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DMES's Monthly Newsletter: September, 2020

2020-2021's BIG Goal: We will have 100 percent of our children reading on or above grade level.

From the Principal...

DMES Families -

I am SO excited to have our first round of iReady data done! The iReady program helps us to see how our children are performing in both reading and math, and then it selects lessons for students to work on that helps them to grow in the areas they most need to. With that in mind, I'd like to dedicate this month's message to helping you learn more about iReady.

A great resource to start with is the iReady Family Center:

I have also attached a document (below) that introduces you to what iReady is, helps you understand your child's results, and gives you some tips to help them grow. We will send your children's reports on Friday, October 2. Please contact your child's teacher if you do not receive them.

If our students - your children - are going to reach their highest academic potential, I am convinced that data like iReady data will be so important! Please contact your child's teacher or me if you have questions about how we can help you to help your child.

Thomas Webster, Principal


We, the DMES PTO, hope that everyone is enjoying this unusual and exciting school year so far!

First, we'd like to inform you who PTO's YOU, it's me and it's us coming together to strengthen our student and school body.

Second, we look forward to working with each of you to achieve this obtainable goal. You are welcome to become an active member of PTO. If interested, please email Mrs. Shanta Brown, the DMES PTO President at

Third, we are working on our 2020-21 Fall Fundraiser, Attractions Coupon Book Sales on October 12th through October 23rd. More details are coming soon, so please be on the lookout! Lastly, we're also getting ready for the debut of our PTO Online Store! Please be on the lookout for more information about this new venture as well!

As you can see, we remain busy and energized, and look forward to working with each of you to achieve our continued success TOGETHER!!!

~With Dalmatian Pride

Your DMES PTO Family

Data at DMES

As I said at the top of this newsletter, your children are now taking the iReady assessment. The schoolwide results, in both reading and math, are below. If you have questions about YOUR child's progress, please contact your child's teacher or Thomas Webster at
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DMES October Events

October 1: Fire Drill

October 5-9: Our Fall Book Fair, originally scheduled for this week, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

October 12 - 23: DMES Fundraiser: Attractions Coupon Books

October 13: Dining Hall Staff Appreciation Day

October 14: Walk AT School Day is now Walk at School Week due to COVID, and students will be participating during their scheduled PE times.

October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month Ends

October 16: Earthquake Drill

At this point in the school year, every DMES parent should have had a phone or online conference with your child's teacher. If you haven't already done so, please schedule one ASAP! These meetings give you a wonderful chance to understand your child's progress on grades and with iReady.

October 19: End of 1st Quarter

School Improvement Council Meeting at 3:00

Your DMES SIC is Kirsten Dean (parent), Brenda Foster (grandparent/community member), Linda Green (teacher), Caroline Pruitt (teacher), and Barikia Tate (teacher).

October 20: Fall Picture Day - individual pictures

October 21 & 22, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Student Drive Up Flu Clinic at Spartanburg High School. Enter Lot F from Plainview Drive. No registration is required, but all children under 16 will need a guardian present and all participants will need an insurance or Medicaid card. Both flu mist and shots will be available.

October 22: Report cards go home!

October 23: Relay for Life Hat Day - students who donate $1.00 to Relay for Life get to wear a hat!

October 25: Red Ribbon Week begins!

October 30: Talk Like a Pirate Day rescheduled - students may dress like a pirate! They may not wear costume masks or bring weapons (fake or otherwise). Please do not send candy or treats on this day.

The October breakfast and lunch menus are attached below.

DMES is proud to be a Title I School!

Title I schools receive federal funds that assist them in providing high quality reading and math instruction with the goal of improving student achievement. You can see a copy of our school's Title I plan by visiting our front office, and you can learn more about Title I at DMES by visiting the Title I section of our website: Also on that site, you can see our school's Title I Parent Involvement Policy, Parent's Right to Know, and our Title I Newsletter.