Weekly Parent & Community Newsletter (8/21/22)

DMS Vision

At DMS every student's best interests comes first, every single day!

DMS Mission

At Decker Middle School we will build a community of lifelong learners who have a sense of pride and integrity, in a safe, welcoming, creative, and inclusive environment in order to be college and career-ready in today’s society.

DMS Motto

On Time, On Task, and On a Mission!


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Thank You!

We would like to thank our DMS families and scholars for a successful first week of school! We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work out the kinks with transportation, schedules, etc. Most of our scholars are doing a great job of coming to school in their grade level uniform, keeping phones out of sight, ready to learn . Please encourage your scholar to continue to come to school with their clear backpack containing the materials needed for class each day.

Decker Middle School Admin Team

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Left to Right: A. Renee Lee, AP 6th grade/8th grade M-Z; Joshua Duty, Principal; Antwainette Hargis-Booe, API 7th grade/8th grade A-L

Parents MUST Sign and Return Technology Device Use Agreement Prior To Scholars Receiving Their Technology

At Decker Middle School, scholars will use technology for blended learning daily. The "Technology Device Use Agreement Document" has already been distributed to our scholars.

Schedule Changes

Many scholars have made schedule change requests. The requests may or may not be granted depending on class size and if the change request fits in your scholar's schedule. This is the last week that schedule change requests will be accepted. Please be patient with us as we continue to balance classes and honor schedule change requests. We do not change core schedules by request (i.e. math, science, social studies, ELA).

Family Handbook

Please review the DMS Family Handbook with your scholar, and digitally sign.
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Bus Information

If your child will ride the bus, you can find information on the location for pick up and time the bus will arrive for pick up in the morning and drop off in the afternoon by going to the infofinder page linked here and typing in your address.

Standard Mode of Dress

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  • Shirts must be short or long-sleeved polo-style collared shirts.
  • 6th Graders will wear Gray and White
  • 7th Graders will wear Maroon
  • 8th Graders will wear Black
  • Spirit shirts can be worn on Fridays
  • Pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, and skorts must be worn on the scholar's natural waist at all times
  • Sweatpants and Joggers are not allowed
  • Hoodies are allowed in the respective grade level colors. However, we will not allow hoods to be worn inside the building. Hoodies may not have images or language depicting violence, drugs, alcohol, any illegal item or activity, or any other prohibited substance
  • For safety reasons, athletic shoes featuring closed toes plus rubber soles with no cleats, elevation, or wheels, are suitable for Physical Education classes at all levels
  • Student IDs must be worn on a lanyard around the neck and visible at all times
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Tardies begin Monday, 8/22

Parents please speak with your child/children about the importance of reporting to each class period on time daily, as this impacts their achievement! Tardies and skipping will not be tolerated.

Students identified as skipping or having excessive tardies will be placed in In -School Suspension (ISS) to reflect and create an "On Time, On Task, and On a Mission" action plan. We love all of our scholars and want them to be successful.

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Parents--we need you!

We are looking for parents to become members of the DMS Parent Teacher Association (PTA). This is an opportunity to really help our scholars in ways we may not be able to internally. You have the perspective of the family member so we would really appreciate it if we had our parents join PTA and become active fixtures on our campus. Here is the link to join.

Manor ISD is Committed to Educating the Whole Child--Survey Data Needed

Please Complete the LifeWorks Community Needs Assessment. Thank you in advance for your time and effort!

LifeWorks Community Needs Assessment

LifeWorks is conducting a Community Needs Assessment in Austin/Travis County for the Department of Family and Protective Services Family and Youth Success Program (DFPS-FAYS). The goal of this assessment is to better understand current youth and family needs for mental health services and other supports in our community.

As part of this effort, we are collecting information from community groups and service providers, as well as (potential) service recipients. We would greatly appreciate it if you could complete this survey and circulate the relevant link(s) to your network and/or clients.

The following link is for service providers and other community stakeholders:


The following link is for parents/guardians of youth under age 18 and youth age 16–18:


The survey will close 8/24.

We appreciate your assistance! Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions.

Liz Schoenfeld, Ph.D. | Chief Research & Evaluation Officer

Pronouns: she/her/hers

LifeWorks, Empowering Self-Sufficiency

835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78702

p. (512) 735-2130 c. (210) 867-7171 f. (512) 735-2452

Breakfast and Lunch

Reminder that Manor ISD Food Service will be providing FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL scholars for the 22-23 school year.

Talk with Principal Duty

Let's Talk. We want to hear from you. Click below to ask questions, make suggestions, or share concerns.

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