Weekly Update

April 30, 2021

In-Person Learning Extended

The Dartmouth campus has been open for in-person learning since March for 6th graders and April for 7th and 8th graders. Currently, students have the opportunity to attend in-person learning two mornings a week. Distance learning takes place when students are not on campus.

There has been a lot of discussion within our community about increasing the time students spend on campus. Recently, teachers and administrators came together to create a plan which would double in-person learning time for students. Though we understand this will require another change for students, parents, and staff, we strongly believe the increase in time will greatly benefit students emotionally and academically.

On May 10th, our Monday/Tuesday in-person student cohorts will combine with our Thursday/Friday in-person cohorts and participate in four days a week of in-person learning. Students will be able to attend their core content classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:40 am to 11:20 am without their class schedules changing. This will be twice the amount of on-campus time our students are currently receiving. With the doubling of students in our classrooms and on our campus, we will continue to follow CDC recommendations to make every effort to ensure appropriate distancing for the safety of our students and staff; however, there may be times when students are closer than the CDC recommended space of 3 ft to each other. Every effort will be taken to ensure appropriate distancing and safety measures are followed. Masks wearing and safety guidelines will be in effect at all times.

A big thank you to the Dartmouth staff for working with our site and district administration to make these changes for the benefit of our students. Increasing time for in-person learning has been our goal since the beginning of the year. Though it has been difficult to gauge when the next stages of change would occur, our school community has worked together to provide seamless and timely transitions with positive outcomes.

Please help us plan for a successful return to campus by completing the survey which was emailed home by next Tuesday. The survey will ask you to share what your child’s current schedule is (M/T, Th/F, Distance Learning) and what their schedule preference will be starting May 10th.

Go Eagles!

8th Graduation at Leigh High School

We are excited to officially announce that our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony will take place at Leigh High School on Friday, June 4th at 3:00 pm. Leigh has been extremely generous in allowing us to use their football stadium and graduation stage. Plans are underway to create an experience as close as possible to our traditional graduation ceremonies.

State and County guidelines are currently allowing only 2 guests per graduate. Students will be able to register their 2 guests in early May. Only registered guests will be allowed to attend. If we get to a lower COVID Tier by May 26th, the number of guest might be increased. The great news is that the ceremony will be streamed live for family members and loved ones to enjoy at home.

Many of our 8th Grade families will also have children graduating from Branham High School at 5:00 pm. Our ceremony will end before 4:00 pm which will allow our Branham families time to get to their assigned seats at the Branham graduation.

More detailed information will be made available as we get closer to June 4th. Please be sure to save Friday, June 4th at 3:00 pm.

Go Eagles!!!

Congratulations Dartmouth Math Club

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The Power of Reading Aloud to Your Tween/Teen

Though the COVID restrictions may be loosening, it is never too late to take advantage of having your children close by your side. There is no age limit for reading a story aloud to your child. In fact, Tweens and Teens often receive more calming satisfaction from hearing a captivating story read to them. Start with something they might have already read, put on a timer, and have everyone get comfortable and be free from technology. You will not only be surprised of the results, your children will be asking for more. Special time alone with your family won't be here forever, so, take advantage of every moment.

Here is a great article about the benefits of reading to your child.

Mental Health Mondays Newsletter

The next edition of Mental Health Mondays has arrived and covers the topic of managing emotions. There are many different tools and strategies we can use to help ourselves better deal with and manage difficult emotions. Expressing emotions, which was the topic featured in last week's newsletter, is just one type of several healthy coping skill strategies that can help us get through tough moments and stressful days.

In this week's newsletter, you will learn information about the five other types of coping skill strategies - deep breathing, healthy distraction, positive self-talk, physical coping skills, and exercise. You can click here to read the newsletter.

As always, please feel free to reach out to me via email at tharpt@unionsd.org with any questions, comments, concerns - or even just to stop by and say hi!

You can find the links to previous newsletters below:

Sleep Hygiene


Anxiety & Worry


Healthy Relationships

Growth Mindset


All About Emotions

Expressing Emotions

Take care and stay safe!

Dartmouth Cheerleader Tryouts

Our proud tradition of providing opportunities for students to celebrate the achievement of others, perform at high levels of physical activity, and create a collaborative and positive environment for all continues with the 2021-22 Dartmouth Cheerleading program. We encourage students to consider trying out for our amazing Cheer Team. Next year will bring us so many incredible opportunities to work and play together. Cheering will certainly help us lead the way!

Cheer Tryout Clinic: Monday, 5/10 from 5 pm to 7 pm

Tryouts: Friday, 5/14 from 5 pm to 7 pm

For more information go to our DMS Cheer Tryouts Link

Important Dates

School Board Mtg 5/10 @ 6:00 pm

HSC Mtg 5/13 @ 6:00 pm

Memorial Day Holiday 5/31

Last Day of School 6/4

Graduation Ceremony 6/4