Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Newsletter is Here!

DMS PTO Newsletter for 2/17/17
Grants Given to Teachers
Mr. Shaw, English/ Language Arts teacher for team 8A, has used PTO grant money to purchase Raspberry Pi computers and copies of the Nintendo 3ds game “Mario Maker" for team 8A's upcoming STEMM project.

Students will use these materials to design (and market) original video games for a specific target audience. The theme of the games will be to challenge the players' problem solving skills. The end product will be an actual video game (or preliminary designs of a game) and a mock-up of a “Kickstarter” campaign for it. Students will present their ideas and designs to the entire team, competition style, in order to create the best possible product. In addition to enhancing their technical skills, students will also focus on communications and writing. They will be required to submit a written proposal and rational for their design before beginning the project. They will also need to create various promotional materials for their game, including artwork and instructions, which will help them prepare for and understand the field of technical writing. The project will begin in May.

Social Studies teacher Mr. LaPatka of team 8A has purchased strategy board games that deal with specific topics and eras in U.S. history to play with students during homebase enrichment sessions and lunch periods.
DMS Student Social, Friday, March 24, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM at Dorseyville Middle School
Following up on the stellar success of the November student social (over 300 students attended), details have been revealed for the upcoming spring social. Your students will surely not want to miss this event!

The cost for the social will be $5.00. Tickets, which must be purchased at school before the event, will include all the fun that can be had (more on that below), 2 pieces of pizza, 2 drinks, and 2 ice creams. What a deal!

Activities will be facilitated by a DJ and photo booth, which were both successful last time, as well as a corn-hole toss and craft tables. There will also be ping pong and ga-ga ball.

We will need 20 parent volunteers to supplement the 18 teacher volunteers, so please consider helping out.

More specific information will follow.
PTO and Other School Events Coming Up:
Screenagers Screening on Feb. 23rd at Shady Side Academy.
The one hour film will be shown on Thursday, February 23rd at Shady Side Academy. It is free and will begin at 7:00 PM. Parents from the Dorseyville community are officially welcome to attend. Please click on the school name to follow links to more information about the screening.
Book Club Fast Approaching -- March 2nd!
The DMS PTO Parents' Book Club will be discussing the books Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds and Wingmen by Rosalind Wiseman. Please read (one or both) to prepare for an exciting and insightful discussion that will take place at 6:30 PM on March 2 at the Panera Bread at the Waterworks.
8th Grade Transition to High School Meeting, March 7, 6:30 PM
This meeting will take place at the high school and will allow parents to learn about what they and their students can expect in ninth grade.
Spring Fundraiser, March 13-24
All of the great events described above (and all of the other events that have taken place throughout the school year) would not be possible without your help. We hope we can count on you for your continued support. Information about the spring fundraiser will be coming soon!
Next PTO Meeting Will Be Wednesday, March 15, at 9:30 AM, at Dorseyville Middle School
DMS Parents Night, Tuesday, March 28th at 6:15 PM
All parents will be invited to get a sneak peek at some of the tools, learning games, and technology that our students use in the classrooms. There will also be information sessions on topics pertinent to raising adolescents. Mark it on your calendars!
Looking for your ideas . . .
Teacher appreciation week is the first week of May and we need your ideas! Please submit your thoughts about ways that we can show appreciation for our teachers by sending an email to