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Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the school year. Please carefully read the News Waves and all e-mail and snail mail correspondence you receive from Dover Middle School. A lot of information is delivered at this time of year regarding completing this school year and planning for the next school year. Recently, individual NECAP testing scores were mailed home. The 8th graders also received a letter, in the same envelope, regarding the high school course selection process. I would like to thank the PTA for all their efforts to support Dover Middle School. They provide opportunities for students to participate in outside programs, give gift certificates for books or supplies to our teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, bring in outside speakers to educate parents on important topics 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 you can lend in 2 minutes or less is to “like” their Facebook page, dmspta. They are halfway to their goal of 500 likes this school year. This page provides reminders of school information and also many education or adolescent related announcements and links. Similar to recent years, the Dover School District is facing yet another difficult budget season. It is imperative 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 1st Winter Break - No School March 4th School Board Budget Workshop-McConnell Center, 6:30PM March 11th School Board Meeting- McConnell Center, 7:00PM March 12th DMS PTA Meeting in the Library, 7:00 (DHS course selection process) March 15th Teacher’s Workshop Day – No School th th th April 4 , 5 & 6 Annie, Jr. in the Walker Auditorium, Dover High Think Spring!!! Enjoy your school vacations!
Kim Lyndes Principal
Monday-Friday, 2/25-3/1: Winter Recess Friday, 3/15: Teacher Workshop, No school
ATTENTION 8 GRADE PARENTS:
Parents and Guardians: 3rd Quarter Progress Reports will be available for viewing online on 3/5. You will receive an e-mail alert at that time.
DMS PTA Meeting, March 12th 7:00-8:00pm in the Library DHS Staff will be here to talk with parents about the Course Selection process. Join us! 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 the final payment. MANDATORY Parent Meeting for all students attending the Washington, D.C. trip will take place the first week in April. Watch for notices regarding the time.
March is… Music in Our Schools Month
Concerts: 5th/6th Grade - 3/19 7:00pm at DHS 7th/8th Grade – 3/20 7:00pm at DHS
8th Grade Dance – Friday, March 8th, 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 to pick up your student.
Red Sox game, Friday, 5/10 For 7th and 8th Graders only Information to come regarding tickets, etc.
The 6th Grade Red Oak Team will be hosting VOLCANO NIGHT on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Students will be demonstrating their home-made volcanoes from 6:30 until 8:00. Parents of Red Oak students are invited to demonstrate their own volcanoes as well. Sorry, no Diet Coke and Mentos allowed! This event is open to Red Oak students and their families only due to space limitations. Look for more information coming soon.
Drama Club Thanks You
The DMS Drama Club would like to thank all students, staff and families that supported our pancake breakfast and Uno's fundraisers. The performance dates for Annie, Jr. are Thursday, April 4 at 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: 8th Grade Parents/Guardians and Students FROM: Mr. Pagnotta, 8th Grade School Counselor
In late January, DHS and CTC counselors talked with all 8th grade students regarding how to succeed at DHS, including number of credits to graduate, what a block schedule looks like, interesting CTC programs, the NH Scholars Program, and much more useful information. Parents/guardians received a letter from Principal Lyndes regarding DHS Transition early in February. Students met Dean Stephens and toured DHS and the CTC on 2/12 and seemed to really enjoy it. On March 11th, 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 will choose electives to fill the remaining credits for Freshman year. Remember, students need between 7 and 8 credits (7 credits- student have a Study Hall all year; 8 credits- no Study Hall). You should start looking now at the DHS Program of Studies (POS) online on both DHS and DMS websites. Finally, if you have any questions, the POS is a great place to start, and if that doesn’t answer your questions, make sure to come to the DMS PTA meeting March 12th 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!
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!
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!
PTA Sponsored Presentations – Interesting Topics? We‟ve got them!
Here‟s the schedule for the next three months. March 12: DHS Course Selection and Transitioning to high school. Presentation by DHS Administration and Guidance. Schools Cannot Do it Alone, Presentation/short film by author, businessman, attorney, Jamie Vollmer. Meeting will share the author‟s views on schools and education. Presenters: Lucinda McKenney/Paula Glynn Sexual Health For Boys and Girls – Megan McIntyre, APRN,WHNP-BC. If you missed her previous presentation with us, here‟s another chance.
All presentations are on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in the DMS library. Come earlier and join the PTA Board discussions from 6:00-7:00 pm.
PTA Needs New Involvement!
PTA Opportunities Available Vice-President – Assists President; manages PTA communication. Fundraising Project Managers – Manage existing fund raising projects Landscaping/Gardening – work on a team or help coordinate school gardening projects. Project Positions – Various specific ways to get involved. Work from home, flexible hour commitment. Feel free to come to any upcoming Board meeting (03/12, 04/09, 05/14) anytime between 6:008:00pm in the DMS library to see the action, or contact any PTA member or Domenick Cama at firstname.lastname@example.org
BLOOMING FOR TECHNOLOGY DRIVE: The PTA will host a spring bulb fundraiser to fund an inportant technology need to support the completion of the WiFi network throughout DMS. Catalogs will be sent home soon. Get your spring flowers with us and help improve the school‟s WiFi by participating in the Blooming For Technology Drive. More information will follow from the PTA Fundraising Coordinator, Tony Induisi, email@example.com.
BJ‟S FUNDRAISER: In March, we will also be offering the fabulous BJ‟s deal. Pay $10 less for a BJ‟s annual subscription and get three extra months, from 12 to 15 months. Time to try BJ‟s or, if already a member, renew and add the subscription months onto your current membership. Offer promotion period will be announced soon. Any questions? Contact PTA‟s BJs Coordinator, Beverly Pietlicki, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The January monthly drawing was announced last Tuesday. Congratulations to the January winners: 5th grade - Hannah Gregorakas; 6th grade - Sophia Hensel; 7th grade - Natasha Kurniawan; 8th grade - Alison Castle. Possible prizes? Movie tickets, La Festa gift card, B&N gift card, and more. Remember - each week, students who complete their homework participate in a drawing and, if picked, receive an extra entry in the end-of-year drawing for an iPad. And it is those selected weekly winners who go on to the prize-filled monthly drawing.
Olivia Cama placed second at the state level for middle schools in Literature for her short story, The Beginning of Betty. She is invited to attend the award ceremony and exhibit in Derry on March 13. Congratulations Olivia!
Fiscally Speaking: How We Spend our Money
The PTA recently approved a $325 funding request from Beth Dunton, organizer of Granite State edcamp. Granite State edcamp is a free, professional development seminar open to all area teachers. DMS is the proud host of this regional learning conference, planned for Saturday, April 13. Edcamp will bring over 200 teachers together to share ideas and discuss best practices for teaching our students. And the best part, the entire day is free to all teachers. We also allocated $200 to the Nurse‟s office for essential supplies. This has been a busy winter and funds were necessary.
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We know you‟re checking in, but if you haven‟t, please „Like Us”. DMS information is updated daily. Key news, every day. So continue to check-in to be “In the Know”. And “Like Us”. Website address: www.facebook.com/dmspta.
Thank you for your continued support!!!
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