• Principals Weekly eNewsletter May 29, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 38

    Week of May 29, 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Congrats to our Orchestra and Strings Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Diehl on a tremendous Spring concert on May 23.

    Congrats to our entire middle school music program for their outstanding performance at the Hershey Park competition on May 26.  The band scored a 1st Excellent with the wind ensemble also scoring a 1st and excellent.  The orchestra scored a 1st Superior and Best Overall while the string ensemble scored a 1st Excellent.  The choir scored a 1st Superior and Best Overall.  Great job!!

    Congrats to all our 8th grade students for successfully reaching the final week of their middle school experience and preparing for their transition to the high school.

    Congrats to all our 7th grade students for successfully reaching the midpoint of their middle school experience.  We are all excited to celebrate your many future accomplishments in 8th grade.

    THANK YOU!!

    A huge thank you to all the men and women who have served our nation in the military.  And the deepest and most sincere thank you to all that have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms and liberties we hold so dear.

    A huge thank you to our D.A.M.S. faculty and staff members who have served in the military...Mrs. Steele, Mrs. Rimer, Mr. Carter, and Mr. Capik.  Thank you!!

    A huge thank you to members of our National Junior Honor Society and Mrs. Terroso for honoring our veterans by placing flags at on their graves at the Susquehanna Memorial Gardens last week.

    A huge thank you to Mrs. Pitzer for organizing and putting together the 2016-17 yearbook. 

    A huge thank you to all our PTO members and other parent volunteers who make our special events for students and staff incredible.

    A huge thank you to all our faculty and staff members who make our middle school a special place for all.

    CHROMEBOOKS

    Just a friendly reminder to all 8th grade students that Chromebook turn-ins (device, charging cord, and cases) will take place on Wednesday May 30 and Thursday June 1 (team designated times).

    We strongly encourage our 7th grade students to keep their Chromebook devices over the summer.  An email was sent out on May 26 regarding the process for keeping the devices or turning them in.

    ACADEMIC LEVEL LETTERS

    Email correspondence will be coming out this week to all current 7th graders and 6th graders regarding the prescribed academic levels for their 8th grade and 7th grade programming.  Team and community designations will be sent out in the first week of August.  Fully detailed class schedules will be available to students on the first day of the 2017-18 school year. 

    LAST NEWSLETTER FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR

    This is the final weekly eNewsletter for the school year.  Look for the first weekly eNewsletter of the 2017-18 school year in mid-August.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    May 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

    May 31 - June 1- Chromebook turn in for 8th graders

    June 1 - MS Field Day

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter May 22, 107

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 37

    Week of May 22, 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Congrats to all the 7th grade inductees to the National Junior Honor Society.  A beautiful ceremony was held on Monday, May 15 for these deserving scholars and citizens.  Attached is the program for that event listing all of the inductee names: NJHS Induction Program.pdf 

    Congrats to Mr. Buer and all our Concert Choir and Mixed Chorus members for a tremendous concert held on Tuesday, May 17. 

    Congrats to Mr. Diehl, Mrs. Ruth, and members of our Orchestra and Jazz Band who conducted a community performance in downtown York at Cherry Lane over the lunch hours this past week.

    THANK YOU!!

    A huge thank you to Mr. Wingard for his continued dedication to maintaining the middle school's Courtyard of Honor!  A beautiful place and a lasting tribute to our men and women in uniform!

    A huge thank you to Mrs. Terroso for organizing the National Junior Honor Society induction program and for advising this wonderful student organization.

    A huge thank you to Dr. Dyer for speaking at the NJHS induction ceremony.

    A huge thank you to all our middle school students who put forth tremendous effort and energy toward the PSSA tests. 

    A huge thank you to all our 8th grade Algebra students who put forth tremendous effort and energy toward the Keystone tests last week.

    A huge thank you to Mr. Dan Smith, Mrs. Roxy Stein, and the rest of our custodial crew for continually working to keep our school clean and attending to the unfortunate rash of bathroom vandalism that has occurred recently. 

    LIGHT UP THE NIGHT EVENT

    On May 27 from 5 to 8 PM a countywide event to speak up and speak out regarding mental health awareness will be held at Northeastern High School.  In addition to a 5K run, the event will feature student performances, artwork, raffles, and food trucks.  For more information about this exciting event check out the linked video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFQIMlMJkvU&feature=em-upload_owner

    FIELD DAY IS COMING!!

    Field Day is quickly approaching (June 1)!!  Volunteers are needed for this date to make the event a success for all our students.  Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for a SIGN-UP GENIUS coming out the week of May 15th to assist with this fun filled day for our students.

    YEAR BOOKS ARE COMING!!

    Year Books will be arriving soon!!  If you ordered a year book, they will be given out by your homeroom teacher on Tuesday, May 30th.  For those students who would still like to purchase a year book, a limited number will be on sale in the middle school office for $15.00 on Wednesday, May 31st through Friday, June 2 while supplies last.  First come, first serve!  If paying in cash, please bring exact change.  Checks should be made out to D.A.M.S. 

    DRESS CODE REMINDER

    Just a friendly reminder that spring fashions must follow the student handbook guidelines and expectations for what is appropriate in school.

    PLEASE leave your short shorts and skirts, muscle shirts, off-the-shoulder halters, and spaghetti strap blouses at home.  Students whose dress is deemed inappropriate for school will be required to change into more appropriate items (i.e. PE uniform).  Please avoid this uncomfortable situation by making sure your outfit is school appropriate before leaving for school each morning.

    FIDGET EXPECTATIONS!!!

    Attention students and parents.  Many students have adopted the "spinning fidgets" as devices to assist in maintaining focus and calm.  These devices are cool, when used appropriately!!  Please adhere to the following guidelines if you currently use or plan to use these innovative devices.

    When used properly, fidgets can help improve concentration and attention to tasks.  Fidgets are to be silent.  Fidgets are to be kept from view. 

    When misused, fidgets are distracting to your peers and to your teachers.  Fidgets are NOT toys.  Fidgets should NOT be distracting.  Fidgets are NOT to be seen.  Fidgets are NOT to be heard.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    May 23 - MS Orchestra Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

    May 31 - June 1- Chromebook turn in for 8th graders

    June 1 - MS Field Day

    June 2 - Grade 8 Awards Assembly (8:00 AM)

     

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter May 15, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 36

    Week of May 15, 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Congrats to Dr. O'Malley, Senor DiLiberti, Frau Tucker, Madame Hackenberg, Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Baum and all the students that made the 2017 Festival of Art & Culture a grand success! 

    Congrats to Alexandra Scott (Grade 8) on the completion of her Girl Scout service project "Place of Reflection and Remembrance" monument in our school's Courtyard of Honor.  This is a deserving testament to all our nation's POWs and MIAs.  Look for pictures of this monument on our school webpage.

    Congrats to Mrs. Connelly and our 8th grade Red Nose Challenge team of Abi Trembly, Noah Sechrist, Maya Eiben, and Gina Bolli for being among the 8 national finalists for this prestigious opportunity to fund a worthy service project in our community.

    Congrats to Dr. Bravener and the W.A.M. club for organizing and promoting the "Ocho de Mayo" No Place for Hate cook out celebration.  Much fun was had by all that participated.

    THANK YOU!!

    A huge thank you to Mr. Mark Bentzel, Mr. Chad Herman, and Mr. Hap Eimerbrink for all the hard work they put into making the POW & MIA monument "Place for Reflection and Remembrance" a reality. 

    A huge thank you to the Dallastown American Legion Post 605 for their financial support of the POW & MIA monument "Place for Reflection and Remembrance".

    A huge thank you to the following middle school teachers who will be retiring at the conclusion of the school year.  Mrs. Barbara Hackenberg (25 years), Mrs. Lora Henry (30.43 years), Mr. Richard Howley (33.97 years), and Ms. Beth Walker (30.55 years) have dedicated themselves to the well-being and learning of thousands of young people.  For all your service, we thank you!

    A huge thank you to our school board members for continuing to support all our middle level programming through child centered decision making related to the budget.

    6th Grade Orientation & Transition Preparation

    The 6th graders visited the middle school on Friday, May 12th and were led on tours of the building by members of our National Junior Honor Society following a brief presentation by our counseling department.  Here is a link to the larger orientation presentation from March that was well attended by so many parents, guardians, and students: 6th Grade Parent Orientation 2017-18.pdf 

    RED NOSE CHALLENGE VOTING

    The middle school needs your help for our Red Nose Challenge team!  Please vote (EVERY DAY if possible) by casting a vote for "Red Nose Challenge - Amazing Grace" at https://www.rednosedayinschool.org/vote-6-8.  Voting takes place through May 16th.  See the team's video entry at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdSHGeu4yOk

    FIELD DAY IS COMING!!

    Field Day is quickly approaching (June 1)!!  Volunteers are needed for this date to make the event a success for all our students.  Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for a SIGN-UP GENIUS coming out the week of May 15th to assist with this fun filled day for our students.

    YEAR BOOKS ARE COMING!!

    Year Books will be arriving soon!!  If you ordered a year book, they will be given out by your homeroom teacher on Tuesday, May 30th.  For those students who would still like to purchase a year book, a limited number will be on sale in the middle school office for $15.00 on Wednesday, May 31st through Friday, June 2 while supplies last.  First come, first serve!  If paying in cash, please bring exact change.  Checks should be made out to D.A.M.S. 

    NEW INTRAMURALS!!

    "Ultimate Frisbee" is back!!  Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 16 - May 30.

    "Badminton" take a crack at swatting a birdie!  May 17, 24, and 25. 

    "Chess Mastery" Do you like to play chess or want to learn how to play?  Either option is available to students on the one day, two-hour (3:00 - 5:15 PM) event being held on Wednesday, May 24th.

    Permission slips for all intramurals can be found in the guidance office and on-line.

    DRESS CODE REMINDER

    Just a friendly reminder that spring fashions must follow the student handbook guidelines and expectations for what is appropriate in school.

    PLEASE leave your short shorts and skirts, muscle shirts, off-the-shoulder halters, and spaghetti strap blouses at home.  Students whose dress is deemed inappropriate for school will be required to change into more appropriate items (i.e. PE uniform).  Please avoid this uncomfortable situation by making sure your outfit is school appropriate before leaving for school each morning.

    FIDGET EXPECTATIONS!!!

    Attention students and parents.  Many students have adopted the "spinning fidgets" as devices to assist in maintaining focus and calm.  These devices are really cool...when used appropriately!!  Please adhere to the following guidelines if you currently use or plan to use these innovative devices.

    When used properly, fidgets can help improve concentration and attention to tasks.  Fidgets are too be silent.  Fidgets are to be kept from view. 

    When misused, fidgets are distracting to your peers and to your teachers.  Fidgets are NOT toys.  Fidgets should NOT be distracting.  Fidgets are NOT to be seen.  Fidgets are NOT to be heard.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    May 15 - MS NJHS Induction Ceremony (7:00 PM)

    May 16 & 17 - Keystone Algebra Assessments

    May 17 - MS Choral Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 23 - MS Orchestra Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

    June 1 - MS Field Day

    June 2 - Grade 8 Awards Assembly (8:00 AM)

     

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter May 8, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 35

    Week of May 8, 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Congrats to our tremendous Middle School band, wind ensemble, percussion ensemble, and jazz band under the direction of Mrs. Ruth and Mr. Ruth for their incredible concert last week!

    Congrats to Mrs. Terroso for receiving the McDonald's Teacher Appreciation award!  Way to go Barb!

    Congrats to the PTO for hosting another successful Scholastic Book Fair last week!  It appears there is going to be a great deal of reading going on this summer!!

    THANK YOU!!

    A big thank you to all the parents that contributed to the excellent Teacher Appreciation Breakfast that was put together by Mrs. Monica Pitzer and the PTO!  We appreciate that you appreciate us!!

    A big thank you to Mrs. Kristen McDermott and the PTO for providing lunch to the office staff last week for Administration Appreciation Week!  We appreciate that you appreciate us!!

    FESTIVAL OF ART & CULTURE

    The annual Festival of Art and Culture is a tremendous opportunity for students and families to celebrate the creativity and successes of our students while recognizing the tremendous gift of diversity that exists in Dallastown.  This year's event is planned for Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 until 8:00 PM.  It is an event filled with food, friendship, entertainment, and unique cultures that exist within our community.  Come on out and enjoy the festivities!  Free admission for all DASD students.  $2.00 admission for adults to sustain the festival for the following year.

    DRESS CODE REMINDER

    Just a friendly reminder that spring fashions must follow the student handbook guidelines and expectations for what is appropriate in school.

    PLEASE leave your short shorts and skirts, muscle shirts, off-the-shoulder halters, and spaghetti strap blouses at home.  Students whose dress is deemed inappropriate for school will be required to change into more items (i.e. PE uniform).  Please avoid this uncomfortable situation by making sure your outfit is school appropriate before you leave for school each morning.

    FIDGET EXPECTATIONS!!!

    Attention students and parents.  Many students have adopted the "spinning fidgets" as devices to assist in maintaining focus and calm.  These devices are cool...when used appropriately!!  Please adhere to the following guidelines if you currently use or plan to use these innovative devices.

    When used properly, fidgets can help improve concentration and attention to tasks.  Fidgets are too be silent.  Fidgets are to be kept from view. 

    When misused, fidgets are distracting to your peers and to your teachers.  Fidgets are NOT toys.  Fidgets should NOT be distracting.  Fidgets are NOT to be seen.  Fidgets are NOT to be heard.

    FIELD DAY IS COMING!!

    Field Day is quickly approaching (June 1)!!  Volunteers are needed for this date to make the event a success for all our students.  Mark your calendars and keep your eyes open for a SIGN-UP GENIUS coming out the week of May 15th to assist with this fun filled day for our students.

    NEW INTRAMURALS!!

    "Dinner Time" - open to 15 8th grade students.  Learn how to make loaded potato soup, chicken Cesar penne salad, crab dip phyllo cups, lasagna rolls, & cappuccino browning truffles...YUM!!  Dates are: May 12, 17, 24, and 30.  Only those students who can attend all four sessions should sign up.

    "Ultimate Frisbee" is back!!  Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 16 - May 30.

    "Badminton" take a crack at swatting a birdie!  May 11, 17, 24, and 25. 

    Permission slips for all intramurals can be found in the guidance office and on-line.

    KEYSTONE ALGEBRA TESTING

    Those students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I will be participating in the Keystone Algebra assessments on May 16 and May 17.  This is a graduation requirement.  Specific information has been sent out to those students falling into this category.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    May 8 - No Place 4 Hate Ocho de Mayo Cookout Luncheon

    May 9 - MS Festival of Art and Culture (5:30 PM)

    May 15 - MS NJHS Induction Ceremony (7:00 PM)

    May 16 & 17 - Keystone Algebra Assessments

    May 17 - MS Choral Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 23 - MS Orchestra Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

    June 1 - MS Field Day

    June 2 - Grade 8 Awards Assembly (8:00 AM)

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  • Principals Weekly eNewletter May 1, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 34

    Week of May 1, 2017

    CALENDAR CHANGE!!

    The Spring Middle School Orchestra concert has been changed to Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 PM in the high school auditorium.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!

    Congrats to all our middle school band and concert choir members who participated in the April 28 playing of the National Anthem at the York Revolutions opening night!  While a record for the most musicians to every perform, the anthem was not set, the performance was incredible!  Great job Wildcats!

    Congrats again to Hadley Precht (Grade 8 Revolution) for wining third place in the York County Bar Association's Law Day Bumper Sticker Contest.  Not only was she recognized at their luncheon held on May 1 for being in the top 3 of over 100 entries, but she had the distinct pleasure of meeting Governor Tom Wolfe who was the keynote speaker of the event.  Great job Hadley!

    Congrats to Mr. Himes and Team Omega for their successful bistro "The Invertebrate Cafe" that was held on May 1.  Students used their learning to creatively construct a working restaurant complete with servers and delicious cuisine that spoke to the various invertebrates being studied!  Totally delicious!!

    FIDGET EXPECTATIONS!!!

    Attention students and parents.  Many students have adopted the "spinning fidgets" as devices to assist in maintaining focus and calm.  These devices are cool...when used appropriately!!  Please adhere to the following guidelines if you currently use or plan to use these innovative devices.

     

    PSSA SCIENCE TESTING - GRADE 8 ONLY

    Just a friendly reminder that the third and final wave of PSSA testing will take place this week May 2 and 3.  These two days of testing are dedicated to the science assessments and only effects our 8th graders.  We have been working hard all year.  This is where we get to show the know!  Let's show off our science skills Wildcats! 

    Students are encouraged to get a good night's sleep (8+ hours) and to have eaten a good breakfast each morning.  Our cafeteria provides excellent and nutritious breakfast choices for those students who are too rushed in the AM to get breakfast at home.  Students should put forth their best effort and use the skills and learning that they have developed throughout the school year.  We are confident that our students are well prepared. Students will be provided with a daily snack during testing.  Please encourage your child to bring a thermos or bottle of water (clear and natural water please...no additives such as powders and gels) to consume during testing as hydration is important to cognitive processing.

    Please make every possible arrangement to avoid doctor, dental, and orthodontic appointments on the mornings of these dates as the state prohibits interruption of test sessions for any reason. 

    Please know that these assessments, including participation rates, impact our school and our teachers.  These tests are a major component of the School Performance Profile ranking that our school and district receive each year.  Further, the state requires that student test score results play a significant role in specific teacher evaluations.  Additionally, the collective results of these assessments help us to drive curriculum and instructional changes for the benefit of all our students.  For these reasons, we must take these assessments seriously and we are asking you and your child to do the same.

    PTO SPONSORED SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    It's time to stock up on those summer reading opportunities!  This week from May 1 through May 5 Scholastic Books will once again be visiting D.A.M.S.  Each team will have an opportunity to visit the book fair to check out the wide variety of reading materials and other nifty supplies that Scholastic has to offer.  And whenever a purchase is made, a portion of those proceeds goes back to the school to support our Library/Learning Commons. 

    NO PLACE 4 HATE CINCO DE MAYO COOK-OUT

    This Friday, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo), we will be holding our No Place 4 Hate Spring cook-out luncheon.  Music, friendship, and outdoor fun as we celebrate our diverse community...this time with a Tex-Mex flair! The cafeteria is preparing walking tacos as well as other delicious grub!  Let's keep our fingers crossed for some sunshine so we can celebrate outdoors!

    FESTIVAL OF ART & CULTURE

    The annual Festival of Art and Culture is a tremendous opportunity for students and families to celebrate the creativity and successes of our students while recognizing the tremendous gift of diversity that exists in Dallastown.  This year's event is planned for Tuesday, May 9 from 5:30 until 8:00 PM.  It is an event filled with food, friendship, entertainment, and unique cultures that exist within our community.  Come on out and enjoy the festivities!

    KEYSTONE ALGEBRA TESTING

    Those students who are currently enrolled in Algebra I will be participating in the Keystone Algebra assessments on May 16 and May 17.  This is a graduation requirement.  Specific information has been sent out to those students falling into this category.

    MAY & JUNE LUNCH MENU

    Attached is the lunch menu for the remainder of the school year. MS May-June LU menu.pdf 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    May 2 & 3 PSSA Testing (Science Grade 8 ONLY)

    May 1 - 5 PTO Sponsored Book Fair

    May 2 - MS PTO Meeting (1PM)

    May 3 - MS Spring Band Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 5 - No Place 4 Hate Cinco de Mayo Cookout Luncheon

    May 9 - MS Festival of Art and Culture (5:30 PM)

    May 15 - MS NJHS Induction Ceremony (7:00 PM)

    May 16 & 17 - Keystone Algebra Assessments

    May 17 - MS Choral Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 23 - MS Orchestra Concert (7:30 PM)

    May 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

    June 1 - MS Field Day

    June 2 - Grade 8 Awards Assembly (8:00 AM)

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