DMS Delivers

Mrs. Amy Younger-Terceira & Mrs. Christina McGourty

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WELCOME BACK 2022-2023

Dear DMS parents, guardians, and students,

On behalf of the staff at Dighton Middle School, we are happy to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! Over this past summer, IT has been busy updating technology, our summer maintenance crew has been diligently working to prepare DMS for the return of students and staff, and teachers have been planning, reflecting, and preparing for the new school year.

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At DMS, we believe that families, staff, community members, and administration all play a fundamental role in providing the best education for all of our students. We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure all students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school. We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that they:

  • Attend school daily and arrive on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

  • Complete all homework assignments given by teachers

  • Read daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills

  • Share school experiences with you so that you are aware of their school life

  • Inform you if they need additional support in any area or subject

  • Make age appropriate choices online and that parents/guardians monitor their child’s internet activity social media accounts

Please see Superintendent Runey’s Back to School message about safety, security, communication, and COVID updates by clicking here.

SCHOOL FORMS

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Many new forms and paperwork will come home with your child during the first week of school. While the deadline is 09/23/22, please return signed forms to us ASAP. These releases and forms are important for us to have at the main office. If you have any questions regarding forms, please call Mrs. Alves or Mrs. Rapoza in the main office at ☎️ 508-669-4200.


In addition to other platforms, important information will be sent to families via email. Please make sure we have your correct email address in our system so we can ensure you receive all our updates and communications.

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Open House for DMS will be on the evening of Thursday, September 15th. Parents are invited to meet your child’s teacher and learn about grade level expectations, as well as some of the great opportunities your children will have this year. We will be offering a Parent Portal training session during this time to help parents navigate Aspen. This night is for parents only. More information will be forthcoming in regards to the schedule and details of the night.

Class Lists & Schedules

While you may soon be able to view your/your child's schedule in ASPEN X2, please know that schedules and homerooms are subject to change up until the first day of school for students, September 7, 2022. There can be new and ongoing various student needs: medical, educational plans, new student enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances for which we must accommodate. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

NAVIGATING THE FIRST FEW DAYS

We understand that transitioning students back to school can be exciting but also challenging—getting back into routines and bedtimes. Having a scheduled bed time and eating a healthy breakfast can help make the transition a smooth one. Below we have provided information to help you get a feel for how to navigate the first few days. On the first day of school, your child will receive their schedule, agenda, and join us in back to school assemblies.

Click the visual below for a 2022-2023 DMS staff list with email links:

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Our goal this year and moving forward is to ensure great communication between school and home. The best and most up to date information will be found on our school website, social media, and our DR School District app/website arriving September 1st!


**Keep in mind, It's always best practice to first reach out to your child's teacher regarding questions or concerns throughout the school year as they usually have the most insight. All staff email addresses are listed below.


As you will see in the Superintendent’s Message, (also included above) we are very excited about the enhanced communication that you will see this year. Not only will it help us celebrate our amazing school and show that We Are DR, but it will also increase the level of safety and security. For those on Facebook, you can follow us by clicking here. Having updated emails and cell phone numbers in Aspen are crucial in our communications with you. Please contact the office should you need to update this information.

AGENDAS will be provided free of charge to ALL DMS students!

All students will receive an agenda book this year funded by the PTO and DMS. All staff will implement the agenda books for homework, tests, quizzes and important dates by making it part of the class's daily routine. If an agenda is lost the replacement cost will be $5.00. Homework folders will also be available for $2.00 each.

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ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Drop-Off Arrival (8:00 AM)

  • School begins at 8:15 AM. Parents can drop their child starting at 8:00 a.m., and only if needed, you may drop off as early as 7:45 AM. There is no supervision before 7:45 AM.

  • If parents are interested in before or after school day care, please contact Champions Extended Learning Program offered at DES at 508-530-1928, or www.discoverchampions.com. Kaitlin Grant is our Site Director.

  • Parents may drop off their child by following our drop off line process. Drop offs take place at the front entrance. Staff members will be stationed to help guide cars and to make this process safe and easy.

  • After 8:15 AM, students must sign in at the office. These students will be considered tardy.


Pick-Up Dismissal (2:30PM)

  • Early dismissals will need to be done at the main office. Please make every effort to schedule doctor’s appointments outside of school hours. Early dismissals in addition to when students are tardy are documented.

  • End of Day Pick-ups will happen at the front entrance.

  • Please be courteous and patient with our staff and other families.

**Pick up will not begin until 2:30, so please do not arrive any earlier than 2:20 p.m. to enter the pick-up line.
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Safety at Arrival & Dismissal Times:

To ensure the safety of all students, please respect procedures during arrival, dismissals, and driving and parking on grounds. All procedures have been put in place to ensure safety in and around the building.


The driveway headed toward the main office is ONE WAY. Please do not park along the school in the fire lane at any time. We have some available visitor spaces as well as parking in the back lot.


As you know, dismissal time is a very busy time in the building and it is very important that parents and guardians adhere to our procedures. These procedures have been put in place for the safety of all students. We will try every attempt to dismiss our students as quickly and as efficiently as possible. Please respect our dismissal time and follow the dismissal procedures. These procedures are supported by town officials (Police and Fire).

BUSES/TRANSPORTATION

We rely on the bus vendor to create the bus routes. By next Wednesday afternoon, we expect to share them. Stay tuned for an email with more details. Thank you for your patience.
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SPONSORSHIP for D.R.

The Central Office team wants to celebrate the passion and dedication of our outstanding staff members. In order to fund a district-wide staff , the Superintendent is seeking sponsors for this program. Please click here to see how you can sponsor as an individual or a business.

Attendance

Please contact the main office leaving a message at ☎️ 508-669-4200 prior to 8:00 a.m. if your child will be absent or if they will be dismissed early from school. If dismissing early, you must come into the school and sign your child out of the building. Please send in a drs note whenever available.
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Medication Administration & Immunizations

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When a child requires short-term or long-term medication during the school day, parents are required to contact the school nurse and provide:

(a) Physician's order

(b) Parental consent

(c) Medication (30 day supply) in prescription bottle. This includes prescription and over the counter medication. Parental consent and physician order forms must be renewed every school year. ALL MEDICATION MUST BE BROUGHT IN BY A PARENT/GUARDIAN.



7th Grade Immunizations: A current physical and proof of immunization T-Dap booster, 2nd varicella, and meningitis vaccines are required for entrance to grade 7. Please email proof to our school nurse Mrs. Wilkins at dwilkins@drregional.org.

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SCHOOL MEALS-Free this school year!

*Menus: Menus are always available on the district website and will be available on DR's new app (coming soon). Each “hot lunch” includes: Meat/Meat Alternative, Fruit, Vegetable, Grain and Milk Choice. Besides the ‘hot lunch”, there are daily alternatives.


*P.O.S. System-While free, all lunches still need to go through a P.O.S. (point of sales system) for state reimbursement. Students should know their pin numbers, however we will provide this information to all students on the first day of school.


*Breakfast: Breakfast is available daily in the school’s cafeteria from 8:00 to 8:15 am.


*A La Carte Items and snacks will be charged. If your child wishes to purchase items aside from the free school lunch/breakfast, please add money to their school account.


*Balances: To view any balances or to add snack money to your child's account, visit: https://www.myschoolbucks.com/. You may set-up email notifications for your child's account here too.


*Snack Time: During W.I.N., ("What I Need") grades 5 and 6 students will be able to bring in a fruit or vegetable of their choosing from home. Unfortunately, no other snacks will be allowed due to the amount of allergies from both students and staff.



Universal free school meals has been extended in Massachusetts for the 2022-2023 school year. There will be no cost to families for students to receive breakfast and lunch at Dighton Middle School. Although meals will be available to all students at no cost, we continue to ask all families to complete eligibility paperwork. School funding and competitive grants at the state and national level are dependent on accurately capturing our student population, and the completion of this confidential paperwork is important for our school and district. **Lunch application paperwork will come home the first week of school .
DMS Family Calendar

All events will be added here moving forward. Be sure to always check this calendar to stay informed about all DMS events! 📅

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FIRE DRILLS

DMS will have at least 4 fire drills each school year in accordance with MA school requirements.


From the MA Department of Fire Services (DFS): It is required that every student, in all schools, be advised of the fire drill procedures, or take part in a fire drill within three days after entering school. However, given the considerations of weather and other factors that may hinder such a drill, some latitude is afforded to ensure students and staff are well advised of the procedure in that absence of a full exit drill.

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DMS will continue to work collectively to support our students' social-emotional needs. We will continue using the CASEL framework as a basis and focusing on five competencies (social awareness, self awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skills.) We plan to provide direct instruction in classrooms and provide positive feedback to those students demonstrating these skills. If you're interested in learning more about this, visit the website: SEL: What Are the Core Competence Areas and Where are they Promoted? (casel.org)

Orientation: This is for NEW students only (Private invitations were sent)

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CALLING ALL 5th GRADERS: Join us on Monday!!

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Soccer Schedule

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*Check in w/ your coach for times & specific details.

Tuesday 9/13: Dighton @ Norton

Thursday 9/15: Dighton @ Somerset
Tuesday 9/20: Berkley @ Dighton
Thursday 9/22: Dighton @ Middleboro
Tuesday 9/27: Dighton @ Rehoboth
Thursday 9/29: Dighton @ Bridgewater

Tuesday 10/4: Dighton @ Westport
Thursday 10/6: Dighton @ FL
Tuesday 10/11: Seekonk @ Dighton
Thursday 10/13: Norton @ Dighton
Tuesday 10/18: Dighton @ Berkley

Thursday 10/20: Swansea @ Dighton
Tuesday 10/25: Raynham @ Dighton
Thursday 10/27: FL @ Dighton
Tuesday 11/1: Rehoboth @ Dighton

School Supplies

These were sent home in our June End of Year Newsletter. School supply lists can also be found on our DMS website and our Facebook page.

(Click the DR image above to be directed to the DRRSD Facebook Page).

Dighton Middle School

The mission of the Dighton-Rehoboth middle schools, in collaboration with parents and the community, is to develop the whole child and to provide students with the knowledge, skills, global education, technology, and social responsibility to become contributing citizens and life-long learners in our ever-changing world.


Dighton Rehoboth Regional School District does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected group.