FOX FEATURES WEEKLY UPDATE

JANUARY 4, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS

MONDAY 01/07/2019
  • C-TEAM BASKETBALL vs. IRMO @DFMS

TUESDAY 01/08/2019

WEDNESDAY 01/09/2019

THURSDAY 01/10/2019

  • C-TEAM BASKETBALL vs. PLEASANT HILL @ PLEASANT HILL
  • EXAMS (1ST AND 3RD PERIODS)

FRIDAY 01/11/2019

  • EXAMS (4TH AND 6TH PERIODS)

SEMESTER EXAM DATES

Semester-Long Courses

  • Thursday, January 10 - (1st and 3rd periods)
  • Friday, January 11 - (4th and 6th periods)
  • Monday, January 14 - (2nd and 5th periods)
  • Tuesday, January 15 - Exam makeups
  • Wednesday, January 16 -Exam makeups

VOTE FOR DFMS TODAY!!!

The Innovation Generation Contest invites educators and community adults to vote daily for a school of their choice for a chance to win a $25,000 MakerSpace! We have until March 3rd so vote DAILY by bookmarking this link.


Vote using this link:

http://www.innovation-gen.com/competition/contest/referral?refid=27d245f4-68bc-4001-b7a4-48109ac4d450

C-Team Basketball

Monday is a HUGE home game. Irmo is coming to Fox Den and we need you here. Irmo always brings a huge crowd and there is no way they can have more fans in our house than us. So we are challenging you to PACK THE DEN. We are also asking that all fans wear something white to the game. It’s going to be a WHITEOUT. The girl's tip at 5:30 and the boys follow.

YEARBOOKS ARE ON SALE!!!

Purchase your 2018-2019 yearbook (hardcover, all color) today! The price is $45 dollars and can be purchased by clicking this link.

DISTRICT MUSICAL

Auditions for the district musical, Willy Wonka, will be held January 22-25, 2019. All 8th-12th graders are encouraged to audition. For more information about audition dates, times, and requirements please join the google classroom with code ypr6wb"

FIRST SEMESTER MALE CHORUS STUDENTS

If you have a male student that was enrolled in Chorus Class first semester, they will need to turn in their uniforms before the last day of class this semester. Uniform components (tuxedo tie, cummerbund, and white tuxedo shirt) must ALL be professionally dry cleaned and returned directly to Ms. Edenfield in the Chorus Room (503). The items should remain in their dry cleaning bag and each item must have a dry cleaning tag attached to show that each item was professionally cleaned. Please write the student's name (first and last), as well as which Chorus Group they were in first semester on an index card and attach to the bag with a pin. If any part of the uniform does not have a tag, it cannot be accepted. Please use this weekend to get your student's items to the cleaners if you have not already done so. First Semester Report Cards will not be issued until your student has returned all of the items as asked. Please call Ms. Edenfield with any questions. Thank you!

IMPORTANT 8TH GRADE INFORMATION

Parents/Guardians: Please be on the lookout in your mailbox during Winter Break for an invitation to attend your 8th-grade student’s Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) session in January. We highly encourage you to attend this session as it is an opportunity to learn information regarding the IGP and how it relates to their high school experience and the world of work. We will also discuss important upcoming dates and the high school registration process.


Team 81: January 7 - 10

Team 82: January 11; 14-16

Team 83: January 17-18; 22-23


If you have a question regarding your meeting date and time or if you need to reschedule your appointed time, please feel free to call our School Counseling office at (803) 476-4805.


A few other important dates to keep in mind for 8th-grade students:


District Magnet Fair
  • January 10, 2019 - 5:00 pm - 6: 30 pm - The Center for Advanced Technical Studies
High School Open Houses
  • January 15-31, 2019
  • See specific dates by school listed below
Student Magnet Choice Application Window
  • January 22 - February 4, 2019
Notification Emails to Students/Families
  • February 11, 2019
Student Acceptance Window
  • February 11-18, 2019


Open Houses:


Chapin High School

1/15/2019

6:30 p.m.

Spring Hill High School

1/17/2019

6:30 p.m.

Irmo High School

1/24/2019

6:30 p.m.

Dutch Fork High School (STEM)

1/31/2019

6:00 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Chromebook Policies


Recently, we have seen an increased number of students requiring Chromebook repairs. Below are a few important reminders and procedural adjustments:


  1. Chromebooks must be kept in the district issued case at all times.

    • As stated in the district Mobile Device Guide, which was signed at the beginning of the year, any Chromebook not in a case will be collected immediately.

    • Any damage incurred while a Chromebook is not in the case cannot be covered by the district, and will, therefore, be the financial responsibility of the family.

    • Beginning January 4, anytime a Chromebook is seen not in the case, it will be taken from the student and placed in a secure location in the media center.

    • The Chromebook will be returned to the student as soon as they provide the district issued case. Students can claim their device in the media center.

    • Students will not be permitted to use a loaner during this time period. Teachers will be prepared to accommodate instruction during the transition time.

  2. Loaner Chromebooks policies are as follows:

    • A student who has failed to charge their device or forgotten it at home may borrow a loaner from the media center one day (on a period by period basis) with only a warning.

    • Any additional days that a student borrows a loaner, the student will receive lunch detention to be served the next school day.

    • Students will not be permitted to charge devices in classrooms or borrow teacher Chromebooks (as stated in district policy).

It is certainly our hope that all students will abide by the policies set forth by the District Issued Mobile Device Guide and the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement, and therefore avoid any consequences. Thank you for your support in keeping these valuable tools secured and prepared for learning each day.


If you have any questions, please contact our Digital Integration Specialist, Kelly Thacker at kthacker@lexrich5.org.

PTSA CORNER

Hello Silver Fox families!


REFLECTIONS ART CONTEST:

*REMINDER* final projects are due on Friday, January 4th. Please turn in at the front office along with the entry form anytime by January 4th. If you happen to miss this deadline and you'd like to participate, please email us.

Also, for digital work send in your work to our email address: dfmiddleptsa@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include the entry form. Your entry form should also be delivered to the main office. English teachers have packets available.

SPIRIT WEAR:

You can order spirit wear on our website all year at www.dutchforkspiritwear.com

SPIRIT NIGHT:

BJ's Restaurant on Harbison Blvd. will be hosting our next spirit night on Monday, January 14th, 4p-8p. They are generously donating 20% of all food and drink sales. Please see the attached flyer.

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT:

Do you want to Spotlight a teacher? Please email us and tell us why you think they are going above and beyond as a teacher at our school. Every teacher nominated will have their morning duty or lunch duty for special area teachers taken care of for a day. The teachers truly appreciate knowing what they do matters and the break that comes with it. To nominate a teacher send an email to DFMIDDLEPTSA@gmail.com. Please add the teachers name, grade and why you are nominating them.

BOX TOPS:

Box Tops are accepted year-round in the front office at DFMS. Keep collecting Box Tops our next contest will be in February. Don’t forget to download the Bonus Box Top App. Make sure you sign up to support our school DFMS ID# 584789.

VOLUNTEERS:

Do you like planning events? We need help planning the Reflections award ceremony. Please contact Jennifer Sandsted at dfmiddleptsa@gmail.com

NOTE:

If you have any ideas or suggestions please send us an e-mail. Share your thoughts. We'd love to hear from you!

DFHS STEMposium COMING SOON!!!

Come join us at the District 5 STEMposium

Saturday, January 5th, 2019

9:00AM - 12:30PM

Dutch Fork High School

for fun STEM events!


Events include:

  • parent info session (9 am)
  • math competitions

  • team quiz bowl

  • racing mini-robots

  • chemistry experiments

  • arts and crafts

  • break the box

  • and many more!

  • There will be prizes!


This event aims to inform students from 3rd-8th grade on the many aspects of STEM.

Students can be dropped off at the front of DFHS. Parents are welcome to stay.

The event is FREE! There may be small refreshments but no big meals.


Please send any questions to David Kennedy, DFHS math teacher, at dkennedy@lexrich5.org


Sign up for the event overall as well as specific events by January 1st at:

https://goo.gl/forms/d36KKDPsQBr9Ywol2


This event will be run by DFHS STEM students! We look forward to seeing you there!

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