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Newsletter for February 12th -16th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

Monday is our adapted PE dance. It is one of my most favorite activities. If you catch the 6 pm news you may be able to get a glimpse, as it is usually covered by the press. Kennesaw Mountain students do an outstanding job of making sure we have an amazing time. It is an over the top experience. Our students are Kings and Queens for the day! On Tuesday, we will cover math concepts by making Heart Day treats for the bus drivers & all the special people who support our classroom. Wednesday, Valentine’s Day we will be exchanging valentine cards with our MOID peers. Please feel free to send any treats, drinks or cards for the students. There are a total of 13 students in our ID classrooms. Also on the same day, please consider donating $1 and wearing pink to support “Relay for Life”. All of the students will be having their pictures taken on Friday. We will finish our units this week and start new ones when we return from our Winter Break (February 19th-23rd).
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will complete our reading of the adapted version of “I Have a Dream”. Students will draw inferences on character emotions.
Science- The students will complete the unit on “The Human Body”. Our focus will be the digestive system.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and cooking activities. This week we will be making Valentine’s Day treats for the staff and bus drivers.
Social Studies- We will finish learning about the Civil Rights. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.
As always, please email me with any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a joyful week!

Deborah Thorman

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Fri (2/16) – Spring Picture Day

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Newsletter for February 5th -9th 2018

 

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

We have a busy month! This week we will be having a DMS Challenge lesson taught in the general education setting and practice for a severe weather drill. Please sign & send back the permission slip for next Monday’s CBI trip to Kennesaw Mountain High School. We will be going to the Adapted Dance and the students are encouraged to dress-up. If you check one of the news stations Monday night, it is likely you will see a glimpse of the fun we experience. It is a blast! Next Wednesday, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by trading cards with the MOID class and helping support Relay for Life by donating a $1 and wearing pink.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue to read the adapted version of “I Have a Dream”. Students will cite textual evidence & draw inferences on character emotions.
Science- The students will continue the unit on “The Human Body”.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and cooking activities. This week we will be making an Italian favorite, stuffed shells.
Social Studies- We will continue to celebrate “African American Month” by learning about the Civil Rights. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, and watch CNN Student News.

As always, please email me with any questions or concerns.

Deborah Thorman

 

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Newsletter for January 29th – February 2nd 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

It was wonderful to have a full teaching week. We were fortunate to have two lessons from general education teachers (reading and science). All of the students had at least one opportunity to participate in Mrs. Galvin’s MOID Peer Mentor Program. Also, the 8th graders & MOID class joined us in our classroom to celebrate a birthday by icing cupcakes. Fun & learning was had by all! This week we will start our units on the “Human Body” and “Civil Rights”. On Friday we will be making pancakes in the morning and having a Super Bowl Social with the MOID class.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue to read the adapted version of “I Have a Dream”. Students will cite textual evidence & draw inferences on character emotions.
Science- The students will begin a unit on “The Human Body”.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and cooking activities. This week we will be making pancakes and having a Super Bowl Social on Friday!
Social Studies- We will begin our unit on “Civil Rights”. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, watch CNN Student News.

Deborah Thorman

 

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Newsletter for January 22nd-26th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

I hope everyone enjoyed their unexpected snow days! We will complete several of our units this week. On Friday, we will help celebrate Ms. Fan’s birthday by inviting the MOID peers to our classroom to make cupcakes! Attached is the “Atlanta Zoo Experience at Dodgen Middle School” permission form for our March 9th field trip. Please place $30 cash or check (made out to Dickerson Middle School) in the attached white forms by January 31st. Please let me know if you have any questions about accessing student report cards using ParentVue. If you haven’t already, please sign the yellow sticker on last week’s page in the agenda that states information about ParentVue.

This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue to read the adapted version of “I Have a Dream”. Students will cite textual evidence, draw inferences on the emotions happy and sad, and participate in an errorless writing activity.

Science- The students will complete our study “Water in the Earth’s Processes”. Students will review the concepts: precipitation, evaporation, condensation and collection in the water cycle.

Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and Friday’s “Fun Food Day” cooking activity. We will make & learn to use a line graph & participate in several “Read-Alouds”.

Social Studies- We will complete our “Civil War & Reconstruction” unit. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, watch CNN Student News.

I’m glad to be back at school to see those fabulous smiling faces!

Deborah Thorman

 

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School closed January 17th & 18th

With a second day off, it’s a great time to wash jackets, backpacks, hats, gloves, shoes, etc. You can also wipe down lunch boxes, binders, etc. w/ cleaning wipes. Help us fight illnesses at schools such as colds & the flu! ❄️ 😷

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Newsletter for January 16th-19th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

I hope everyone enjoyed their three day weekend! On Friday, we will be making pancakes. Friday will be “Decade Day.” Feel free to dress your child in decade clothing and send in $1.00 for Relay for Life.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue to read the adapted version of “I Have a Dream”. Students will cite textual evidence & drawing  inferences on the emotions happy and sad.
Science- The students will complete our study “Water in the Earth’s Processes”. Students will review the concepts: precipitation, evaporation, condensation and collection in the water cycle.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, and Friday’s “Fun Food Day” cooking activity. We will make & learn to use a line graph.
Social Studies- We will complete our “Civil War & Reconstruction” unit. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, watch CNN Student News.

Deborah Thorman

 

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Update from the Principal

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dear Dickerson Parents,
Due to inclement weather, CCSD is cancelling ALL after school and evening activities except for ASP for today, Tuesday, January 16, 2018. However, although ASP will remain open, parents are strongly encouraged to pick up their children as soon as possible. In addition, the district and superintendents office will be monitoring the weather situation and they hope to make a decision regarding tomorrow by 10 pm this evening. Please stay tuned.
Sincerely,
Dr. Carole Brink
Principal, Dickerson Middle School

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Happy MLK Day

Current report cards are online via PVUE. See the progress report grades on PVUE Feb. 9.

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Newsletter January 9th-12th 2018

Hello Wonderful Parents and Terrific Students!

Welcome back after our Monday break. Next week, we will also have a short week due to the 1-15-2018 MLK holiday. We will be moving into full swing with the 2018 new units. Last week the students participated in unit introductions. Ms. Galvin’s MOID class has started a new Peer Mentorship class & we are looking forward to getting to know the new 8th grade students. Some of you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our newest para, Kelly Rivera. She comes to us with a plethora of experience. Our class & staff enjoy working with her. She has a nurturing personality & lots of positive/abundant energy! We are truly fortunate to have her as part of our team. On Wednesday, the students will participate in DMS Anti-Bullying Campaign along with their general education peers.
This week’s schedule:
ELA/Reading- We will continue to read the adapted version of “I Have A Dream”. Students will cite textual evidence.
Science- The students will study “Water in the Earth’s Processes”. Students will learn about precipitation, evaporation, condensation and collection in the water cycle.
Math- We will continue to use math in our morning meetings, IEP goals, Friday’s “Fun Food Day” cooking activity & activities using basic operations involving integers.
Social Studies- We will dive into our “Civil War & Reconstruction” unit. We will also read articles with expanded discussion on News2You, watch CNN Student News.
Deborah Thorman

 

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