End of the Year Info

Hello Students and Parents!

As we begin to wrap up the 2017-2018 school year, we wanted to provide you with some dates and information that will help ensure you and your child have a successful end of the school year. We have a number of end of the year activities and procedures we wanted to make you aware of, and provide you with any and all information needed. Please assist your child in keeping these dates organized by having them write them down in their agenda, or even on a family calendar.

• Field Day
– 6th grade: Mon., May 7 in the afternoon
– 7th grade: Wed., May 9 during the normal PE block
– 8th grade: Fri., May 11 all day
– Students who purchased field day shirts are encouraged to wear them on their field day.
– Students who did not purchase field day shirts are encouraged to wear a t-shirt that is the color of their team.
– Students may wear gym shorts to school on their corresponding field day.

• STEAM Showcase Night Thur., May 10 6:00pm-8:00pm

• Lunch on the Lawn Tue., May 15, a PTSA sponsored event!
– Students may bring a beach towel to sit on for Lunch on the Lawn.
(Field Day and Lunch on the Lawn are student events; therefore, unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to host parents/siblings/guests to these events. However, please contact the PTSA should you be able to volunteer for any of these awesome events. )

• Locker Clean-Out
– 6th grade 5/17, 7th grade 5/18 and 8th grade 5/21. Days are varied by grade level due to the volume of recyclable items and trash.

• Buses
– No bus passes will be issued beginning Monday, May 14 through the end of the year. Students must ride their own bus home.
– Students may bring a pen for yearbook signing on the last day of school, Wednesday, May 23.
– If students routinely pack a lunch, this is also allowed on the bus.

• Yearbooks
– Distributed on the last day of school.
– Please speak with your child regarding appropriate sentiments to be written in their peers’ yearbooks. Unfortunately, every year a few students make poor choices and not only ruin others’ yearbooks, but they also receive consequences for their actions.
– Please understand that yearbooks are not given out early. We are still teaching and learning until the final day!

• We do not give final exams or tests early.

• Students should not bring in food items to share.
– Parents, please do not drop off food items in the front office for classes. Clear communication prevents disappointments as classes will not be interrupted for these deliveries.

Finally, sometimes students get silly the last few weeks of school. Please remember that the dress code still applies. Cell phones should be off/out of sight unless a BYOD lesson. Students should strive to make great choices and above all, they should always be kind to one another.
If you have specific questions, do not hesitate to contact your grade level administrator, counselor or teacher(s) for specifics.
It has been a wonderful year! Thank you for sending us such terrific students to teach and thank you for all you do at home to support our team efforts to rear our children.

Sincerely,

The Dickerson Administration

Rising 6th Grade Dickerson Parents Invited to “Coffee with Carole”

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8:15 am

Would you like to learn more about Dickerson Middle School? Please join us on Tuesday, May 15th at 8:15 a.m. in the media center for “Coffee with Carole,” a wonderful opportunity to ask those burning questions and learn more about Dickerson Middle School from our principal.

If you already have questions, please submit them by Thursday, May 10 to [email protected]. Questions will also be taken from the floor.

Sometimes it can be difficult for parents, caregivers, and others who work with children and families to navigate and access the various services that are available in Georgia. To address this challenge, the Georgia Department of Community Health developed the Service Map for Childhood Health and Education in Georgia.

For more information, please check out the Service Map: https://dch.georgia.gov/sites/dch.georgia.gov/files/related_files/site_page/Service%20Map_web_homeprint_v12_comp.pdf

Important dates you’ll want to add to your calendar!

Milestones Testing
6th grade – April 10-13
7th grade – April 16-19
8th grade – April 10-17

Field Day
6th grade – May 7
7th grade – May 9
8th grade – May 11

Join Us for Our Next Parent Speaker

Getting Your Teen to Talk and Keep Them Talking!

Nancy Grabe, MSW
Tuesday, April 24th, 11:15 am -12:15 pm
Dickerson Theater

The world is a scary place these days. Our teens face issues we never had to. Anxiety, stress, depression, suicide just to mention a few. Teens can be sullen and difficult to get talking. They can seem unmotivated and unconcerned about the things we know as parent’s matter! How do we get them talking? How do we help when we know they are hurting or struggling and won’t tell us why? And how do we get them to take responsibility? Nancy Grabe, MSW will talk about the stages of parenting, getting teens talking and how to get them to be more responsible and ready for High School and life. There will be time for some questions and answers.

Nancy Grabe, MSW is a counselor and therapist, an educational advocate, and a versatile speaker. Nancy has been on every side of educational struggles. She had learning disabilities, has worked as a school social worker, was a Parent Mentor and raised two sons, one with an IEP. In her private practice, Nancy is all about healing the broken hearted and helping people overcome emotional pain to live abundant lives. Nancy specializes in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. She loves works with parents to help them move into the mentoring stage of parenting young adults.

Parents, please join us at the next DMS PTSA Parent Engagement event, when attorney Paul Ghanouni presents:

“The Worst Advice Well-Intentioned Parents Give Their Children about the Law”

Thursday, March 8th, at 8:15 am
Dickerson Middle School Theater

Protect your child’s future, and learn the biggest mistakes not to make.
*Social Media and other Online Dangers
*Under 21 drivers
*Underage drinking and illegal drugs
*Shoplifting

YOUTH CULTURE 101
Please join us for a conversation about social media and depression with Jeff Dess, Coordinator of the Prevention Intervention Center for CCSD

Tuesday, February 13th
11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Dickerson Theater

Do not miss this award-winning, engaging, entertaining and knowledgeable speaker with over 30 years of experience working with young people and adults in the Prevention and Intervention field.

Conference week at Dickerson will be October 16th – 20th. I encourage you to check out the following ideas to have a great conference!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Mrs. Hamer – [email protected]

Parent-teacher conferences in middle school are often brief. But they’re extremely important, too. To get the most from a meeting with your child’s teacher:

• Have a list of questions. Is there something in particular you need to discuss with your child’s teacher? Jot it down ahead of time so you won’t forget to bring it up.
• Be prompt. Arriving late may cause you to feel rushed during your conference.
• Stay focused. To make the most of your time, avoid topics unrelated to your child’s experience at school.
• Be open-minded. Really listen to what your child’s teacher has to say. Her/His insight matters.
• Ask the teacher how you can help at home. Remember: You are partners in your child’s education.
• Take notes. This will help you remember what you discussed and for potential follow-up communication.

 

Reprinted with permission from the October 2016 issue of Parents Still Make the Difference!® (Middle School Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2016 The Parent Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to another great year at Dickerson! Here we are at the start of week three, and I am seeing more and more students settling in to the rhythm of 6th grade! Changing classes, remembering locker combinations and learning the layout of a new school can take some time, and I am encouraged to see so many students feeling confident in the hallways each day. If you have any concerns, or your child seems unsure about the transition to middle school, please feel free to reach out to me.

I am excited about getting to know your students and work with them this year. I will be visiting all of the homerooms over the next few weeks to introduce myself and let students know how they can set up appointments with me. Additionally, I will lead 6th grade guidance lessons during the year and will offer small groups covering a variety of topics that may be helpful for your child.

We are looking forward to 6th grade Open House this evening and hope to see you there! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns, and I encourage you to please remind your children the same is true for them!

Thank you!

Mrs. Hamer
[email protected]
770-578-2710 ext. 231

Social and emotional trends are common among teens. Many movies, books, music and television shows capture those trends. Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix is one example. Based on a 2007 best-selling novel for young adults, Thirteen Reasons Why follows a high school student who completes suicide. Each episode addresses one of thirteen reasons why she chose to take her life. Though the show is meant for mature audiences, it does bring up important social and emotional issues that affect many of today’s young people.

Guided by Jeff Dess, Coordinator of our Cobb County Prevention/Intervention Program, we suggest that if your child is engaged in watching Thirteen Reasons Why be prepared to talk about it together. It is a real opportunity to have conversations about critical issues many young people face today. We encourage you to consider the links below to help you prepare. We understand what students watch at home is totally a parent’s responsibility, but we would be remiss not to share that the Dickerson staff does not recommend this for the young or sensitive middle school student.

A review by Common Sense Media of the Netflix Series: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/13-reasons-why

Parents who want a guide to important conversations with their teens who watch the series may benefit from the following suggestions:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/5-conversations-to-have-with-your-teens-after-13-reasons-why

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

Mrs. Hamer