Family Update

Davis Middle School

Friday, August 5, 2022

"Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom." ~ Oprah Winfrey

Dear Davis Families,


Welcome to the first Friday Family Update. Much of the information below is repeated from the back to school newsletter but you will see a bit of new information about picture day, breakfast and lunch, the 8th grade DC trip, and new athletic information.


We had a great time seeing so many of our incoming 6th grade students and families for Popsicles with the Principal. It was a very informal way for students to see and meet a few friendly faces to try to ease a bit of the anxiety of starting a new school. Attending the 6th grade orientation on Wednesday will help even more.


Returning students may stop by anytime on Thursday, August 11 for student walkthroughs to make sure they have their schedule and know where their classes are located. Unable to attend? No worries!! We will have plenty of folks available to help on the first days of school.


Go Irish!


Jaime

Counseling Corner

Mrs. Elizabeth Stutz - School Counselor Last Names letters A-G

Mr. Dustin White - School Counselor Last Names letters H-N

Ms. Shanley O’Neil - School Counselor Last Names letters O-Z

Mrs. Malerie Torres - Student Support Specialist

Mrs. Laura Frazee - Guidance Secretary/Registrar


The Davis Counseling Staff consists of three professional school counselors, two student support specialists, and a guidance secretary/registrar. We are here to serve students for academic advising, career planning, social emotional wellness, and individual, group, and classroom guidance.


We are looking forward to the start of the school year so we can meet our incoming 6th grade students and reconnect with our 7th and 8th graders. As we transition into the new school year, let us know how we can support you and your student(s).

School Opening Timeline

August 3: Registration Gateway opens to fill out back to school forms

August 10: 6-8 PM 6th Grade Orientation

August 11: 9AM - 3PM Schedule Walkthroughs

August 17: 1st Day of School

August 19: Picture Day

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School Supply Lists

Click on the link below to see what you will need for supplies this year.


6th Grade Supply List


7th Grade Supply List


8th Grade Supply List


If you ordered school supplies through PTO, they will be available for pick up at 6th grade orientation or schedule walkthroughs. Any that are not picked up at those two events will be available on the first day of school.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

Dublin City Schools uses PaySchools as the management system for school lunch payments. If you did not set up an account last year when we changed from EZ Pay, please make sure to do so now at this link. Please click here for an instructional video on how to create your new account.


To register for your PaySchools account, you will need:

  • Your contact information

  • Your child’s student ID number

  • Your payment information (i.e. credit card or bank account)

If you choose to link your PaySchools account with your bank account, there will be a smaller service fee per transaction.


If you set up an account last year, please make sure to go into the system to make sure all information is current. This is where you will also find the free/reduced application. It is important for everyone to fill this out before school starts. Any information from previous years does not carry over for this. If you need a paper copy of the application, please click on this link.

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6th Grade Orientation Information

6th Grade Orientation is Wednesday, August 10 from 6-8pm.

Orientation is not mandatory but is helpful for the transition to middle school. If you are unable to attend, all information presented at Orientation will be posted on our website the following day. I will also be hosting a virtual Q&A on Monday, August 15 (time TBA) to take any questions not answered at orientation.


The schedule for the evening is:

6:00-6:25 - pick up student schedules and parent information; time to explore the building

6:25 - parents drop students off at 1st period class and head to the gym

6:30-7:15 - students in classrooms; parents in gym for presentation

7:15 - staggered dismissal, parents will meet their students in the cafeteria

7:30 - PTO Supplies Table; Parent Forms help; exploration

8th Grade Washington, DC Trip

All Washington, DC trip information can be found at this link.


In addition, new dates to make note of:

A notary will be available to notarize the necessary paperwork on 9/19 3:15-7PM.

All DC Paperwork is due no later than 9/21.


Please contact Mr. Bret Ray with any questions. ray_bret@dublinschools.net

Clinic Updates

Ohio Health Wellness on Wheels and Free Sports Physicals


OhioHealth will have their WOW (Wellness on Wheels) Bus at Davis on August 10 (6th grade orientation) and August 23. They will be filling families in on the services they provide in the school and also in their offices.


They are also going to offer, during the school day from 8am-12pm, free sports physicals for students on August 31.


Immunizations **7th Grade Parents


Ohio Law mandates that all 7th grade students are required to receive the Tdap and Meningococcal vaccine by September 7. Students who have not met this requirement will be excluded until the required vaccines are completed and documentation is provided to the school clinic.


  • If your child has already received both of these vaccines, please call your child's health care provider or local health department and request a copy of the updated immunization record to be submitted to the school clinic.


  • If your child has not yet received these vaccines, please schedule an appointment with your child's health care provider or local health department. Please submit your child's completed immunization record to the school clinic.

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Irish Athletics

Fall sports are well underway at Davis! It is very exciting to have the kids back on campus and working hard to get ready for the new sports season. It is still not too late to join our football or cross country teams. Any interested athletes in the 7th or 8th grade simply need to have a current physical on file and be registered in Final Forms. The deadline for joining these last two open programs is August 17.


Meet the Coach Night: Tuesday, August 9 is our Fall Sports Parent meeting, and "Meet the Coach Night" at Davis. This meeting will take place in the Davis gym at 7: 00 pm. After a brief meeting with the Athletic Director, parents will meet with their child's coaches and talk about the upcoming season, schedules, and expectations. Please plan to attend this very important and informational meeting.


Sports Nutrition Seminar: The Davis athletic department has scheduled a series of sports-specific nutritional meetings with a sports dietitian from Ohio Health for all of our Fall athletes. These meetings will take place on Monday, August 8, 2022. In these meetings, our athletes will learn how to manage their diet and exercise regimen for a successful season. Athletes will learn the "do's and don'ts" of their nutrition, for before, during, and after practices, and competitions this season. These are lessons that can be beneficial for a lifetime! Coaches will notify their parents and players of their assigned meeting times.


Athletic Event Tickets going Online for Dublin City Schools: This fall sports season Davis and all of the Dublin middle schools will be utilizing the online ticketing system provided by Hometown Ticketing. Dublin middle schools will be selling athletic tickets exclusively online. (No cash sales at the gates) A specific link and page on the Athletic Website will be created for fans to buy their single game tickets and even Family Passes for the year. The Davis Hometown ticketing page will go "live" on Tuesday, August 9, 2022. More details to come in the following week.


Go Irish!

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Attendance Information

In the event of illness, tardiness, or needing to miss school for any reason you can reach us by:


Calling the attendance line at 614-718-8671 or sending an email to dmsattendance@dublinschools.net.


  • All absences require a written note stating the reason for the absence from school and need to be from a parent or doctor.

  • Please send all attendance correspondence through the main office.

  • Please send a note to school ahead of time and have student get their pass from the main office upon arriving at school.

Arriving Late or Leaving Early from School

If your student(s) need to arrive late or leave early please follow these steps.


Late Arrival:

  • Student will check in at the office and will be given a pass to class.


Early Dismissal

  • Please send a note to school ahead of time and have student get their pass upon arriving at school.

  • Once the parent arrives, the student will be called from class.

  • Please have ID ready - students will only be released to persons listed as an Emergency Contact.

  • We understand there will be times when your student will need to be picked up during the school day without prior notice. If this is the case, please check in at the main office and we will be happy to assist you.

Forgotten/Lost Items & Communication

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In the event that your child forgets to bring something to school and you need to drop it off (lunch money, homework, books, sports gear etc), you can come to the school and place it on the shelving unit in the entryway. Just mark it with your child’s name and put it on the shelf corresponding to their grade. We will do our best to get the item to the student. If possible, please let your student know that you have dropped it off so that they know to pick it up.


Lost and found at Davis can be found outside of the gymnasium. Items are placed in the bins in the music wing. Students should regularly check those bins if they have misplaced items.


Cell phones are not permitted in some parts of the building so your student may not have access to or be answering their cell phone during the school day.


All calls from school will register on caller ID’s as the main school number. The office, staff members, and clinic will always leave messages. Please remind your child to always leave a message when they call home.

General Back to School Information

MAIN OFFICE/SCHOOL HOURS

Office hours for Davis are 7:15 am to 3:45 pm. School hours are 8:28 am to 3:08 pm.


FORMS

On August 3, Dublin City Schools opened its online back to school platforms for the 2022-2023 school year at www.dublinschools.net. Please click on the button titled “2022-2023 Back to School” to complete all of the required forms before the first day of school. Please be sure all contact information is correct.


SCHEDULES

Student schedules will be posted in ProgressBook Parent Access the week of August 8.


BUS ROUTES

Bus routes will be available on August 12. Please check the Dublin Schools website at www.dublinschools.net at that time.

District Updates

Masks Welcome During 2022-2023 School Year


Our plan is to start the school year as normal as possible. The District will comply with orders or mandates from agencies with jurisdiction. Absent an order, the administration will communicate recommendations or advisories and let parents make the decision that is best for their family.


COVID-19 will be treated as we have traditionally handled any infectious illnesses in our schools, each having specific exclusion criteria. Individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should remain out of school for 5 days and may return on day 6 if symptoms have improved. We ask that individuals take personal responsibility for monitoring their health and the health of their family and stay home until they are feeling better.


The Dublin City School District ended the 2021-2022 school year without a mask mandate, and we were able to have critical face-to-face instruction. We will continue to be “mask welcome” at all grade levels.

6th Grade Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 10th, 6-8pm

2400 Sutter Parkway

Dublin, OH

Schedule Walkthroughs

Thursday, Aug. 11th, 9am-3pm

2400 Sutter Parkway

Dublin, OH

First Day of School

Wednesday, Aug. 17th, 8am

2400 Sutter Parkway

Dublin, OH

Picture Day

Friday, Aug. 19th, 8:30-10:30am

2400 Sutter Parkway

Dublin, OH

Curriculum Night/Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 23rd, 6:30-8pm

2400 Sutter Parkway

Dublin, OH