• 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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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter March 13, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 27

    Week of March 13, 2017

    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 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.

    Attached is a copy of the letter from our assistant superintendent, Dr. Doll, further explaining the PSSA assessments and your rights as a parent regarding this state testing: Dr 

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

    PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICE REMINDER

    Just a friendly reminder that students ARE NOT permitted to use personal electronic devices including cell phones, tablets, lap tops, and hand-held games from 7:45 AM through 2:52 PM with the only exception being the student's scheduled 30-minute lunch period.  All students are issued district-owned Chrome books to pursue academics and school business.  Any student that violates this expectation will be subject to school discipline including having their device confiscated until a parent/guardian can come pick it up from the main office.   Additionally, the school and district are NOT responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.

    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. 

    On May 12, each DAIS Community of 6th graders and their teachers will make a visit to the middle school to meet with administration, counselors, and selected student leaders as well as taking a guided tour of the building.  In August, the middle school will have an open house prior to the start of school to allow all students and parents the opportunity to become acclimated to the building and walk through their schedule.

    CONGRATULATION TIME!!

    A huge Wildcat shout out to our York County Science Fair contestants and award recipients.  D.A.M.S. was represented in the two-county science fair by the following students: Arnav Bal, Ean Dudley, Ameer-uddin Maniar, Ibnat Meah, and Lexi Scott.  These 6 representatives were chosen from the middle school entries in January's D.A.H.S. Science Fair to compete in the 34th Annual York County Science and Engineering Fair featuring fierce competition from 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from schools across York and Adams Counties.  Not only did we bring home 1 third place, 3 second place, and 2 first place awards in their respective divisions but we also won some other prestigious awards.  Ameer-uddin Maniar won awards from NOAA and Broadcom where he will go on to further competitions.  Ibnat Maniar's research was selected as the JUNIOR DIVISION GRAND CHAMPION...the BEST project from over 50 7th-9th projects!  GO WILDCATS!!

    Another huge shout out to Helen Zardus who was selected to the National Middle School Honor Choir 2017. Helen and Mr. Buer spent the last week in Minneapolis, MN practicing and performing with this prestigious group.  Way to go Helen!

    Acceptance letters just came this past week from York County School of Technology for our 8th graders who applied to their highly competitive programs. Over 85% of our students who applied were accepted.  Congratulations to those future YCST Spartans!

    Team Legacy recently completed their service project where the students raised money from the student body to purchase a 50" flat screen TV for the non-profit Olivia's House that helps young people and families work through the grief of losing a parent or child.  The team made the dedication on behalf of their science teacher, Mrs. Steele, in remembrance of her son, Madison.

    And finally, student council hosted a tremendous Spring Dance this past Friday with nearly 400 of our Wildcat middle schoolers coming out to celebrate music, dance, food, and friends.  Great job student council!

    THANK YOU, PTO, AND PARENT VOLUNTEERS!

    The D.A.M.S. faculty and staff want to thank Mrs. Monica Pitzer of the PTO for organizing and all parents who volunteered to prepare and provide delicious dishes for the Teacher Appreciation Dinner held on March 7.  Thank you so much Wildcat Community!!

    COLOR GUARD INTRAMURAL!!

    What is it?  A group of 7th and 8th grade students that learn to twirl flags together, dance and perform at different school events (such as pep rallies, basketball games, Memorial Day Parade, etc.) throughout the year.

    Where and when are, the practices held? Practices are usually held in the MS gym lobby every Monday and Wednesday from 6 - 7:30 pm.

    How do I join this group?

    * No experience needed!!  Come to practice!

    * You will need to wear sneakers and stretch pants to practice.

    * We will be ordering t-shirts soon which will be no more than $10

    * Come out to learn and have FUN! 

    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 

    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 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    March 14 - MS PTO Meeting (1PM)

    March 20 - 24 - Student Council Spirit Week

    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 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service) SNOW MAKE-UP DAY

    April 24 - May 12 PSSA Testing

     

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter March 6, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 26

    Week of March 6, 2017

    SPRING CONFERENCES

    Tomorrow, March 7 the middle school will be hosting parent-teacher conferences by invite only.  Team representatives have made individual invites to the parents/guardians of students who are demonstrating academic and/or behavioral concerns.  Each team will also be hosting an "Open House" hour for those parents and guardians who wish to drop in and conduct a casual check in of their child's academic progress.  Team specific emails were sent out two weeks ago, indicating when each team would host the "open house" drop-in conferences.

    FREE BREAKFAST!!

    In celebration of National School Breakfast Week, and to encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast, a FREE breakfast will be offered to all DAMS students on Friday, March 10. 

    Spring Picture Day!!

    Spring Picture Day is Friday, March 10th.  Picture Forms are being sent home now.  You'll be able to see these pictures before you purchase them.  On the Spring Portrait selection form, please indicate which pose and one (1) 'Look" choice.  Have your child give the form to the photographer on Spring Picture day.  When you receive your Spring Picture packet, you may purchase, reorder or return them.

    COLOR GUARD INTRAMURAL!!

    What is it?  A group of 7th and 8th grade students that learn to twirl flags together, dance and perform at different school events (such as pep rallies, basketball games, Memorial Day Parade, etc.) throughout the year.

    Where and when are practices held? Practices are usually held in the MS gym lobby every Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 pm.

    How do I join this group?

    * No experience needed!!  Come to practice!

    * You will need to wear sneakers and stretch pants to practice.

    * We will be ordering t-shirts soon which will be no more than $10

    * Come out to learn and have FUN! 

    SPRING DANCE

    On Friday, March 10, the student council is sponsoring the Spring Dance.  It will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Come out and enjoy some good music, dancing, and fun with friends. In support of the Student Council service project "Canines for Kids", a program to train and provide seeing eye dogs for children who are visually impaired, we will be operating a dollar per song request jar at the DJ booth (school appropriate requests only please).  We will also have tip jars at the concession stand with all proceeds going toward the "Canines for Kids" program.

    YEAR BOOK ORDERS: ROUND #2

    Did you forget to order your yearbook?  You can now order them on line!  The second pre-sale will be ON-LINE ONLY and will occur from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.  The cost for the pre-sale orders (both person and on-line) is $12. Our online Yearbook ID Code is: 99002316. To order, go to: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/Order/SelectJob

    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.  More information will be coming your way in future eWeeklys.

    PSSA TESTING INFORMATION PSSA testing is scheduled this year for the following windows of time:  April 3 - April 7 & April 24 - May 12.  During 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 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.

    Attached is a copy of the letter from our assistant superintendent, Dr. Doll, further explaining the PSSA assessments and your rights as a parent regarding this state testing: Dr. Doll PSSA Letter.pdf 

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

    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 healthcare.  Check out this link for more information: Health 

    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 upcoming event sponsored by the New Freedom Lions Club involving speakers from the York Opioid Collaborative (YOC).  Heroin Flyer.pdf 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    March 6 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service)

    March 7 - NO SCHOOL (Middle School ONLY) - Parent Conferences

    March 10 - Spring Picture Day

    March 10 - MS Student Council Spring Dance (7 to 9 PM)

    March 14 - MS PTO Meeting (1PM)

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

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

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter February 27, 2017

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    Volume 2016-17, Edition 25

    Week of February 27, 2017

    SPRING CONFERENCES

    On March 7, the middle school will be hosting parent-teacher conferences by invite only.  Team representatives will be making individual invites to the parents/guardians of students who are demonstrating academic and/or behavioral concerns.  Each team will also be hosting an "Open House" hour for those parents and guardians who wish to drop in and conduct a casual check in of their child's academic progress.  Team specific emails were sent out this past week indicating when each team would host the "open house" drop-in conferences.

    FRIENDLY REMINDER: DRESS CODE

    With the snap of warm weather, we have seen glimpses of spring fashion.  Please keep in mind that school attire must be appropriate. Please reference your student handbook for a complete description of dress code expectations.  Here is a brief listing of some "DON'TS for school attire:

    • No short shorts or skirts
    • No bare mid-drift shirts
    • No muscle shirts or spaghetti strap blouses

    Please know that administration reserves the right to deem student clothing inappropriate and require students to change into school provided clothing that is appropriate.  If you think the fashion might be "flagged" as inappropriate, please do not wear it to school.

    FREE BREAKFAST!!

    In celebration of National School Breakfast Week, and to encourage students to eat a healthy breakfast, a FREE breakfast will be offered to all DAMS students on Friday, March 10. 

    Here is a link to the menus for the month of March 2017:  http://dallastown.nutrislice.com/menu/dallastown-area-middle-school/

    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 healthcare.  Check out this attachment for more information: Health Professions Summer Camp Application.pdf 

    SPRING DANCE

    On Friday, March 10, the student council is sponsoring the Spring Dance.  It will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Come out and enjoy some good music, dancing, and fun with friends.  Listen for announcements.

    YEAR BOOK ORDERS: ROUND #2

    Did you forget to order your yearbook?  You can now order them on line!  The second pre-sale will be ON-LINE ONLY and will occur from February 20, 2017 through March 3, 2017.  The cost for the pre-sale orders (both person and on-line) is $12.  To order, go to: https://ybpay.lifetouch.com.

    Our online Yearbook ID Code is: 9902317.

    WILDCAT POINT UPDATE!!

    Following February Spirit Week, here are the Wildcat Point totals:

    Grade 7 Team Excel = 352, Team Knowledge = 471, Team Mastermind = 571, Team Omega = 534, and Team Phoenix = 663.

    Grade 8 Team Endeavor = 297, Team Legacy = 459, Team Revolution = 435, Team Trailblazers = 408, Team Voyagers = 464.

    Grade 7&8 Team Awesome = 379

    Keep earning those points so your team can participate in the year end reward.

    NEW INTRAMURALS

    Mrs. Terroso has shared that several new intramurals are beginning in this next rotation.  They are volleyball, sign language, crocheting, history club, and iCreative.  Attached is a complete list of the intramural offerings: DALLASTOWN AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL.pdf 

    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.  More information will be coming your way in future eWeeklys. 

    MOTHER & DAUGHTER PROGRAM

    The YWCA and ACCESS-York/Victim Assistance Center will be teaming up with DASD on April 19th to present a program for girls age 10-14 and their parent regarding self-image, self-worth, and healthy relationships.  Here is a link for more information on this opportunity: Girl Talk 2017.pdf 

    IU SUMMER ACADEMY

    The IU is once again offering summer enrichment opportunities for students in a variety of areas ranging from art to sciences.  Deadline for registration is March 1, 2017.  For more information please go to this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qYx0EgSorRdxc0IUHZqCqc0T1q4b57r3EL28r8aqZ5g/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbzx=7163023668660690000

    PSSA TESTING INFORMATION PREVIEW PSSA testing is scheduled this year for the following windows of time:  April 3 - April 7 & April 24 - May 12.  During these windows of time no educational trips will be approved (NO EXCEPTIONS).  More information regarding the PSSA testing will be forthcoming as we prepare for these critical assessments. 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    March 3 - MS Grade 7 BOLD program (2:52 PM till 11:00 PM)

    March 6 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service)

    March 7 - NO SCHOOL (Middle School ONLY) - Parent Conferences

    March 10 - MS Student Council Spring Dance (7 to 9 PM)

    March 14 - MS PTO Meeting (1PM)

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

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter February 20, 2017

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    Volume 2016-17, Edition 24

    Week of February 20, 2017

    GOLD & BOLD PROGRAMS

    This is a friendly reminder that permission slips for participating in the middle school's annual Girl's Opportunity for Leadership Development (GOLD) and Boy's Opportunity for Leadership Development (BOLD) are due to the guidance office tomorrow, February 21.  These events are exclusive to all 7th students with the GOLD event taking place this Friday, February 24 from 2:52 PM until 11:00 PM.  The BOLD event takes place the following Friday, March 3 from 2:52 PM until 11:00 PM.  Don't miss out on this opportunity to hang with friends while engaging in fun and energetic activities designed to help promote healthy living and good character.  There is no cost associated with the event and all 7th graders are encouraged and welcome to participate. 

    NEW INTRAMURALS

    Mrs. Terroso has shared that several new intramurals are beginning in this next rotation.  They are volleyball, sign language, crocheting, history club, and iCreative.  Attached is a complete list of the intramural offerings:    DALLASTOWN AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL.pdf 

    SPRING CONFERENCES

    On March 7, the middle school will be hosting parent-teacher conferences by invite only.  Team representatives will be making individual invites to the parents/guardians of students who are demonstrating academic and/or behavioral concerns.  Each team will also be hosting an "Open House" hour for those parents and guardians who wish to drop in and conduct a casual check in of their child's academic progress.  Specific emails will be sent this week to each team regarding the time of that team's "Open House" hour. 

    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.  More information will be coming your way in future eWeekly’s. 

    MOTHER & DAUGHTER PROGRAM

    The YWCA and ACCESS-York/Victim Assistance Center will be teaming up with DASD on April 19th to present a program for girls age 10-14 and their parent regarding self-image, self-worth, and healthy relationships.  Here is a link for more information on this opportunity.  Girl Talk 2017.pdf 

    IU SUMMER ACADEMY

    The IU is once again offering summer enrichment opportunities for students in a variety of areas ranging from art to sciences.  Deadline for registration is March 1, 2017.  For more information please go to this link:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qYx0EgSorRdxc0IUHZqCqc0T1q4b57r3EL28r8aqZ5g/viewform?edit_requested=true&fbzx=7163023668660690000

    PSSA TESTING INFORMATION PREVIEW PSSA testing is scheduled this year for the following windows of time:  April 3 - April 7 & April 24 - May 12.  During these windows of time no educational trips will be approved (NO EXCEPTIONS).  More information regarding the PSSA testing will be forthcoming as we prepare for these critical assessments. 

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    February 24 - MS Grade 7 GOLD program (2:52 PM till 11:00 PM)

    March 3 - MS Grade 7 BOLD program (2:52 PM till 11:00 PM)

    March 6 - NO SCHOOL (Teacher In-Service)

    March 7 - NO SCHOOL (Middle School ONLY) - Parent Conferences

    March 10 - MS Student Council Spring Dance (7 to 9 PM)

    March 14 - MS PTO Meeting (1PM)

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

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

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