Weekly Update

October 3, 2021

Help Your Child navigate with success

If you haven't been keeping up with your child's progress in PowerSchool, now is the time to do so. Missing assignments add up and will greatly impact end of quarter grades. Once grades are finalized, students see only the grade as a rating of their intelligence and ability. By reviewing your child's grades in PowerSchool throughout the quarter, you will be able to not only help support them in completing missing work or connecting with their teachers, but it will also provide you with an opportunity to help them understand that you are on their side and that staying organized and focused is a task which requires patience and practice.

The executive functioning skills required to stay focused in class, organize homework and study time, and know when and how to reach out to teachers for support have been underdeveloped due to distance learning. The movement towards autonomous learning will require guidance and understanding, both of which are often perceived as overbearing parent and teacher behaviors by our children.

It will take more than a directive to go to homework center to help our children engage at school and transfer what is taught in class to the completion of assignments and understanding of the content at hand. Please use this time to reconnect with your child and help them learn how to be a successful student. Their confusion on how to navigate with success will take our loving guidance to help them adjust to a faster paced world of learning than they are prepared for.

Our teachers are aware of the challenges students are facing and have created learning environments where mistakes are not only accepted, but encouraged. The importance of the home and school has never been more important. When in doubt, please reach out to your child's teacher, our counselor, Mrs. Yereslove, or Miss Leamons and Mr. Martino. We are all working towards helping make your child's learning experience the best it can be.

Critical Thinking in safe places

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COVID Testing Update

Dartmouth Middle School is the Union School District's center for no cost community COVID testing. We are proud to be able to provide this service seven days a week to help control the further spread of COVID-19.

The testing pod is situated at the end of our parking lot at the entrance to our Band building and is open to provide Rapid COVID tests Monday thru Friday from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Sundays from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please encourage your friends, families, and coworkers to take advantage of this no cost service.

Weekly testing for students and staff will take place in the Dartmouth Cafeteria each Thursday. Registered students will be able to receive COVID tests during their PE classes.

When Close Contact notifications occur, students and staff who are identified as close contacts to a confirmed COVID 19 exposure will be notified of dates when they must test on campus.

Positive cases of COVID continue in our community and it is our goal to reduce the impact this has on our students' learning and socialization. Continuing to learn and play with masks will greatly assist us in our pledge to keep schools open.

Please consider registering your child for our onsite COVID testing through Grapefruit if you already haven't done so.

If and when students are notified as being a Close Contact to someone on campus who has tested Positive for COVID, they will have to take a COVID test and have a negative result in order to remain on campus. Registering for the Grapefruit COVID testing now will allow your child to be tested and return to learning with minimal disruption.

Monitoring our Children on Social Media

A day doesn't go by at Dartmouth where a student isn't negatively impacted by social media. The addiction to knowing who is saying what has enveloped our society.

Middle school experiences should take place first hand with students interacting with one another on manageable scales. The fear of being the subject of social media discourse entraps our children to be a part of the machine of vulnerability.

Normal social development is challenged by the onslaught of gossip, shame, revenge, and body distortion social media delivers. Our students' minds and hearts are not prepared for the constant confrontation of negativity that TikTok, Instagram, and other platforms provide in bulk.

Please support your child's natural development by limiting their access to al forms of social media.

Please click here to read the latest Wall Street Journal article about monitoring our children's social media usage.

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Important Dates

10/5: Make-Up Picture Day

10/5: Home and School Club Mtg @ 6:00 pm

10/6: Last Cross Country Meet

10/11 to 10/14: Girls Basketball Tryouts

10/11: School Board Mtg @ 6:00 pm

10/15: End of First Quarter

10/21: School Site Council Mtg @ 6:00 pm