The Tiger Parent Connection

August 29 - September 2

Class Schedule for This Week

This week we will be following this schedule:


Monday, Wednesday and Friday - 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B

Tuesday, Thursday - 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A

ATHLETIC EVENTS THIS WEEK

Monday

HOME Volleyball vs. Fannin - 4:15


Tuesday

AWAY - Football @ Pickens - 5PM (8th Grade) 6:15 (7th Grade)

AWAY - Softball @ White County - 4:15


Wednesday

AWAY Volleyball @ White - 4:15


Thursday

HOME Softball vs. Pickens - 4:15

Milestone Reports

On Monday, August 29th, we will be sending results from the 2022 Spring Georgia Milestone Assessments home with all students. These results will include a report for each child that outlines his or her performance on each standard in both Language Arts and Math. This assessment provides parents, students and teachers with an understanding of how a child is progressing on being College and/or Career Ready upon graduation from high school. It is our aim to provide all students with the skills needed to move to the next level of learning and be prepared for post-graduation success at every step of his or her education.


Students earn a description as one of the following:


Beginning Learners do not yet demonstrate proficiency

Developing Learners demonstrate partial proficiency

Proficient Learners demonstrate proficiency

Distinguished Learners demonstrate advanced proficiency


You can find a description of each in the second page of your student's report. It is our goal for all students to reach the proficient level. For students already demonstrating proficiency, our goal is for their performance to be at the distinguished level.



Milestone testing occurs each spring at the conclusion of the school year. Below, you will find a study resource that you can use to help your child begin preparing early.


We will be monitoring your child's achievement and progress using MAPS assessments throughout the year and sharing those results with you. The MAPS assessments help us see where children are currently performing on the standards for the current grade level. We will be sending MAPS results home on Tuesday, September 6th. More information about MAPS will be in next week's newsletter.

Counselor's Corner

Welcome back to DCMS for the 2022 to 2023 academic year! My name is Jordan LeFevre and I am very excited to be joining the Dawson County Middle School team this year as the School Counselor. This is my 10th year in school counseling, and my 6th year in Dawson County. I have a Bachelors in Family and Consumer Science from the University of Georgia, a Masters in School Counseling from Mercer University and an EdS in School Counseling from Valdosta State University.


I am eager to get to know you and your students as we embark on this journey together. My goal as a school counselor is to provide support for your student’s academic, social, emotional, and career development. I will be providing student support through classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling, and small groups. As a school counselor, I will work diligently to serve and support students and their families. I would love your input as a parent in the school counseling program, please take just a few moments to complete this survey.



Additionally, I would like to provide you with a free mental resource that could be of assistance for you and your child outside of school the 988 Crisis line. This is a 24/7 number similar to 911 that can assist you in the instance that you encounter a mental health crisis within your home.

To find out more click this link.


If I can help you or your students at any point this year please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Sincerely, Jordan LeFevre


Email: jlefevre@dawson.k12.ga.us


Phone: 706-2316-4849 X1333

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This week your students will begin their social emotional learning journey via a program called 7Mindsets. This platform allows students to pursue various mental health mindsets throughout the year using simple, yet powerful language. Students will participate in these lessons via their tutorial class each Friday. They will watch short videos, have classroom discussion, and take time for individual application. To learn more about this amazing program follow this link to their parent newsletter. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the DCMS counselor.


Jordan LeFevre, jlefevre@dawson.k12.ga.us, 706-216-4849 x1333

IPADS

IPADS will be available for students to take home on Monday, August 29th if the following conditions have been met:


1. Student has successfully completed the Digital Citizenship Assessment

2. MAPS testing has been completed

Grade Level Meetings

Administration will be meeting with girls and boys in separately in each grade level starting Monday, August 29th to review some behavioral expectations for DCMS. This is an effort to communicate shared expectations for behavior as a preventative for disciplinary actions. Administration wants you to be aware that these talks are taking place. The topics will include:


  1. Effective and appropriate communicate during class time

  2. Restroom behavior

  3. Dress code

  4. Treating others with respect

  5. Hallway procedures

The Ville Shirts

The Dawson County High School Store is making "The Ville" shirts again. Please click on the link if you wish to order a short-sleeve t-shirt, long-sleeve t-shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, or hoodie. If you have family or friends that wish to order, please share this link with them as well.
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DCMS will host a Tiger Parent Night Thursday, September 22nd for all parents/guardians. Gifted and ESOL will begin promptly at 5:30 where parents/guardians will gain insight into these two programs. Beginning at 6pm, parents will follow their child’s schedule and receive a brief overview of the curriculum and plan for class from each teacher. During this time, students who attended Dawson County Schools last year will also receive a printed copy of your child’s Georgia Milestone scores.


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Learning Commons/Media Center Info

UPCOMING DATES . . .

August 29th - Student Council Applications Due

September 1st - LST Begins

September 5th - Labor Day - No School

September 14th - School Picture Day

September 22nd - Curriculum Night

September 23rd - Final Club Day