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Innovation and Transformational Network Capstone Video - Please click arrow to play video

Does the picture below look familiar? It was in our newsletter last week.

It was brought to our attention that lots of folks thought the movie below was just a picture! So, we are including it again. Please press the black square with a white triangle in the middle of the picture to play the movie. Also, please note we have lots of links in the newsletter. Notice below the PD offering from SMEC, If you click the GRAY box a new box will open. We will be sure to add the words "click here" to be clear in passing on information!

Dartmouth Public Schools Core Innovation and Transformational Network Team meet with Ray McNaulty and Bill Daggett for our final Professional Development and networking session. Our final project was to created a video of our journey during this network.

DPS Innovation Network
Click Here - to VOTE for DHS Unified Sports!

FINAL DAY TO VOTE! Special Olympics challenged Unified Champion Schools to show off their school spirit. They received many fantastic entries and Dartmouth was a finalist! Visit the poll to cast your vote. You can vote once per day.

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Andrew Crisfulli - DHS Athletic Director

Welcome to Andrew Crisafulli, our new Athletic Director. Andy also is the administrator for Health and Physical Education Department.

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Andry was the Director of Athletics for 7 years at Joseph Case High School. In 2016, Crisafulli received the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association District D Ted Damko Award, given annually to an athletic administrator who has five years or less of experience in the field who has made significant contributions to the school, league, district and state.

If you happen to see Andy--say hello!

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PSAT's - Giving Opportunities to Students!

DHS sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 30 during the school day. This is a wonderful opportunity for our sophomores as it will help students build skills/strategies over time and also increase student access to AP coursework. For the juniors, the exam provides exposure to SAT testing conditions as well as the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. Score reports will be available during the first few weeks of December. Guidance counselors will be meeting with students to review their performance and identify students who have the potential to see success in AP courses!

Brain Based Research Discussions

Dr. Carolyn McKearney met with district administrators to discuss the ongoing work being done with brain based therapeutic practices within the district. Discussions focused our commitments regarding the 4Rs: relationships, routines, reinforcement, reset & restore. Administrators from each building shared the great work that is happening in each of their schools and strategized next steps to continue this important initiative. We continue or dedication to supports students to be successful.
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L3 Team (Leveled Literacy Leaders)

The Elementary L3 Team meet recently to set their goals for the year. This team will continue to align and refine our ELA curriculum. A focus will be developing explicit vocabulary structures for all grade level teachers to use. Teachers will use the research-based framework in Isabel Beck's Book, Bringing Words to Life and the SEI 7 Step Vocabulary strategy to develop Vocabulary Cards. Vocabulary words will come from grade level read alouds. Students will not be defining words but be given student-friendly explanations of new words, and being encouraged to think about, use (both in speaking and writing), and notice these new words, both in their current book and in the print around them.
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Problem Based Learning

Elementary Teachers on our CIA (Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment) team in Grades 2, 3, and 4 are working with Highlander this year. The goal of the group is integrating project based lessons into our curriculum giving students voice and choice. Teachers are planning skeleton units and activities to go with the critical areas within the unit. The units/lessons align with our current Math scope and sequence therefore strengthening our curriculum. Teams are also using a lesson study model and visiting classrooms to see this work in action and then debriefing best practices.
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Mix It Up Day

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. Our schools joined millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

Potter, Demello and Quinn wear crazy, mixed up clothes and to help break down the walls of intolerance. Students were ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. Sit near someone new and start a conversation! It’s a simple act with profound implications that that promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

Genius Hour - Mr. Bolger's 8th Grade Digital Literacy Class

Mr. Bolger host a Genius Hour in his 8th Grade Digital Literacy Class. Genius hour is a movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom. It provides students a choice in what they learn during a set period of time.

Students were designing their own Kahoots, social media content, and working their own podcasts. Some students even show Mr. Bolger a thing or two that he didn't not even he knew.

Our Littlest Learners Engaging in STEM!

Mrs. Kamm's and Mrs. Condon's classrooms at Cushman School, joined others around the Commonwealth in celebrating STEM week. Mrs. Kamm's students took part in a variety of pumpkin activities that encouraged students to measure pumpkins, use their 5 senses to describe pumpkins and design "pumpkin boats" that would float. Mrs. Condon's class was given a "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom STEM" challenge to use a variety of materials to design a tree that would hold up all of the letters of the alphabet.

School Nutrition

Clarinda Alves is representing Dartmouth as a panelist discussing the multitude of challenges that parents and directors face on issues such as nutrition standards, student debt and school breakfast.
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MassCUE (MA Computer Using Educators)

This week folks DPS took on MassCUE. Various staff members attended the conference and divided up to learn as much as possible. Keep an out for all the new learning being tried in our district. We continue our goal of bringing innovative practices back to our schools.

The most exciting event was our very own students produced a live show at the conference! They had fun in front of and behind the camera while lots of onlookers watched.

Great job DHSTVmedia!

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Your Invited: 2019 Volleyball Team Senior Night

Help DHS Volleyball honor their beloved seniors at their final regular-season game, Monday, October 28th! The JV team will play at 4 PM with the varsity team immediately following at 5 PM. It is free to attend!

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DMS True Grit Breakfast

Dartmouth Middle School celebrated 143 seventh and eighth graders who that had a growth data of 90 or better on the 2019 MCAS. Students were treated to a True Grit breakfast. Congratulations to our students who displayed personal growth and perseverance!

Staff Spotlight

Name: Jane Quinn

School/Position: DMS/6th Grade Teacher

One goal I have achieved in my career so far that I feel most satisfied about: Being certified in grades 1-9

A long term goal I am working toward: Completing my 33 years for full retirement (2 years away)

Role model or someone who has had a great impact on my life: In my teaching life Susan Shea (a retired DMS teacher)

If I could travel anywhere in the world it would be: Russia

If I could eat dinner with someone famous, dead or alive, it would be: Jackie Kennedy Onassis

Pet Peeve: Boston Traffic

Favorite leisure time activity: Going to Patriot Games

Favorite movie: The Prince & Me

Favorite book: Hawaii by James Michener

I think the world’s greatest invention is: Air Travel

My favorite motto or saying: Carpe Diem

What I like best about working at DPS: Melaney Matteson is my teaching partner