• Parent Meeting Redesign Initiative January 12th and 19th 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    I am pleased to invite you to join me for an informational update on the exciting redesign initiative surrounding our middle school.  I will be sharing an overview of the vision the district has for the future of middle level learning, the scheduling changes we have designed to support this vision, and the exciting new opportunities that await our middle schoolers of the future.  Our middle school initiative is a part of the much larger secondary redesign that the school district embarked on in its 2014 Comprehensive Plan.

    If you are able and willing to join me, I will be hosting two informational sessions.

    Session 1: Thursday, January 12 from 6 PM until 7 PM in the middle school cafeteria.

    Session 2: Thursday, January 19 from 6 PM until 7 PM in the middle school cafeteria.

    For those unable to attend either session, a screencast of the information will be placed on our middle school website following the January 19 session.

    This is truly an exciting time to be a member of our Dallastown family of learners and I look forward to meeting with you to discuss this bright future.

    Sincerely,

    Chad M. Bumsted

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

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

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

    Dear Parent or Guardian:

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely,

    Chad Bumsted

    Principal

    Dallastown Area Middle School

    Kevin C. Duckworth, Ed.D.

    Principal

    Dallastown Area High School

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 9, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 19

    Week of January 9, 2017

    CELL PHONE REGULATIONS - A FRIENDLY REMINDER

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

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

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

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

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

    HOLIDAY HELP - A HUGE THANK YOU

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

    NO NAME CALLING WEEK - NO PLACE 4 HATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WILDCAT POINTS UPDATE

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Grade 7/8 Team Awesome = 261 points

    YEARBOOK SALE!!!

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

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

    CAR RIDER AM DROP-OFF REMINDER

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

    DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS - PROCEDURAL REVISIONS FORTHCOMING

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

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

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

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

    January 10 - PTO Meeting (1PM)

    January 10 & 11 - Algebra I Midterm Exams

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

    January 16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Holiday)

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

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

    January 25 - Tentative report card distribution date

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

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

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter January 2, 2017

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 18

    Week of January 2, 2017

    WELCOME 2017!!

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

    YEARBOOK SALE COMING UP!!

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

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

    CAR RIDER AM DROP-OFF REMINDER

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

    MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM REDESIGN - PARENT & COMMUNITY INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS

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

    DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS - PROCEDURAL REVISIONS FORTHCOMING

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

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

    DRESSING FOR WARMTH - A CAUTIONARY HEADS UP

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

    STAYING HEALTHY

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

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

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

    January 10 - PTO Meeting (1PM)

    January 10 & 11 - Algebra I Midterm Exams

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

    January 16 - NO SCHOOL (MLK Holiday)

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

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

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

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

     

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  • Principals Weekly eNewsletter December 12, 2016

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    D.A.M.S. Weekly eNewsletter

    Volume 2016-17, Edition 16

    Week of December 12, 2016

    CONGRATULATIONS MS BAND, CHORUS, & ORCHESTRA!!

    Congrats to our musicians  and singers for a fantastic holiday concert last week!  It was truly incredible and is a testament to all of the hard work that you each invest in our music program.  As a result of your wonderful performance, we were able to make a $650 dollar donation in your name to the MS Holiday Help fund based upon the generous donations contributed by the concert audience members!  This money will assist Dallastown families in need during this holiday season. 

    An additional shout out to the concert choir for their performance of the Star Spangled Banner at the Hershey Bears game last Saturday and to the MS String ensemble for their participation in this past Friday's concert at Spry UM church.  Way to represent Wildcats!

    WILDCAT SPELLING BEE!!

    Dallastown Area Middle School will be hosting a special finalist competition for the 2016 Spelling Bee on Wednesday evening , December 14 at 7PM.  The final 16 spellers who advanced for the second-round competition among 73 students will take the stage in the middle school auditorium.  This finalist competition will be held using the format outlined by the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee.  Come on out and enjoy the intensity associated with competitive spelling!

    HOLIDAY SPIRIT WEEK!!

    Be a part of the Holiday Spirit Week being held this week starting on Monday, December 12 through Friday, December 16.  Participation can help teams earn up to 100 Wildcat Points!  Show you Holiday School Spirit!

    The themes for each day are as follows:

    Monday, December 12 = BLUE & WHITE DAY

    Tuesday, December 13 = WINTER THEMED HAT OR HEADBAND

    Wednesday, December 14 = BREAK OUT YOUR SWEATER DAY

    Thursday, December 15 = WHITE OUT DAY

    Friday, December 16 = GETTING COMFY FOR THE HOLIDAYS (sweats and comfy clothes...NO PJs though)

    * Wearing blue and white on any day during the Spirit Week (including Monday) will earn Wildcat points for your team!!

    HOLIDAY CANNED FOOD DRIVE!!

    Bring in your canned soups, veggies, fruits and other non-perishable food items for our Student Council Canned Food Drive being held December 5 through December 16.  All donations will be submitted in homeroom and will count toward the year end Wildcat competition.  For every 10 cans donated the team will earn 1 point.  Let's see the generosity of our Wildcat Community!  Bring in some cans....help out those in need....and earn some Wildcat Points!

    CANDY GRAM SALES!!

    From December 12 through December 16 Student Council will be selling candy grams for $1 each.  Sales will take place in the main lobby during morning homeroom (7:20 to 7:45).  Send your friends and special someones some holiday cheer with a Wildcat Candy Gram!  Deliveries will take place on Wednesday, December 21 during Period 8.

    WINTER SPORTSMANSHIP REMINDER!!

    The winter sports season has officially started with contests beginning on this past Friday.  With the start of this Winter sports season students are reminded of Dallastown's committment to sportsmanship.  Student fans need to represent our community, school, and team in a manner that exhibits respect, class, and integrity.  The following York-Adams League expectations should be followed and will be enforced at all events:

    • Appropriate attire will be worn at all times
      • Shirts must be worn at all times by both male and female spectators...sports bras do not count!
      • Masks and face coverings are prohibited
      • Body paint is prohibited
    • Appropriate and positive cheering only
    • Fans will remain seated during play
    • No signs, banners, or noisemakers
    • Food and drink are prohibited in the gym or pool area

    Thank you in advance for your support of our athletic teams.  The coaches and participants appreciate the Dallastown school spirit and pride that our student body exhibits at our sporting events.  GO CATS!!

    CONGRATS WINTER SPORT ATHLETES!!

    Congratulations to all of our athletes that will be representing our mighty Wildcats this winter sports season!  Go! Fight! Win!  And represent with class, dignity, and sportsmanship!  Attached are the rosters for our Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Basketball Cheerleaders, Wrestling, and Wrestling Cheerleaders.  DAMS Winter Sports Rosters.pdf 

    YEARBOOK SALE COMING UP!!

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

    UPCOMING DATES & EVENTS

    December 12 - 16 = Student Council Holiday Spirit Week

    December 12 - 16 = Student Council Candy Gram Sales

    December 14 = DAMS Spelling Bee Extravaganza

    December 15 = Golden Agers Luncheon

    December 22 = Student Council Candy Gram Deliveries (Period 8)

    December 23 = Holiday Pep Rally Team Competition

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