"What's Up" Wednesday

Dartmouth Middle School ~ February 10, 2021

Failing Forward

Hi Knights,

When I was in third grade my teacher introduced long division. Very quickly into the lesson I recognized that I didn't like long division, didn't think I was good at it, and made an immediate plan to ignore the lesson that day. Imagine my surprise when I realized that the long division was not going to just disappear! I had to work twice as hard to "re-learn" the process and catch up to my classmates. But guess what? In addition to learning how to do long division, I also learned that I have to trust that my teacher is giving me information that I need to know. I have to focus as best as I can the FIRST time so that I don't have to play catch up for the next couple of years! This is called Failing Forward.

Failing Forward is the concept that acknowledges that 1) you ARE going to make mistakes (we're human! It happens!) and 2) that you can learn from your failures, which in turn, doesn't make those failures seem so bad!

What have you failed at lately? How can you learn and grow from that experience? We all fail from time to time- it doesn't matter whether you're in middle school or an adult. Think about babies learning to walk! They fail over and over again as they learn to stand and then to take a step, but with each failure, they learn a new strategy and eventually, they learn to walk. If a baby can do it, so can YOU (and so can I)!

Kristen Anderson


Dartmouth Middle School

Hemet Unified School District

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January's Character Trait Awards- KINDNESS

January Kindness CKA Avengers



  • Your poem MUST be centered around the idea that hard things are possible. And That YOU can accomplish difficult things and to keep trying.


  • Poem must follow the theme of “ I CAN.”

  • Use school appropriate language and themes.

  • Your poem does not have to rhyme or follow the format of the example.

  • Minimum of 10 lines

  • Please double check for spelling and grammar. (use spell check)

  • The DUE date is Friday, February 12th.

  • Please submit your entry to dmsknights@hemetusd.org

CONTEST RULES * Prizes will be announced at a later date.

  • ALL students who enter the contest will earn EXTRA CREDIT POINTS in ELA

  • There will be three WINNERS: winners will be selected blindly (meaning judges will not know who wrote the poem during the selection process.)

    • 1st place

    • 2nd place

    • 3rd place

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Remember, take time for yourself!

Hey there knights, here is your reminder to take some time for yourself. Take a moment to follow along with the mindfulness activity. Practicing mindfulness allows us to take a break from what may be going on around us. It helps us to focus on the present moment. It helps to reduce stress and anxiety. Taking time to practice mindfulness on a daily basis is a helpful coping mechanism for some of the daily stressors that we deal with. We all feel stress and learning ways to cope is extremely beneficial for our mental health.

Have a great week Knights!

Headspace | Mini Meditation | Let Go of Stress
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Elective Sign Ups Are Happening Now!

ASB Student Leadership Applications- Click Here

The Deadline for applications is 2/28

ASB Student Leadership Applications

Dartmouth is looking for a few Great Leaders.. Could that be YOU???

Are you interested in building school spirit?

Do you like to plan fun and exciting activities?

Are you interested in making decisions that affect your peers?

Would you like to make an impact on our campus next year?

Then ASB Leadership is possibly for you!! Visit the attached link for more information and application.

The Deadline for applications is 2/28

- Click Here
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Check out our Amazing TV/ Media Class

These students are outstanding in what they do! Thank you team and thank you Mr. Snyder for your guidance and support!!
TV Media Behind the Scenes Special Edition
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Celebrate Valentines Day- Wear Red and Pink

Friday, Feb. 12th, 7am

This is an online event.

President’s Days: February 15-19, 2021

Monday, Feb. 15th, 6am to Friday, Feb. 19th, 11pm

This is an online event.

National Love your Pet Day 🐶🐱🐹🐰🐢

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 7am

This is an online event.

2021 Virtual CTE Fair

Thursday, Feb. 25th, 5pm

This is an online event.

This year HUSD will be hosting its Career Technical Education (CTE) Fair virtually on February 25th from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The fair allows families to familiarize themselves with the CTE pathways and classes available in middle and high school. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the event.

End of 4th Triad

Friday, Feb. 26th, 9pm

This is an online event.

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School Information

Our school office is open between the hours of 7:30am-3:00pm, Monday through Friday. Due to social distancing policies, scheduling appointments is suggested. Please call (951)-765-2550.