• Principals Weekly eNewsletter April 17, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 32

    Week of April 17, 2017

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

    Congrats to Hadley Precht (Grade 8 Revolution) for earning 3rd place in the York Bar Association Bumper Sticker Contest.  Hadley and other student artists from across York County will be honored at the Bar Association's 2017 Law Day luncheon on May 1.  Way to go Hadley!!

    PTO SPONSORED ASSEMBLY!!

    On April 18, the PTO is sponsoring two grade level assemblies for the 7th and 8th grades regarding the topic of cyber safety and cyber bullying.  The program presented by the Byrne's Health Education Center is entitled "Cyberwise: Digital Citizenship".  Attached is information regarding the presentation. CyberWise_PRE.pdf 

    GRADE 7 UNIFIED ARTS SCHEDULING

    On Thursday, April 20 during Period 8 the 7th grade teams will be meeting in the middle school auditorium for a brief overview of the process for selecting from the 20+ Unified Arts courses being offered to the 8th graders next school year.  A make-up session will be held during Period 8 on Friday, April 21.  This is the real deal...not like the pilot from early February.  The forms MUST be reviewed with parents or guardians and have a parent signature.  They will be due on April 28.

    DAY OF SILENCE

    Friday, April 21 is National Day of Silence, the largest single student-led action towards creating safer schools for all.  Students may voluntarily take a vow of silence on this day to draw attention to the bullying, harassment, and name calling of others.  Those students interested in participating must sign up during lunch on Wednesday and Thursday.  Immediately following dismissal on Friday, April 21, the No Place 4 Hate group and W.A.M. (We All Matter) club will be hosting a "Breaking the Silence" party until 4:15 PM.  All are welcome to participate but parental permission is required.  Attached is more information on the National Day of Silence and the Breaking the Silence party permission slip: Break the silence permission-parent letter.pdf 

    BINGO ANYONE?!?!

    The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation is hosting a bingo fundraiser on April 22 at 5 PM at DAIS.  All proceeds go to fund educational grants for k-12 programming and the students who benefit from these programs.  Attached is a flyer: BINGOflyer_032317.pdf 

    PSSA MATH TESTING

    Just a friendly reminder that the second wave of PSSA testing will take place next week on April 25, 26, & 27.  These three days of testing are dedicated to the math assessments.  We have been working hard all year.  This is where we get to show the know!  Let's show off our math skills Wildcats! 

    PTO SPONSORED SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

    It's time to stock up on those summer reading opportunities!  During the week of 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 should offer.  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

    On 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!  More details to follow.

    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.   For this Dallastown tradition to be successful, we need your help!  If you would like to help with a stand, prepare food, provide cultural artifacts, or maybe just help set up or tear down, we could use your help.  Take a look at the attached flyer: Multicultural Flyer parent 2017. V2.pdf 

    Please contact Dr. O'Malley if you have questions about how you can assist: sharon.o'malley@dallastown.net

    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

    April 17 -  SNOW MAKE-UP DAY: School Is In Session!!

    April 18 - PTO Sponsored Assembly (Cyberwise: Digital Citizenship)

    April 21 - National Day of Silence (No Place 4 Hate & WAM)

    April 24 - 26 PSSA Testing (Math)

    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 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter April 10, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 31

    Week of April 10, 2017

    STUDENT COUNCIL SPIRIT WEEK!!

    Spirit Week is once again upon us.  Show you school spirit and earn Wildcat points for your team by participating in the following events.

    Monday, April 10 = Spring Colors Day (Yellow, Pink, Green, Purple, etc.)

    Tuesday, April 11 = Disney Day (shirts, ears, etc., PLEASE NO COSTUMES)

    Wednesday, April 12 = Baseball Day (hats, jerseys, shirts)

    Thursday, April 13 = Blue and White Day

    PTO MEETING CHANGED

    Our apologies for the late correction but the monthly PTO meeting will take place this Tuesday, April 11 at 9AM.  All are welcome.

    PTO SPONSORED ASSEMBLY!!

    On April 18, the PTO is sponsoring two grade level assemblies for the 7th and 8th grades regarding the topic of cyber safety and cyber bullying.  The program presented by the Byrne's Health Education Center is entitled "Cyberwise: Digital Citizenship".  Attached is information regarding the presentation.  CyberWise_PRE.pdf 

    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.   For this Dallastown tradition to be successful we need your help!  If you would like to help with a stand, prepare food, provide cultural artifacts, or maybe just help set up or tear down, we could use your help.  Take a look at the attached flyer: multicultural flyer parent 2017 EDITED.pdf 

    Please contact Dr. O'Malley if you have questions about how you can assist: sharon.o'malley@dallastown.net

    BINGO ANYONE?!?!

    The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation is hosting a bingo fundraiser on April 22 at 5 PM at DAIS.  All proceeds go to fund educational grants for k-12 programming and the students who benefit from these programs.  Attached is a flyer: BINGOflyer_032317.pdf 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    April 11 - PTO Meeting (9AM)

    April 14 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    April 17 -  SNOW MAKE-UP DAY: School Is in Session!!

    April 18 - PTO Sponsored Assembly (Cyberwise: Digital Citizenship)

    April 24 - 26 PSSA Testing (Math)

    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 31 - Algebra I Final Exam

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter April 3, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 30

    Week of April 3, 2017

    PSSA TESTING IS HERE!! On Tuesday, April 4 our Middle School will once again embark on the PSSA testing journey when all of our 7th and 8th graders participate in 4 days (2 hours per day) of testing in English-Language Arts (ELA).  Testing will occur on the mornings of April 4, 5, 6, and 7.  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 orthodonic 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 of our students.  For all of these reasons, we must take these assessments seriously and we are asking you and your child to do the same.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Principal Blackwell at denise.blackwell@dallastown.net

    REPORT CARDS COME OUT ON WEDNESDAY!!

    Report cards for the third marking period will be distributed to students on Wednesday, April 5.  Congratulations to all of our students for their academic achievements!

    ATTENTION ALL COLONIAL OUTBOUND CANDIDATES!!

    Any 7th grade students interested in attending the Colonial Outbound trip in the Fall of 2017 should turn in applications and a $100 deposit on April 5, 6, or 7 to 8th grade teacher organizers who will be stationed in the main lobby at arrival time.  The applications were provided to all 7th grade students during social studies classes this past week. 

    FESTIVAL OF ART & CULTURE

    The annual Festival of Art and Culture is a tremendous opporutnity 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.   In order for this Dallastown tradition to be successful we need your help!  If you would like to help with a stand, prepare food, provide cultural artifacts, or maybe just help set up or tear down, we could use your help.  Take a look at the attached flyer: multicultural flyer parent 2017 EDITED.pdf 

    Please contact Dr. O'Malley if you have questions about how you can assist: sharon.o'malley@dallastown.net

    CONGRATULATIONS & SHOUT-OUTS!

    A big shout-out of congratulations to Ms. Gilbert and the Autistic Support Classroom on their successful fundraising efforts.  Their small band of students and teachers were able to provide a check for $130 to iPadz for Autism, a program that supports the technical needs for young people with autism.  Way to go AS!!

    Congratulations to Rachel Raine (Grade 8, Legacy) on her role as stage manager for the high school's musical "The Drowsy Chaperon" that premiers this Thursday evening.  Rachel did such a good job with the middle school's musical that Mr. Buer and Mrs. Anderson felt she was a natural fit to lead this effort on the high school stage.  Way to go Rachel!

    BINGO ANYONE?!?!

    The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation is hosting a bingo fundraiser on April 22 at 5 PM at DAIS.  All proceeds go to fund educational grants for k-12 programming and the students who benefit from these programs.  Attached is a flyer: BINGOflyer_032317.pdf 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    April 3 - April 7 PSSA Testing (ELA testing)

    April 4 - MS PTO Meeting (9AM)

    April 14 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    April 17 -  SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

    April 24 - 26 PSSA Testing (Math)

    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 17 - MS Choral Concert (7:30 PM)

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter March 27, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 29

    Week of March 27, 2017

    6th GRADE TRANSITION MEETING

    This Wednesday, March 29 at 6PM in the middle school auditorium, we will be hosting a meeting for 6th grade students and their parents/guardians regarding the middle school program and all the exciting opportunities that await them at the middle school.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  This hour long, partially interactive program, will highlight programming, schedules, student life opportunities, and the expectations that the middle school holds for all of students' learning and character. 

    FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN!!

    As we should all be aware of by now, heroin abuse is all too prevalent in York County and in our own Dallastown community.  Please consider attending this March 29 event sponsored by the New Freedom Lions Club involving speakers from the York Opioid Collaborative (YOC).Heroin Flyer.pdf 

    END OF 3RD MARKING PERIOD

    The 3rd marking period will conclude on Monday, March 27.  Students will be dismissed at 10:55 AM so that teachers may use the afternoon to compile grades and prepare report cards that afternoon.  Expect report cards to be distributed to students on April 5. 

    SPRING SPORTS ROSTERS ANNOUNCED!!

    Congratulations to all the 189 middle school students who are participating in the spring scholastic sports teams of girls’ volleyball, co-ed track & field, boys’ soccer, and girls’ soccer. We are counting on these student-athletes to represent our Wildcat community with exceptional character and good sportsmanship as they compete against peers from across York County. Best of luck to all on a fabulous season!  Attached are the rosters for all of these sports programs: Spring Sports 2017 Rosters.pdf 

    ATTENTION ALL COLONIAL OUTBOUND CANDIDATES!!

    Any 7th grade students interested in attending the Colonial Outbound trip in the Fall of 2017 should turn in applications and a $100 deposit on April 5, 6, or 7 to 8th grade teacher organizers who will be stationed in the main lobby at arrival time.  The applications were provided to all 7th grade students during social studies classes this past week. 

    BINGO ANYONE?!?!

    The Dallastown Area Educational Foundation is hosting a bingo fundraiser on April 22 at 5 PM at DAIS.  All proceeds go to fund educational grants for k-12 programming and the students who benefit from these programs.  Attached is a flyer: BINGOflyer_032317.pdf 

    PSSA TESTING INFORMATION PSSA testing is scheduled this year for the following windows of time:  April 3 - April 7 & April 24 - May 12During these windows of time no educational trips will be approved (NO EXCEPTIONS).  More specifically, all students in Grades 7 & 8 will be taking the English Language Arts assessments on April 4 through April 7 and the Mathematics assessments on April 25 through April 27.  All Grade 8 students will be taking the Science assessments on May 2 and 3.   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.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Principal Blackwell at denise.blackwell@dallastown.net

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    March 27 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) (Teacher Clerical)

    March 29 - 6th Grade Transition Meeting (6PM at MS auditorium)

    April 3 - April 7 PSSA Testing

    April 11 - MS PTO Meeting **Correction from April 4

    April 14 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    April 17 -  SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

    April 24 - May 12 PSSA Testing

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter March 20, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 28

    Week of March 20, 2017

    SPIRIT WEEK!!!

    This week (March 20 through March 24) is Student Council Spirit Week.  Participate in each day's theme and earn your team up to 100 Wildcat Points!

    Monday = Mismatch Day...dare to be a fashion faux pas!

    Tuesday = Crazy Hair Day... hair spray, gel, and dye!

    Wednesday = Denim Day...looking like a jeans and jeans jacket day!

    Thursday = Hawaiian Day...Aloha Big Kahuna!

    Friday = Team Colors Day (Excel & Endeavor is red, Knowledge & Legacy is orange, Phoenix & Voyagers is blue, Masterminds & Revolution is black, Omega & Trailblazers is green.)

    CONGRATULATIONS TIME!!!

    Congrats to Ramanathan Thillaiyan, Grade 7 Mastermind, for his 3rd place win in "Regional National History Day" held this past Saturday in Manheim, PA.  Ramanathan is now qualified to compete in the "PA State National History Day" event on May 12 and 13 at Carlisle High School.  Good luck!!

    Congrats to the following D.A.M.S. students for being selected to the York County Middle School Honors Band.  Haley Shuck, Taylor Edwards, Alexis Esher, Grace Treml, Brittany Loken, Lora Norwalk, Emily Dias, Jillian Fetrow, Aryan Saharan, David Willis, and Nick Miller. 

    Apologies to Astha Ray, Grade 8 Voyagers.  We failed to recognize Astha for her participation in the 34th Annual York County Science and Engineering Fair held two weeks ago.  Great job Astha! 

    6th GRADE TRANSITION MEETING

    On March 29 at 6PM in the middle school auditorium, we will be hosting a meeting for 6th grade students and their parents/guardians regarding the middle school program and all the exciting opportunities that await them at the middle school.  Please mark this date on your calendar.  This hour long, partially interactive program, will highlight programming, schedules, student life opportunities, and the expectations that the middle school holds for all of students' learning and character. 

    SUMMER CAMP FOR POTENTIAL HEALTH PROFESSIONS

    This summer Dallastown Area Middle School is partnering with York College of Pennsylvania to run a pilot of a summer camp experience for any current 7th and 8th grade students who have an interest in pursuing a career in health care.  Check out this link for more information: Health Professions Summer Camp Application.pdf 

    FIGHT AGAINST HEROIN!!

    As we should all be aware of by now, heroin abuse is all too prevalent in York County and in our own Dallastown community.  Please consider attending this March 29 event sponsored by the New Freedom Lions Club involving speakers from the York Opioid Collaborative (YOC). Heroin Flyer.pdf 

    SCHEDULING UPDATE

    Attention all current 7th grade students.  In the next 2 weeks, each of you will be receiving a new scheduling sheets for Unified Arts courses.  The on-line survey completed in February provided administration and teachers with valuable feedback to determine the courses and number of sections that would be needed.  Now is the time to pick your classes.  More information to follow.  Stay tuned. 

    BEHAVIOR UPDATE

    All students are reminded of our basic expectations for behavior and character.  As we enter spring, it is necessary that we revisit these expectations.

    1) Respect for others!  Respect for self!  Bottom line...treat others the way you would expect to be treated...in person and online!

    2) Be ready to learn!  Be to school on time!  Be to class on time!  Come prepared with all materials and completed assignments! 

    3) Dress appropriately for school!  This is your workplace...dress for success! Consult your handbook if you have questions.

    4) Be a hallway ninja!  Calm, cool, and quiet!  Running, jumping, shoving, pushing, and yelling are not acceptable. 

    5) Be accountable!  If you make a mistake...own up to it!  Tell the truth! This is a hallmark of good character.

    SCHOOL ON APRIL 17!!

    We will have school on Monday, April 17 due to our recent snow cancellations.  Please note this on your calendar.

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    March 20 - 24 - Student Council Spirit Week

    March 22 - PTO Meeting (rescheduled)

    March 27 - Early Dismissal (10:55 AM) (Teacher In-Service)

    March 29 - 6th Grade Transition Meeting (6PM at MS auditorium)

    April 3 - April 7 PSSA Testing

    April 4 - MS PTO Meeting

    April 14 - NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

    April 17 -  SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

    April 24 - May 12 PSSA Testing

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