DMS News


Grab N Go Breakfast! ATTENTION Farmington Middle School Students!!

This school year your schools will be offering an expanded “Grab ‘n Go” Breakfast option when you arrive at school. Breakfast carts will be located at a central location in the school and will be available 15-30 minutes before school starts. Click on the hyperlink to learn more!



DMS Schedule/Picture Day 2014
 
Our annual Schedule/Picture Day will take place on Monday, August 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Dodge Middle School. Please click on the link Schedule/Picture Day 2014 at the top right of this web page view the student letter sent via E-News on July 23rd.

DMS Back to School Night 2014
 
Dear Parents/Guardians of DMS students:

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for our Back-to-School Night!

Each house will have a short presentation that begins promptly at 5:45 p.m. We want to allow time from 5:30-5:45p.m. for parents & students to enter the building and find their designated presentation space.

This time will be used to discuss a variety of topics including connecting via Schoology and the value that we place on team building during Tiger Time. We will also be discussing ways for parents to partner with us in your child’s education. We hope the connections we make with you during this evening will facilitate on-going communication throughout the year! Please report to the following areas for the presentations that will begin at 5:45 p.m:

6th Grade Cheetah: Gym 1
6th Grade Leopard: Gym 3

7th Grade Puma: Rooms 113 & 114
7th Grade Panther: Rooms 213 & 214

8th Grade Bobcat & Jaguar: Rooms 222 & 223

Upon conclusion of the house meetings, students and parents may feel free to visit their student’s teachers and classrooms in no particular order according to a schedule that works well for you. Staff will be available until 7:30 p.m. and are excited to see students they will have this upcoming year.

On behalf of our entire staff, we hope to see you on August 26th and welcome you to Levi P. Dodge Middle School! We are excited for another great year!


Chris Bussmann Karl Kaste
Principal Assistant Principal


Middle School Redesign Underway
Please note we will be linking documents and information related to our redesign process for community members to access below.

Middle School Program Redesign: April 17, 2014 Invitation

In the fall of last year both middle schools in Farmington embarked upon a journey to develop building level strategic plans. While these two plans were developed separately, we quickly discovered a common tactic:

• Boeckman: We will redefine our use of time and space to optimize student learning.
• Dodge: We will provide customized learning opportunities that drive our use of time and space.
Our combined faculties have been engaged in on-going conversations about how we might design a program that works to support not only the academic needs of students, but one that provides more flexibility for student choice around their interests supported by deep relationships. Our next step in this journey is to pull together individuals that represent our community including staff and parents that have a variety of current experiences at the elementary, middle school, and high school level. We will spend our time looking at our strategic plans, community survey responses, current program and schedule, and then work to make a recommendation on a program that supports our strategic intent. We envision a series of late afternoon/early evening meetings that will begin in May and continue into the fall.


WEB Summer Dates and Orientation
We apologize for the confusion around some misinformation regarding WEB activities this summer. The information below is accurate!

WEB Leader Training at DMS: August 19-20, 2014
WEB Orientation at DMS: August 21, 2014

Please contact our WEB leaders for additional information.

Brianna Fleetham: bfleetham@farmington.k12.mn.us
Sara Christenson: schristenson@farmington.k12.mn.us


Student Immunizations
 
We are planning for the start of the 2014-15 school years and want to inform you that immunization laws have changed. Effective September 1, 2014 Tetanus Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) and Meningococcal immunizations have been added to the requirements for incoming 7th graders. Proof of the following immunizations must be provided to the health office by the first day of school on September 2, 2014.

2 Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) (1st dose must be after age 1.)
1 Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis (Tdap) Booster given after age 11 (New)
3 Polio Immunizations
3 Hepatitis B Immunizations
2 Chicken Pox (Varicella) (spaced at least 28 days apart) or date student had disease verified by MD.
1 Meningococcal Immunization (given at age 11-12) (New)


After July 1, 2014, please check the status of your child’s immunizations on the Family Web Access at www.farmington.k12.mn.us . On July 1 your child officially becomes a 7th grade student in our computer system. Currently, your student’s immunization record reflect they are compliant now as a 6th grader but the compliance rules change when they enter 7th grade. It is likely that their records will no longer show compliance indicting booster immunizations are needed to enter school in September in July unless they have already received the required immunizations prior to the end of this school year. Please consult with your physician about required booster shots for your child.

If you have any questions please contact DMS nurse Tedde Lundstedt at tlundstedt@farmington.k12.mn.us or Gail Setterstrom, Health Services Coordinator at gsetterstrom@farmington.k12.mn.us.

Medication Permission Forms Available
 
Parents/Guardians are reminded that physician and parent permission is required to administer medication either prescription and/or over the counter to their child at school. This could include medications such as Tylenol, ibuprofen, cold medicine, inhalers, etc.
Medication Permission Forms for students to receive medication at school are available on the DMS web page under Health Services.

If you have questions or wish to receive a printed copy of the forms via mail, contact gsetterstrom@farmington.k12.mn.us.

Students with life threatening allergies should have their doctor complete an Anaphylaxis Action Plan and Allergy Physician Statement for Child Nutrition Services. These are also available on the web site.

Signed forms and medication required should be returned to your child’s school. Medication cannot be administered until these forms are received.


iPad Frequently Asked Questions
 
Do I have to attend the Family iPad Engagement Night I was assigned?

We understand that schedules are different for all families. If you cannot attend the night you were assigned, please attend the other night available.

I cannot attend any of the Family iPad Engagement Nights.

Once we have completed our Family iPad Engagement Nights on February 19th and 21st, we will be determining the most effective plan to distribute iPads to families that were unable to attend. This decision will be made after the two evenings are completed and we have a sense of how many families we still need to serve. The makeup opportunity will be communicated via BMS E-News and posted on our website soon thereafter. We are not able to distribute iPads to students before our scheduled evenings.

How long will the Family iPad Engagement Night process take?

Once you enter the door of the room where you will receive your iPad, the process should take less than 30 minutes if you have completed the online form and have an Apple ID ready for use.

Does my child need to be present to pick up his or her iPad?

Yes, your child needs to be present with you in order to pick up your iPad.

If I have my own iPad, can I bring it to school instead of using one provided by the District?

You are free to bring your own iPad in place of one provided by the District. All we ask is that you enroll your device in our Mobile Device Management System so we can furnish you with the apps we are providing for all students. This process will take place at a later date and will be coordinated by our technology staff at DMS.


Should I use my existing Apple ID or create a new one for the purpose of use at school?

Although you are free to create a new Apple ID for school purposes, we encourage you to use an existing Apple ID, especially if it is shared by your family. This will allow you to load the apps we provide on all of the iOS devices associated with your Apple ID including those devices not provided by the District.

Can I change my Apple ID once I have downloaded District-provided apps?

Changing your Apple ID will cause you to lose your District-provided apps. Please be certain about the Apple ID you intend to use for this purpose.

Since I am using my own Apple ID, can I load whatever apps I want?

Although you are free to load apps of your choice beyond those provided for you by the District, you must keep in mind that the iPad is a District-owned learning tool and intended to be used to enhance your learning experience. Therefore, all downloaded apps should be school appropriate, You must also be aware of the storage space built into the iPad (16G).

What does the $28.00 insurance option cover?

The $28.00 insurance option covers accidental damage (drops/spills), cracked screens, theft, vandalism, fire, flood, natural disasters, and power surges due to lightning. The policy is valid for the school year meaning it will conclude when the device is returned at the end of the school year and then a new policy will be required the following school year.

If I have more than one child attending school in the District, do I have to pay insurance for all of them?

The insurance payments are capped at two per family. The most any family would pay for insurance is $56.00.




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