

LEARNING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & TEENAGERS!!

On December 4, (8th graders during Period 5) and then on December 5th (7th graders during Period 1) will attend an assembly from Minding your Minds.  Drew Bergman, a recent graduate from Temple University and a 2014 recipient of the Need in Deed Community Partner Award winner, will speak to the students about his journey through adolescence, which included parental divorce, sadness and depression and the coping skills he continues to use in his life.  He hopes to increase mental health awareness along with reaffirming the resilience and inner strength that all of us have and that recovery is indeed possible.

Parents are invited to hear Drew Bergman speak along with a clinician from the Minding your Mind Just Talk About It program on December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30.   This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs. Check out the attached flyer: Just Talk About It.pdf 

Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

PTO SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Looking for some quality holiday gifts?  Want to encourage your child to read?  Look no further than the Scholastic Book Fair being held from December 4 through December 8.  All students will have an opportunity to visit the book fair during W.I.N. periods this week.  With a large selection of age appropriate, highly engaging fiction and non-fiction books to select from this is a great opportunity!  Plus, a percentage of all sales comes back to the PTO to sponsor a variety of student activities!

HOLIDAY CONCERT!!

On December 6, the middle school chorus, band, and orchestra will be performing a festive holiday concert for parents, family members, and the larger Dallastown community.  The concert will take place at 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM) at the high school auditorium.  Following the concert, audience members will have the opportunity to donate to our school's Holiday Help fund that is used to assist those Dallastown Middle School students and families facing financial hardship.  We look forward to celebrating the holidays with you through this festive display of musical performance!

SPELLING BEE!!

On December 12 at 6 PM in the middle school auditorium, middle school students from Grades 7 and 8 will compete in our Wildcat Spelling Bee.  This is a "full-contact, no holds barred" academic competition of spelling prowess.  Described as the "WrestleMania" of the spelling world, it is truly an event to behold.  Admission is free!  Come on out and watch our spellers do battle in hopes of being selected to represent our middle school at the regional spelling bee in Harrisburg later in the year with a chance to represent our state at the Scripps National Spelling Bee televised on ESPN!

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 4 & 5 - Assembly "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It"

December 4 to December 8 - P.T.O. Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair

December 4 - Report Card Distribution (First Trimester)

December 4 - Parent Presentation "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It" (6 PM)

December 6 - MS Holiday Concert (7:30 PM in the HS Auditorium)

December 7 - MS Holiday Concert Assembly for students

December 12 - MS Spelling Bee Competition (6:00 PM in MS Auditorium)

December 14 - Golden Agers Luncheon

December 22 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM)

December 25 to January 1- SCHOOL CLOSED (Holiday)


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 16

Week of November 27, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to Mason Hiestand, Grade 7 Inspiration on his selection to the "Boyz Noyz" choral festival on November 17.  We missed Mason in last week's newsletter...sorry about that one Mason!

Congratulations to the Grade 8 Adventure Community (Teams Legacy and Voyager) and Grade 7 Innovation Community (Teams Inspiration and Imagination) on winning the Fall Pep Rally assembly on November 20!  Great spirit and energy was on display throughout the event!

THANK YOU!!

Thank you to the Spirit/Pep Rally Committee comprised of Mr. DiLiberti, Mr. Abeles, Mrs. Hartman, Mr. Carter, Mrs. Ross, Mr. Foust, Mr. Buer, Mrs. Connelly, Miss Reynolds, and Mrs. Terroso for putting together an incredible, spirited, and fun pep rally going into the Thanksgiving break!

Thank you to all of the parents and students who came out to participate in the Fall conferences held on November 21.  We know how valuable your time is and we really appreciate your willingness to partner with us in your child's education!

Thank you to Mrs. Jennifer Long for organizing the PTO sponsored conferences dinner for faculty and staff on November 21.  The fiesta theme and delicious food hit the spot!  Thank you so much for your gift of time and energy!

Thank you to all of the parents that contributed to the PTO sponsored conferences dinner for faculty and staff!  We appreciate your generosity!

Thank you to all of the students, faculty and staff that submitted their orders for the Got GRIT t-shirts.  Hope to have the shirts by December 20!

START OF SECOND TRIMESTER!!

Attention all students and parents!  The 2nd trimester (60 school days) begins tomorrow, November 28.  If you are an 8th grader please make sure you check your schedule as Unified Arts courses change.  We will be operating on a Cycle Day 6 so whatever course is listed for Day 6, 2nd trimester is where you will be going during your UA/off-team period.  Everyone's core classes (and 8th grade World Language classes) will continue but grade books will start fresh!  If you didn't do as well in the first trimester as you would have liked, this is an opportunity to turn over a new leaf!   7th grade Unified Arts courses which operate on a quarterly basis, will continue as they did prior to the break.

FRIENDLY REMINDER: STUDENT BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

The following information is just a friendly reminder to all of our students (and their parents) regarding the basic rules and expectations for student behavior and character at D.A.M.S.

  • Students are expected to be seated in homeroom each morning by 7:35 AM.  Those students who arrive late without a pass will be marked tardy to school.
  • Students MUST power down and put away cell phones and personal electronic devices starting at 7:35 AM and MAY NOT get them out again until 2:50 PM...NO EXCUSES!  Students who violate this expectation will have their device confiscated and locked in the school's main office until a parent or guardian can come to pick it up.  Repeated offenses may result in disciplinary consequences.
  • Students are expected to comply with teacher and staff directives.  Students wishing to contest a teacher or staff directive may file a written complaint with administration.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the dress guidelines clearly established on p. 17 of the student handbook: Student Handbook 2017 PUBLISHED.pdf 
  • Students are expected to arrive to all classes on time and prepared to engage in the learning activities for that class period.
  • Students are expected to use the school owned and issued Chromebook devices for educational purposes.  Students discovered engaging in inappropriate behaviors (bullying, navigating to inappropriate sites) will face disciplinary consequences, loss of computer privileges, and possible legal consequences.
  • Students are expected to pick up after themselves.  This includes their classroom work areas, locker space, and cafeteria space. 
  • Students MAY not have any beverages other than clear water with them throughout the school day with the exception of lunch time in the cafeteria.  Students found to be in possession of coffee, soda, energy drinks, etc. while in the classrooms or hallways will be asked to throw the beverage away immediately. 
  • Students discovered to be engaging in vandalism of any kind (especially in restrooms) will be subject to discipline and potential legal consequences as well as the cost of restoration.
  • Students who walk home are expected to leave campus immediately at dismissal (2:50 PM). 

REPORT CARDS - TRIMESTER ONE

The first trimester for the secondary program (7-12) ended on November 20.  Report cards will be generated and distributed to students to bring home on December 4.  A few important things to keep in mind:

  • For all core classes (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), Spanish I, French I, German I, Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, the grade found on the report card represent the cumulative course grade for Trimester 1 only.  This score will be averaged with the remaining trimester grades for a final course grade.
  • For all Grade 8 Unified Arts courses, the grade found on the report card represents the cumulative FINAL course grade.
  • For all Grade 7 Unified Arts courses, only those courses completed in the first 45 days (traditional marking period or quarter) will be found on the report card.  These grades represent the FINAL course grade for that respective course.
  • The grades found on the report card including the O,S,N,U marks from Unified Arts classes will be used to calculate honor roll and distinguished honor roll status for the first trimester.
  • A real time, grade update of your child's academic performance can be found in the Home Access Center.  Remember that report cards represent a "static" snap-shot of your child's progress taken as of November 20.

FRIENDLY REMINDER: PARENT DROP-OFF & PICK UP

A friendly reminder for all parents and students who elect to be car riders.  Please examine the attached diagram: DAMS Arrival Departure Traffic Patterns 2017-2018.pdf .  Drop-off parents will proceed to the rear of the building to drop their child off at the MS gym entrance.  This entrance will be open between 7:00 AM and 7:35 AM.  Pick-up parents will retrieve their child at the same location (MS gym entrance).  Car riders will be dismissed at 2:50 PM.  Please know that traffic flow is one way from 7 AM to 7:45 AM and 2:40 PM to 3 PM.  Parents must enter campus from the New School Lane entrance and exit campus from Tennis Court Hill.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!

The middle school is again partnering with the Dallastown Lion's Club to collect items for their holiday baskets that are delivered to families in need from the surrounding Dallastown communities. Four tables are set up in the middle school main lobby - each table represents a Community.  On each table are plastic bins representing each team from that community.  The team that collects the largest amount of canned goods, boxed goods, and dry goods will receive a Wildcat event prior to the Winter holiday break in December.  The contest is under way and will end on Friday, December 15.  Help us reach our goal of 1,000 food item donations!

LEARNING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & TEENAGERS!!

On December 4, ( 8th graders during Period 5) and then on December 5th( 7th graders during Period 1) will attend an assembly from Minding your Minds.  Drew Bergman, a recent graduate from Temple University and a 2014 recipient of the Need in Deed Community Partner Award winner, will speak to the students about his journey through adolescence, which included parental divorce, sadness and depression and the coping skills he continues to use in his life.  He hopes to increase mental health awareness along with reaffirming the resilience and inner strength that all of us have and that recovery is indeed possible.

Parents are invited to hear Drew Bergman speak along with a clinician from the Minding your Mind Just Talk About It program on December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30.   This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs. Check out the attached flyer: Just Talk About It.pdf 

Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

HOLIDAY CONCERT ASSEMBLY!!

On December 7, the middle school chorus, band, and orchestra will perform for the entire student body during a festive holiday assembly held in the high school auditorium.  An alternative schedule will be held that day that allows all classes to meet prior to the assembly that will take place from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

December 4 & 5 - Assembly "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It"

December 4 to December 8 - P.T.O. Sponsored Scholastic Book Fair

December 4 - Report Card Distribution (First Trimester)

December 4 - Parent Presentation "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It" (6 PM)

December 6 - MS Holiday Concert (7:30 PM in the HS Auditorium)

December 7 - MS Holiday Concert Assembly for students

December 12 - MS Spelling Bee Competition (6:00 PM in MS Auditorium)

December 14 - Golden Agers Luncheon

December 22 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM)

December 25 to January 1- SCHOOL CLOSED (Holiday)


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 15

Week of November 20, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to the following gentlemen who were selected to participate in the choral festival "Boyz Noyz" on November 17 at Cedar Cliff High School:

  • Nigel Joseph - Grade 8 Endeavor
  • Steven Allen - Grade 7 Inspiration
  • Agam Gill - Grade 7 Excel
  • Connor Manning - Grade 7 Excel
  • Evan Mitchell - Grade 7 Imagination
  • Andrew Pica - Grade 7 Inspiration
  • Elzie Robinson - Grade 7 Inspiration

Congratulations to the following singers who were chosen for the Songfest Festival held on November 18:

  • Aleesia Smith - Grade 7 Inspiration
  • Jonathan Arbittier - Grade 8 Legacy
  • Max Iacono - Grade 8 Revolution
  • Jonathan Rhodes - Grade 7 Omega
  • Sashi Nallapati - Grade 8 Trailblazers
  • Anna Smith - Grade 7 Excel

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 21.  Traditional private conferences are by invitation only.  Team teachers have reached out to parents/guardians to set these conferences up.  Open house or "Sunshine" conferences which are student led and portfolio based will also be provided during a window of time on November 21.  Each teaming community has established their own schedule of conferences.  

  • Grade 7 Team Inspiration and Team Imagination Open House "Sunshine Conferences" = 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Grade 7 Team Excel, Team Omega, and Team Mastermind Open House "Sunshine Conferences" = 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Grade 8 Team Legacy and Team Voyager Open House "Sunshine Conferences" = 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  • Grade 8 Team Endeavor, Team Trailblazers, and Team Revolution Open House "Sunshine Conferences" = 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

If you have any questions related to parent-teacher conferences, please contact your child's team leader.

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!

The middle school is again pairing with the Dallastown Lion's Club to collect items for their holiday baskets that are delivered to families in need from the surrounding Dallastown communities.  Here is a letter describing the 25 year program: Lion's Club Holiday Baskets    Four tables are set up in the middle school main lobby - each table represents a Community.  On each table are plastic bins representing each team from that community.  The team that collects the largest amount of canned goods, boxed goods, and dry goods will receive a Wildcat event prior to the Winter holiday break in December.  The contest is under way and will end on Friday, December 15.  Parents: Please feel free to bring in food items during Parent/Teacher conferences!  Let's show our Wildcat generosity and heart!  Support the Lion's Club Holiday Baskets program!!

REPORT CARDS - TRIMESTER ONE

The first trimester for the secondary program (7-12) ends on November 20.  Report cards will be generated and distributed to students to bring home on December 4.  A few important things to keep in mind:

  • For all core classes (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), Spanish I, French I, German I, Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, the grade found on the report card represent the cumulative course grade for Trimester 1 only.  This score will be averaged with the remaining trimester grades for a final course grade.
  • For all Grade 8 Unified Arts courses, the grade found on the report card represents the cumulative FINAL course grade.
  • For all Grade 7 Unified Arts courses, only those courses completed in the first 45 days (traditional marking period or quarter) will be found on the report card.  These grades represent the FINAL course grade for that respective course.
  • The grades found on the report card including the O, S, N, U marks from Unified Arts classes will be used to calculate honor roll and distinguished honor roll status for the first trimester.
  • A real time, grade update of your child's academic performance can be found in the Home Access Center.  Remember that report cards represent a "static" snap-shot of your child's progress taken as of November 20.

LEARNING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & TEENAGERS!!

On December 4, (8th graders) and then on December 5th (7th graders) will attend an assembly from Minding your Minds.  Drew Bergman, a recent graduate from Temple University and a 2014 recipient of the Need in Deed Community Partner Award winner, will speak to the students about his journey through adolescence, which included parental divorce, sadness and depression and the coping skills he continues to use in his life.  He hopes to increase mental health awareness along with reaffirming the resilience and inner strength that all of us have and that recovery is indeed possible.

Parents are invited to hear Drew Bergman speak along with a clinician from the Minding your Mind Just Talk About It program on December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30.   This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs. Check out the attached flyer: Just Talk About It.pdf 

Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 20 - Fall Pep Rally Assembly for students

November 20 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) - In-Service Day

November 21 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences (1 - 8:30 PM)

November 22 - November 27 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

December 4 & 5 - Assembly "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It"

December 4 - Parent Presentation "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It" (6 PM)

December 6 - MS Holiday Concert (7:30 PM in the HS Auditorium)

December 7 - MS Holiday Concert Assembly for students

December 14 - Golden Agers Luncheon


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 14

Week of November 13, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • Congratulations to the cast and crew of the middle school Fall play "Understanding Your Pet with Dr. Marla Brett".  A healthy crowd of family members and friends enjoyed a light-hearted comedy.  The hard work and effort that the students and Mr. Creedon put into this production was very evident.  Great work!
  • Congratulations to Gage Magar (Grade 7, Excel) for winning the "Got GRIT" t-shirt design contest.  His winning design will adorn the back of every t-shirt handed out to students and staff.  Great work Gage!
  • Congratulations to the three winning homerooms from the PTO Box Top Fall Collection contest.  Mrs. Blank (Grade 7 Inspiration), Mr. Klinedinst (Grade 7 Omega), and Mrs. Sciortino (Grade 7 Imagination) were the top three homerooms in this contest.  Each of these homerooms will receive a frozen treat courtesy of PTO.  Look for another Box Top contest in January!  Every box top is worth ten cents and helps to pay for different DAMS activities.
  • Congratulations to Dyalexis Aileen Rivera Lopez (Grade 8 Revolution) and Paola Angeline Traverso Roman (Grade 8 Revolution) on organizing and leading their team's efforts (along with Mr. Wingard) to raise $500 for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico!  We are proud of you for your civic leadership Dyalexis and Paola!

SPIRIT WEEK!!

The faculty led by Mr. Foust and Mrs. Terroso are sponsoring a Spirit Week from November 13th through 20th.  All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to participate!!  Here are the daily themes:

  • MONDAY 11/13 = Team Day - wear clothing that represents your favorite sports team!
  • TUESDAY 11/14 = Hunting Day - get ready for PA deer season by wearing your camo or neon orange! 
  • WEDNESDAY 11/15 = Wacky Wednesday - Crazy socks & hair, miss-matched clothing - get wacky!
  • THURSDAY 11/16 = Throwback Thursday - Dress like you rocked the 80s!
  • FRIDAY 11/17 = Take A Hike Day - Dress like you are going outside to enjoy the fall weather!
  • MONDAY 11/20 = Dress Comfy in Blue & White - Prepare yourself for our big pep-rally assembly by rocking some Wildcat blue and white sweats!

HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!!

The middle school is again pairing with the Dallastown Lion's Club to collect items for their holiday baskets that are delivered to families in need from the surrounding Dallastown communities.  Here is a letter describing the 25-year program: Lion’s   Four tables will be set up in the middle school main lobby - each table represents a Community.  On each table will be plastic bins representing each team from that community.  The team that collects the largest amount of canned goods, boxed goods, and dry goods will receive a Wildcat event prior to the Winter holiday break in December.  The contest starts on Tuesday, November 14 and will end on Friday, December 15.  Let's show our Wildcat generosity and heart!  Support the Lion's Club Holiday Baskets program!!

EARLY DISMISSAL LUNCH SIGN-UP

Don't forget to sign up for your bag lunch for the early dismissal on November 20.  The sign up link is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSehC5AgY46JdprGs8IFn6PVKIP2zZFdvhhtmyEG6Cc5EAvfyg/viewform?usp=sf_link  Lunches will be available for pick up prior to dismissal on the 20th. 

16th ANNUAL DAHS NIGHT OF SCIENCE

The 16th annual DAHS Night of Science extravaganza will take place on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 PM in the high school auditorium.  This is a free event, but it fills up very quickly!  Doors will open at 6 PM so make sure you get there early to get a good seat.  All are welcome to attend.  This is a family fun event and is appropriate for all ages!  Here is a flyer for more information: 16th Annual Night of Science.pdf 

REPORT CARDS - TRIMESTER ONE

The first trimester for the secondary program (7-12) ends on November 20.  Report cards will be generated and distributed to students to bring home during the week of December 4.  A few important things to keep in mind:

  • For all core classes (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies), Spanish I, French I, German I, Band, Chorus, and Orchestra, the grade found on the report card represent the cumulative course grade for Trimester 1 only.  This score will be averaged with the remaining trimester grades for a final course grade.
  • For all Grade 8 Unified Arts courses, the grade found on the report card represents the cumulative FINAL course grade.
  • For all Grade 7 Unified Arts courses, only those courses completed in the first 45 days (traditional marking period or quarter) will be found on the report card.  These grades represent the FINAL course grade for that respective course.
  • The grades found on the report card including the O, S, N, U marks from Unified Arts classes will be used to calculate honor roll and distinguished honor roll status for the first trimester.
  • A real time, grade update of your child's academic performance can be found in the Home Access Center.  Remember that report cards represent a "static" snap-shot of your child's progress taken as of November 20.

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 21.  Traditional private conferences are by invitation only.  Team teachers will be reaching out to parents/guardians in the next week to set these conferences up.  Open house or "Sunshine" conferences which are student led and portfolio based will also be provided during a window of time on November 21.  Each teaming community has established their own schedule of conferences.  This information was sent out in a previous email to parents & guardians of each community.  If you have any questions related to parent-teacher conferences, please contact your child's team leader.

LEARNING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & TEENAGERS!!

On December 4, (8th graders) and then on December 5th (7th graders) will attend an assembly from Minding your Minds.  Drew Bergman, a recent graduate from Temple University and a 2014 recipient of the Need in Deed Community Partner Award winner, will speak to the students about his journey through adolescence, which included parental divorce, sadness and depression and the coping skills he continues to use in his life.  He hopes to increase mental health awareness along with reaffirming the resilience and inner strength that all of us have and that recovery is indeed possible.

Parents are invited to hear Drew Bergman speak along with a clinician from the Minding your Mind Just Talk About It program on December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30.   This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs. Check out the attached flyer: Just Talk About It.pdf 

Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

UPCOMING EVENTS

November 13 - York County School of Technology Applications due to Guidance Office

November 17 - Night of Science Program (DAHS) (7 PM)

November 20 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) - In-Service Day

November 21 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences (1 - 8:30 PM)

November 22 - November 27 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

December 4 & 5 - Assembly "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It"

December 4 - Parent Presentation "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It" (6 PM)


D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 12

Week of October 30, 2017

THANK YOU!!

Thank you to the 437 middle school students that came out to the Fall Dance and enjoyed a rocking good time!  It was so much fun to see our students dancing, laughing, and socializing in a healthy way!

Thank you to Mrs. Blackwell for all of her behind the scenes work to make the Fall Dance a great success!

Thank you to our parent volunteers who ran an incredible concession stand!  Great team work!

Thank you to the 60 middle school students who volunteered their time to assist with the Fall dance!

Thank you to Soundwaves DJ entertainment for providing the loud and pulsing dance beats along with a wild light show!

Thank you to Strike a Pose Entertainment for providing the incredible photo booth for our students to enjoy during the dance!

Thank you to the following students for volunteering at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on October 26 as well as Mr. Grassel for serving as their adult chaperone!

  • Brannigan Stiles, Lydia Tolerico, Cooper Green, Morgan O'Neill, Owen Bricker, and Alexander Zhelezov

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to the "Simple Change" service project and its student leader, Sarah Beck (Grade 7 Masterminds) who raised nearly $200 to build a well in Swaziland, Africa.  This well will provide over three hundred people with clean drinking water for an entire year.  Just another example of D.A.M.S. students making a real-world difference for others! 

FALL-O-WEEN COSTUME DAY!!

On Monday, October 30 the middle school will be holding a fall-o-ween costume day.  Students, faculty, and staff are permitted and encouraged to wear costumes to school that day ONLY!  Please adhere to these specific guidelines regarding the costumes:

1) No masks (full face or head).

2) No full-face make-up or paint

3) All costumes MUST be school appropriate (no alcohol, drug, or sexual references)

4) No revealing or promiscuous costumes

5) No weapons (real or props)

Please Note: Administration reserves the right to deem a costume disruptive, distracting, or offensive.  In those cases, the student will be asked to change immediately into school appropriate attire (aka PE uniform).

We look forward to seeing student and staff creativity as we celebrate having fun with costumes!

FALL PLAY!!

On November 10 at 7 PM, the middle school performing arts department will be performing "Understanding Your Pet with Dr. Marla Brett". Here is a brief preview of the play to whet your appetite:

  Revolutionary pet therapist Dr. Marla Brett has recently developed a new pill that she claims will help people better understand their pets.  Her protégé, Dr. Lizzie Linkester, is overjoyed to handle the trial run of the new drug at her veterinarian clinic.  Eager patients, including a US senator, a farmer, and an exterminator, flood the clinic in hopes of learning to communicate better with their pets.  But medical breakthrough turns to chaos as the pet owners return, suffering from an unforeseen side effect — they’re now starting to act like their animals! 

Check out the attached flyer to see the cast and crew! Fall Play 2017 Cast & Crew.pdf 

Tickets will be on sale at the door for this one show performance.  We hope to see you there!!

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent-teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 21.  Traditional private conferences are by invitation only.  Team teachers will be reaching out to parents/guardians in the next week to set these conferences up.  Open house or "Sunshine" conferences which are student led and portfolio based will also be provided during a window of time on November 21.  Each teaming community has established their own schedule of conferences.  This information was sent out in a previous email to parents & guardians of each community.  If you have any questions related to parent-teacher conferences, please contact your child's team leader.

NEW INTRAMURAL OPPORTUNITIES

Attention, attention intramural announcement! Tri One Part 2 Intramurals 2017.pdf 

Mat ball ends Wednesday, but listen to these three great intramurals starting November 1st.

Ping pong with the ping pong master Mr. Himes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning November 1st.

Code art a brand-new intramural where you can learn how to code and create art and comics will begin on Wednesday, November 1st also. Stay tuned for more information on this interesting and intriguing intramural.

Lastly, Mind Games and More will begin on Thursday, November 2nd. This intramural proves to be a great one too. Games include the following: Minecraft Card Game, Origami, Brain Teasers, Flex Puzzles, Amazing Mazes, Blokus, Mancala, Simon, Rubrik’s Race, and perhaps the best of all a game called Pandemic.

Get involved! Permission slips available in the guidance office, main lobby area, or on-line.

LEARNING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH & TEENAGERS!!

On December 4, (7th graders) and then on December 5th (8th graders) will attend an assembly from Minding your Minds.  Drew Bergman, a recent graduate from Temple University and a 2014 recipient of the Need in Deed Community Partner Award winner, will speak to the students about his journey through adolescence, which included parental divorce, sadness and depression and the coping skills he continues to use in his life.  He hopes to increase mental health awareness along with reaffirming the resilience and inner strength that all of us have and that recovery is indeed possible.

Parents are invited to hear Drew Bergman speak along with a clinician from the Minding your Mind Just Talk About It program on December 4th from 6:00 to 7:30.   This interactive presentation is an introduction to mental health, which is designed to train both adults and youth on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression, and crisis. Just Talk About It will educate adolescents and the adults who support them to look beyond stigma and notice warning signs. Check out the attached flyer: Just Talk About It.pdf 

Participants will discuss ways to assist others to cultivate positive coping skills and the ability to ask for help.  The primary goal of the awareness process is to increase the knowledge about anxiety, depression, and suicide while increasing the number of times a student self-reports and engages in help-seeking behavior.

UPCOMING EVENTS

October 30 - Fall-O-Ween Costume Day

October 30 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) - In-Service Day

November 2 - York County School of Technology Open House (6-8 PM)

November 9 - PTO Meeting (6PM)

November 10 - Fall Play (7 PM)

November 20- End of 1st Trimester

November 20 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) - In-Service Day

November 21 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences (1 - 8:30 PM)

November 22 - November 27 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

December 4 & 5 - Assembly "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It"

December 4 - Parent Presentation "Minding Your Mind: Just Talk About It" (6 PM)

D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

Volume 2017-18, Edition 23

Week of January 22, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations to our high school's JROTC program for being recognized as the top program in the northeast for an unprecedented 3rd year in a row.  This means they are the best program out of 51 programs in an area stretching from Maine to Virginia and they are among the top 5 JROTC programs in the entire nation!  Way to go cadets!

THANK YOU!!

Thank you to all the parents that attended conferences on Tuesday, January 16th.  Your partnership with our teachers is so important to your child's success.

Thank you to all the parents and community members that contributed snacks to our faculty "snack station" during conferences.  We really appreciate all the delicious treats!

Thank you to our Building and Grounds department for all the time and energy invested in keeping our campus lots and sidewalks clear and safe during this winter weather!

NO NAME CALLING WEEK THEMES!!

It is time for the annual, nation-wide NO NAME CALLING WEEK.  Join us in taking a stand against derogatory names, slurs, and labels that are used to bully and intimidate others.  Help to extinguish this offensive behavior by participating in each of our theme days.  Let's take this opportunity to promote the GOLDEN RULE..."Treat Others As You Wish To Be Treated".

  • MONDAY, January 22 - "Sock It to Bullying" - Wear your most colorful or crazy socks!
  • TUESDAY, January 23 - "The Power to Stand Up Against Bullying" - Dress like a super hero! (No full-face masks or face paint)
  • WEDNESDAY, January 24 - "Keeping the Peace" - Wear your tie-dye, peace signs, and colorful clothing!
  • THURSDAY, January 25 - "Patriotic Day" - Pledge to end bullying by wearing your red, white, and blue, or camouflage!
  • FRIDAY, January 26 - "Team Up Against Bullying" - Wear your favorite team apparel or sports clothing!

RUDE v. MEAN v. BULLYING - BECAUSE NOT EVERYTHING IS BULLYING!!

Bullying is a serious matter and D.A.M.S. is serious about addressing and extinguishing such behavior.  But not all unpleasant social interactions qualify as bullying.  Earlier in the year, school counselors taught lessons to distinguish the difference between "Rude Behavior", "Mean Behavior", and "Bullying" and discussed how bystanders can help to end bullying.  Here is a summary:

  • RUDE - Accidentally saying or doing something that hurts feelings or embarrasses someone.  Also, inconsiderate, thoughtless, unplanned behavior, and bad manners.
  • MEAN - Saying or doing something on purpose on a single occasion that is meant to make someone else feel or look bad.
  • BULLYING - Behaviors that are on purpose, repeated over time, and involve an imbalance of power in a relationship.  Can be physical, verbal, exclusionary, or cyber.

Our staff actively monitors for signs of bullying so that it can be addressed immediately.  Our goal is to extinguish bullying behavior through a combination of discipline and counseling while also empowering victims with healthy and safe strategies to avoid further victimization and feel confident and secure when at school. 

But ending bullying cannot be done by the school alone!  It takes an entire community.  Student bystanders need to take a stand against bullying by not reinforcing or encouraging such behavior.  Student bystanders, parents, guardians, coaches, and other adults should address bullying when they see it occurring.  Don't turn a blind eye to this egregious behavior.  If you don't feel comfortable addressing it directly, then be a responsible reporter.  This can be done discreetly and anonymously, and it IS NOT SNITCHING!  It is doing the right thing for someone that needs your help!

Help us wage war against bullying and mean behavior!  Take a stand!  Do the right thing!  SAY NO TO BULLYING!!

INCLEMENT WEATHER MAKE-UP DAYS!!

Friendly reminder that school will be IN SESSION on Thursday, February 15 and Friday, March 9 due to the requirement to make up for recent weather cancellations.

FRESHMEN ORIENTATION PROGRAM!!

All 8th graders and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend the Freshmen High School Orientation program to be held on Monday, January 29th from 7PM to 8PM in the high school auditorium and main lobby.  Students and parents will be presented with information regarding high school academic programming, scheduling, and high school student life during this meeting.  Immediately following the presentation students and parents will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from the various academic departments and organizations at the high school.  A screen cast of the presentation will be available to all students and parents unable to attend this program.

8th GRADE CAREER FAIR!!

The 8th grade Career Fair will kick off on January 29 and run through February 2.  Monday will involve a preview presentation by Mr. Probert (District Career Coordinator) Each subsequent day will feature a different career pathways session.  The various career pathways drive the Dallastown Area High School programming.  All eighth-grade students will have an opportunity to learn about these various career opportunities and visit with representatives from various York County employers.  The pathway presentations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, January 30 = Architecture/Construction, Business Management/Finance, and Health Sciences
  • Wednesday, January 31 = Hospitality, Information Technology, and Manufacturing/STEM
  • Thursday, February 1 = Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources, Arts/Audio/Video Technology/Communication, and Education/Training/Government & Public Administration
  • Friday, February 2 = Human Services, Law, Public Safety, Corrections/Security, Marketing, and Transportation/Distribution/Logistics

PTO WINTER BOX TOP CONTEST FUNDRAISER!!

The Winter Box Tops Contest is under way!  Box Tops may be dropped off in the lobby in the box labeled Box Tops.  Please put your Box Tops in a bag with your homeroom teacher’s classroom number and name.  The top three homerooms who collect the most Box Tops will receive a treat for their hard work.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents and helps to fund different activities from the PTO. Thank you in advance for donations!

PSSA TESTING PREVIEW

For your planning purposes, here are the dates of the PSSA tests administered to seventh and eighth graders.  Remember that NO EDUCATIONAL TRIPS will be approved during the testing dates. 

  • English-Language Arts Tests (3 days) = April 10, 11, 12
  • Math Tests (2 days) = April 17 and 18
  • Science Tests (2 days) = April 24 and 25 (8th grade only)

More specific information will be coming your way in future newsletters.

FREE YOUTH CARDIAC SCREENING

Nurse Coeyman wants all parents and students to know that on Saturday, February 10 a free heart screening will be held at the Apple Hill Medical Center (25 Monument Rd) for Dallastown students (ages 12 - 19).  This screening is being sponsored by Wellspan Health, Penn State Health, the Peyton Walker Foundation, and our state legislator, Kristin Phillips-Hill.  The purpose of the event is to identify those students who may have risk factors for heart-related issues, including sudden cardiac death, which is the #1 killer of student-athletes.   

UPCOMING EVENTS

January 22 - 26: No Name Calling Week

January 29 - High School Freshmen Orientation Program (7 - 8 PM)

January 29 through February 2 - 8th Grade Career Fair

February 2 - MS GOLD EVENT (7th grade girls)

February 7 - Spring Sports Sign Up (2:30 PM)

February 8 - PTO meeting (6PM Learning Commons)

February 9 - MS BOLD EVENT (7th grade boys)

February 15 - SCHOOL IN SESSION (Weather Make-Up Day from January 4)

February 16 - NO SCHOOL (IN-SERVICE)

February 22-24 - MS Musical Performances

March 2 - Freshmen Course Selection sheets due to team teacher

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