Cougar News:

Week of January 11, 2021


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Friday is an Early Release Day: School Dismisses at 12:15

Weekly Update

This week was a busy week. We got right back into the swing of things when students returned on Tuesday. Students and teachers are working to finalize the learning intentions for first semester.

As expected given the Covid+ numbers in our community, we did spend a good bit of time this week following up with families in quarantine, and communicating with families about exposure. To ensure the safety of the health within our school community we remain diligent about our protocols, including mask usage, social distancing wherever possible, and hand washing. If a child tests positive and was at DMS 48 hours before the positive result, we screen for students who may have come into contact with that student. Our contact protocol is if a student spent 15 minutes or more time within 6 feet of the positive student then they are placed in quarantine. This is done out of an abundance of caution. If a student is placed in quarantine, they are considered a "virtual student" with the expectation being that they continue to participate fully in class work, Zoom meetings and assessments. If your child is placed in quarantine and anything is unclear, please be sure to contact the teacher as soon as a question arises. It is our hope that our students in quarantine continue to have a positive learning experience. I know our students are experiencing social isolation due to Covid, and time in quarantine exacerbates it. Please be sure to reach out if you believe your student is struggling academically or emotionally during this trying time.

Calendar reminders:

January 12: English Language Learners' Parent Meeting is at 6:00 PM via Zoom. The link will be sent on the EL student’s Canvas account.

January 15: End of first semester and early release (12:15pm)

January 18: No school in observance of MLK holiday

January 22: Report cards mailed

ACCESS Testing Begins this week for 8th Graders

All 8th English Language Learners will take their ACCESS assessment on January 13th and should report to school. All bus routes will run on our regular schedule for both in person and virtual students.

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School Pictures

Fall/Winter Pictures have arrived and will be given to your child on Thursday, January 7th, 2021. Please return money and/or pictures to your child's homeroom teacher. If you pay online, which is an option this year with a code, please send the code or receipt to your child's homeroom teacher for proof of payment. Any pictures not returned by February 2, 2021, will be charged to your child's school account.

We received some damaged pictures, so we have asked those to be reprinted. They will be sent home as soon as we receive them.

A make-up day for students wishing to have one, or virtual students, will take place in late February. I will post it in the in this memo and in Canvas announcements once we have a specific date and time.

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Tryouts for Spring Sports are coming soon!!

Tennis Tryouts: Jan. 25th - 27th

Click link below to sign Up for Tennis:

Soccer Tryouts Jan. 25th - 26th and 29th - 30th
Want to tryout, please click the link below to sign up.

Prior to trying out, athletes must have athletic forms up to date.

Click the link below for Athletic Forms:

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DMS Sports/Events this Week

Mon., Jan. 11th

DMS JV Girls Basketball vs. New Hope, DMS Main Gym, 5:00 PM

DMS Varsity Girls Basketball vs. New Hope, DMS Main Gym, 6:00 PM

DMS JV Boys Basketball @ New Hope, 5:00 PM

DMS Varsity Boys Basketball @ New Hope, 6:00 PM

Tue., Jan. 12th

DMS JV Girls Basketball vs. Ocoee, DMS Main Gym, 5:30 PM

DMS Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Ocoee, DMS Main Gym, 6:30 PM

DMS Varsity Boys Basketball @ Ocoee, 5:30 PM

Thur., Jan. 14th

DMS 6th Boys Basketball vs McCallie, DMS (MG), 5:00 PM

DMS JV Girls Basketball @ Rome, 5:30 PM

DMS JV Boys Basketball @ Rome, 5:30 PM

DMS Varsity Girls Basketball @ Rome, 6:30 PM

DMS Varsity Boys Basketball @ Rome, 6:30 PM

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.