The Weekly Jr. Oiler
May 31, 2019
The State Treasurer Visits Dwyer!
Today was one of many great days for Dwyer Middle School!
"Glow Kids" Book Wrap-Up
- Video gaming with violent games has led to more aggression in children. This is typically with extended hours on gaming devices with little parental supervision.
- There is a place in education for technology, it just is not the be-all end-all. Teachers and schools must balance the face-to-face interactions with screens (which we do at Dwyer). Children must first be taught to think and then taught how to access information online.
- The last chapter gives recommendations for living with screens: refocus home and school education on the essentials of healthy childhood, societal dialogue should happen regarding screen time and its effects, and a new emphasis should be on ethics, responsibility, and critical thinking.
From this book club, we have learned many things about helping our children live successfully with limited screen time. The parent group also started Screen Free Family Nights which have included Bingo and Rock the Block this year. We hope to continue these next year as well. I recently read an article that I found interesting that touches on screens and raising children. I plan to read her book to see if it might be a fit for our parent series this fall.
The Friday Night Live (FNL) group from HBHS came to lead 7th graders through activities dealing with Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE). Students had fun while learning!
The Santa Ana Zoo brought their mobile zoo to talk to 6th Grade Core classes about animal intelligence. This is a culmination activity based on the unit in their language arts books.
Annual Fishing Trip
Each year, Miss Wood invites a few deserving students for a day of fishing. They not only learn about fishing, but also about teamwork and camaraderie. There were a lot of fish caught and a lot of memories made!
8th Grade Field Day
**Updated on 6/6: Field Day will now be on Wednesday, June 19th** By a vote of 8th grade students, it was decided to host a field day/yearbook signing party rather than a dance. On June 14, students will get to participate in fun events with their friends during 6-7 periods.
Annual Fishing Trip
District and School Updates
New Assistant Superintendent Named - Congratulations to Dr. Cynthia Guerrero on her new position as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. Please see the announcement below.
Dwyer Wins a Social-Emotional Learning Grant! - Starting next year, we will be focusing efforts on teaching students more social-emotional skills that, in part, will link to GRIT. We have been awarded $2,600 to purchase materials for these lessons. Thank you to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for this Social-Emotional Innovation Grant.
Mrs. Chacon on the Screen - Mrs. Chacon was filmed by a local station for their segment called "Orange Slices." The video talks about the awesome impact she has on students!
Family Survey Results - Thank you to all our families that participated in the Annual District Survey this spring. The results can be found here.
Don't forget that Dwyer Spirit Wear is for sale all year long on our website!
Having a Birthday?
Birthdays are important here at Dwyer! If you would like your child's birthday celebrated on our marquee, please fill out the form in the office/website and bring $20 cash or check. We will also continue to announce student birthdays each morning during our announcements!
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Having a Birthday?
June 3-4 - 5th Grade visits
June 3 - Spring Choir Concert, 6PM, auditorium
June 4 - Incoming 6th Grade Parent Night, 6PM, auditorium
June 6 - Spring Rock Band Concert, 6PM, auditorium
June 7 - 4th Quarter GRIT Luncheon
June 10 - Spring Band/Orchestra Concert, 6PM, auditorium
June 12 - PTSA Meeting, 6PM, Mama's on 39
June 14 - 8th Grade Yearbook Signing Party/Field Day, 6-7th periods
June 17 - Knott's Distinguished Honor Roll trip
June 18 - 8th Grade Awards Night, 5:30PM, main lawn
June 19 - 6th Grade Awards, 8:45AM, auditorium
June 19 - 7th Grade Awards, 10AM, auditorium
June 20 - 8th Grade Disneyland trip
June 21 - Promotion, 2PM, main lawn
June 21 - Last day of school