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Newletter for November 13th-17th 2017

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,
The students enjoyed seeing pictures and discussing their “Tell Me Something Good” homework. Thank you for helping the students complete their homework. This week the students start their new units. We will dive deeper into our units when we return to school on November 27th.
I hope you and your family enjoy the November 20th – 24th Thanksgiving break. I am grateful to be part of the Dickerson community. We have amazing students, teachers and caring and supportive staff. I am also thankful for the support you provide to our classroom. Your active participation and creative ideas allow us to soar high with success!
Friday is “camo” day. We will be dressing up and donating $1 to support “Relay for Life” program. We will also learn to make healthy pumpkin muffins!
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will begin reading Black Beauty. We will focus on citing textual evidence.
Science- The students will learn about “Planets and Phases of the Moon”.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals and during the week as we prepare to make pumpkin muffins!
Social Studies- We will learn to identify important features and locations in Canada. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!
Deborah Thorman

 

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Week of November 6th- 10th

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,

Thank you for all the fabulous Halloween costumes. Our class looked spectacular (as always)! Tomorrow is a Teacher Workday and students will have NO SCHOOL. DMS Challenge was rescheduled from last Wednesday to this Wednesday. Students will attend general education classes with their peers during this time. During ELA we will be focusing on drawing inferences on how characters are feeling. If you have any pictures of yourself, your child, other family members or friends that displays common emotions, we would appreciate a copy. Please include the name of the person and the emotion he/she is displaying (if needed!). Seeing different emotions expressed by love ones helps them connect “real world” emotions to the characters in the text. On Friday, we will be making an African dish.

Language Arts/Reading We will finish reading the adapted book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students will draw inferences to indicate when a character is “happy”.

Math Students will integrate their ELA unit with a math unit by creating a functions graph called “The Favorite Wonka Candy (y axis) of the Teachers in the Class (x axis)”. Sounds like a good excuse to eat left over Halloween candy! LOL!

Science- We will finish our unit on interdependence of life/biomes. Students will continue to learn more about the desert, rainforest, tundra, temperate forest, and marine biomes.

Social StudiesWe will focus on Africa during this week. We will read News2You articles & watch CNN Student News, too.

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Newsletter for October 30th –November 3rd 2017

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Tomorrow students can dress up for Halloween as a fund raiser for “Relay for Life”. Please send in $1 donation. Wednesday is DMS Challenge Day; we will be attending class with general education peers. On Friday, we will be making Ms. Lucybelle’s favorite recipe “Pineapple Casserole”. It should be interesting! We will also be decorating a pumpkin.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading the adapted story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will focus on developing a topic by answering the 5 “Wh” questions by spinning a wheel with a cause and effect button.
Science- The students will learn more about biomes. We will continue to make worksheets with pictures to identify desert, savanna, tundra, ocean and tropical rainforest.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals and during the week as we prepare to make Pineapple Casserole!
Social Studies- We will continue to learn more about Africa to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!
Deborah Thorman

 

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Newsletter for October 23rd – 27th 2017

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,
We are enjoying Red Ribbon week! On Thursday we will “team up against drugs”. Please have the students wear their favorite sports shirt on Thursday and wear “red” on Friday. There will be flavor ice treats for students at Fresh Air Friday. On Thursday 7th grade students will enjoy “Honor Roll” breakfast. On Friday we will be making a pizza recipe.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading the adapted story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will focus on developing a topic by answering the 5 “Wh” questions.
Science- The students will learn more about biomes. We will be making worksheets with pictures to identify desert, savanna, tundra, ocean and tropical rainforest.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals and on Friday when we make “Chicago” style pizza!
Social Studies- We will continue to learn more about Africa to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!
Deborah Thorman

 

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Red Ribbon Week

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Newsletter for October 16th-20th 2017

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,
As you know, this week is early release. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 each day. Report cards and progress reports will be sent home this week. The Book Fair will be open Monday – Friday. If you would like your child to purchase something from the Book Fair please send cash, as no checks will be accepted. This week Dickerson is hosting a book drive for teen patients at Scottish Rite Hospital. You may bring in a new, age appropriate book from home or purchase at our Book Fair. Thank you to the parents who have already participated.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue reading the adapted story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will focus on developing a topic by using errorless writing techniques.
Science- The students will learn more about biomes. We will learn how to identify desert, savanna, tundra, ocean and tropical rainforest.
Math- We will integrate our Math and ELA units. We are learning about ratios and making functional graphs using Wonka candy!
Social Studies- We will be exploring Africa this week. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!
Deborah Thorman

 

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Newsletter for October 9th-13th 2017

Dear Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students,

Thank you for your participation in this past weekend’s homework. The students are given opportunities to use AAC devices to discuss their fun events and communicate with one another. They are enjoying this special portion of our Monday morning meeting.
I have a few announcements: this Thursday, October 12th, is early release. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. It will also be our Color Battle event. Today is the last day your child can participate in Thursday’s Color Battle by donating money using the code on the fund-raising flyer. Next week, October 16th -20th, is Conference Week. All students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. Dickerson will be hosting a book drive for teen patients at Scottish Rite Hospital. You may bring in a new, age appropriate book from home or purchase one next week at our Book Fair. Our classroom will visit the Book Fair, so if you would like your child to purchase something please send in money. Next week, Progress Reports from the first nine weeks of school will be sent home. For those of you who would like a phone or in person conference, we can review this information together and answer any of your questions. October 26th is the 7th grade dance! Please let me know if you would like your child to attend. The cost is $5 and it will be after school. Dress code is normal school attire. This week we will begin ALL NEW UNITS! This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will start reading the adapted story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We will focus on identifying key characters to cite textual evidence.
Science- The students will be learn about Biomes. This week will be an overview of the different types, such as desert, tundra, etc.
Math- We continue to learn about math concepts by using real world activities such as: playing games and making Harry Potter’s “Butterbeer” on Wednesday and Chicken & Andouille Jambalaya on Friday.
Social Studies- We will begin our exploration of the Middle East! We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too. Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!

Deborah Thorman

 

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BOOK FAIR DURING CONFERENCE WEEK

This year, there is an opportunity for volunteers during our DMS Book Fair Preview Week. This is for the students and teachers to come through the Book Fair, make a wish list, and pick up a flyer. There will be no items for purchase during this time. The volunteer will just need to be in the area to help students and to keep the area tidy. If you are not needed for the entire shift, Ms. Inman will let you know. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4fadab28a20-preview
The Book Fair will be during Conference Week October 16-20, 2017. To volunteer for the Book Fair during Conference week click on link below. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4fadab28a20-dmsbook
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Remember to save those old shoes to donate during Red Ribbon Week October 23-27, 2017 for Sole4Souls.org

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SAVE THE DATE!

SAVE THE DATE!
The 6th and 7th Grade Fall Dance is coming up!  There will be tons of food, DJ, dancing and lots of fun! Click here for flyer.
6th grade: Tuesday, October 10th
7th grade:  Thursday, October 26th
Time:  4:15pm-5:45pm (no early pick up allowed please)
Location:  DMS Cafeteria
Parent Pick up location:  Back/bus parking lot
Cost: $5 to enter.
Bring money for:  pizza, candy and drinks to purchase once inside
Students should come to school that day dressed for a regular school day. This event is for DMS grade level students only.
Interested in volunteering? Contact [email protected]
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Newsletter for October 2nd -6th 2017

Welcome Back Wonderful Parents & Terrific Students,

From our “Tell Me Something Good” homework it looks like everyone had a wonderful fall break. We came back to a huge celebration. Dickerson received the prestigious “Blue Ribbon” award. Here is a copy of the e-blast:
It is my pleasure to inform you that Dickerson Middle School has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing Schools National Blue Ribbon School for 2017 by U. S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. Dickerson’s National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of our students, educators, families, and communities in creating a safe and welcoming school where students master challenging content. Dickerson Middle School has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School.
Dickerson’s 2017 Blue Ribbon Award is truly an honor and a shared celebration both in our district and our school community. However, I must say that at the heart of this celebration is truly the focus and commitment of our parents, students and teachers who lead by example by putting forth their very best every day! Please join me in congratulating our staff, students, parents and community on this distinguished award!
Sincerely, Dr. Carole Brink, Proud Principal of Dickerson Middle School

On Monday the students attended a “Color Battle” Pep Rally. This is a new fundraising opportunity for Dickerson this year. Flyers were sent home in the student’s back pack. Please consider donating $30 to the 2-week event to support our school. 10% of classroom proceeds will be given back to our class! Today, the students are in the DMS Challenge Anti-Bullying Prevention Classes, again this is another wonderful opportunity to allow our students to make friends and to participate in peer-to-peer learning opportunities. Friday will be “Fall Picture Retake Day” for anyone who purchased pictures and is not happy with them. Also on Friday we will conclude our Georgia Studies unit by making a Georgian recipe “Ratatouille Bake”. Fortunately, Ms. Brittney is quite the chef and the students love using their math skills to participate in “Fun Food Friday’s”! Reminder: Parent Teacher Conference Week is October 16-20th. The students will be dismissed at 1:30 pm. Please sign & return the flyer in your child’s back pack.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will conclude our reading of the adapted story A Small White Scar. This week we are focusing on drawing inferences & identifying characters emotions.
Science- The students will conclude their study on Simple Machines and spend time reviewing our knowledge of the wheel, inclined plane, & lever.
Math- We continue to use our math concepts and address IEP goals along with our new “Fun Food Friday” activity.
Social Studies- We will conclude the Georgia studies & review the different regions of our state. We will continue to read articles with expanded discussion on News2You & explore topics on CNN Student News, too.

Email me with any questions or “Good” updates!

Deborah Thorman

 

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