DMMS School Newsletter

March 2020

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Mrs. Buckley’s Update

Our 8th grade students will take the writing SOL this month. They have worked hard to prepare for this and we want to encourage them to do their very best work. Students will take the test on March 10th and 11th. It is very important that students are present for these tests. Additionally, having a good night’s rest and eating breakfast is helpful to their ability to concentrate.

Third quarter report cards will be mailed home on March 18. Please take this opportunity to speak with your child about their grades. We have several interventions in place including options for extra help after school and on Saturdays. If your child needs to bring up a grade, please encourage your child to take advantage of these opportunities and contact your child’s teacher to make arrangements. Seventh grade students who do not pass English and/or math will be required to attend summer school at DMMS on June 10 - 18 in order to be promoted to the 8th grade. Eighth grade students who do not pass English, math, social studies, or science will be required to attend a six week program called ASPIRE at JHHS from June 15 - July 23 in order to be promoted to the ninth grade.

We will be holding our next parent/teacher conference night on March 18th from 4-6:30. We will be using pickatime.com for sign up. If you are unable to reserve a time, please contact your child’s teacher to set up an alternative time. We are encouraging our students to attend the conference with their parent.

We continue to be excited about the opportunities that our PEDLE labs (Personalized Education and Digital Learning Experience) are providing for our students. This month our students have had Virtual Reality experiences in both English and social studies classes. In this experience, students wear a headset in which they are able to “travel” back in time and actually be “present” in the time period.

Thank you for all that you do in partnering with us to make this a collaborative educational experience for your child. Please follow me on twitter @dmmswps as I post often about different events and activities going on at our school. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at buckleyj@wps.k12.va.us or 540-667-7171.

Dates to remember:

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From Your School Counselors:

8th Grade News:

All 8th grade students have completed course selections for 9th grade at John Handley High School. Parents and guardians will receive a copy of their student’s selected courses in April, and will have the opportunity to suggest changes. For more information on course offerings, please access the Handley Program of Studies here:


The 2020-21 High School Program of Studies contains information about graduation requirements and high school courses. This handbook is available at https://www.wps.k12.va.us/cms/lib/VA02201702/Centricity/Domain/1670/2020_2021_JHHS_POS_final.pdf

For additional information or for a printed copy of this handbook please contact the counseling department.


The 2020-21 High School Program of Studies contains information about graduation requirements and high school courses. This handbook is available at


El Programa de Estudios Secundario del 2020-21 contiene información sobre requerimientos de graduación y cursos secundarios. Este programa se puede encontrar en la página web: https://www.wps.k12.va.us/cms/lib/VA02201702/Centricity/Domain/1670/2020_2021_JHHS_POS_final.pdf

Para información adicional por favor contáctese con la Sra. Carmen Richmond or la Sra. Jackie Hanshaw al número de teléfono 540-662-3471.



On April 1st, 8th grade students will travel to Handley to tour the building and classrooms from 10:00am-11:30am. Evening question and answer periods with Handley School Counselors are offered for Parents and Guardians on April 1st and 2nd from 6:00pm -7:00pm.


In Addition:


SOL testing time will soon be here. Many students experience increased stress around this time. Please read the following suggestions and help your student to stay relaxed and visualize success!


Strategies to prevent test anxiety.


Testing time will soon be here. Don’t stress, visualize success!

  • Study for a short period of time nightly (15 minutes or so).

  • Picture yourself doing well on the test and feeling successful.

  • Get a good night's sleep (shoot for 10 hours!)

  • Eat a healthy breakfast, it’s important for your focus.

  • Stretch your body, and listen to happy music.

  • Get comfortable in your chair and take a few deep calming breaths.

  • Answer the easy questions first, if possible, to gain confidence.

  • Take your time. Relax. A calm brain is a productive brain. :)

Check out this link for more strategies:

https://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Better-Test-Taker?scrlybrkr=c231ab36



DMMS School Counselors

Karen King (ext. 73001) and Josh Miller (ext. 73003)

540-667-7171


“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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From Instructional Coaches

Teachers at DMMS have been working hard to provide students with opportunities for Empowered Learning. This is an instructional model that incorporates small group teaching, personalized learning, and project based learning(PBL). Project based learning allows students the opportunity to solve real-world problems and investigate things that combine their learning with their passions. Mark your calendars for our PBL Family Night on April 15th. Students will be presenting their projects and sharing their successes with each other and their families. Hope to see you there!

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From Technology

  • If any damage, accidental or intentional, happens to a student's Chromebook, please visit the help desk during our hours. Also, if your student is missing a cord to charge their Chromebook, they can visit the help desk during help desk hours to pay $20.00 for a new one.

    • DAILY Help Desk Hours:

      • 8:15 - 9:15

      • 1:15 - 2:15

Here is a link to the Chromebook Care video that was shared with students. Additionally, every student has also signed a Digital Citizenship Pledge.
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FROM ATHLETICS

The month of March will bring us the end of girls volleyball and the start of boys and girls track.. Volleyball practices will take place Monday - Friday (3:30 - 6:00). Please make sure our student-athletes are picked up in the ⅞ bus loop each day at the end of practice. Track will begin on March 23rd, please make sure you have all your paperwork in to participate. Students participating in spring sports for Handley will take bus 19 to Handley each day after school.

Any questions or concerns please contact me at anytime dorseyb@wps.k12.va.us.


March Events:

  • 4th: DMMS Volleyball at Warren County Middle School (5 pm)

  • 5th: DMMS Volleyball at Admiral Byrd Middle School (5 pm)

  • 9th: DMMS Volleyball at Frederick County Middle School (5 pm)

  • 10th: DMMS Volleyball at Johnson-Williams Middle School (5 pm)

  • 12th: DMMS Volleyball vs. Robert E. Aylor Middle School (5 pm)

  • 18th: NVJL at High Seed (TBD)

  • 19th: NVJL Finals @ Clarke County High School

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From the Nurse

The Virginia Department of Health has issued their monthly report and according to their report the flu is widespread in the state of Virginia, and has been for 9 weeks. It’s still not too late to get your flu vaccine.

Please make sure your student gets adequate sleep and practices good hand washing techniques. These are just two important ways in which you can help prevent infection.

All 7th grade students and new enrollments have been screened for hearing and vision. If your child had any defect of hearing or vision, you were notified in writing with that specific defect. If you need assistance with obtaining an eye exam and glasses for your child, please contact me and I can assist.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, PLEASE feel free to contact me. I’m here to assist in any way that I possibly can.

I have listed below some resources with helpful information regarding the flu and colds, and information on when to keep your child at home when they are not feeling well.

Resources Regarding Colds, Flu, and Hand Washing


Infuenza: The Disease- from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH: Flu Web site

How to tell the difference between a cold and flu

Health Matters: Flu- from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

The Common Cold

Why is hand washing so important?

Why do I need to wash my hands?

Also just a friendly reminder: If your child is vomiting the night before school and/or has a temperature of 100 or above they should remain home the next school day and not return to school until they are afebrile without the use of medication to control the fever.

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Also, I will be sending letters or calling the parents of students that were listed in Power School that had Medical Alerts stating that he or she had asthma, a food allergy, or a seizure disorder, and the clinic does NOT have an inhaler and/or an Epi-pen or emergency medication. If it states in Power School that your child has a food allergy, asthma, or any other disorder that requires medical attention, the clinic MUST have those medications on site. If not, it needs to be made clear whether the clinic needs an inhaler or Epi-pen, or any other emergency medication.

You may contact me at kuykendall@wps.k12.va.us , or call me at 540-667-7171, #72000.

We as nurses are constantly asking ourselves how we can make a difference. School Nurses make a difference everyday.

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From ESOL

Greetings from the ESOL Department! The WIDA assessment has finished and students have tested in each language domain (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) in different testing sessions. The results of this test will give us information on how to best help our students to master the English language. Once we get the scores in the spring, we will mail a report home for you to go over the results. Everything will be explained in detail, but if you have any questions remember you can always talk to us.


We will continue with the ESOL Club in March. Many students have been staying after school for homework help and/or to complete academic assignments. ESOL club meets on Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30pm to 4:30pm, and students can ride the after-school bus home at 4:30pm.


If you have any questions, you can contact Dr. Glatzel at (540) 667-7173, ext. 75233, or by email at glatzel@wps.k12.va.us

FROM PTO

March means spring is coming.

We are planning a fundraiser that will help 7th and 8th graders. DMIS had their fundraiser. We are accepting donations and please memo DMMS. Thank you for all your support. Please look out for updates on social media. We had our seventh spirit night at Five Guys. Thank you so much for your support!


8th graders will be taking SOL this month.



What’s Next -

Spirit Night: March 17th Cici's

Pizza 5-8pm


April 17th Roy Rogers

5-8pm


Fundraising

  • Our spirit nights

  • Spirit wear/school magnets

  • Belk Charity sale

  • Shenandoah Orthodontics will donate to DM PTO for any new patients, so please mention that you are from Daniel Morgan.

  • Please consider a direct donation with a check payable to the DM PTO. The DM Campus, students, and staff appreciate your support.

    • The main goal for PTO is to generate enough funding to support field trip funding for the DM campus.

We would love to hear from you. Please email us at dmpto@wps.k12.va.us to get involved or to just get your email contact added to the database.


If everyone volunteers just a little, a lot can be done. It is so important for your child’s educational experience to see parents and loved ones engaged, interested, and involved. We need YOU!


Check us out on Facebook & Twitter @DanielMorganPTO as we post upcoming school and community events

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48 S. Purcell St.

Winchester, VA 22601