Denton Magnet School Of Technology

Welcome to the 2021 -2022 School Year

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A Message From the Principal

Dear Admiral Families;

As I am writing this letter I hope that you are all well and safe from the recent storm. I want you to know that I, along with all of the Denton Magnet teachers and staff, look forward to an exciting year with your children. We have many great events planned throughout this school year as we work together.

We have been recognized for our work as “Alabama’s Most Outstanding Middle School of 2021” and “2020 -2021 Project Lead the Way Distinguished School”. This year, we look forward to continued recognition for our academic work. Many of us have had to learn some new skills to continue to challenge your children with the most current learning. We are excited and a bit anxious to begin our new challenges.

As we have been preparing for this school year, we hope that you and your child have also been preparing. We have distributed our Chromebooks and hope that you continue to work with us as we work with your child. If you need assistance, please call the school office so that we can help you with your technical needs. We have many new programs starting this year on our campus. One of them is our We Build it Better program and it is a unique, hands-on experience that engages middle school students by turning any classroom into a fun workplace. We Build It Better provides students with opportunities to meet real STEM professionals and learn about their careers. Students will learn how to safely care, maintain, and use industry grade tools while working with their classmates on a team to learn how to think, design, and build like an inventor.

We have our athletic programs beginning competition in September and look forward to seeing you at our games. Be sure to check our website for the latest times and dates for football and volleyball starting in September. This year we are continuing to use the Go-Fan on-line ticket system. Call the school office if your need assistance. Later in the quarter, check our website for important dates for tryouts for our winter sports.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact the school at 221-2148. I hope that everyone has a great 1st Quarter.

All the best,

James Gill

Principal

Denton Magnet School of Technology Named "Alabama’s Most Outstanding Middle School of 2021"

Denton Magnet School of Technology named Alabama's Most Outstanding Middle School of the Year

2020 - 21 Project Lead The Way Distinguished School

Denton Magnet School of Technology is proud to be recognized as a 2020-21 PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Distinguished School. As a Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, Denton Magnet School of Technology is entrusted to help students unlock their potential and prepare them to thrive in life beyond the classroom. We’re committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement through our PLTW programs.
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Denton Welcomes African American History and We Build It Better to Our List of Courses

African American History (Only 8th Graders can take this course)

This is an elective course that examines the history and culture of Africa and the African-American experience in an interdisciplinary format, including an analysis of the unique historical, cultural, and social developments from the Middle Passage to the present day. The course will also address the literary and artistic contributions of African-Americans to American culture. Critical thinking, reading, writing, and oral presentation skills are emphasized.

We Build It Better

Dive into an all-inclusive education initiative for middle school students- the "We Build It Better" program is a unique, hands-on learning experience that engages middle school students by turning any classroom into a fun workplace. We Build It Better provides students with opportunities to meet real STEM professionals and learn about their careers. Students will learn how to safely care, maintain, and use industry grade tools while working with their classmates on a team to learn how to think, design, and build like an inventor. Students will learn about and work with tools and fasteners, electrical and fiber optics, circuits, sensors, and coding. Students will recognize the difference of inventions and innovations

Parent Schoology Accounts

If you had a Schoology parent account last year, then nothing has changed. You should still be receiving your weekly parent reports on Friday evenings. If you did not have a previous Schoology parent account, you can follow the directions on this document to set up your account. You must use the email address that we have on file to set up your parent account. Click on the picture below to get directions to set up your Parent Schoology Access.

Want to Join ACES?

ACES (Advancing Computing, Engineering, and Science) is now taking applications for the 2021-22 school year. ACES is Denton's tech competition team. Students accepted to the ACES program are grouped with other highly motivated and driven students, giving them opportunities to form friendships with one another and have constant intellectual challenges, driving all students to reach new heights. Students have opportunities to develop key skills for success, like collaboration, leadership, public speaking, planning, problem solving, and business/entrepreneurship. Click the picture below to be taken to the application.

Archery Tryouts

Archery tryouts will begin next Thursday, September 9th afterschool in the school cafeteria. Students are to report to the cafeteria after the car rider bell has rung. Tryouts will continue on September 14th and 16th. All students are welcome to try out, even 6th graders. You must attend at least 2 of the sessions in order to be eligible for the team. Some team members will not need to tryout, however you will need to attend on these dates for team practice. Please check Team Reach for an announcement on this in the next few days.

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First Quarter Novel Studies

As a part of an advanced / honors class, you are required to read at least one teacher-assigned novel a quarter. Registration fees included copies of these books. If you did not pay your registration fees, please send $25 to Mrs. Quinones in the Media Center so that you will continue to receive novels each quarter.

You will use your novel to annotate, answer guided reading questions, contribute to and lead class discussions, and complete various writing assignments. The novels for each grade level are as follows:

6th Grade - Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

7th Grade - Maximum Ride: Angel Experiment by James Patterson

8th Grade - The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Message to all 7th Graders from Mrs. Segler

The student choice outside reading T-shirt project is due Oct. 1st and instructions can be found on our class Schoology page.

7th and 8th Grade Space Camp

Space Camp applications have been sent home to the 7th and 8th graders. Payments and field trip forms have started coming in. There are 150 student slots for the trip, and 10 parent slots. The trip costs $450 for both parents and students. Special bed placements and social distancing protocols are being adhered to at space camp.There will be assigned seating on the bus trip to and from space camp. Masks will be worn. Space camp will be a lot of fun and will provide opportunities of a lifetime. Please do what you can to help your child attend. There are 2 full-scholarships and 3 half-scholarships available. Field trip information and permission slips are on the forms page of the Denton Magnet website. The last days to pay a deposit and secure your seat is on 9/3/21

Denton Skate Nights

This Friday is Admiral Night at Dreamland Skate Center. Students may skate from 5:00 - 7:00 for only $5. Concessions are also sold.

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Bake Sale

Denton's monthly bake sale will be September 17. Proceeds benefit National Junior Honor Society. All baked goods are prepackaged at this time.

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ALL Kids Health Insurance

ALL Kids is working to locate uninsured children throughout Alabama and provide information to parents and educators on the ALL Kids Program. ALL Kids is affordable, high quality, comprehensive health coverage for children under age 19. Their benefits administrator is Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. ANNUAL premiums are either $52 or $104 per child (not to exceed $312 per family). ALL Kids, Medicaid and the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace share a joint application, so if a child doesn’t qualify for ALL Kids, the application will automatically be sent to Medicaid or the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. Detailed information and an option to apply online are available on the ALL Kids website. Just click on the pictur below to be taken to their website.

School Pictures will be September 29. Be on the look out for more information coming home with students in the next few weeks.

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