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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
Welcome Back to the 2016-2017...
August 5, 2016
Dear DEC School Community
First and foremost, we at the DEC would like to welcome all our students and families back to the DEC. For our new Kindergarten students and families; we look forward to building positive relationships with you. The first day of school is August 31st. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast runs from 7:30-8:15 a.m. Non-breakfast students who arrive before 7:45 a.m. will wait in main lobby before being dismissed to their pod. Please visit our webpage at www.dunmoreschooldistrict.net to view school information postings, such as Back To School Night as well as our school calendar, student handbook & policy revisions such as dress code. Information will also be posted to our Community Portal and the PTA Buccaneer.
We would like to introduce the following teachers. Mrs. Stacey Karzenoski – 4th grade, Ms. Janet Lucas – 1st gr. long-term substitute, Ms. Nicole Arduino – 1st gr. Long-term substitute and Mrs. Diane Brown will service our K – 12 ELL and Title I reading students. As for staff changes; Ms. Ashley Coar will be in Kindergarten and Mrs. Erin Kreis will be teaching 6th gr. Science in a Hybrid Learning classroom. Mrs. Diane Brown will service our K – 12 ELL and Title I reading students.
Welcome aboard to our new Superintendent of Schools; Mr. John Marichak. Mr. Marichak comes to the Dunmore School District from servicing the Scranton School District as Director of Secondary Education and Acting Superintendent. He is familiar with the Dunmore SD and is looking forward to working in a Community-based district with a focus on accountability, improve academic programming and test scores; while putting students and academics at the forefront of everything we do.
We look forward to working once again in a collaborative manner with our PTA and as stated before, we truly appreciate all they do for our school and students.
Lastly, we look forward to the 2016-2017 school year and working with our School Community of the DEC for the betterment of student achievement.
Fondly, Robert Galella
Any student arriving to homeroom after the National Anthem at 8:19 is considered tardy. Since announcements will be completed at the end of the day, unless something needs to get out early; 1st period begins immediately following the National Anthem. Students will no longer be sitting in Pods awaiting announcements. Instead, upon arrival to school, teachers are now required to provide meaningful instruction such as remediation or enrichment based on student data before the National Anthem begins. Mr. Galella encourages all students to arrive to homeroom by 8:04 to take advantage of morning work and extra help from their teacher(s). 

Breakfast takes place from 7:30 - 8:15 but once again, students are encouraged to take advantage of extra work & teacher time by getting to homeroom by 8:04. 

Lastly, be reminded dismissal is 2:45.

Thank you, Mr. Galella
2016-2017 Dress Code Policy
 Dunmore School District
Student Dress Code            Policy (K-12)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Any color. Collared shirt MUST be worn underneath sweater/sweatshirt.
Small brand logo or Dunmore logo on one side of chest area allowed.  (No large lettering/brand/slogans).
        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)
Some style of shoe or sneaker must be worn at all times.  (Open toe shoes or sandals are acceptable.) No flip flops or clogs.
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 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. 
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.
DEC School Calendar
Dear DEC School Community,

Although, I will continue to post information to our elementary webpage as well as the Community Portal; please be advised that I will be strongly encouraging all stakeholders of the DEC including: Administration, faculty, staff, families, businesses, etc. to view our school calendar by logging into our district website (www.dunmoreschooldistrict.net) and clicking on "Elementary Center" and then the tenth red tab on the left directly under the "Home" tab titled "Calendar"; which will consist of important dates of events/activities/testing. 

Thank you, 
Mr. Galella
Back to School Night
Back To School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 8th 6 - 7 p.m. 
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
First Day of School
First day of school for the 2016-2017 school year is August 31st. 
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. 


Thank you, 
Mr. G.
6th grade Opportunity
January 4, 2016
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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