Team SCOPE - A Guide to a Safe, Civil, Orderly, and Productive Environment at DMS
Greetings Dunkirk Middle School Families,
We have had a wonderful opening and both staff and students have settled in nicely. Thank you to all the parents who came to our first PTO meeting in September. It was great to see so many familiar faces and I loved meeting new ones. Our meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the DMS Media Center.
We continue to try to increase communication between home and school so that our families are informed about the happenings at DMS. My personal goal is to write families each month and post the letter on DoJo and on my webpage located at www.dunkirkcsd.org/domain/773. Another goal of mine is to use Twitter as a way to share the great instruction and programs that we have at DMS. Create a Twitter account and follow us by typing #DunkirkMiddle in the search bar or you can follow our Tweets at the bottom left corner on our webpage located at www.dunkirkcsd.org/Domain/253.
DMS continues to use DoJo as a way to post information and to have two way communication. Please contact your child’s teacher for more information about how to join their DoJo. This year we have increased our efforts to have students and parents have access to the student/parent portal. Earlier this month I sent a letter to each family that contained information on how to create an account. At this time we have had a huge response to our letters, with well over 100 new accounts created. The portal is full of lots of good information; such as, student grades, student attendance, and other student records. Teachers will update grades throughout the month so that you can check for the most current updates during the last week of the month. This is great information but only 18% of the school has an active account! Please log into the account after it is created to activate it, if you need support then please call the main office.
It is hard to believe that Quarter 1 is coming to an end on November 7th and parent conferences will be right around the corner on November 22nd and November 25th. Information will be coming out soon from the Counseling Office, but please use your portal account to check progress in the meantime. You may call the counseling office at 366 - 9300, ext. *3386, if you would like to speak to your child’s counselor or to set up a parent conference.
Students have been doing an excellent job with the “Common Expectations” that DMS has adopted. Students and staff will be signing a pledge on October 21st stating that they agree to follow the expectations of our school community. Over the course of the last three weeks students were able to earn Golden Tickets for following the expectations at DMS. Students who earn Golden Tickets have their names placed in a drawing for prizes. Our first drawing will be at the end of the day on October 16th! Each quarter we will also be celebrating teams with incentives around attendance, academics, and good behavior. Students will learn more about these incentives at our first family meeting on November 12th. To support student understanding of our expectations, some students and faculty members are creating a public service announcement that demonstrates what we believe at DMS. This PSA will be unveiled at our family meeting on the 12th.
Congratulations to Josiah Adorno, Dominic Abraham - McDonald, and Molly DiCara for winning our first drawing of the year. These students each won a McDonald’s Gift Card for bringing their “Common Expectations” letter back to school signed. Parents thank you for taking the time to go over the expectations with your child before the start of the school year.
I hope that you and your family enjoy the rest of the Fall season. Please reach out to me at 366 - 9300, ext. *3380 or at email@example.com, if you need any support with portal or have questions about DMS.
For the Children,
Rebecca A. Farwell
Principal, Dunkirk Middle Schoo