Dennis MS January Newsletter

21st Century Scholars

Want free money for college?!

Students eligible for 21st Century Scholars need to enroll by the end of their 8th grade year . . . but you don't have to wait! More information is located at: and through the school counselor Mrs. Cosby.

FYI . . .

  • Our clinic is a busy place! Nurse Ogden works hard to take care of all of the medical needs of our students, whether chronic, urgent, or small injuries. To make the clinic operate more efficiently, unless students have an immediate medical need, they now fill out a Clinic Visit Request form that is available for all students through the Dennis Student Canvas page. This alerts our nurse that a student needs to be seen.

What is SEBW (Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness)?

As a part of our CAREs plan, our Advisory time every morning provides students with an opportunity to learn more about their brain, self-awareness, and work through the More than Words Curriculum as a part of our partnership with the United Way.

  • January's SEBW focus is Connections and Touchpoints
  • December's More Than Words Curriculum focus is Self Control


Winter sports are in full swing!

Please note that all 5th -8th grade practice and game schedules can be followed via by selecting "Richmond Intermediate Schools" then selecting the respective sport team that you wish to follow. News on all teams can be found at


Come and join the PTO!

PTO Meeting
  • January 12th 5:30-6:30 in the Dennis Library. Please park in the parking lot and come to Door #4

PTO Minutes from December's Meeting

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What are teachers and staff learning?

Did you ever wonder what teachers do on Tuesdays? We use this early release time for professional development and collaboration. Teachers also are provided with PD through various release days and conferences. All of our PD is to benefit student learning outcomes!

Currently Dennis Teachers are working with the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching through our School Improvement Grant. We are working on:

  • curriculum maps (ensuring every student has instruction on the most essential state standards)
  • Restorative SEBW practices


We have the following positions available at our building. If you want to work with a wonderful team and a great group of students, apply online at:

  • SEL Para
  • Title Para
  • Building Sub
  • English Teacher

What are Creative Arts?

Each student at Dennis takes a 12 week (two grading periods) rotation of creative arts classes and/or a combination of music groups. All students have the opportunity to participate in music classes by signing up and/or auditioning in the spring.

Mr. Murray teaches Project Lead the Way (PTLW). The PTLW 7th grade course, is Design and Modeling and the PLTW 8th grade course is Automation and Robotics.

Mr. Bolen and Mrs. DeVito teach the 7th and 8th graders in PE courses.

Miss Smith teaches Art for 7th and 8th grade students.

Mr. Guerrieri teaches a combined 7/8th grade Health course.

Mr. Handley teaches Business courses for 7th and 8th grade.

Mrs. West is the Orchestra conductor at Dennis, Hibberd, and RHS. At Dennis, he teaches both Orchestra and Beginning Orchestra. Students wishing to participate in orchestra or beginning orchestra sign up in the spring.

Mr. Bettner conducts the Bands and Percussion Groups. Beginning Band is offered for those students who are first time players or those who need a smaller group to hone their instrumental skills. The Band and Percussion classes offer a chance for student with more advanced skills or players with multiple years of band experience. Students wishing to participate in band sign up in the spring. Mr. Bettner also teaches the Exploring Music course.

Mr. Puterbaugh leads the choir at Dennis and assists with the Band. Students wishing to participate in choir audition in the spring.