Raven Report

Summer Edition

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Mrs. Swain's Message

It's almost time to come back and make a difference by changing the lives of the over 700 students we serve! As you all know, we will be implementing a Fine Arts Academy at DMS. With the help of the director of fine arts, we will outshine any other Fine Arts Academy in the area as well as be a standout school in Manor ISD!


During your time away from Decker, I hope you have had a chance to rejuvenate and become inspired by the amazing work you do as educators. I, personally had a good time spending time with my family when I could and exploring beaches out of the country. I am starting back on my regular 4:45 AM workout schedule and eating healthy. Hopefully, that will continue when school starts back up.


Many of you may have already seen this TED Talk by Rita Pierson, but I wanted to share it because it could serve as inspiration as we get ready for a new school year because of child really does need a champion!

AVID- School-wide Non-negotiables

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Some of these strategies have already been used school-wide and others are new. We will support you in implementation and sustainability as well as professional development for each of these strategies required at Decker Middle School.

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College Pendants

I know we already have college pendants, but I would like an abundance of them. I invite you to donate a college pennant so we can add it to the display of pendants we have. You will receive 5 jean passes that can be used this school year. Staff is also encouraged to wear their college shirt with jeans every Wednesday.


PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System)

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Individual Meetings

Please don't forget, I want to hear from you! If you would like to set-up an individual meeting with me before school starts, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, July 19th

Reading on the go bus @ DMS- 9 a.m- 11:15 a.m.


Monday,July 24th

All admin return


Tuesday, July 25th

Reading on the go bus @ DMS- 12:30-2:30

Meet the Principal- 12:30-2:30


July 31st-August 3rd

New Teacher Orientation


August 3rd

New to MISD Orientation


August 7th

Staff return to DMS (campus day)


August 8th

Campus day


August 9th

Convocation @ CODA- AM

District PD- PM


August 10th

District PD


August 11th

District PD


August 14th-18th

Teacher Plan and Prep


August 16th

Meet the teacher- 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.