• D.A.M.S. Program Redesign Update Screencast January 2017

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    Please click the below link for the D.A.M.S. Program Redesign Update Screencast January 2017

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 23, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 20

    Week of January 23, 2017

    NO NAME CALLING WEEK - NO PLACE 4 HATE

    During the week of January 23 - 27 the DASD schools will be shining a light on the power of kindness as we continue our commitment to being a NO PLACE FOR HATE district.  We encourage all students and staff to participate in order to demonstrate that name calling and demeaning labels should have no place in our community. No Name Calling Week flyer 2017.pdf 

    Monday, 1/23 = "Workout Day" - Wear workout clothes and work all the name-calling out of your system.

    Tuesday, 1/24 = "Superhero Day" - Dress like a superhero and stand up for someone!

    Wednesday, 1/25 = "Jersey Day" - Everyone counts!  Wear a jersey with a number on it.

    Thursday, 1/26 = "Camo Day" -  It takes an army to make a difference! Wear camouflage and military uniforms.

    Friday, 1/27 = "Shine Bright Day" - Stand out and stand up to bullying!  Wear sparkles, metallic, bright, neon clothes and accessories.

    RIDING A DIFFERENT BUS - SPECIAL APPROVAL NEEDED

    Just a friendly reminder that if a student must ride a different bus than the one officially assigned to them, such a request must be approved by the transportation office (Mrs. Caffery @ 244-4021, ext. 4293).  The middle school office cannot/will not issue bus passes without prior approval from Mrs. Caffery.

    PTO BOXTOP COLLECTION CONTEST

    The middle school PTO is sponsoring a Box Top contest.  Help your homeroom win a treat by bringing in your Box Tops in baggies with your homeroom # and teacher's name.  The two homerooms with the most Box Tops collected will win a frozen treat.  The collection of these Box Tops benefits PTO programming for all our middle school students.  Thank you for supporting the DAMS PTO!

    8th GRADE CAREER FAIR

    On Monday, January 30, the annual 8th grade Career Fair kicks off.  Each day that week, a different career session will be featured based upon the various career pathways that drive the DAHS programming.  Eighth grade students will have an opportunity to learn about these various career opportunities and visit with representatives from various York County employers. 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL!!

    This year, our middle school performing arts department under the direction of Mr. Buer and Mrs. Anderson will be performing the popular HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL JUNIOR!  This 2006 Disney block buster spawned a cast of tremendous characters and popular hit songs "We're All in this Together" and "Get Your Head in the Game".  It was also the breakout for celebrity start Zac Efron.  Our students have been working hard and are VERY excited to perform this upbeat, family friendly show for our Dallastown community.  Tickets are on sale now for the multiple shows: Thursday, 2/9 @ 7PM, Friday, 2/10 @ 7 PM, Saturday, 2/11 @ 11AM, and Saturday, 2/11 @ 7PM.  Tickets are $8 and can be purchased online at https://www.showtix4u.com/boxoffice.php?submit=Search+for+Events&begin=1542968&current_client=01193517011214904

    SPRING SPORTS SIGN UPS!!

    The DASD athletic department will be hosting Junior High Spring Sports sign ups on February 8 @ 2PM in the middle school cafeteria.  Spring sports include Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Track and Field for Boys and Girls, and Girls Volleyball. 

    YEARBOOK SALE!!!

    The initial pre-sale for our Dallastown Area Middle School yearbooks will begin on January 2, 2017 and run through January 27, 2017.  The second pre-sale will be on line only and will occur from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.  The cost of the pre-sale orders (both in person and on line) will be $12.  More details will follow closer to February 20 for the on-line sale process.  Checks can be made payable to DAMS. 

    This year we are sponsoring a contest for the yearbook cover art.  The theme is "Honoring You, Me, Us!".   The winning design entry will be featured on the cover and all other designs will be featured throughout the different yearbook pages.  More details to follow so start thinking of a design.

    DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS

    This is a friendly reminder regarding the practice of dropping off items (lunches, instruments, Chromebooks, PE uniforms, etc.) that your child may have forgotten to bring to school with them. These drop-offs present significant disruption to the learning environment by having secretaries call into classrooms.  Additionally, the sheer number of items being dropped off is presenting significant clutter to our office counter and work space.  

    The office will no longer call students from classes to pick up items.  Rather, students will receive an email notifying them that an item is in the office for their pick up between classes. Students will be provided with clear and easy directions on how to access and check their school email accounts. Further, any items remaining in the office (not picked up) at the end of each business day will be turned into lost and found.  Perishable food items will be disposed of.  Chromebooks will be delivered to homeroom teachers for the next school day. Musical instruments will be delivered to the band room. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to work with their children to prevent these inconvenient drop-offs and seek to promote student responsibility and accountability.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    January 26 - Tentative report card distribution date

    January 30 - February 3 - 8th Grade Career Fair

    January 30 - Freshmen (current 8th grader) Scheduling Meeting @ 6PM in HS Auditorium

    January 31 - Freshmen (current 8th grader) Alternative Scheduling Meeting @ 6PM in the HS Auditorium

    February 7 - PTO Meeting at 9AM

    February 8 - Spring Sports Sign Ups

    February 9, 10 & 11 - Middle School Musical Performance(s)

    February 16 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service) (Possible Snow Make-Up Date)

    February 17 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    February 20 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    February 24 - MS Grade 7 GOLD program

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  • Parent Meeting High School Transition and Scheduling Meeting on January 30th and 31st

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    **Dear Parents/Guardians of Current 8th Grade Students:

    The high school administration and guidance department will be offering a second, alternative informational session for Freshmen Scheduling and Programming on January 31 at 6 PM in the high school auditorium.  The original session will still be held on January 30 at 6 PM in the high school auditorium.

    Dear Parent or Guardian:

    The Dallastown Area High School and Middle School faculty and administration would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to attend a high school transition and scheduling meeting on January 30, 2017, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  This event will begin with an informational presentation that will benefit parents/guardians of current eighth-grade students by providing the opportunity to learn about the course scheduling process for the 2017-2018 school year.  Presenters will explain mandatory and elective course options as well as grade promotion and graduation requirements.  High School guidance counselors and administrators will be introduced to you, and middle school administrators and guidance counselors will also be present.

    After the 6:00 p.m. presentation in the high school auditorium, teacher representatives from each department will be available in the front lobby to offer one-on-one consultation to parents/guardians of eighth-grade students regarding course selection.

    Over the next several weeks, middle school counselors will be visiting each of the eighth-grade classes and distributing course selection sheets to students. 

    We look forward to collaborating with you toward the successful transition of students to Dallastown Area High School.

    Sincerely,

    Chad Bumsted

    Principal

    Dallastown Area Middle School

    Kevin C. Duckworth, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Dallastown Area High School

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 9, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 19

    Week of January 9, 2017

    CELL PHONE REGULATIONS - A FRIENDLY REMINDER

    With many students coming back from the holiday break toting new cellphones among other electronic gadgets, now would be an appropriate time to remind students and parents of our rules governing personal electronic devices at school.  All students are subject to these simple expectations.  We appreciate parent/guardian support in this area as we seek to maintain focus on learning.

    1) The middle school and D.A.S.D. are not responsible for any stolen, lost, or damaged personal devices.  If you choose to bring these devices to school, please take precautions to keep them secured in your locker.

    2) Students are permitted to use their personal devices prior to 7:45AM, during their regularly scheduled lunch period, and after 2:52 PM.   Students are NOT permitted to use the phone function of the device and the camera function of the device (pictures and video).  Students may text, listen to appropriate music using earbuds/headphones, play appropriate video games, etc.  Any student found to be using a device to harass, bully, intimidate, OR access school inappropriate material will be subject to school discipline.

    3) Students are NOT permitted to use their personal electronic devices outside of the above "windows" of time for any reason EXCEPT if a classroom teacher gives explicit permission to use the personal device for an academic reason.  A student found to be using or suspected of using a personal electronic device during an "off-limits" time is subject to having the device confiscated by ANY school employee.  The device will be powered down immediately and submitted to the main office where it will be locked up until a parent or guardian picks it up. NOTE: Confiscated devices will not be returned to students for any reason.  Parents/guardians MUST physically pick the device up at their earliest convenience.  Our school office is open from 7AM to 4:15PM Monday - Friday.

    If you have any questions regarding these expectations, please contact me chad.bumsted@dallastown.net  or Asst. Principal Blackwell denise.blackwell@dallastown.net

    HOLIDAY HELP - A HUGE THANK YOU

    Thank you to all the families and staff members who supported the middle school Holiday Help program.  Through your overwhelming generosity, we were able to provide gifts, toiletries, and food for 16 families to ensure their holiday was a bit brighter.  Thank you!!

    NO NAME CALLING WEEK - NO PLACE 4 HATE

    During the week of January 23 - 27 the DASD schools will be shining a light on the power of kindness as we continue our commitment to being a NO PLACE FOR HATE district.  We encourage all students and staff to participate in order to demonstrate that name calling and demeaning labels should have no place in our community. No Name Calling Week flyer 2017.pdf 

    Monday, 1/23 = "Workout Day" - Wear workout clothes and work all the name-calling out of your system.

    Tuesday, 1/24 = "Superhero Day" - Dress like a superhero and stand up for someone!

    Wednesday, 1/25 = "Jersey Day" - Everyone counts!  Wear a jersey with a number on it.

    Thursday, 1/26 = "Camo Day" -  It takes an army to make a difference! Wear camouflage and military uniforms.

    Friday, 1/27 = "Shine Bright Day" - Stand out and stand up to bullying!  Wear sparkles, metallic, bright, neon clothes and accessories.

    WILDCAT POINTS UPDATE

    As we approach the mid-way point of the school year, the student council is keeping all teams aware of where they stand in terms of their Wildcat Point totals. Out of a possible 1000 points for the year, here are the mid-year sub-totals:

    Grade 7 Team Excel = 256 points                                    Grade 8 Team Endeavor = 240 points

    Grade 7 Team Knowledge Inc = 366 points                     Grade 8 Team Legacy = 333 points

    Grade 7 Team Masterminds = 462 points                         Grade 8 Team Revolution = 283 points

    Grade 7 Team Omega = 412 points                                  Grade 8 Team Trailblazers = 275 points

    Grade 7 Team Phoenix = 522 points                                 Grade 8 Team Voyagers = 340 points

    Grade 7/8 Team Awesome = 261 points

    YEARBOOK SALE!!!

    The initial pre-sale for our Dallastown Area Middle School yearbooks will begin on January 2, 2017 and run through January 27, 2017.  The second pre-sale will be on line only and will occur from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.  The cost of the pre-sale orders (both in person and on line) will be $12.  More details will follow closer to February 20 for the on-line sale process.  Checks can be made payable to DAMS. 

    This year we are sponsoring a contest for the yearbook cover art.  The theme is "Honoring You, Me, Us!".   The winning design entry will be featured on the cover and all other designs will be featured throughout the different yearbook pages.  More details to follow so start thinking of a design.

    CAR RIDER AM DROP-OFF REMINDER

    Attention to all parents and family members that choose to transport their children to the middle school in private vehicles.  Please be reminded that the drop off zone is located along the sidewalk outside of the band room.  For everyone's safety, we request that vehicles pull the whole way into the unloading zone (down to the steps going up to the band room).  Students should NOT exit the vehicle until the vehicle is in the loading zone where the left side of the vehicle is pulled up to the curb side.  Students are reminded to be prepared to exit the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible so that the drop-off line can proceed at an appropriate pace. Please remember that all drop-off vehicles must proceed around the back of the middle school turning left at "tennis court" hill to go to the high school or turning right to exit campus via the Walnut St. exit.  The lane behind the middle school is ONE WAY (northbound) between 7AM and 7:40 AM.   Attached is a visual diagram of the drop-off procedure for your reference. TRAFFIC 

    DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS - PROCEDURAL REVISIONS FORTHCOMING

    This is a friendly preview regarding some forthcoming procedural revisions that will start in the second semester regarding the practice of dropping off items (lunches, instruments, Chromebooks, PE uniforms, etc.) that your child may have forgotten to bring to school with them.  We have noted that such "forgotten item drop-offs" have increased with alarming frequency over the last two months.  These drop-offs present significant disruption to the learning environment by having secretaries call into classrooms.  Additionally, the sheer number of items being dropped off is presenting significant clutter to our office counter and work space. 

    Beginning in the second semester (January 18), we will no longer call students from classes to pick up items.  Rather, students will receive an email notifying them that an item is in the office for their pick up between classes. Students will be provided with clear and easy directions on how to access and check their school email accounts. Further, any items remaining in the office (not picked up) at the end of each business day will be turned into lost and found.  Perishable food items will be disposed of.  Chromebooks will be delivered to homeroom teachers for the next school day. Musical instruments will be delivered to the band room. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to work with their children to prevent these inconvenient drop-offs and seek to promote student responsibility and accountability.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    January 9 to January 27 - Science CDT Benchmark testing (Grades 7 and 8 during Science classes)

    January 10 - PTO Meeting (1PM)

    January 10 & 11 - Algebra I Midterm Exams

    January 12 - Middle School Redesign Parent & Community Informational Session 1 @ 6PM in MS Cafe

    January 16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Holiday)

    January 17 - Early Dismissal @ 10:55 AM (End of 2nd Marking Period)

    January 19 - Middle School Redesign Parent & Community Informational Session 2 @ 6PM in MS Cafe

    January 25 - Tentative report card distribution date

    January 30 - Freshmen (current 8th grader) Scheduling Meeting @ 6PM in HS Auditorium

    February 10 & 11 - Middle School Musical Performance(s)

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 2, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 18

    Week of January 2, 2017

    WELCOME 2017!!

    We hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday break and is prepared to continue our learning journey as we proceed through these early days of 2017.  Our teachers will continue to push each student's growth edge as we seek to maximize upon their fullest potential.  Please encourage your child to put forth full effort in terms of attendance, assignment completion, and self-advocacy.  While our teachers are committed to assisting and supporting their students, we expect our students to seek that assistance by asking questions, fully engaging in the learning process, and taking full advantage of additional support opportunities.  Let's continue to partner together; students, teachers, and parents; as we seek to grow and achieve.

    YEARBOOK SALE COMING UP!!

    The initial pre-sale for our Dallastown Area Middle School yearbooks will begin on January 2, 2017 and run through January 27, 2017.  The second pre-sale will be on line only and will occur from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.  The cost of the pre-sale orders (both in person and on line) will be $12.  More details will follow closer to February 20 for the on-line sale process.  Checks can be made payable to DAMS. 

    This year we are sponsoring a contest for the yearbook cover art.  The theme is "Honoring You, Me, Us!".   The winning design entry will be featured on the cover and all other designs will be featured throughout the different yearbook pages.  More details to follow so start thinking of a design.

    CAR RIDER AM DROP-OFF REMINDER

    Attention to all parents and family members that choose to transport their children to the middle school in private vehicles.  Please be reminded that the drop off zone is located along the sidewalk outside of the band room.  For everyone's safety, we request that vehicles pull the whole way into the unloading zone (down to the steps going up to the band room).  Students should NOT exit the vehicle until the vehicle is in the loading zone where the left side of the vehicle is pulled up to the curb side.  Students are reminded to be prepared to exit the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible so that the drop-off line can proceed at an appropriate pace. Please remember that all drop-off vehicles must proceed around the back of the middle school turning left at "tennis court" hill to go to the high school or turning right to exit campus via the Walnut St. exit.  The lane behind the middle school is ONE WAY (northbound) between 7AM and 7:40 AM.   Attached is a visual diagram of the drop-off procedure for your reference. TRAFFIC FLOW FOR MS 2016-17.pdf 

    MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM REDESIGN - PARENT & COMMUNITY INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

    Secondary schooling redesign is a major component of the Dallastown Area School District's 6 -year Comprehensive Plan.  As you are likely aware, the high school in approaching the midpoint of its successful first year of major programmatic change...a change that came about because of much planning and deliberation.  The middle school is in the midst of that planning phase now.  In December, our middle school team presented our proposed programmatic changes to the school board and we would like to share these exciting proposed changes with our parents and community members in two separate evening sessions (January 12 and January 19).  These changes tentatively slated for implementation in August 2017 include team configuration shifts, master scheduling configuration shifts, and Unified Art course opportunities.  This redesign will be presented to the audience with opportunities for questions and clarifications.  We are very proud of the work that our team of educators has conducted over the past 15 months as we prepare to take the middle school experience to the next level.  More information to follow in the near future regarding time and location of these sessions.

    DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS - PROCEDURAL REVISIONS FORTHCOMING

    This is a friendly preview regarding some forthcoming procedural revisions that will start in the second semester regarding the practice of dropping off items (lunches, instruments, Chromebooks, PE uniforms, etc.) that your child may have forgotten to bring to school with them.  We have noted that such "forgotten item drop-offs" have increased with alarming frequency over the last two months.  These drop-offs present significant disruption to the learning environment by having secretaries call into classrooms.  Additionally, the sheer number of items being dropped off is presenting significant clutter to our office counter and work space. 

    Beginning in the second semester (January 18), we will no longer call students from classes to pick up items.  Rather, students will receive an email notifying them that an item is in the office for their pick up between classes. Students will be provided with clear and easy directions on how to access and check their school email accounts. Further, any items remaining in the office (not picked up) at the end of each business day will be turned into lost and found.  Perishable food items will be disposed of.  Chromebooks will be delivered to homeroom teachers for the next school day. Musical instruments will be delivered to the band room. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to work with their children to prevent these inconvenient drop-offs and seek to promote student responsibility and accountability. 

    DRESSING FOR WARMTH - A CAUTIONARY HEADS UP

    Students (and parents and guardians) ... winter weather is here.  Please take appropriate precautions to stay warm by dressing appropriately.  While we seek to maintain a comfortable operating temperature of 68 degrees in our classrooms we cannot foresee emergency situations such as malfunctioning heat systems or situations requiring evacuations.  In the event that we must be exposed to colder temperatures we must be prepared.  Events may require us to evacuate the building, exposing us to freezing temperatures for an extended period of time.  Exposed skin under these conditions could be subject to permanent damage.  Shorts, t-shirts, and open toed shoes will not protect under these circumstances.  Please wear appropriate clothes during this winter weather. 

    STAYING HEALTHY

    Cold and flu season are here!  Keep healthy by following some basic precautions.  Wash hands with soap and hot water on a regular basis...especially when using the restrooms.  Use the wing/elbow method to cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.  Keep a pack of disposable tissues on hand and throw out used tissues in waste baskets.  Consider keeping a small, personal bottle of anti-bacterial gel on hand when washing hands is not possible.  Get plenty of sleep (recommended 8 to 9 hours).  Eat breakfast and lunch every day to keep up your energy.  Remember that our school cafeteria serves breakfast every day we have school!  And if you are truly sick...running a fever, have aches, have chills, etc....please stay home until you are no longer contagious.  Let's spread learning...not the flu!  

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    January 9 to January 27 - Science CDT Benchmark testing (Grades 7 and 8 during Science classes)

    January 10 - PTO Meeting (1PM)

    January 10 & 11 - Algebra I Midterm Exams

    January 12 - Middle School Redesign Parent & Community Informational Session 1

    January 16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Holiday)

    January 17 - Early Dismissal @ 10:55 AM (End of 2nd Marking Period)

    January 19 - Middle School Redesign Parent & Community Informational Session 2

    January 30 - Freshmen (current 8th grader) Scheduling Meeting @ 6PM in HS Auditorium

    February 10 & 11 - Middle School Musical Performance(s)

     

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