DMS Weekly Family Newsletter


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Conductor Corner

Hello Families!

I would like to take a moment to talk to you about something very important that has an impact on your child's achievement and graduation rate. Research is very clear that student attendance has a strong effect on achievement. When students miss school, even the best teachers are not able to give the child his/her best education because a day missed can never really be made up. We do our best to help students get caught up on their work, but the direct teaching and classroom experiences are lost. All of this said, there are times that students can't attend school due to illness or other hardships. We all understand that these situations are beyond anyone's control and we will work to minimize the negative outcomes of absences when they must occur. I would like to work together, as a school community, to make sure that students are in class whenever possible because I know how important this contact time in the classroom is. We have fantastic teachers at DMS. In my opinion, you will find none better. So, let's work together to keep our kids in class as much as possible.

During the month of February, we are going to have a whole school emphasis on attendance. Students with no more than one tardy in each class and with no unexcused absences will be participating in a reward at the end of the month. I want the students to have a say in what the reward may be. I included a Google Form that students may fill out to give ideas for our celebration. I look forward to seeing what they say!

Thank you and have a fantastic week!

Mrs. Shankster

Please have your child send my their attendance reward suggestions here!

Important Upcoming Dates

3-3: Home basketball game

3-4: PAC Meeting 6:00 PM (All are welcome!)

2-14: 1/2 Day students, 1/2 day PD

2-17: No school

Please check out this flyer for a science and math opportunity for girls!

Student of the Week

"I would like to nominate Martha Spears for Student of the Week this week. Martha works hard when she is in my classroom. Martha is conscientious about keeping up on her work and doing her best on each assignment. Martha always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude that makes her a joy to have in class." -Mrs. Collins

Hands-on Learning

6th graders in STEM class made Crunchy Critter mix. This consists of goldfish crackers, animal crackers, honey roasted peanuts, candy coated chocolate pieces, and dried cherries. Students has to measure the ingredients and learned that the size of items (animal crackers are MUCH bigger than dried cherries) makes a difference in the amount of different items is in the mix.
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