Cougar News

Week of May 3, 2021


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Teacher Appreciation Week

This has been a quite a year and our teachers have done a phenomenal job ensuring our students have a strong year. Please encourage your student to write a hand written or email note to a standout teacher. A special note of appreciation is the best gift we can give our hard working faculty.

The PTO is also recognizing our teachers this week by hosting an awesome lunch from Buckin" Burrito! Thank you to all the parents who work hard to ensure we have a strong PTO to support our staff and students.

Also a special shoutout to S'good Catering. If you haven't tried them yet you are missing out! They gave us a great teacher appreciation deal on amazing gourmet cupcakes for our entire staff!

Let's spoil our teachers this week. They deserve it!

Milestones Testing Continues this Week

DMS students are taking the Georgia Milestones


I spoke with a few students last week who shared they were stressed about taking the Milestones. Regardless of the circumstances, each year many of our students start feeling anxious about taking a state assessment. Here are a few tips to help your student start the day ready and reminders to ensure a lower-stress testing experience:

  1. Get a good night’s sleep before each testing day. Try to avoid late sports practices or games, late-night TV, and late-night electronics. When students are rested, they are able to concentrate and do their best on the test.
  2. Eat a nutritious breakfast each morning before testing. Food is the fuel that powers the body and the brain.
  3. Be in school each day and on time. Schedule any doctor or dentist appointments in the late afternoon during the day of testing. Test results may be invalidated for students who are dismissed from testing sessions before testing is complete.
  4. Leave non-issued school electronic devices at home. Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, or other electronic devices are NOT allowed in testing rooms.
  5. Returning virtual students will report to homeroom. Arrive by 8:15, so that your homeroom teacher can confirm that your school issued device (laptop) is up-to-date.

Spring Play--The Neverending Story

Tickets for the

Dalton Middle Spring Play - "THE NEVERENDING STORY"

are now available! See event page for details.

Email DMS Theatre Arts teacher

Courtenay Gillean Cholovich

- - for reservations and further information.

Under a Starry Night

We are so excited to be offering a semi-formal dance this year; Under a Starry Night. It will be held May 14 from 6-9pm at the Creative Arts Guild. Ticket sales ($10) continue 5/3, 5/4 to 7th and 8th graders.

One important note: School dress code still applies. Homeroom teachers will be revisiting the dress code with students. If any of our students have a question about their choice of attire, they can take a picture (of the front and back if it is a dress) and email it to either Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Lawson, or Ms. Alexander. The email addresses are as follows:

Looking for something for your child to do this summer??

Check out the DMS and HCMS Facebook pages. We have been posting lots of summer camp options. The Boys and Girls Club will have a camp this summer that has fun activities as well as academic enrichment. Email me if you have any questions about ways to support your student this summer.


If your child will be at Hammond Creek Middle School Next year, you can support Tiger athletics by investing in some gear. Check out the options at the following link:

Go Tigers!

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Sports This Week

Football Spring Practice for 6-8th grades begins this week! Expect communication via Team App for all information!

Thur., May 6th

DMS Track End of Season Celebration, Main Gym, after school until 5:30 PM

Spring and End of Year Events Calendar

May 4th- DMS Spring Band Concert (7th & 8th), Main Gym @ 6 PM

May 4th-14th- Football Spring Practice

May 7th- DMS Theatre Arts presents "The Neverending Story", HCMS Theatre @ 7 PM

May 8th- DMS Theatre Arts presents "The Neverending Story", HCMS Theatre @ 7 PM

May 9th- DMS Theatre Arts presents "The Neverending Story", HCMS Theatre @ 2 PM

May 11th- DMS Mariachi Concert, Quad @ 6 PM

May 13th- DMS 6th Grade Band Concert, Main Gym @ 6 PM

May 14th- DMS Semi-Formal Dance: "Under a Starry Night", (7th & 8th Only), Creative Arts Guild, 6 PM - 9 PM (Tickets Required)

May 15th- Football Spring Scrimmage (see coach for times--Harmon Field)

May 17th-21st- Volleyball Tryouts, Aux Gym

May 18th- 8th Grade Honors' Night, Main Gym @ 6:30 PM

Dalton Middle School

This newsletter is prepared each week by Dalton Middle School Principal Lauri Johnson. Please email if you have any questions, concerns, or have something you'd like addressed in Cougar News.