Counselor Connection

N.L. Dillard Middle School

School Counselors

Mrs. Emily Pruitt

Mr. James Totten, Jr.

Staying Involved when your child attends Middle School

Parent involvement in middle school is just as important as it was in the elementary school. However, students often give their parents the message to stay away from school. Although it may be a bit more challenging to remain involved, the extra effort is certainly worth it. There are several ways to stay involved at Dillard:

  • Visit when you are invited - If you are invited to a conference, plan to attend. If the scheduled time does not suit your schedule, please contact the school to make alternate arrangements. Open houses, Report card pick-ups, Band Concert and Curriculum Carousel nights are great opportunities.
  • Learn who to lean on - In elementary school, the teacher was the main point of contact. If there was a concern, just call the teacher. In middle school, your child can have up to 6 different teachers. Sometimes, there may be an issue in just one class. If so, contact that teacher. At other times, you may need to request a conference with several of the teachers. School counselors are also available to listen and assist.
  • Read the monthly newsletter - Each month, a school newsletter is posted on the schools website http://dillard.nc.ccm.schoolinsites.com/ . If you would like a printed copy, simply stop by the main office to pick one up. Important information for the month is included in this newsletter.
  • Learn how to contact the school - Feel free to email teachers using the school website and going to the link 'school staff'. You may call the school to speak to a teacher at (336) 694-4941. Keep in mind that teachers will not be interrupted in the middle of instruction. Planning periods are the best time to get speak to the teachers directly.

6th grade planning - 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

7th grade planning - 10:15 - 12:00

Elective teacher planning - 9:30-10:15 & 12:00 - 1:15

8th grade planning - 1:15 - 2:45 p.m.

  • Provide current contact information - It is very important that you provide a current phone number. Not only do teachers need this to notify you of your child's progress, but emergencies can arise. Emailing can also be an effective tool for communication between the family and school.

Tools for School

A carpenter without a hammer. A nurse without a stethoscope. A truck driver without a truck. These workers can't do their job without the needed tools. Children can't adequately do their job as students without the needed materials either. If there is ever a time, that your family is having difficulty providing the needed school materials for your child, please call the school counselor and share your concern. There have been several donations by local churches and civic groups. We would be happy to help with this!

Character Corner

Demonstrating good character is important every day and in every situation. However, each month our school selects one character trait to emphasize. There are short activities in your child's Bull Book regarding the monthly trait. Morning announcements often have a quote or story about that character trait. Homeroom teachers nominate students that have demonstrated the monthly character trait in a unique way. These students are recognized for their effort in the area of good character. September's character trait is: RESPECT. According to Webster's dictionary, respect is:

  • a feeling of admiring someone or something that is good, valuable, important, etc.
  • a feeling or understanding that someone or something should be treated in an appropriate way

Progress Report Time

Look for your child's progress reports on Wednesday, September 24th. This marks the middle of the 1st grading period. Please review, sign and return to school the following day.