Cougar News

Week of February 1, 2021


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This week

8th Grade EL students should report to school again Wednesday for their ACCESS Writing and Speaking Tests. We will use the 8th grade wing of classrooms again.

Fall/Winter Picture MAKEUP DAY as well as VIRTUAL Student Picture Day will be February 2, 2021 from 8:30-12:30. If you are a virtual student and would like your picture taken, you need to come to front office from 8:30-12:30 and have your picture taken. All Co-Vid safety procedures will be maintained. This day will also be for any student who was quarantined on the original picture day. If you have any questions, please contact Heather Lawson at (706) 876-4698.

Volunteer Opportunity!!

This spring, our 6th and 8th grade students will be attending the Junior Achievement Program at their brand new center in Dalton!!

We need volunteers to maximize this learning experience. Please follow this link to sign up!!

We can't wait to see our students benefit from Junior Achievement's new partnership with Dalton Public Schools!!

American Heart Challenge

Each year Dalton Middle School students are asked to participate in the American Heart Challenge. Usually through a hoops/dodgeball event. This year it is online only but we are still hoping to have fun as a school!! Your students are hearing about it during Monday's advisement.

Please join Dalton Middle School in the American Heart Challenge to support the American Heart Association.

You can improve your own heart health while helping kids who were born with heart defects and people of all ages with heart disease.

Click here to view the company page for Dalton Middle School

Register today and select a personal challenge to take on for the next few weeks:

1. Get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day.

2. Learn Hands-Only CPR.

3. Say no to tobacco and vaping.

Our event kickoff is coming soon, so register today! Once you’ve registered, download the FREE mobile app for Android or iPhone by searching for American Heart Challenge.

Money raised helps fight congenital heart disease, advance new lifesaving medications, discover new treatments and so much more.

Spring MAP Testing

In about six weeks, students will complete their spring MAP assessments (Reading and Math). As we prepare, here are some important things to know:

  1. All students (virtual and in-person) will take the assessments on March 18 (Reading) and March 19 (Math) at Dalton Middle School.
  2. There will NOT be a separate testing week for virtual students.
  3. Students will complete the assessments in their normal testing location (homeroom or predetermined small group locations).
  4. Parents of virtual students who want their child(ren) to participate in the spring MAP assessments will need to fill out the following form---CLICK HERE.

Free Digital Books for Students

Students now have access to free eBooks & audiobooks, using Sora!

Sora is the ‘student reading app’ from Overdrive. Students can read independently on their own devices using the Sora App or on

Perks for students:

Achievements: Students can earn badges by reading books and using Sora app features, increasing engagement.

Notes and Highlights: Students can make notes and highlights within Sora as they read or export them to a PDF, CSV, and Google Drive to share with their teachers.

Reading Status: Sora tracks number of books read, student reading time, time per book, and more.

Students can get started today by following the steps in the picture.

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DMS Sports/Events this Week

Mon., Feb. 1st

Tennis Practice CANCELLED

DMS Track Tryouts, Girls Only, 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM (DMS Main Gym)

Tue., Feb 2nd

8:15 am -- Meeting for all students interested in GOLF, DMS Small Cafeteria

DMS Track Tryouts, Girls Only, 4:00 PM- 5:00 PM (DMS Main Gym)

5:15 pm -- Boys' Tennis Parent Meeting @ Lakeshore Park

Thur., Feb. 4th

DMS Track Tryouts, Boys Only, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM (DMS Maine Gym)

5:15 pm -- Girls'' Tennis Parent Meeting @ Lakeshore Park

Fri., Feb 5th

DMS Track Tryouts, Boys Only, 4:00 PM-5:00 PM (DMS Main Gym)

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.