Davis Middle School
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
“I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased.” — Oprah Winfrey
Happy Tuesday Davis Families,
I am coming to you a bit early this week as just a reminder that we do not have school tomorrow, Thursday, or Friday. For all those who celebrate, I hope you have a good Thanksgiving, and for those who celebrate Hanukkah, I hope your first few days starting on Sunday evening are a joyous time for your family.
I hope everyone is able to find a bit of time to rest, relax, and unplug.
As I reflect on the first few months of the school year, please know how thankful I am for all of your students, your support as families, the staff of Davis, and the Irish Nation community. There is no doubt that "my bounty has increased" beyond measure in my time here so far.
Davis MS Updates
Athletic Department Poinsettia Sale
Winter Sports: Student Ticketing Information
As we begin our winter sports regular seasons we wanted to take the opportunity to talk about our new ticket procedures starting next week.
In the Fall we had a tremendous response to our "Free student tickets" (w/ student ID) at our indoor volleyball games. "Irish Pride" was never more evident with such a large student body presence each week. It was fantastic! To ensure that we can maintain an enjoyable experience for all of our students and adults attending our home basketball games this season, we will be issuing and limiting the number of student tickets for each home game. Tickets will still be free (w/ student ID presented at the gate) but students will have the opportunity to reserve their ticket the day of each home game during their lunch periods. We will tier the number of tickets available to each grade level to ensure all students have an opportunity to attend a home boys or girls basketball game this season. The 8th grade will receive the highest percentage of ticket options, then the 7th grade, and finally the 6th grade. Each student will only be able to attend one home basketball game per week to ensure that all students have the opportunity to attend with their friends. If we have still have seats available the day of the game, students may attend a second game that week if they reserve their ticket during lunch that day. Siblings of current Davis boys or girls basketball players will be able to attend all games as they will have a seat with their families in the main bleachers. Davis students will have their own seating area separate from the main bleachers. Signs will be posted for the "All Student" sections. This will allow for more parents and family members to attend comfortably.
This new student ticket policy does not apply to our home wrestling matches. With the use of the main bleachers, we have much more room to comfortably accommodate all students that wish to attend and our families.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the next home game!
Information for Families of Students Taking Health This Trimester
Dear Parent or Guardian:
Dublin City Schools takes pride in providing a holistic education to our students, thus mental health and wellness instruction is an important part of our student’s educational experience. Mental health and wellness topics, including depression awareness and suicide prevention, take place during Health class.
The district has chosen to use the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program and Red Flags curricula for the depression awareness and suicide prevention instruction. These programs have proven to be successful at increasing help seeking by students who are concerned about themselves or a friend.
Our goals in participating in these programs are straightforward:
· To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
· To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that can occur as a result of untreated depression
· To provide students with information on warning signs of serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
· To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
· To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it
As part of the health instruction, each child will complete an SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program screening form during their Health class. This screening will help to identify students who may be showing signs of depression. Screenings will be immediately reviewed and student support if needed, will be provided. If indicated, a mental health provider will contact parents to help identify available supports.
If you do NOT wish to have your child participate in the screening, please complete the form below, and return it to Davis Middle School to the attention of your student’s health teacher (Haas or Haman). If we do not hear from you by December 6th, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this screening. If you choose to opt out, then your student will participate in an alternate assignment. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student’s health teacher.
8th Grade Class Trip
This link has been updated to include financial assistance information.
Davis MS PTO Updates
Dublin Education Foundation
Founded in 1999 as a non-profit, the Dublin Education Foundation (DEF) has cycled over $200K through 300+ grants back into DCS classrooms through the charitable giving of our DCS staff, business partners, and community members.
DEF members include district administration and teachers, local business leaders, and PTO and community representatives. We financially support innovative endeavors which strengthen and enrich the educational community of Dublin City Schools through grants and student scholarships.
Please follow DEF on Facebook (Dublin Education Foundation) and Twitter (@DublinEF) to learn more about how your contribution can impact our DCS community. Links below will give you more information about DEF and ways to donate for Giving Tuesday.
Dublin City Schools Updates
The latest COVID-19 data for Dublin City Schools is posted at this link.
Parent Diversity Committee Application
Dublin City Schools is now accepting applications for a districtwide Parent Diversity Committee. Click here to submit your application.
Upcoming vaccine clinic with OhioHealth
OhioHealth is offering a vaccine clinic for Dublin City Schools students ages 5-11 on Nov. 22 at 12-6 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Dublin Family Medicine. Click here for more information and click here to sign up for an appointment slot.
2021-22 Winter Weather proceduresAs the weather gets colder, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the District’s winter weather procedures.
A Message from One Dublin (Formerly Welcome Warehouse)
We're excited to announce that we have officially launched One Dublin!!
For nearly 15 years, Welcome Warehouse has been a resource for Dublin families in need. Our new name will not affect our current services; in fact, it gives us the flexibility to grow and adapt to the changing needs of our community.
We sent updated information to all school counselors who will remain our main point of contact and will refer families to One Dublin. We would be grateful if you would share our new name and website with your teachers and staff along with the families at your school.
Visit www.one-dublin.org for more information.
Please reach out if you have questions. Our goal is to make sure students have what they need to succeed and to keep a family's small crisis from becoming a big one.