Cougar News

Week of April 5, 2021


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This week

I have received some questions about whether Wednesdays will continue to be digital days. It is my understanding that they will be digital days for the remainder of the school year. The main reason why Dr. Scott has approved this for secondary schools is that all of our teachers are teaching both in person and virtual students, requiring a greater level of planning than is required when planning for one format. Our teachers have appreciated the additional time. Next year all schools will return to five days a week for in-person instruction.

The 21-22 DPS calendars were approved at the last board meeting. You can find them here:

Learning LEAPS!

To battle the constant media buzz about learning loss, in the last memo to teachers I asked them to share about learning leaps they've seen this year, recognizing leaps seen in students' and colleagues' growth. Here are a couple of the ones I've received so far! I'd love to hear from parents about the leaps you are seeing, as well!! Let's continue to look for and celebrate the bright spots!

Submitted by Special Education teacher, Rachel Steinbrenner, recognizing our colleague, Kyle Keener, 6th grade math teacher:

Kyle has taken the time and put in the effort with teaching a new subject this year. I watched him week by week take risks, slow down his teaching and find the moments to make math more meaningful. I know he will take this growth and new skills with him wherever he ends up.

We are so fortunate to have had Kyle Keener teach 6th grade math this year. He will be missed next year--the students at his new school will be fortunate to have him!!

Submitted by Band Director, Sara Webb, recognizing our 8th grade band students:

Despite all of the challenges this year (including missing a total of 38 days of instruction as compared to a normal school year), this group of band students closed all gaps of learning in their music education. They received straight Superior ratings (1's) at their Large Group Performance Evaluation (compared to straight 3's in the 2019-2020 school year).

Our band directors, Daisy Cardona Kay and Sara Webb have had been swimming upstream this year to serve our students. They have exemplified what it means to coteach and support each other while also putting their students first. I am so grateful for the work they do each day.

Click here to share learning leaps you've seen!

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. Tickets are $10 and will sold 4/26 & 4/27 to 8th graders and then also on 4/29, 4/30, 5/3, 5/4 to 7th and 8th graders. If your child is virtual and wants a ticket they must me bought at the main office on these same dates. We do expect to sell out.

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:
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Events this week

Tue., Apr. 6th

DMS Golf vs. McCallie @ Moccasin Bend, 4:30 PM

DMS JV- Red Baseball @ Heritage MS, 5:00 PM (5 inning game)

DMS JV- White Baseball @ Heritage MS, 6:00 PM (5 inning game)

DMS Varsity Baseball @ Lake Forest, 5:30 PM

Thur., Apr. 8th

DMS Girls' Tennis @ Christian Heritage, 4:30 PM

DMS Varsity Baseball @ Heritage, 5:00 PM

DMS JV- Red Baseball vs. McCallie, Heritage Point Park, 5:00 PM (5 inning game)

DMS JV- White Baseball vs. McCallie, Heritage Point Park, 6:00 PM (5 inning game)

Sat., Apr. 10th

DMS Track @ Marietta Invitational, Marietta HS, 9:30 AM

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.