Decatur Middle School

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Nehring News

Decatur Middle School Family,

Happy Friday!


We have had a great first week of November here at DMS. I continue to be DecaturProud of our staff, students and parents as we navigate this pandemic while still educating our kiddos! Teachers continue to work hard to provide high quality in person and virtual lessons! Students continue to work hard and take their education seriously as they grow and learn. Additionally our parents continue to support their kiddos on so many levels. Keep it up DMS!


With COVID 19 positive cases on the rise, this is a great time to remind everyone about the safety precautions we have in place and how we all have an important role to help keep everyone safe. Thank you to our students, staff and parents for wearing your masks while here at school. Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the building, and we encourage students and staff to use these whenever possible. We continue to sanitize surfaces and social distance as we fight the spread of COVID 19. Parents are encouraged to screen students at home for any symptoms of COVID 19 and keep students at home if needed. Check out the graphic on our newsletter below for common symptoms. Thank you again to everyone for doing your part to help keep everyone safe!

Prior to Fall Break, the Marion County Board of Health allowed school districts to consider full in person instruction for middle schools. We are in a holding pattern regarding this transition. We are awaiting further clarification and guidance this week and will then determine next steps. As of right now, our secondary level, grades 7-12, will remain on a hybrid schedule. Our elementary level will remain status quo as well. Until we receive new and different guidance from the Board of Health, we will stay with our current format.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Together we are DecaturProud!

Michael E Nehring

Principal, DMS

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DECATUR MIDDLE SCHOOL IMPORTANT DATES


  • November 5 - Student of the Month recognition for Blue/Remote Learning Students
  • November 6 - Student of the Month recognition for Gold/Remote Learning Students
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 18 - Mid Term
  • November 23 - Picture Retake Day - Blue Students
  • November 23 - Picture Retake Day - Remote Learning Students noon - 2pm
  • November 24 - Picture Retake Day - Gold Students
  • November 25 - 27 - Thanksgiving Break No School
Parent Square Access

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Family Canvas Access

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Family Skyward Access

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DMS Athletics

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dtef fundraiser

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October students of the month

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science experiment today

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New band instruments are in

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Red Ribbon Week - Celebrating the choice to be Drug, Tobacco and Vape Free

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September students of the month

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Hawk Pride

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Science Project

college go week

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dms Remote Learning Teachers

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7th grade science lab

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surfing to the top

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literacy Professional development

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Hawk Nation

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pe with ray

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Math with cobb

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DMS Top 10 ClearSight Math and ELA Achievers by SLC

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elite program - academic support for DMS athletes

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mrs kinkley's ELA Classroom

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mrs Mcdonald's choir class

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mr Howard's global studies class

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ms addison's ELA class

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august 2020 student of the month

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teacher breakfast celebration

cross country, volleyball and tennis

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What's going on in the classroom?

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Girls Who Code Club

Girls Who Code is a national non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Our club is a free after school program for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their communities. This is also a chance for them to join sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. During the club girls are capable of learning fun and simple online coding tutorials, build community through activities, and learn about inspiring role models. Virtual meetings are held every Thursday at 3:30-4:30 for 9 weeks.
How to sign up:

https://hq.girlswhocode.com/login

Club Code when asked during registration: IN27410

Contact Ms. Wagner for more information:
lwagner@decaturproud.org

Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Social Distancing

Marion County mandated masks for grades 3-12, when not social distancing.When students are on the bus and in school, they must wear their masks if they can not social distance beyond 6 feet. There will be times when students may be able to take off their masks. Teachers will advise students at the appropriate times.
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Principal, Mr. Nehring welcomes you back

Mr. Nehring

A word from our assistant principals

Mr. Love (imagine)

Mr. Love

Mr. Criswell (apex)

Mr. Criswell

Mrs. Arguello (Explorations)

Mrs. Arguello

Mr. Morse (Global)

Morse Introduction

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

MASKS ON AND READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

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From the Nurses

Please remember to make sure you child is up to date on their immunizations. Letters will be sent out next week to students who are not up to date.


If you need to bring in medication, please contact the nurse's office (ext. 05025) to set up an appointment.

here is how you can screen at home

K9 OFFICER TALON

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THE DISTRICT PRINCIPALS

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yearbooks

You can still get your 2019/20 Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are on sale for $25.

Any questions email or call Ms. Murray: tmurray@decaturproud.org

Decatur Middle School PTO

Want to be a part of DMS PTO? We could use your help! Come visit one of our meetings and check out all the happenings with DMS PTO by clicking here.


Due to Covid 19, meetings are currently suspended.


Tweets by ‎@pto_dcms

virtual care

DMS is pleased to offer Virtual Care through Community Health Network to our students. How does it work? This offering is available for all secondary level students who have signed a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year. The visit is free of charge. Students can virtually visit a nurse practitioner while at school. The health services staff will assess the student and determine if a visit can be offered as there are some restrictions due to Covid-19. If you would like to have this offering available to your student, please fill out a waiver form for the 2020-2021 school year.

Indianapolis Public Library

Decatur Township has entered into a partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library. Through this partnership, every year we provide the library with a list of our students, and they match the list with their database of patrons. If a student does not currently have a library card, they will be issued one. This program has been very successful in our schools and in other districts in Indianapolis.


The special card students receive will give them access to all of the library’s digital materials, such as databases of magazine and journal articles, downloadable ebooks, emagazines and audio books. In addition, it will give them very limited access to physical items, such as regular books. Of course, you can change this to a full access card by visiting your library. This is an outstanding opportunity for your student. If for any reason you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact our school office for paperwork to opt out.


Any questions or concerns about the program can be directed to Lynn Hodgkin, Elementary Media Coordinator, at 317-856-2221.

Second Steps

Second Step is a new program we started last year at Decatur Middle School to support students in learning important social-emotional skills. During our Homeroom, DMS teachers are presenting engaging lessons on topics such as managing emotions, showing empathy, solving conflicts, friendship, and much more. We are so excited to equip our students with these valuable life lessons!
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