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  • Tip of the Day

    Posted by Rebecca Farwell on 9/2/2019 9:00:00 PM

    Middle School/High School Tip of the Day!

    E-cigarette use (vaping) is on the rise among teens. Be sure yours knows the facts. E-cigs are just a different way to get nicotine into the bloodstream—and are just as addictive as regular cigarettes. The nicotine is also harmful to her developing brain.


    El uso del cigarrillo electrónico está aumentando entre los adolescentes. Asegúrese de conocerlos. Son una manera diferente de incorporar nicotina a la sangre, y son igual de adictivos que los cigarrillos comunes. La nicotina también es perjudicial para su cerebro en desarrollo.



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Team SCOPE - A Guide to a Safe, Civil, Orderly, and Productive Environment at DMS

  • Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Welcome to the 2019 - 2020 school year. We look forward to another exciting and productive school year. As in the past, our faculty and staff will continue to create a positive culture of learning where all students can experience academic, social and emotional success. We encourage all children to take PRIDE and embrace our commitment to being respectful and responsible as we follow The DMS Way. We value your input and look forward to a quality home-school collaborative relationship. In order to increase the home-school collaboration, all teachers will be using Class DoJo to communicate. Information will be sent home during the first week of school for how to register. In addition to the use of Class DoJo, parents will now have access through the parent portal to view their child’s grades. Information on how to create an account is included in this mailing. Staff will be available on September 13th, during our Meet, Eat and Greet event to answer any questions that you have regarding Class Dojo and the parent portal. In addition, we will have a few nights this year where parents can come in and set up their accounts and learn how to use parent portal; more information will be forth coming. Through our commitment to our students, we know and believe that this will be a special year of growth, development and achievement for your child.


    Please stop by our Meet, Eat and Greet event on September 13th to welcome new staff members to the DMS family.


    Sarah Davis – 8th Grade ENL Teacher

    Michael Ortman - Health/PE Teacher

    Lindsey Lauber - Reading Teacher

    Jena Calph – School Counselor – Students whose last names start with A – L.


    As you can see from above Mrs. Calph has students’ last names start with A – L, which means that Mrs. Furlan has students whose last names start with M – Z. This is new to the counseling office this year, but it is a process that we would like to continue.


    Sixth grade parents and students are invited to attend Locker Day at DMS on August 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity for all students to become familiar with the school layout, their lockers and their daily schedules that they will follow as they transition from class to class on a daily basis. Also, I will be available, along with Mr. Peters, Mrs. Furlan and Mrs. Calph to address any questions and provide some insight regarding the students' learning environment prior to the first day of classes so that the transition is smooth. There is no specific time that you have to be at DMS on the 27th, as you may drop in anytime from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.


    The first official day of school is on September 5, 2018. At 7:30 a.m., the school doors open for breakfast. Students may wait in the cafeteria, the auditorium, or in the yard in front of the school until the bell rings at 8:00 a.m. Please understand that students should not be dropped off before the doors open. In order to maximize our instructional program, homeroom begins at 8:05 a.m. All students must be in homeroom at this time or they are marked tardy. Dismissal is at 2:45 p.m.


    In closing, I would like to encourage you to make a special effort to join our faculty and staff at school activities to establish strong foundations and to improve the channels of communication between Dunkirk Middle School and your home. Please make every opportunity to attend our Meet, Eat and Greet event, parent conferences and other events throughout the school year. These events will provide a great opportunity to meet your child's teachers, school counselor, community partners and continue to build the vital home-school partnership/collaboration that drives student success.


    Please call me at (716) 366 - 9300, Ext. *3380 or email me at, if I can be of assistance as we begin the school year. Please email any suggestions and comments about what we are doing at DMS, as we are always striving for ways to be the best that we can be.

    For the Children,

    Rebecca Farwell


    Dunkirk Middle School

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