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SEPTEMBER 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians, We want to thank all of our parents and students for a wonderful start to the school year. Our message to you is simple, don’t miss a moment, enjoy these times and stay connected with your children and their lives. Many parents feel this is a time to start letting go, it is not. It is a time to “hold on tight” and stay involved. We welcome and encourage your involvement here at school. Your partnership with school personnel can help guide your children through this exciting, yet often bumpy time. Middle school is filled with new experiences and life lessons that will support the development of responsible, educated, well-rounded young adults. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the PTA, actively participating and becoming aware of the many volunteer opportunities. A first quick step to becoming involved is to “like” the DMS PTA Facebook page. The administrative model has changed back to a traditional model. I am now principal for all grade levels. My former Co-Principal, Mike McKenney, has moved on as the Horne Street School principal. We will miss him at the middle school, but we are thankful that he remains with us in Dover. We currently have two Dean of Students positions. We welcome Ms. Amanda Isabelle as our new Dean of Students for grades 5 and 6. Dean Isabelle has worked in our building in different roles for the past 12 years. Her transition to the Dean position has been seamless. Mr. Bruce Patrick is now the Dean of Students for grade 7 and 8. His knowledge and years of experience are very beneficial to our school operations. We enjoy working together and have formed a great team. Collectively, we have 62 years of experience at Dover Middle School! We welcome parents to contact any of us with concerns and questions. The Dover School District’s mission is “Strengthening our community, by educating every child, every day.” We have many goals outlined in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, technology and the school environment to support the betterment of our school. We hope to instill a love of learning, in a safe environment, for all of our students. Each day, everyone in this building shows up with just that, the intent to support our students at their individual level. Our first opportunity to show our knowledge is the state testing in the beginning of October. Our students are working very hard preparing for these exams and we are excited to show growth on these assessments. While the NECAP testing is not the measure of everything, it is important to our school and we ask that you support the school by talking with your child about doing his or her best. Our school motto has been, “NECAPs--Eat, Sleep, Do Your Best”. NECAP testing dates are October 3rd through October 15th with grade levels testing on alternate days. A NECAP testing schedule follows on the next page. Stay tuned for more information. Best Wishes, Kim Lyndes Principal

NECAP Schedule:
10/3: 5 /6 Reading I 8:20-9:50 a.m. Reading II 12:15-1:45 p.m. 10/4: 7 /8 Reading I 7:50-9:10 a.m. Reading II 9:50-11:20 a.m. 10/9: 5 /6 Reading III 8:20-9:50 a.m. Math I 12:15-1:45 p.m. 10/10: 7 /8 Reading III 7:50-9:10 a.m. Math I 9:50-11:20 a.m. 10/11: 5 /6
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IMPORTANT DATES
Friday, 10/5 - Teacher Workshop Day, no school Monday, 10/8 – Columbus Day, no school Friday, 11/9–Teacher Workshop Day, no school Monday, 11/12 – Veterans Day, no school

Math II 8:20-9:50 a.m. Math III 12:15-1:45 p.m.

7th and 8th Grade Dance: Friday, 9/28 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale that week during lunch times, $6 or $5 with a canned good. All cans are donated in the local community. Tickets are never sold at the door. Refreshments will be available to purchase. Students on Loss or Privileges are not allowed to attend – please see Student Handbook for details. Please be on time to pick up your child; any student picked up after 9:00 p.m. will not be allowed to attend the next dance. Chaperones are always welcome. Please contact Mr. Patrick at 516-7215 or b.patrick@dover.k12.nh.us if you are interested.

10/12: 7 /8

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Math II 7:50-9:10 a.m. Math III 9:50-11:20 a.m.

10/15: 8

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Writing I 7:50-9:10 a.m. Writing II 9:50-11:20 a.m.

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Writing I 8:20-9:50 a.m. Writing II 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Make-up testing 5th: Oct. 4,10, 12 Make-up testing 6th:Oct. 4,10,12,15 Make-up testing 7th:Oct. 9,11,15 Make-up testing 8th:Oct. 9 and 11

Gunstock Ski Program Sign-Ups: There will be a meeting in October for parents and students regarding the Gunstock Ski Program. The date will be announced at DMS and posted on the website soon. Sign-ups will take place that night on a first-come-first-serve basis so be prepared to pay at that time. Bring your checkbook, no credit cards accepted! Anyone who signs up that night is guaranteed a spot but after that time there could be a wait list. This is a 5 week program on Thursday nights beginning in January. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Patrick at 516-7215 or b.patrick@dover.k12.nh.us.

“NECAPS Eat, Sleep, Do Your Best.”

Washington, DC trip: Permission slips were available at the 8th Grade Open House. Any student wishing to attend the trip must get a permission slip from Mr. Patrick. This trip is first-come first-serve and after 200 slots are filled, there will be a wait list. The trip total is $499 and a $100 deposit is due with the initial signup form. Trip dates are 5/28-6/1/13. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Patrick at 516-7215 or b.patrick@dover.k12.nh.us.

School doors are open at 7:20 a.m. for students. Students being dropped off before this time must enter the building through the cafeteria doors, wait in the cafeteria, and not visit lockers until 7:20 a.m. Buses unload students at 7:20 a.m. and these students must enter the building through the door adjacent to the cafeteria. Homeroom begins at 7:30 a.m. Students arriving after this time are tardy and must enter through the front doors and register at the main office window. Students will then be given a pass to class. The school day ends at 2:20 p.m. If you need to dismiss your child before that time, please come to the main office reception window. We do not dismiss students until their ride is here. Please keep in mind that it can take several minutes for students to be called out of class, gather their things and get to the office. Please leave ample time for this process! Only those listed on a student’s emergency pickup form are allowed to dismiss the student. It is helpful if a note is sent to your child’s teacher on the day he or she will be dismissed.

Parents that must drive their children to school should let their students out of the car in the drop off loop at the far end of the main parking lot. Five cars can pull into the loop at once and students should exit from all five cars. The next five cars should then pull up and let out students. Students should not be let out while cars are lined up on Daley Drive or at the crosswalk just before the parking lot. This is unsafe and slows down those that are waiting in line to drop off in the loop. Students should not be dropped off at DMS prior to 7:00 a.m. There is no supervision available prior to this time and students are not allowed to be unattended. Also, students should enter the building via the cafeteria entrance when they enter the building prior to 7:20 a.m.

The driver of any vehicle must obey the instructions of the school crossing guard. If the school crossing guard is displaying the stop signal, vehicles shall stop at least 25 feet before reaching the crossing guard. The driver should not proceed until the school crossing guard indicates traffic can move. According to RSA 265:3-a, Obedience to School Crossing Guards, any person who violates this shall be fined $100 for the first offense and not more than $250 for any subsequent offense committed during any calendar year.

Due to the number of “dropped off” items (backpacks, gym clothes, band instruments, homework assignments, etc.) brought to school by parents throughout the day, the administration instituted a procedure which will be reinforced again this year. If a student forgets an item, it may be dropped off at the main office reception window just to the left as you enter the building BUT it will be the responsibility of the student to pick it up WITHOUT being called out of class (lunch money, lunches and projects not allowed on the bus are the exception). Please tell your student to check in the main office if they call home for a forgotten item or if they just realize they have forgotten it. Any messages for students taken during the day will be given to them at the end of the day (between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.) when they are called to the main office. We want to thank parents for understanding the importance of uninterrupted class time. Thank you!

First Student Transportation Phone numbers: 742-5984 (primary) or 964-2322 / Fax number: 749-2876  There is no late bus this year.  Students should have their bus passes with them every day.  Once students receive their permanent Student IDs those become their bus passes. A replacement ID costs $5.00 and can be requested in the main office.  If your child needs to ride a different bus than the one posted on his/her bus pass, you must contact First Student Transportation to receive permission in advance of the date in question. You must also send a note in to the main office or call stating that your student has permission from First Student to change buses that day. Once a parent has given us this information, the student will be given a bus pass for that particular day.

Visitors to DMS may not park in the upper lot by the fire station. This lot is reserved for high school students who pay to park in that lot. If you are chaperoning a field trip or visiting our school please park in the front lot or in the side lot (gym entrance side). Parking can be difficult to find on days when there are numerous visitors to our school; i.e. field trip days and during special events. Plan ample time to find parking on those days and even consider carpooling. Thank you for your cooperation.

Last year DMS received $1,047 from and a $1,000 bonus for being the school which raised the most school dollars! Please read more… Hannaford is excited to bring Hannaford Helps Schools to our community for the fall of 2012. Hannaford Helps Schools gives schools and parent organizations an opportunity to raise funds for field trips, technology, special programs and more. Now in its twenty-first year, the program has raised over $6.75 million for more than 2,700 schools in the Northeast. This year’s program will run through December 1, 2012. Dover Middle School participates with Hannaford at the Grapevine Drive location. All you have to do is SHOP, CHECK OUT (you get 3 school dollars for every 4 participating products you purchase), SUBMIT (deposit the school dollars at Hannaford in the collection bin). You may visit Hannaford.com/hhs to learn more and receive a list of participating brands (such as Yoplait, Mott’s, Pillsbury, Great Giant, and many, many more). Any funds earned will go to programs that directly benefit our students!

DMS Drama Club
2012-2013
It's time to gather again for a new season and a new show. I'm so excited to be doing Annie this year. Interested 6 th, 7th and 8th grade students please attend our first meeting on Tuesday, September 25th after school in the Renaissance Room until 3:30 p.m. You'll get lots of information, a rehearsal schedule and a contract to sign. See you there!

Welcome to The School Year Welcome Back Everyone!
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We would like to extend a warm welcome

to parents and guardians of incoming 5 graders and transfer students, and to all new DMS teachers and staff members.

Fall Fundraising Drive

We are kicking off the school year with a large

fundraising drive – the Genevieve catalog sale which ends Monday, September 24th. We do this early in the year because it helps define our financial coffers and coincides with our start-of-the year planning process. This ensures we can fund the programs and services we plan to provide. THE PTA EARNS 45% OF ALL SALES AND PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO THE PURCHASE OF TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT AND FIELD TRIPS. LOOK FOR A NEW DMS LOBBY DIGITAL INFORMATION DISPLAY SYSTEM AND FOR MORE NOOK E-READERS FOR THE LIBRARY. YOU CAN ALSO ORDER ONLINE - THE WEBSITE IS WWW.GENEVIEVES.COM, ACCOUNT # 11660. IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN A PURCHASE FROM THE CATALOG, PLEASE CONSIDER A DIRECT DONATION TO DMS PTA. WE APPRECIATE ALL DONATIONS IN ANY FORM! OUR GOAL IS $32,000.00.

School Pride - Apparel and Wristbands We are introducing the start of new
DMS Apparel with newly designed DMS T-shirts and fun DMS wristbands. They are both on sale in the main office and the school store. Tees are $10 and the wristbands are a $1. Attached is an order form for you to use. You can buy them directly or send in an order and either pick it up at the office or store or we can send it home with your child. The School Store will be open approximately from 2:00 to 2:45 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

DMS PTA Facebook Page For those of you who use Facebook, you will see a revised platform for
our PTA site with more content than ever before. A group of savvy parent volunteers are taking the DMS PTA to greater heights to provide you with up-to-date information. Remember you can find it under “DMS PTA.”. “Like” us and you’ll be in the know!

Mathpad and Reflections Programs Both programs will be back.

MathPad is the math recognition program that awards iPads to achieving and improved students in each grade level. New program details will be announced. Reflections, the National PTA Arts competition, will start in October. The theme for 2012-2013 is “The Magic of a Moment.” This program offers a chance to showcase the importance of arts in education and provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme. Students can submit entries in the following categories: Film Production, Dance, Literature, Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. Student works are judged against other works in the same grade division. Awards are given at the local, state, and national levels. All participants will receive recognition, have their entries displayed in a local exhibit, and have a chance to compete nationally.

PTA Memberships for the National PTA have grown tremendously this year.

We have 250 signed up

already with many new and returning parents and teachers becoming members and showing their support for the PTA. Memberships offer an entry to the vast National PTA education database for sourcing issues through their website. Articles on Children’s Education/Health/Advocacy are available. And as members, you’re eligible for PTA REWARDS – World’s Largest Discount Program. Membership is $5 so if you are interested contact Robin Field, our PTA secretary, at hrfield@comcast.net.

Appeal for DMS PTA Members We need you on our Board!

We welcome you to join the DMS

PTA group. If you want to make a difference, get involved in exciting projects, and be involved in your child’s education, please contact Domenick Cama at d.cama@comcast.net. Opportunities available: Vice President, Fundraising Project Manager, Apparel Manager and National PTA Liaison.

Grab Your Scissors

DMS participates in the collection of Box Tops and Labels for Education. In one year we raised over $1,000 for our school using these programs and it was easy!!! Many of the products you buy at the grocery store are associated with one of these programs. Please, look for these labels, UPC codes or bottle caps on your favorite name-brand items. You can also check out the websites below for a complete list of participating products. Please help us by... using scissors to neatly cut Box Tops and Labels for Education (see examples below) and putting Box Tops and Labels for Education in SEPARATE zip-lock bags or envelopes and submitting Box Tops and Labels for Education in the collection boxes outside the front office. http://www.boxtops4education.com/Image.aspx?Id=8358 http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products

Thank you for your continuous support!!!

Dover Middle School PTA T-Shirt Order Form

Show school pride and help support student programs! $10/shirt (Please indicate quantity of each size)

Small

Medium

Large

X-Large

XX-Large

Total $

(total number of t-shirts x $10)

Send/bring completed order form to: DMS PTA, Dover Middle School,16 Daley Dr.,Dover, NH 03820 Make checks payable to DMS PTA. NO cash please! Shirts will be given to students to take home.

Student Name: Grade: Email Address: Homeroom Teacher: Contact Phone:

Questions? Contact Domenick Cama at d.cama@comcast.net

THANK YOU for your order!