"What's Up" Wednesday

Dartmouth Middle School ~ November 18, 2020

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What are you Thankful for?

What are you thankful for? No matter who you are or the circumstances you are in, there is always something of which to be thankful.


For me, it is having the ability to make choices that will positively affect my life and the lives of those nearest to me. I am thankful for the opportunities I have to continue growing as a person and for the meaningful relationships that I have forged.



As we move towards the holidays, take time to reflect on what all the things you that have helped to make you who you are. This can be your friends, family, teachers, events, or anything else that helped mold you into the amazing and dynamic person you are today.

Remember, “Life does not get easier or more forgiving; we just get stronger and more resilient.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli


Toshimi Minami

Assistant Principal

Dartmouth Middle School

Hemet Unified School District

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Dartmouth Sock Drive

There are two main reasons socks are among the most valuable piece of clothing to people without permanent housing. For one, feet work overtime when there’s no cozy home (and laundry room) to return to each night. The other reason is that socks and underwear aren’t often donated or, when they are, the goods can’t be sanitized and put to use.


If you put yourself in someone else’s shoes (no pun intended), you can see how clean, warm socks are a true treasure. To make a difference this season, consider donating to our sock drive for the homeless. Here’s how... just bring an unopened package of socks to the Dartmouth office between now and December 7th. All families who donate will be given a special "Cocoa Party to Go" kit as a thank you at the conclusion of the drive.

Being Grateful

Everyone has bad days and some days may feel worse than others. One of the best ways to help ourselves shift our mindsets about what may be going on around us, is to think about what we are thankful or grateful for. When we express gratitude, it allows us to think positively about something in our life. Being grateful or thankful does not mean that you have to be appreciative of something huge all of the time, sometimes it's the little things.


Some examples include being grateful for video games, because it is a way that you relax, or maybe you're grateful that you have pets or even got a good night's sleep. Maybe you feel thankful because there is a caring adult in your life or you have the greatest friend in the world. Taking the time, even if it is only 5 minutes to think about something that makes you happy and that you are thankful for, gives you a chance to think about something positively, which is extra helpful on those not so great days.

Your counselors want you to know that we are very grateful for our students!


Some fun activities you can use to think about what you are grateful or thankful for:

  • Alphabet Gratitude: Write out the alphabet and write a word or phrase next to each letter- Ex: A: apple pie, B: Books C: Coffee
  • Gratitude artwork: paint or draw something that you grateful for
  • Gratitude collage: use pictures, magazines, drawings to create a collage of what you are grateful for.
What Teens Are Thankful For

What are You Thankful For?

HUSD is looking for students to submit a one-minute video of themselves talking about what they are thankful for. Videos will be compiled and sent to staff and posted on the District’s social media pages. Please send the video, your child’s name, and school to pictures@hemetusd.org. Videos are due by Wednesday, November 18th at 5:00 p.m.
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Welcoming our Small Cohort 🥰🥳

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Faculty Focus- Jeff Koenig

Jeff Koenig, a math teacher at Dartmouth Middle School, was selected as the Faculty Focus Friday employee for middle schools. Jeff is always there to help students and staff at Dartmouth. Most recently, he set aside large blocks of time over multiple weeks to make sure students had the chance to complete their MAP testing. The Dartmouth administration team couldn’t have completed the MAP testing without his help! Thank you Jeff for all the time you spent supporting not only the math team, but the entire Dartmouth middle school team of staff, students, and administration. We appreciate you!
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This Week in History- Trailblazers

60 years ago, 6-year-old Ruby Bridges walked to school and showed how even first graders can be trailblazers. We thank you for your courage!

Former President Barack Obama told her "I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here today" when she visited the Oval Office in 2011.

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Star Student Work- Check it out 🎓

The 6th Grade Science Classes did an awesome project to demostrate what they have learned about cells called the Cell City Project! Here are some awesome examples. Great job!!!

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Socks For The Homeless Donation Drive

Monday, Nov. 16th, 7am to Monday, Dec. 7th, 3:30pm

41535 Mayberry Avenue

Hemet, CA

Please bring new socks of any size to be donated to a local shelter. Socks are the most-often requested item of clothing from shelters across the U.S. In keeping with our theme for this year, help us leave a legacy of caring, and share the gift of warm socks for the winter. All families who donate a new package of socks will receive a "Hot Cocoa Party to Go" Kit at the conclusion of the drive.

Virtual Dartmouth Family Game Night

Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Email dmsknights@hemetusd.org to sign up for this fun, free event.

Thanksgiving Holiday- No School 🦃

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 6am to Friday, Nov. 27th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

End of First Semester

Thursday, Dec. 17th, 3:30pm

This is an online event.

Looking for more Resources?

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School Information

Our school office is open between the hours of 7:30am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Due to social distancing policies, scheduling appointments is suggested. Please call (951)-765-2550.
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