Principal’s Message From Dr. Elizabeth Battle – August 9, 2016

Good morning.  This is a message from Elizabeth Battle, principal for Daniels Magnet Middle School for Global Studies. I hope you are having a wonderful summer. We want to share some dates and information with you.

We are still working on schedules. Schedule pick up will be in the band room on Tuesday, August 16 from 10-12 and again from 5-7. We are still making sure that all classes are the appropriate size and that all course requests have been honored, please know schedules are subject to change until schedule pick up on August 16.

We have Meet the Teacher on Friday, August 26th from 10-12 and again from 5-7. Please come by and meet your teachers, find your bus route, sign up for the PTA, ask schedule questions, and much more.

Daniels Magnet Middle School has offered our summer reading program again this school year, in an attempt to help prevent our students from experiencing “the summer slide”, which is a deterioration of reading skills during the 10 weeks that the students are out of school. This year’s program is called “5 & 5”.  Students read 5 books and 5 articles. We will have a celebration for students who have completed their summer reading.

We have been chosen by the county as a BYOD or Bring Your Own Device School next year. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students but it does necessitate some changes. Students will be able to use their device for instructional purposes only. We will no longer allow students to use their cell phone before school in the gym or auditorium. Board policy states that cell phones may not be on or visible except as instructed by a teacher.

Lastly, for rising 7th graders, North Carolina law states that all children entering the 7th grade must have a Tdap booster and one dose of meningococcal vaccine. Tdap vaccine protects against whooping cough (pertussis), tetanus and diphtheria.  Childhood vaccines to protect against tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough can wear off over time, so a booster is needed to stay protected. Meningococcal vaccine protects against 4 types of meningococcal disease which can cause blood infections and meningitis. Meningitis is an infection of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. Immunization records can be dropped off in Student Services from now until the first day of school, August 29, 2016. Students will be given 30 calendar days from the first day of school to comply with these requirements. If this situation is not resolved in 30 days, your child will be excluded from school until the requirements are met. Please contact our school nurse, Ms. Cornick, at gbcornick@wcpss.net if you have questions.

Please check out our website. It has lots of valuable information to help you get your year off right.  I look forward to seeing you at Schedule Pick Up and at Meet the Teacher.

 

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