The Generals' Update

Your guide to DDE events & announcements: 11/8/2020

This Week's Schedule

  • Monday & Tuesday: Cohort A
  • Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Cohort B

Are you returning from a recent trip?

If your family is traveling back from out of state , please refer to the list of states that are currently on the quarantine list.

If your visited any of the states on this list, your student should quarantine for 14 days. The good news is that he/she may access all of his/her classes virtually during that time.

Additionally, if you traveled out of the country, here is information on travel advisories. If you visit a Level 2 or Level 3 country, your student would also need to quarantine for 14 days.

It is a team effort to keep our students and staff safe. We thank you in advance for your honesty and vigilance in following these safety protocols.

The End of the Marking Period is Near!

Just a reminder that the marking period ends on Friday, November 13. There are two important things you and your student should look at over the course of this week.

1. Remember that Science and Social Studies run for one marking period, so the new marking period means a new class. Review your child's schedule in Genesis. Beginning on Monday, November 16, he/she will transition from Science to Social Studies or from Social Studies to Science. Please make sure he/she knows to what classroom he/she should report (especially if that class is Period 1!).

2. Review Genesis for any missing assignments. Touch base with teachers to see what may still be submitted.

Governor's Educator of the Year

Please see the following letter from Dr. Dianne Brethauer, Assistant Superintendent, regarding Educator of the Year nominations:

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Parent/Teacher Conferences November 20 - 24, 2020

Please see an important letter from Mrs. Gambino regarding conferences:

Use the following link for directions to schedule conferences on Genesis:

Safe Tech Booster

We are so appreciative of the partnership with families in order to give our students the best experience possible while maintaining a safe and healthy environment. We lean on technology more than ever this year, and as you know, technology is a powerful tool which can support and engage student learning. It can also hinder class attention and social emotional well being when used inappropriately. Over the first two months of school, we have seen an overwhelmingly positive use of technology. While we regularly boost expectations in regards to technology use, we have seen some instances of poor decision making when it comes to acceptable use of technology. We ask that you boost the following with your student:

  1. Respectful and responsible Generals uphold the same standards of communication on Zoom and in electronic class discussions as they would if they were sitting in the classroom.
  2. Respectful and responsible Generals only utilize the screenshot feature appropriately - taking photos of classmates without their knowledge and permission is not appropriate.
  3. Respectful and responsible Generals conduct personal conversations with their friends outside of school technology, as they know that everything they write and post is monitored, and inappropriate content is flagged.

Other safe technology recommended practices include creating a device charging station that is not in your child's bedroom, but a central location in the household. Monitor communication from your child's cell phone and school Chrome when you feel it is appropriate.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us to educate students on the appropriate use of technology and giving them developmentally appropriate opportunities to engage with it, but also non technological experiences.

Reminder: Student Dismissal

If your child is a car rider, please review the following dismissal pick-up procedures:

  • All parents enter the parking lot between Eisenhower and Catena (green arrows.)
  • For those picking up a sixth grade student, follow the signs directing you through the center of the lot, around the turn to the right, pulling up along the sixth grade side of the building (yellow arrows.)
  • For those picking up a 7th or 8th grade student, once in the lot you will turn left and follow the signs around the lot proceeding to the back of the building, lining up along the cafeteria side of the building. Once buses have left, you will be directed to drive to the front of the building to pick up your child (pink arrows.)
  • If you have students in 6th and 7th or 8th, please decide as a family where your pick up location will be.
Please take the time to review the map below and follow the arrows that correspond to your child's grade level. Our ability to efficiently and safely execute dismissal depends on parents following the grade level appropriate traffic pattern.
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Information for 8th Grade Students

Freehold Regional High School District-Magnet and IB Programs.

Monmouth County Vocational School District Information Sessions are now available online Please visit

There are 3 sections to the remote information session:

  1. MCVSD Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent message
  2. View the Video for the school you are interested in
  3. View the Admissions Video
  4. Submit the Google Form: This will serve as documentation you viewed the video for the school you are applying to

Applicants will be required to watch the remote information session in order to apply. Remote information sessions will be available November 1 – December 4, 2020.

The application can also be found on the same page or on the MCVSD Home Page at

  • For information on Career Academies Information, please visit -
  • For information on admission procedures, please visit
  • Yearbooks

    2020-2021 DDE Yearbooks can be purchased directly through Jostens' website.

    Please use the following link to reserve your copy:

    DDE Masks Still Available

    If you are interested in purchasing any DDE masks, please use the following link:

    Attendance UPDATE!

    It is important you call the attendance line at 732-431-3910, option 1, for the following reasons:
    1. To report your child absent if he/ she is neither well enough to come to school nor attend school virtually.
    2. If your child is not feeling well, and he/she is scheduled to attend school in person, please keep your child home. He/she may still access school virtually and be marked present for the school day. However, you must call the attendance line to let us know.
    In either case, please leave a message with your child's name, grade, specific reason for absence, duration of absence (if known), and your relationship to the student. You may also email Kristy Patmore at

    PTO Corner

    Please see the following from the Eisenhower Middle School PTO:

    Technology Issues?

    If you have technology issues, please email Mr. Goldstein at

    Just a reminder:

    • Please be sure chrombooks are charged and ready each day.
    • Don't forget your headphones to be used during your Related Arts classes!

    Mark Your Calendar!

    • Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Governor's Educator of the Year nominations due to Dr. Dianne Brethauer
    • Friday, November 20, 2020 to Tuesday, November 24, 2020: Parent/Teacher Conferences
    • Monday, December 7, 2020: Virtual PTO Meeting @ 6:30pm via Zoom

    Need to translate the Genesis Parent Portal into another language?

    To see your child's Genesis Parent Portal in another language:
    1. Sign into Genesis.
    2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
    3. Look in the bottom left corner where you will see the prompt to select the language, as pictured here.

    No habla inglés?

    Puede traducir este boletín a otro idioma. Haga clic en el boletín y haga clic en el botón de traducción que se parece a la imagen aquí.

    Important Links

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School

    The mission statement of the Eisenhower Middle School is to encourage children to reach their unique potential and to empower them to become lifelong learners.