Cougar News:

Week of October 12, 2020


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Weekly Update

This week is an exciting week at Dalton Middle School because we have over 300 students returning from virtual instruction! When our superintendent, Dr. Scott, laid out plans to offer virtual instruction as a choice for families, to minimize frequent changes, he set 6 week boundaries in the calendar for students to return to school. Our first group returning begins on Tuesday, Oct. 13. We are looking forward to meeting our 6th graders in person, and welcoming back our 7th and 8th grade students!!

The 2020-21 school calendar has been updated on our website to reflect the new dates for early dismissal and parent conferences. You can view our calendars in English and Spanish on our website now!



As part of spirit and community building at DMS we have several "spirit days" throughout the month, culminating in a team Halloween contest on October 30. Teacher teams have begun selecting a theme and are encouraging students to participate in that theme--ask your student what their theme is.

Tuesday, Oct. 13: Red Out

Thursday, Oct. 15: Throwback Thursday

Friday, Oct. 16: Mr. Phillips day (Mr. Phillips is our 8th grade assistant principal and he LOVES to wear shorts and flip flops to school!!)

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Updated MAP Testing Plan

There has been a change to our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) dates. On October 19 and 20, students will be taking the MAP assessment in Reading and Mathematics. MAP is a computer adaptive test that students take two to three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. MAP also provides typical growth data for students who are in the same grade, subject, and have the same starting performance level. This data is often used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals.

If your child is a virtual student, please sign up for a time for him/her to take the MAP assessment on Oct 26, 27 or 29th. To take the assessment, students will need to take the tests in person at Dalton Middle School. Parents will need to complete THIS FORM to select a date for their child to come in for the assessments.

On the day of the assessment, students will:

  1. Take both assessments, Reading and Math
  2. Be screened outside in cars and dropped off at DMS between 9:00-9:15 and picked up by 2:00pm. (or select "bus" on the form)
  3. Bring their school-issued laptops/chargers and a face mask.

For lunch, students may bring their own or receive one from the school cafeteria.

Looking for small donations

As part of our end of month Halloween celebration we are looking for small gifts or gift cards for student drawings. Teachers will select students to enter into drawings based on their costumes. If you are able to get a small gift card to local establishments like ChikfilA, Brewsters, etc. please send them in with your child to give to me, Mrs. Johnson. I am out front each morning, as well. Or, if it's an e-card, send it to my email address. The students will love anything you are able to donate.

Support our Academic Teams

You can earn money for Dalton Middle School Academic Bowl and Math Competition Team by using the BoxTop App to scan receipts with qualifying products. It is a very easy process. First, download the BoxTop for Education App on your phone. Type in Dalton Middle School when asked which school to give credit to. Scan your receipt in the app within 14 days of purchase. You can scan it in sections if it is long. The app will automatically credit earnings to the school's account. Thank you in advance for supporting the academic teams at Dalton Middle. It is much appreciated!

Winter sports are right around the corner....

Parents/Guardians, click the link below for Athletic and RankOne information. Physicals need to be on file to try out.



Cheerleading Coaches:


If your child wants to be on the team, fill out this form for information, tryouts and practices.

Wrestling coach:

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DMS Sports/Events this Week

Athletic Events this week

Tuesday, October 13th

DMS Football vs. Lake Forest, Harmon Field, 5:00 PM (JV), 6:30 PM (V)

DMS Softball vs. Valley Point, Heritage Point Park, 5:00 PM

Wednesday, October 14th

DMS Softball vs. Gladden, Heritage Point Park, 5:00 PM

Thursday, October 15th

DMS Softball @ New Hope, Edwards Park, 5:00 PM


Tuesday: RED OUT

Thursday: Throwback

Friday: Matt Phillips day

Go Cougars!!!

Dalton Middle School

This newsletter is prepared each week by Dalton Middle School Principal Lauri Johnson. Please email if you have any questions, concerns, or have something you'd like addressed in Cougar News.