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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)

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