FEBRUARY 14, 2020







Students, this is a reminder that once our instructional day has begun, all cell phones and earbuds need to be put away until the afternoon dismissal


In the morning:

*Please remember to pull all the way forward. More cars can drop off on the sidewalk if cars pull all the way to the end of the covered walkway.

*Please remind your child to have his/her belongings ready to go when you stop to drop him/her off.

*School starts at 8:15 am.

In the afternoon:

*Please remember to pull all the way forward. More cars can pick up on the sidewalk if cars pull all the way to the end of the covered walkway.

*We move the students to the front of the building when there are no more cars in line.


8th Grade Students & Parents- High School Registration forms will be distributed in ELA classes Tuesday & Wednesday (2/18 & 2/19) by School Counselors during Classroom Guidance Lessons. Parents, please be on the lookout for these forms. Parents are encouraged to review the registration packet with your student and to help the student to select 4 units of elective credit. Please sign these documents and have the student return the completed registration form to your child's science teacher.

Registration forms are due back on Friday, February 21st.


2019-2020 Yearbooks are on sale! Yearbooks may be purchased online at . Yearbooks are $45 until 4/23/2020. On 4/24/2020 the price increases to $50. Buy yours today! Not sure if you already purchased a yearbook? Contact Ms. Grewe at!
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The Dutch Fork Dazzlers will be selling Custom Fleece Blankets and 22 oz. Stainless steel tumblers for just 28.00 a piece. To purchase please see any student on the Dazzlers Dance Team or email Jennifer Rouse @



Columbia College is pleased to announce that Math and Science Day for Middle School Girls will be Saturday, February 15! Be on the lookout for future emails with more event details or visit our website:

Math and Science Day is a day of collaboration, competition, creativity, and celebration of women in mathematics and the sciences. Middle school girls will participate in hands-on workshops and team competitions throughout the day. Previous workshops have discussed topics including blood, DNA, computer science, exponential equations, geometry and much more all in a fun and engaging way!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity! The cost for students and guardians is $13 each. Teachers that attend are free. Again, stay tuned for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your students next month!

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If your child goes to the dentist and doesn’t have cavities do you stop brushing their teeth? Likewise, just because your child does not have head lice, doesn’t mean you should stop checking their hair.

Head lice are a common problem among children so weekly hair checks should become a routine part of hair hygiene. It is much easier to get rid of a head lice infestation if it is caught early. In addition to routine checks, it is a good idea to check your child’s head before and after attending a sleepover. Head lice are small bugs, no bigger than a sesame seed and will most often be found behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. Head lice eggs are called nits; grey-white in color; about the size of a knot of thread and they will be firmly attached to the hair.

To check for head lice You will need a well-lit area. Part the hair section by section and look closely, especially at the scalp for lice. They will move very quickly but can most easily be seen moving along the part you just made. Look for nits. Nits from a current infestation will be found within ¼ inch from the scalp.

If you suspect your child has head lice, notify your school nurse. In addition, the entire family should be inspected for head lice. Head lice are not fussy about the heads they live on. There is no connection between head lice and the length of someone’s hair or the cleanliness of their hair, body, home or school environment. People of all races can get head lice. Head lice don’t fly or jump – they crawl from head to head. This often happens when people play or work closely together. Therefore, head lice are most often found among children ages 3-10, and their families.


Dear Fox Families,

We hope everyone has had a wonderful start to the school year. We wanted to take an opportunity to send a reminder that any student 8th grade or younger must be accompanied by a parent/guardian and everyone, including students, will be held to the clear bag requirement. Students will be prohibited from bringing in backpacks, athletic bags, Chromebooks and other supplies into the game.

More information about the Clear Bag requirement and other measures School District Five is taking to promote a safe environment can be found by following this link.


The DFMS fine arts classes will be selling clear bags with the Dutch Fork logo for $15. These bags are 12x12 and meet the district requirements for the clear bags policy for sporting events.
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Thank you to all of our Dutch Fork Middle School families for your support of our Attraction Book Fundraiser. We still have some books available for sale. If you would still like to purchase a book, please send $20.00 labeled for the PTSA and a book will be sent home with your child!

We are in need of volunteers for duty-free teacher lunches. Volunteers are needed every Wednesday from 11:15-12:30 for 7th-grade lunches. Volunteers are needed for 8th-grade lunch duty on Wednesday, February 19th, 12:15-1:30 and on Thursday, February 27th from 12:15-1:30. Our teachers and the PTSA greatly appreciate you donating your time! If you are able to volunteer, please contact Ann Morris at or (864) 706-8989 to sign up.

Turning Groceries into Education! Remember to register Dutch Fork Middle School as your “Preferred School” with your Publix Rewards – it’s an easy way to earn money for our school! If you don’t already have a Publix account, sign up at and choose Dutch Fork Middle School as your partner school in your account settings. Enter your phone number every time you check out and you will be earning money for our school! More information at

Our final Box Tops submission for this year is March 1st and is quickly approaching. If you have any clipped Box Tops, please send them in to the school. If you have not downloaded the Box Tops mobile app, please do so today. It is quick and easy to use – you simply scan your receipt or the Box Tops scan code on the item and the app logs everything from there! You then can see your total donated towards Box Tops as well as what the school has earned year to date! This is a super-easy way to donate money back to your school! Remember to LIKE our Dutch Fork Middle School PTSA page – here is the link: As always – thank you for your continued support!


The dress code for Dutch Fork Middle school is determined largely by school district policy. The school may modify the dress code as long as the changes stay within the district guidelines.

  • Clothing deemed distracting, revealing, or overly suggestive shall not be permitted.

  • Dress or accessories that are considered unsafe, dangerous, a health hazard, or disruptive to the learning environment shall not be permitted. Clothing may not display vulgar symbols or language and may not contain alcohol, tobacco, or drug symbols.

  • Sleeveless shirts should be at least ID badge width across the shoulder with no visible undergarments. Bare midriffs, spaghetti straps, halter/tank tops, see-through shirts/tops/blouses, and biker shorts are not permitted.

  • Inappropriate tops are not to be worn beneath an overcoat that the student plans to remove.

  • Pants must be worn at the natural waistline.

  • Sleepwear or slippers may not be worn.

  • Hats, head stockings, kerchiefs, bandanas, or bonnets are not allowed at school.

  • Shorts or skirts must be at least “fingertip length”. This means that all skirts and shorts must be as long as the longest finger-tip when hands are placed at the student’s side along the entire hemline.

  • Jeans with holes may not have holes that are higher than the student’s longest finger when hands are placed at the student’s side or higher than mid-thigh.

  • The school will not be responsible for confiscated, unauthorized material brought to school.

ID POLICY FOR 2019-2020

IDENTIFICATION BADGES (IDs) With the rise of safety concerns on school campuses, the use of student, staff, and teacher ID badges make it easy to identify and authorize anyone on school grounds. These badges are also used to check materials out from the library, print documents, and pay for food. All High, Middle, and Intermediate students must wear a current picture ID badge when on District Five property. ID cards are printed on both sides with the same information. ID badges must be clearly visible and worn in front above the waist and below the neck on a breakaway lanyard. In a pocket, or under a jacket is NOT clearly visible. The ID badge may not be marked on or altered in any way, except to be punched by a staff member; if it is damaged, a new ID will need to be purchased. A defaced ID is any badge on which the picture, name, ID #, year, barcode or grade level has been changed, altered, or obstructed. For students, the first card is free. However, replacing lost, stolen or damaged cards cost $5.00. The lanyard is $1.00. The replacement fee covers the cost of the materials used in reprinting and replacement lanyards. Students are to surrender their ID badge at the end of the school year, when requested or when they transfer to a different school.

Badge Policy:

● ID’s must be worn at all times.

● ID’s must be visible and worn outside of clothing.

● ID’s must be worn on a breakaway strap.

● ID’s are the property of DFMS and must not be defaced (or badge will be confiscated and the student must purchase new ID).

● Students must not wear an ID badge belonging to another student. ID will be confiscated.

● All students will be issued two free TEMPORARY IDs PER SEMESTER. After that, they will be charged $1 for every temporary issued (not to exceed $6.00).

● Replacement IDs may not be charged. Students must pay for replacement IDs at the time of purchase.

● Failure to properly wear an ID will result in disciplinary action.

Beginning after Labor Day, any student not wearing an ID after 1st period will receive lunch detention.

● Repeated violations will be treated as persistent disobedience, and students will be assigned school consequences.

2019-2020 TARDY POLICY

Tardiness to class interrupts learning time for the entire class. Students should organize their materials and use their time wisely before school, during lunch, and after school to keep trips to lockers and other stops to a minimum. At the end of each period, all students should move quietly to their next class and be ready for instruction as guided by the teacher.

Consequences for Tardies

1st, 2nd, 3rd Tardy – No consequence

4th, 5th Tardy – Lunch Detention

6th, 7th Tardy – Lunch & Den Detention

8th, 9th Tardy - After School Detention

10th- Discipline Referral

*Tardies are cumulative for all classes and begin fresh each semester. *Students that are more than 10 minutes late to class without a pass will be considered “cutting class.”