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Upcoming Events
Today
10/4/2016
- Class Pictures
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10/5/2016
- Class Pictures
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
 
District Announcements
DOGS
**There are no dogs allowed on Dunmore School District Campus.  No dogs are allowed at any time, violators may be issued a citation for non-compliance.  This include extra curricular events of any type.
Mr. G in Action!!!
2016-2017 Band Officers
Walking Trail Closed During School Hours
The WALKING TRAIL around the Dunmore School District Campus will be CLOSED during school hours. Those hours are 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Trail will be Open on weekends and non-school days.
This is being done to ensure the SAFETY of all students. It is not possible to allow outside access to our facilities while schools are in session.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but STUDENT SAFETY must be at the forefront of every decision we make. 
School Announcements
Miss Ferguson's Counseling page
 
https://sites.google.com/a/dunmoreschooldistrict.net/dunmore-elementary-center-s-school-counseling-program/videos-resources/girls-and-their-frenemies
Bell Schedule
7:30 Doors Open / 7:30 - 8:15 Breakfast
8:19 National Anthem (arrival after 8:19 is coded tardy)
8:20-8:45 Remediation period
8:45-9:30
9:35-10:20
10:25-11:10
11:15-12:00
12:05-12:50
12:55-1:40
1:45-2:30
2:35 Dismiss Bus 6 
Continue with bus dismissal with bus #'s 1 - 5 with Walkers following


 
2 hour Delay Schedule
9:30 Doors Open / No Breakfast
9:30 - 10:15 Remediation period
10:19 National Anthem (students arriving after 10:19 will be coded tardy)
Lunch Schedule beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 1:15 p.m. remain the same on a delay
10:20 morning announcements
10: 24 First period begins
2:35 Dismissal beginning with bus 6 first 

 
October 7 and 10
Schools will be closed for students on October 7th (Teacher In-service Day) and October 10th (Columbus Day)
Trunk or Treat
A Halloween celebration for the students of the DEC & their siblings is scheduled for Saturday October 29th from 6 - 8 p.m. in the DEC parking lot. Called Trunk or Treat - we need your trunk! Meet us in the DEC parking lot. Park your car & pop the trunk. Fill it with candies and treats for the DEC students in costume to go trick or treating right here at their school. Please contact Aimee Kamide at 570-561-7989 for further details about the rules and deadlines to meet to register your vehicle. Prizes will be awarded for the best trunks. Thank you!
Scholastic Book Fair
The DEC PTA will be hosting our book fair to be held on Mon. 9/26 to Thurs. 9/30 in the amphitheater during school hours. A special family night will be held on Wed. 9/28 from 6 - 8 p.m. All are welcome to attend the book sale on family night. Cash, credit cards, and signed checks made out to DEC PTA will be accepted. Thank you for your support of our PTA and thank you to our PTA for their hard work and support to our school community. 

The book fair schedule is posted on our DEC school calendar. 

Mr. G. 
CDT's

Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDTs)

What is the CDT?

The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a computer adaptive test (CAT). Similar to other assessments, students in grades 3 through 6 complete a CAT by responding to a series of multiple-choice items. A computer adaptive test (CAT) is different, because as a student responds to each test question, the CAT determines the next test question to ask the student. The CAT uses the student’s responses to determine which follow-up question would give the most information about the student’s performance on the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content and the Keystone Exams Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content. This means that each student can be administered a unique set of questions, which allows the test to give diagnostic information about each student’s understanding and abilities of the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content.

What is the Purpose of the CDT?

The purpose of the CDT is to provide information that will help guide instruction by providing support to students and teachers. The CDT reports are designed to provide a picture or snapshot of how students are performing in relation to the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content and the Keystone Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content. The CDT goes beyond focusing only on What students should know and be able to do at a particular grade and/or course. It also provides a snapshot of How and Why students may still be struggling or extending beyond the grade and/or course Eligible Content. This valuable information is typically not identified through other types of assessments. Teachers, through the use of CDT reports, may access additional information through the Learning Progression Map. The Learning Progression Map allows teachers to pinpoint where students are struggling along or extending beyond the learning continuum. The CDT helps identify, and provides suggestions, for "next steps" in student academic development.

 
Halloween Parade
Halloween parade is scheduled for 10:50 a.m. on Monday, October 31st. Students will be dismissed at 11:30. If you are taking your child home, send a note in to the homeroom teacher the week prior. Please make sure you see your teacher who will sign your child out. Please do not sign out in the main office... Go and find your teacher(s) and tell them so they can check your child's name off as teachers will be tracking this.  Thank you for your anticipated cooperation. 
Walkers should arrive to school between 7:50 - 8:04
Parent Conferences
Parent conferences are scheduled for 11/21/16 from 6 - 8 p.m. and 11/22/16 from 1 - 3 p.m. Students will be dismissed on 11/22/16 at 11:30. Breakfast will NOT be served on 11/22/16 since we will have a compressed lunch schedule on 11/22/16 beginning at 9:15.
Marking Periods/Report Cards/Deficiencies

1st Quarter:

6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Monday, Oct. 3, 2016

End of 1st Quarter: Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Report Card Distribution: Monday, Nov 14, 2016

2nd Quarter:

6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

End of 2nd Quarter: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Report Card Distribution: Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

3rd Quarter:

6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

End of 3rd Quarter: Monday, April 3, 2017

Report Card Distribution: Monday, April 10, 2017

4th Quarter:

6th Grade Deficiency Reports Due: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Last Day of School/Report Card Distribution: Friday, June 9, 2017

2016-2017 Dress Code Policy
 Dunmore School District
Student Dress Code            Policy (K-12)
PURPOSE
The intent of this policy is to ensure that our students dress appropriately, are not disruptive to the educational process, and do not compromise the safety and security of our school. The purpose of a Uniform Policy is not to inhibit any individual's decisions or freedom of expression, but rather to better facilitate the process of education through reasonable guidelines in dress. This approved clothing is mandatory and may be worn in any combination of tops and bottoms.
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
1.  All students must attend school each day in uniform.
2.  Approved clothing may be purchased at the store or vendor of the parent's choice providing it conforms to
     the policy.
3.  All clothing must be appropriately sized for the student; that is, they must be no more than one regular size
       larger or smaller than the student actually measures.  Extra wide, extra full, extra long, baggy or sagging pants, cargo pants and shorts are not acceptable. All pants and shorts must be worn waist high.
4.  The Dunmore School Board and Superintendent may amend this policy at any time
5.  Any clothing that is judged to be unsafe, unhealthy, or unsanitary is not permitted.
  6.  Any color collared shirts are required. Short or Long Sleeve. NO SLEEVELESS SHIRTS. Embroidery/monogramming with the Dunmore Logo are permitted.  Small logos permitted – no lettering/slogans/large brand logos.
  7.  No Hooded Tops/Sweaters/Sweatshirts. (even on Gym or Dress Down Days)
8.  Shorts, no more than 5 inches above the knee, skirts/skorts no more than 3 inches above the knee.
9.  Shirts should be long enough to be tucked in.
  10.  Shoes must be worn at all times with laces tied. Any shoe that poses a safety hazard is not permitted.  Open toe shoes or sandals are acceptable. No flip flops or clogs.
 
 
TOPS
Any color, striped or plaid collared shirts are required (no lettering/large logos/inappropriate messages)
Golf style shirts, long or short sleeve; NO SLEEVELESS SHIRTS
Oxford style button down shirt
Turtleneck / mock turtleneck (under approved shirt)
Sweater/Vest (over approved shirt)
NO HOODED TOPS (even on gym or dress down days)
 
BOTTOMS
Solid colors:  Khaki, Navy Dress pants or shorts. (no yoga pants)
Dress shorts - no more than 5 inches above the knee. Shorts may be worn at the beginning of the school year until October 31st and beginning again on April 1st.  This date may be altered according to the weather conditions and under the discretion of school administration. You will be notified of any changes to these dates.
 Skirt/skort (girls) - no more than 3" above the knee
 Jumpers (girls) - K-6 Only
Standard corduroy pants and capris are allowed.
SWEATERS/SWEATSHIRTS
Any color. Collared shirt MUST be worn underneath sweater/sweatshirt.
Crew-Neck or V-Neck  NO HOODED SWEATERS OR SWEATSHIRTS
Small brand logo or Dunmore logo on one side of chest area allowed.  (No large lettering/brand/slogans).
 
GYM DAY ATTIRE at DEC
        TOPS Any color Tshirt/Sweatshirt or Dunmore Bucks apparel (No Slogans/Inappropriate Messages)
        BOTTOMS – shorts or sweatpants; ANY SOLID COLOR. (No large lettering/large brands on leg/slogans)
       
SHOES
Some style of shoe or sneaker must be worn at all times.  (Open toe shoes or sandals are acceptable.) No flip flops or clogs.
 
ARTICLES OF NON-COMPLIANCE
Any clothing or article deemed lewd, vulgar, indecent, plainly offensive, sexually suggestive, condoning violence, drug, alcohol, tobacco, suicide, vulgar language, or if it is determined to have a well founded expectation to create disruption.
 
The display of undergarments
No beach tongs or "flip-flops"
No body piercing (earrings are acceptable)
Shorts that are more than five inches above the knees
No HOODED clothing. (even on gym or dress down days)
No cargo, baggy, skateboard, spandex/yoga, or stirrup pants
No denim, denim-like material or jeans
No sheer or see-through clothing
No mini-micro skirts
No bare midriff
No hats, caps, headbands, or bandanas
No chains, dog collars, or spiked bracelets or necklaces
No tee shirts (except on gym day)
No off the shoulder garments
No tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, or sleeveless shirts
No unnatural hair coloring or Mohawks (hair can measure no less than 4 inches in width)
 
TRANSFER STUDENTS
Transfer students will be allowed ten school days from the date of admission to be in compliance with the dress code policy
.
NOTES: The above dress code may be amended at any time at the discretion of the Dunmore School Board and Administration. 
 
DISCIPLINE GUIDELINES
Non-compliance will be considered a violation of school policy. The consequences may be exclusion from school until the student is in compliance with the dress code policy. Absences due to this exclusionary process will be considered illegal or unexcused. After three days of illegal absences, both parents and student are subject to prosecution in the court system for violation of the school attendance laws. The "S.T.A.R.S." truancy program, developed through the Lackawanna County Court system, will be contacted regarding truancy. The initial step in this process involves parents and child appearing before the district magistrate.  In addition, all other disciplinary sanctions imposed by district policy will apply.
 
 
 
 
 
Preliminary PSSA Testing Dates
Preliminary PSSA Testing Window 2016-2017 Assessment Dates: English Language Arts April 3-7, 2017 Grades 3-8 / Mathematics April 24-28, 2017 Grades 3-8 / Science May 1-5, 2017 Grades 4,8 / Make-Up May 8-12, 2017
2016 Class Pictures
2016 Class Pictures are scheduled for October 4, 5, & 6. 
Common Core Support for Parents
Dear DEC parents:
     The below link provides important information which includes the Big Ideas broken down by grade level in ELA and Math and talking points for parents. This information will provide you with further information pertaining to the Common Core Standards; currently known as the Academic Standards. 


http://www.pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2910&navItemNumber=4064

Thank you, 
Mr. G.
6th grade Opportunity

Dear 6th grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
 The 6th grade team and I are excited to inform you of a new addition to our 6th instructional practices. For the next three years, at no cost, our 6th grade students will be provided with a curriculum known as Vault - The Understanding of Money. This is facilitated by a Company known as EverFI (leading technology platform that teaches, assesses, and certifies students in critical life skills) based out of Washington DC. We have a representative working with us based out of Philadelphia who initially provided this opportunity to our local Fidelty Bank and Trust in Dunmore. 
Following a meeting with the involved stakeholders; Mr. Ryan Ferguson, 6th grade Social Studies teacher is very enthusiastic about offering this instruction to all 6th graders through his classroom. The Course Modules consisting of What’s the difference between Needs and Wants? / Borrowing and Credit / Good and Bad Money Decisions will take place online where students will be using our iPAD carts as well as the computer lab if necessary.
At the end of the modules, students will receive a certificate of completion showing they demonstrated satisfactory work in Topic Areas such as: Responsible Money Choices, Income and Careers, Planning & Money Management, Credit & Borrowing, Insurance & Safety Management, Savings & Investing.
Our current 6th grade students will be the first cohort to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and we are looking forward to beginning within the upcoming weeks.
I would like to personally thank Fidelty Bank & Trust for offering this three year opportunity to Superintendent McDonald at no cost to the Dunmore SD.  Also, I want to thank Mr. Ferguson for his professionalism, flexibility, and buy-in to this initiative for the next three years.  
Sincerely, Robert Galella, Principal
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