• Principals Weekly eNewsletter February 6, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 22

    Week of February 6, 2017

    SPIRIT WEEK IS HERE!!

    Student Council is holding the February Spirit Week from Monday, Feb. 6 to Friday, Feb. 10.  Show your school spirit!  Earn Wildcat points for your team!  Have fun!

    Monday, Feb. 6 = 80's Day: Wear something from the 1980's!

    Tuesday, Feb. 7 = Valentine's Fashion Day: Wear red and white!

    Wednesday, Feb. 8 = Crazy Sock Day: Self-explanatory!

    Thursday, Feb. 9 = College Day: Wear anything representing your favorite university or college!

    Friday, Feb. 10 = Flannel Day: Time to go grunge!  Wear your favorite comfy flannel shirt!

    STUDENT COUNCIL CARNATION SALE!!

    Student council will be selling carnations this week during lunch.  Students can purchase a flower (ONLY $1 each) for a friend that will be delivered to homeroom on February 14th during Period 8.  You can attach a note of friendship...or romance to the carnation (school appropriate of course!!)

    REPORTING YOUR CHILD'S ABSENCE

    Friendly reminder to use the following email when making the school aware of your child's absence: MSabsences@dallastown.net 

    You can also call in your child's absence: 717-244-4021 (2500)

    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. 

    PTO BOXTOP COLLECTION CONTEST UPDATE!!

    Currently the four homerooms in the lead for the winter Box Top Collection are: Room 325 (Katze/Voyager), Room 271 (Klinedinst/Omega), Room 310 (Duvall/Knowledge).  Keep up the great work and keep bringing those box tops in to support the PTO and our school activities!

    CONGRATS SCIENCE FAIR WINNERS!!

    The following students participated in and won awards in the Dallastown Area High School Science Fair Junior Division.  All first and second place winners will advance to the York County Fair in March.

    Astha Ray - Junior High Grand Champion*

    Arnav Bal

    Ean Dudley

    Ameer-Uddin Maniar

    Ibnat Meah

    Ella Rager

    Helen Zardus

    DISTINGUISHED AND HONOR ROLL LIST

    Here is the listing of our students who earned Distinguished and Honor Roll status during the second marking period which ended this past month.  Congratulations on this academic honor and all of the hard work that went into earning your place on this list!   DAMS MARKING PERIOD 2 HONORS.pdf 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    February 6 - 10 - Student Council Spirit Week

    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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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 30, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 21

    Week of January 30, 2017

    WELCOME 6th GRADE!!

    We would like to welcome the parents of our Dallastown 6th grade students to the "subscription" of our weekly eNewsletter.  This communication will provide you with a glimpse at the activities, events, and updates regarding the middle school.  Soon, we will be meeting to discuss your child's transition to the middle school.  We look forward to partnering with you to create an incredible middle school experience for all our students.

    MIDDLE SCHOOL REDESIGN UPDATE

    Last week we pushed out a link to a screencast regarding our middle school program redesign efforts.  Unfortunately, we learned that the link is experiencing technical difficulties.  We apologize for this inconvenience and have subsequently migrated the screencast to a new application.  Here is the new link: Redesign Video

    This screencast is an abbreviated version of the parent information sessions held on January 12 and 19.  We encourage you to look at the program we have crafted for our future middle schoolers.

    FLU PREVENTION EFFORTS

    The flu has officially invaded DAMS!  Please take these precautions to help us minimize the impact of flu season:

    1) Fever?  Chills?  Aches?  STAY HOME!!

    2) Cover that cough and sneeze!  Use the "wing method" to contain the spray.  Plus, throw those used tissues away in the trash!!! Yuck!!

    3) Wash those hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and hot water. 

    4) Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water, and maintain a balanced diet to keep up your immune system.

    5) Consider getting a flu shot if you haven't already done so.  It takes about 2 weeks for the shot to take effect.

    8th GRADE CAREER FAIR

    Tomorrow, January 30, the annual 8th grade Career Fair kicks off.  Each day this 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. 

    DAMS SPELLERS ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP!!

    We owe a huge congratulation to our three representatives to the Central Pennsylvania Spelling Bee who recently advanced to the championship round.  Nick Miller (8th, Voyager), Rohan Panchwag (7th, Masterminds) and Emilie Smith (7th, Phoenix) were among 40 out of 161 students from across central PA who successfully advanced to the oral Championship round of the WITF spelling bee that is being held on February 25.  This is the first time ever that all three Dallastown competitors reached the final!!  Best of luck Nick, Rohan, and Emilie!!

    CONGRATS YORK COUNTY HONORS CHOIR!!

    The following DAMS chorus members have been selected to the prestigious York County Honors Choirs.  Congratulations for all their hard work to accomplishing this goal!

    Alexandria Luckenbaugh, Lian Peach, Addison Sands, Nikolaus Schneider, Collin Snyder, Abigail Trembly, and Helen Zardus

    INTRAMURAL PROGRAM UPDATE

    Click on this link for the newest update to intramural offerings. Intramurals 1-30-17.pdf  Remember that we have an activity bus available for those students who do not have after school transportation.  Here is a link to our activity bus schedule: http://www.dallastown.net/cms/lib6/PA01000011/Centricity/Domain/25/SEC%20ACTIVITY%20BUS.pdf

    CELL PHONE REMINDER

    Please remember that students are NOT permitted to use their personal electronic devices including cell phones/smart phones from 7:45 AM until 2:52 PM except for scheduled lunch periods.  Students violating this rule will be subject to having their phone confiscated.  Devices that are confiscated will be powered down by the offending student and placed in a safe in the main office where they will remain until a parent/guardian can pick up the device.  Devices WILL NOT be returned to students...NO EXCEPTIONS.   Note: Students may not use their devices during lunch to take pictures or video recordings.

    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!

    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. 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    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 6 - 10 - Student Council Spirit Week

    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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  • 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

    https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8Qyp3pbe5dqbkllVlN3RU1wTWc

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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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