Dutchtown Middle School
13078 LA HWY 73
Geismar, LA 70734
Ph 225-391-7800
Fx 225-621-2351
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DISTRICT NEWS, A Message from Volunteer Ascension - 2014.07.28A Message from Volunteer Ascension on Ascension’s School Uniform Program

As the school year is coming to an end, we are encouraging parents to donate “gently worn” school uniforms to Volunteer Ascension’s School Uniform Program. Our blue barrels will be out May 22nd –July 21st at the following collection sites: Kean’s the Cleaner (Gonzales and Prairieville), Dutch’s Cleaners, Lejeune’s Cleaners, The Uniform Post and Sac’s Western Store.

This year’s school uniform distribution will take place on the following dates:
EASTSIDE: Wednesday, July 30th from 9-5 at Gonzales Primary School Cafeteria just off Burnside Avenue in Gonzleas.
WESTSIDE (Donaldsonville area) DISTRIBUTION:  Saturday, August 2nd from 9-5 at Donaldsonville High School Cafeteria

(To qualify, please bring parent/guardian photo idea and social security cards for all children. Must also have Medicaid cards or food stamp printout.)

Volunteer Ascension
Volunteers Changing Lives
P.O. Box 1564, Gonzales, LA 70707
Phone 225-644-7655

www.facebook.com/VolunteerAscension
www.volunteerascension.org
DISTRICT NEWS, Blackboard & System Upgrades - UPDATE - 2014.07.10Please note that we will be upgrading Blackboard and other systems beginning Thursday, July 10 and and ending Monday, July 21. There will be periods when Blackboard, applications associated with it, and other systems will be down and unavailable. We appreciate your patience during this process.

Thank you,

Technology Department of the Ascension Parish School Board
Dutchtown Middle Open House - 2014.08.15

Dutchtown Middle School
Open House 2014

On Saturday August 23, Dutchtown Middle will host its 2014 Open House.  Parents are invited to visit our campus to meet your children’s teachers.  This Open House will be different from those in the past in that we will not have a strict schedule for you to follow, but instead you will be able to tour the campus and visit with our faculty and staff.  Teachers will have information about their classes that you will be able to view.

We will have three different informational meetings for the 1:1 program.  Parents must attend a 1:1 meeting before students can be issued an IPad to take home. These meetings will be scheduled at 10:30, 11:30 and 1:00.  Attendance at one meeting will suffice for those parents with multiple children at Dutchtown Middle. Contracts for 1:1 use will be completed after the meeting

We will also have performances by our eighth grade band, our cheerleaders and our dance team, the Eaglettes. 

Our PIE organization will be on hand to sign up volunteers and to sell DMS sweatshirts. 

We are excited about this new format and hope that you find it both enjoyable and informative.



Information for First Day of School - 2014.07.30School Opening information

Student Schedules and team-specific supply lists will be mailed to parents on Thursday, July 31st

What will happen on the first Day for Sixth Graders?
On the first day of school, all sixth grade students will be unloaded from the buses before any other students are discharged from the buses.  Sixth grade students will be taken to the cafeteria by a teacher or administrator.  Once all sixth graders are assembled in the cafeteria, we will call up sixth grade teachers individually and call for their students.  As each teacher’s class is lined up, they will be taken to their first period classroom by the teacher.  We will continue this process until all students are with their first period teacher. 

Sixth grade students will remain with their pair of CORE teachers until third block, when they will be taken to the gym for their PE or Elective class.  At the end of the third block, CORE teachers will return to the gym to pick up their classes. 

At dismissal time, sixth grade students will be dismissed first to board buses. 

Seventh and Eighth Grade Students
Seventh and eighth grade students will report to the first period class that is shown on their schedule.  Faculty members and administrators will be stationed around the campus to help students locate their classrooms.
Seventh Grade Supply & Required Summer Reading - 2014.06.16Seventh Grade Supply List

QTY Item
2 24 packs of pencils (Students will keep one pack and turn in one pack)
1 Pack of colored pencils
1 Pencil sharpener with cover
1 Pair of small scissors
2 Glue sticks (Students will keep one glue stick and turn in one glue stick)
2 Highlighters
2 2-inch binders
2 Packs of loose-leaf paper
1 Pack of index cards
1 pack of Expo markers (4 count pack)
2 3-pronged plastic folders with pickets (any color)
1 Roll of paper towels
2 Boxes of tissues

Ear Buds for iPad
Stylus for iPad
Some supplies may need to be replenished throughout the school year.

Summer reading book is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.
Sixth Grade Supply List & Required Summer Reading - 2014.06.16Sixth Grade Supply List
This is a generic 6th grade supply list. Students will receive an additional list in August for the specific team supplies.
2 packs of pencils
1 handheld pencil sharpener with cover (manual)
1 zipper pencil bag or box
1 roll of paper towels
2 boxes of tissue
2 glue sticks
1 container of baby wipes
1 pair of small scissors
I pack or color pencils
2 highlighters
1 pack of loose-leaf paper
I pair of ear buds (for iPad)
$10 supply for planner/workbooks

Summer Reading
Required: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen – please bring copy on the first day of school
Extra Credit: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Students entering the sixth grade will be required to read Flipped by Wenderlin Van Draanen for their summer reading assignment. They will take a written test on the novel during the first week of school, and will need to complete this graphic organizer as part of the test grade. All students will need to bring a copy of this book to class on the first day of school. Students may choose to read the other two suggested novels and turn in a completed graphic organizer for each to earn up to 5 bonus points per book.

Name ______________________________________
_____________________________
Story Elements Details from Story: Answer in complete sentences.
Setting: (where and when the story takes mostly takes place)

Main Character(s): the person(s) the story is mainly about. Describe this person’s character traits.



Conflict: What is the problem in the story? Is there a struggle or clash between the characters? Against nature? Within themselves?

Plot: What are three major events that happen throughout the story that lead to the climax, or highest point of action in the story? 1.


2.


3.


Climax: What is the highest point of action in the story (most exciting part)?


Resolution: How was the main problem in the story solved?

Theme: What is a major theme of the book? A theme is an idea or message about life, society, or human nature (ex: good vs. evil, prejudice, friendship, family, etc.)




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