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February News Wave

February News Wave

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Dear Parents and Guardians,It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the school year. Please carefullyread the News Waves and all e-mail and snail mail correspondence you receive from DoverMiddle School. A lot of information is delivered at this time of year regarding completing thisschool year and planning for the next school year. Recently, individual NECAP testing scores were mailedhome. The 8
th
graders also received a letter, in the same envelope, regarding the high school courseselection process.I would like to thank the PTA for all their efforts to support Dover Middle School. They provideopportunities for students to participate in outside programs, give gift certificates for books or supplies toour teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, bring in outside speakers to educate parents on importanttopics and work tirelessly to raise money and provide funds to our school. Look for their March fundraiser,
“Blooming for Technology”. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the PTA. The other support youcan lend in 2 minutes or less is to “like” their Facebook page,
dmspta
. They are halfway to their goal of 500likes this school year. This page provides reminders of school information and also many education oradolescent related announcements and links.Similar to recent years, the Dover School District is facing yet another difficult budget season. It isimperative that parents inform themselves about the
potential impacts the budget will have to their child’s
education. Please get involved.A few dates to remember for the upcoming month:February 25th-March 1
st
Winter Break - No SchoolMarch 4th School Board Budget Workshop-McConnell Center, 6:30PMMarch 11th School Board Meeting- McConnell Center, 7:00PMMarch 12th DMS PTA Meeting in the Library, 7:00 (DHS course selection process)March 15th
Teacher’s Workshop Day –
No SchoolApril 4
th
, 5
th
& 6
th
Annie, Jr. in the Walker Auditorium, Dover HighThink Spring!!! Enjoy your school vacations!Kim LyndesPrincipal
FEBRUARY 2013
 
 
IMPORTANT DATES
 
Monday-Friday, 2/25-3/1: Winter RecessFriday, 3/15: Teacher Workshop, No school
Parents and Guardians: 3
rd
Quarter ProgressReports will be available for viewing onlineon 3/5.
You will receive an e-mail alertat that time.
The third payment for the Washington, D.C.trip is due on March 6th in the amount of $299.
This payment cannot be late as this is thefinal payment.
MANDATORY Parent Meeting for all students attending theWashington, D.C. trip will take place the first week in April.
Watch for notices regarding the time.
 8
th
Grade Dance
 –
Friday, March 8
th
, 7:00-9:00pm
Tickets will be sold that week at lunch in the cafeteria for$6 or $5 with a canned good. Please be on time topick up your student.
Red Sox game, Friday, 5/10
For 7
th
and 8
th
Graders onlyInformation to come regarding tickets, etc.
The 6
th
Grade Red Oak Team will be hosting VOLCANO NIGHTon Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
Students will be demonstrating their home-made volcanoesfrom 6:30 until 8:00. Parents of Red Oak students are invitedto demonstrate their own volcanoes as well. Sorry, no DietCoke and Mentos allowed! This event is open to Red Oakstudents and their families only due to space limitations. Lookfor more information coming soon.
ATTENTION8
TH
GRADE PARENTS:
DMS PTA Meeting, March 12
th
 7:00-8:00pm in the LibraryDHS Staff will be here to talk withparents about the Course Selectionprocess. Join us!
March is…
Music in Our SchoolsMonth
Concerts:5
th
/6
th
Grade - 3/197:00pm at DHS7
th
/8
th
Grade
 – 
3/207:00pm at DHS
 
 
Drama Club Thanks You
The DMS Drama Club would like to thank all students, staff and families that supported ourpancake breakfast and Uno's fundraisers. The performance dates for Annie, Jr. are Thursday, April 4at 7:00pm, Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm and Saturday, April 6 at 2:00pm - all in the DHS auditorium.Stay tuned for ticket sale information.
TO: 8
th
Grade Parents/Guardians and StudentsFROM: Mr. Pagnotta, 8
th
Grade School Counselor
In late January, DHS and CTC counselors talked with all 8
th
grade studentsregarding how to succeed at DHS, including number of credits to graduate, what a blockschedule looks like, interesting CTC programs, the NH Scholars Program, and much moreuseful information. Parents/guardians received a letter from Principal Lyndes regardingDHS Transition early in February. Students met Dean Stephens and toured DHS and theCTC on 2/12 and seemed to really enjoy it. On March 11
th
, students will bring home
another letter specifically describing Course Selection and will bring home teachers’
recommendations for core classes and a foreign language. Parents and students willchoose electives to fill the remaining credits for Freshman year. Remember, students need between 7 and 8credits (7 credits- student have a Study Hall all year; 8 credits- no Study Hall). You should start looking nowat the DHS Program of Studies (POS) online on both DHS and DMS websites. Finally, if you have anyquestions, the POS i
s a great place to start, and if that doesn’t answer your questions, make sure to come to
the DMS PTA meeting March 12
th
from 7-8:00p.m. in the DMS Library to speak directly with DHS staff! Of course, feel free to reach out to DMS and DHS staff at any point along the way. Enjoy this process;
it’s a very
exciting time!
Spelling Bee
Many thanks to all of the Language Arts teachers for their help with the spelling bee this year.The DMS champion-speller is Sean Gallipo, grade 6, who placed first.Bella Cruz, grade 7, placed second.Congratulations to all!
Geography Bee
The winner of the DMS Geography Bee was Olivia Chagnon, grade 8, for the second year in a row,and the runner up was Jake Samuelson, grade 5.Congratulations!

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