The Dodge Dish

September 29, 2022

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MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL NELSON

DMS Community,


Homecoming has been full of excitement and learning! It has been fun to see all of the school spirit around DMS this week! I want to give a huge thank you to all of the families who participated in our fall fundraiser. These efforts will go a long way for our learners at DMS! As of today, we have raised over $22,000! Thank you!!


During October, we will be focusing on the mindset of EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Learners will engage in reflection and activities around this theme in Transitions classes. This family letter details information on this mindset and more information can be found in this newsletter.


We are sending out the newsletter early this week as it contains important information leading into Friday. Please see below for a message from Middle School and High School administration. We expect our learners attending the Homecoming game to display Community, Empathy, and Purpose as DMS Tigers.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out!


Thanks,


Andy Nelson, Principal

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HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME

Homecoming week is here! We are very excited to welcome the Edina Hornets to Tiger Stadium on Friday. We are expecting a very large crowd for this Friday’s game so I wanted to make sure that we communicate our stadium expectations up front. Of course we expect every person, student or otherwise, attending the football game demonstrates appropriate behavior for the duration of the game.


It is also an expectation that middle school and elementary school students have a parent or guardian at the game and remain supervised throughout the night.


Please remember to be a positive fan; cheer for the Farmington Tigers and refrain from using negative or obscene language, gestures, or interactions with fans/players from the opposing team. It is all of our responsibility to ensure our venues are safe. If someone around you is not acting appropriately, please discourage them from continuing or involve a member of our ISD 192 staff.


Also, please take note of our general Tiger Stadium procedures:

  • Visiting fans sit on the East side of the stadium; Tiger fans on the West

  • Fans should not travel between the home and visiting side of the stadium

  • No outside food or beverage is allowed (Including reusable water bottles)

  • No backpacks or oversized totes

  • No MSHSL prohibited items (noisemakers, megaphones, flags, etc.)

  • No re-entry; if you leave the stadium for any reason, you will be asked to purchase another ticket to return

  • Fans are not allowed on the field before or after the game

  • Tailgating is allowed on the NW lot on the FHS campus from 4:30 - 7:00 pm

  • No alcohol or tobacco on ISD 192 property

  • No open fires

  • No promotional or marketing activities unless pre-approved

  • No sales of products, food, or beverage unless pre-approved


Thank you for supporting our student-athletes, coaches, and community by attending events at Farmington High School.


Parking

Parking will be at a premium on Friday so we highly encourage you to carpool with other families if possible. The parking lot under construction on the Home side of the stadium will be a game time decision if it is ready to be parked on. We have other plans as well, but we ask that all drivers pay attention to our parking monitors and only park in designated parking areas.


Tickets/Admission

While cash is accepted still at our football games, we highly encourage you to pre-purchase your tickets online. The cash line often gets very long and with pre-purchased tickets you can basically walk right in as all we need to do is scan your ticket. Tickets can be purchased on our Athletics webpage: Purchase Tickets here


We are looking forward to having you at FHS to cheer on our Tigers.

7 MINDSETS - EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Dream Big – People who achieve the most in life realize that the greatest

limitations are those they place on themselves. This applies to success in school,

business, fitness, the quality of our relationships, and our impact on the lives of

others. Dreaming big is about raising our expectations for our lives, because

when we do, the future becomes bigger and brighter.


Embrace Creativity – The only time we are creating new things in life is when

we’re being imaginative and innovative. If we want new experiences and things

we’ve never had, we must do things we’ve never done. This could be reading a

book to acquire new knowledge, debating a topic with a friend, or trying a new

activity. Life can only change and expand through creative action!


Think Positive – People with a brighter outlook on life are not only happier, but

also accomplish more. We must believe there is more for us in life, expect good

things from others, and find the positives in all situations. These simple acts

make us happier in the moment, and the future becomes infinitely brighter.


Act and Adjust – We must act if we want to get results. It is important to plan,

but only if the plans drive us to action; if we do not act, nothing will change. The

greatest obstacle to taking action is fear of failure, but the most successful

people in the world don’t see failure, only feedback. Simply learn from mistakes

and move forward, because this is the only way to make our dreams into reality.

PLEASE COMPLETE THE ANNUAL UPDATE

At the beginning of each school year we ask parents and guardians to update their information in the Infinite Campus parent portal. This includes reviewing important contact information as well as providing information which the Minnesota Department of Education uses for planning purposes. Please take a few minutes to review the Annual Update in your Parent Portal account as soon as possible. Directions for accessing the Annual Update and additional information are available here.

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

Here are the two staff highlights from this week:


  • Mr. Louis teaches 6th grade MN History and 7th Grade Transitions. To learn more follow the link: https://bit.ly/3frTjqL
  • Ms. Roschen (LaVictoire) is a Farmington graduate and giving back to her community! To learn more about her follow the link: https://bit.ly/3dQHQ3I

OPT-IN TO RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES

In addition to emails and phone calls, you will soon be able to receive emergency notifications in the form of text messages from ISD 192. If you opt-in, ISD 192 will utilize the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information about school closings and safety alerts.* Please note that SMS messages will not replace emails and phone calls, but will be an additional form of communication.


You can participate in this free service* just by sending a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our school’s short code number, 67587. You can also opt out of these messages at any time by simply replying to one of our messages with “Stop”. SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy PledgeTM so you can rest assured that your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.


*Terms and Conditions: Message frequency varies. Standard message and data rates may apply. Reply HELP for help. Text STOP to cancel. Mobile carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. See schoolmessenger.com/tm for more info.

LEARNER DROP OFF AND PICK UP

Click here for important reminders for student drop off and pick up. We do ask that vehicles line up on the route indicated in purple for safety reasons. Also, please be mindful of the crosswalk outside of door 17 as staff and learners exit the building.
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JOSTENS SCHOOL PICTURES

School pictures can now be ordered through Jostens.


VIEW AND ORDER PHOTOS HERE
https://shop.jostenspix.com



Event Code: FE21022

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FOOD SERVICE - APPLY FOR EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

If you have not yet submitted an Educational Benefits Program application during the 2022-23 school year, and your students are not enrolled in an eligible program such as Medicaid or SNAP, your student(s) may accrue meal charges. Applications take effect the day they are processed and cannot be backdated. Should your student(s) accrue any meal charges, you will be responsible for paying for those meal charges prior to approval of your 2022-23 application.


How to apply:

You may apply online via your Wordware Account. Login and click on the blue Apply for Free/Reduced Benefits button. An application form can also be found here and may be submitted by mail, email, or fax. Paper applications are also available in your school office.


If you send in an Educational Benefits Application and do not receive a notification letter within two weeks, please call us to ensure that we have processed your application at the number above. If you have questions about Free and Reduced Price meals (Educational Benefits) or need assistance, please call 651-460-3823 and Food Service Staff will be happy to assist you.

SEE THE LATEST COMMUNITY POSTINGS

ISD 192 shares community flyers for local events and activities, especially those run by non-profit, youth-serving organizations within the district, on our website and through school newsletters. Here are some of our most recent postings that may interest your family:


  • TLLC Open House: Stop by the newly renovated TLLC Building (510 Walnut Street, Farmington, MN) for an open house on Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10-11:30 a.m. for tours, live music, and a scavenger hunt!


  • The Farmington Youth Basketball Association (FYBA) Rec basketball program (K-6 for Girls; K-8 for Boys) registration is now open. This is a great winter activity for kids! Visit the FYBA website for more information and to register: http://www.farmingtonbasketball.org

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FREE WEEKEND FOOD

Free weekend food from www.everymeal.org


Sign up to receive a free bag of food every weekend. Bags will be placed in student’s lockers on Fridays. There are no qualification requirements and your family's privacy is protected. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s counselor.


Sign up link


Please call the office at 651-460-1500 if you prefer a paper copy of the sign-up form.

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WE'RE HIRING

Farmington Area Public Schools have a number of positions open for the 2022-2023 school year. If you want to make a positive difference in the lives of young learners, we encourage you to apply today.

Click here to see all current opening at Farmington Area Public Schools.
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DMS THERAPY DOG

Click here to learn more about Murphy our therapy dog at DMS.
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TIGER AMBASSADORS

We are looking for family and community volunteers to be present in our youths' lives at Dodge Middle School through Tiger Ambassadors. We are excited to offer this volunteer opportunity and welcome the larger Farmington community into DMS. We are hoping many of you take this opportunity to be involved in our learners’ experience. For more information click here and to indicate interest please complete this google form.

DMS WEBSITE AND DODGE DISH

Please take some time to visit the DMS Website where you will find an abundance of helpful information to support your middle school student. Dodge Dish is an electronic publication that you will receive via email every week from our principal Mr. Nelson and the Dodge Dish is always available on the DMS website under “Social Media”. It is very helpful to take time to read through this publication to keep updated on upcoming events and happenings.

SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

School supply lists can be found on the DMS website here. If you need support with school supplies, please contact your learner’s school counselor or complete this form.


Jennifer Hogan (A-K) 651-460-1598

jhogan@Farmington.k12.mn.us


Glee Slater (L-Z) 651-460-1599

gslater@Farmington.k12.mn.us

STUDENT SURVEYS

ISD 192 may utilize surveys to gather student opinions and information about students, as outlined in Policy 520. The purpose of this policy is to establish the parameters of information that may be sought in student surveys.

For the 2022-2023 school year, ISD 192 anticipates student surveys to be administered as follows:


  • Social Emotional Learning surveys for grades 3-5 will take place in November 2022 and again in May 2023.
  • Social Emotional Learning and Equity & Inclusion surveys for grades 6-12 will take place in November 2022 and again in May 2023.
  • Curiosity, Creativity and Critical Thinking Survey will take place in January/February 2023.
  • Safe Routes to School Survey (Boeckman Middle School only) will take place in October 2022.


Once the specific survey dates have been determined and the survey design process is complete, parents/guardians will be given direct, timely notice when their students are scheduled to participate in a student survey, the opportunity to review the survey and to opt their students out of participating in the survey.

Questions may be directed to the building principal.

INFINITE CAMPUS MOBILE APPS

Download your free app for Campus Parent ​app (parents/guardians) or the Campus Student app (students) from your device's mobile app store for real-time access to grades, attendance, schedules, announcements and more!

ATTENDANCE LINE

If a student will be absent, a parent/guardian must call Dodge Middle School’s attendance line at 651-460-1505 before 10:00 am each day of the absence. If the school does not receive a call from the parent/guardian the day of the absence, an automated phone call will be placed letting you know your student has been marked absent from school. To request a pre-excused absence, a parent/guardian needs to complete the online “Request to Waive Unexcused Status of Absence” form. This link can also be accessed by visiting the Dodge Middle School webpage under “QUICK LINKS” and “Pre-Arranged Student Absence”.

REVTRAK

RevTrak is an electronic enrollment program and online payment system used by Farmington Public Schools (ISD #192). Parents need to create an account with RevTrak to complete the iPad loan agreement for their student; completed iPad loan agreements are required for students to receive a school issued iPad. To create an online account with RevTrak and complete the iPad loan agreement please click HERE. If you need further assistance navigating RevTrak you can click Step by Step Directions to Completing the iPad Loan Agreement.

PARENT AMBASSADOR MEETING

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 5pm

4200 208th Street West

Farmington, MN

FALL FUNDRAISER KICK-OFF

Monday, Sep. 26th, 8:45am

4200 208th Street West

Farmington, MN

HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME

Friday, Sep. 30th, 7pm

20655 Flagstaff Avenue

Farmington, MN