Family Newsletter Davis-Emerson Middle School February 24, 2010 Most seem to really be ready for spring, especially with our last few weeks of winter! Time is moving very quickly and we are now set to begin the fifth six weeks of the school year. There will be plenty of exciting activities as we enter into this portion of the school year - please review our calendar and announcements carefully. Events & Activities Standardized Testing Quickly March Approaches 1 PTO/TAFFY, 6:00 pm DEMS students will be involved in state-mandated 2 Baseball/Softball, Home, 4:30 pm testing beginning March 22nd. These tests assist in 4 Spring Picture Day many ways to gauge the performance of our students. Baseball/Softball, Home, 4pm They also have a great impact on courses students 5 DEMS Math Mania may select for the following years of school. Parents 9 Baseball/Softball, Home, 4pm may also use the results of these tests to determine 11 Baseball/Softball, Home, 4pm how their children will perform on the Alabama High 12 Progress Reports Go Home School Graduation Exams that are not so far away. It 15-19 SPRING BREAK - No School is very important that students are at school, on time, 22 Baseball, Home, 4:30 and do their very best on each of these exams. 23 ARMT READING Baseball v D’ville, Away, 4pm ** Please make sure any appointments (medical or Softball v Ewood, Away, 4:30 pm otherwise) are planned for late in the day, or ideally, 24 ARMT MATH another day. 25 Baseball v N’Side, Away, 4:30 pm Softball v Bwood, Home, 4:30 pm Test Dates: 29 Baseball v Holy Spirit, Away, 6pm ARMT READING March 23 6th-8th 30 SAT-10 READING ARMT MATH March 24 6th-8th Baseball v Echols, Away, 4pm SAT-10 READING March 30 6th-8th Softball v ACA, Away, 4pm SAT-10 MATH March 31 6th-8th 31 SAT-10 MATH ALA SCIENCE ASMNT April 6 7th WRITING ASMNT April 7 7th April 1 Softball v Ewood, Away, 4:30 pm Parents who have any questions about testing are 6 ALA SCIENCE ASSESSMENT, 7th Gr encouraged to contact one of their child’s teachers or 7 ALA DIRECT ASSESSMENT Mrs. Westberg, our school counselor and building OF WRITING, 7th Gr test coordinator. 8 Six Weeks Exams, 1st-3rd Softball v W’lawn, Away, 4:30 pm 9 Six Weeks Exams, 4th-6th 8th Grade Prom 12 Last Six Weeks of School Begins! 13 Junior Achievement Day Softball v CRMS, Away, 4:30 pm Spring Picture Day is 14 CLEAN SLATE, 6th Gr (In-Schl Movie) Thursday, March 4th 15 CLEAN SLATE, 7th Gr (In-Schl Movie) Softball v N’Side, Away, 4:30 pm PTO/TAFFY Sells Sweet-Heart-a-Grams 16 CLEAN SLATE, 8th Gr (In-Schl Movie) Students were able to purchase Sweet-Heart-a-Grams Report Cards during the week of Feb. 8th-12th to give to have delivered to a special someone. The sale was very successful as many students bought one for their Due to the Snow Day on parent, friend, or teacher. We want to thank everyone February 12th, the planned Weather Day who participated in support of this fund-raiser and on April 23rd will now be a also the several parents who helped with the project. regular day of school! PTO/TAFFY Meeting Monday, March 1st -- 6:00 pm Parents are encouraged to attend the next meeting of It’s That Time of Year: the PTO/TAFFY group to support our school and Stormy Season Approaches students. The meeting will include many important items that will be a benefit to all. Topics will include: While we hope we will avoid any weather incidences CPR this spring, it always pays to be prepared. Please Nutrition know that Davis-Emerson Middle School has severe P.A.L. (Parenting hotline) weather plans in place and drills for those procedures 8th Grade Prom information are practiced regularly. Internet Safety The meeting will be held at DEMS and will begin at Many times when there are predictions for severe 6:00 pm. weather, we wonder when or if or why our school system is closing for the day. Many factors go into PTO/TAFFY Has Been Busy! making those decisions with student safety topping Many hands have helped make several projects to the list. When there are days with unpredictable assist DEMS students since the beginning of the year. weather several processes are in motion: We have: 1. operated a “Santa Shop” for students; 1. School system personnel maintain close contact 2. assisted with the Bulldog Bites Store each with the emergency management agency (EMA) month; for Tuscaloosa County. 3. assisted with the CLEAN SLATE events; 2. Weather reports are monitored closely as well 4. assisted with lunchroom monitoring; as predicted paths of any storm movement. 5. sold Good-Luck-a-Grams to include stuffed 3. DEMS implements its emergency plans. animals, cards, and fresh roses; and 4. DEMS monitors the weather via school system 6. planned the first 8th Grade Prom! communications, EMA weather radio, and media broadcasts. Eighth Grade Prom - April 9th The first-ever DEMS 8th Grade Prom has been IN THE EVENT of a thunderstorm or tornado planned for Friday, April 9th from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. warning, the building is secured, students are placed Students are very excited and we have recruited help in safe areas of the building, and buses are parked from so many. The prom is for DEMS 8th graders until the warning condition is lifted. If a bus has only (a 6th or 7th grader from DEMS may attend only already left the school, it will go to the closest safe if invited by an 8th grader as part of a couple). There area to hold students until the warning is cleared. Be will be great food, music, socializing, and dancing. aware that during a WARNING, students may only be checked out of school by their PARENT or The PTO/TAFFY has led this event and we also have LEGAL GUARDIAN. By Board policy, students gained the wonderful help of our University of will not be released to any other person, even if they Alabama “Students on a Mission” group. There will are listed on a check-out list during a WARNING. be plenty of adult supervision to include Dr. Davie and Mrs. Ridgway. The event will be held in the DEMS Cafetorium. Title I Program for 2009-2010 Evaluated Davis-Emerson Middle School receives funding through Title I each year in order to help close the gap in student learning. This money is used to fund additional teaching units, provide needed instructional supplies, assist with the after-school Students on a Mission tutorial program, and meet professional development Davis-Emerson Middle School has been fortunate to needs. Each spring, a committee of faculty and have attained the interest and support of the parents review our current program, evaluate its University of Alabama’s Students on a Mission group effectiveness, and make recommendations for the to assist our students. These wonderful role models following year. If any parent wishes to provide are coming to our school to help in so many areas: comments or be considered to serve on that mentoring, tutorial assistance, Clean Slate events, 8th committee, please contact Dr. Walter Davie, in grade prom (including providing the DJ, supplies, writing, before March 12, 2010. decorations, and more), and just any way that they can be a positive influence in the lives of our Davis-Emerson Middle School students. They have just begun but have already 1500 Bulldog Boulevard Cottondale, AL 35453 Office: (205) 342-2750 made their mark…the look on the faces of our Fax: (205) 633-1155 students when they students come to be a part of their Website: http://dems.tcm.schoolinsites.com/ lives is as they say, priceless!
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