Weekly Principal’s Message from Dr. Elizabeth Battle – 9/5/16

Happy Labor Day!  This is Elizabeth Battle, principal of Daniels Magnet Middle School with some announcements for this week!  

Our first Open House is Thursday at 6:30.  Come and learn about the program offerings at Daniels and meet your child’s teachers. For all parents of AIG students attending Daniels this year, there will be an AIG Parent Meeting at 6 pm, Open House night, September 8, in the Daniels Media Center. 6th grade parents are encouraged to attend. If a 7th or 8th grade parents are new to Daniels, they can come as well.

School Policies and Action Items:

Our school hours are 8:15 to 3:00. Students should arrive on campus no earlier than 7:45. Students who arrive earlier than 7:45 will be asked to remain outside as we do not have adult supervision in the building until teachers arrive at 7:45.

All students should have locks on their lockers by Tuesday, September 6.  We will begin to zip-tie lockers without locks that week. Parents – Please provide a lock for your child’s locker.

If you need to check out your student during the school day for an appointment, please have your student bring a note to the main office before school starts. The office staff will give your student a yellow pass to show their teacher at the time they need to leave class. This will expedite the check-out process for you and your student. Please remember to bring a photo ID when checking out your student.

North Carolina law requires the MCV and Tdap immunizations for entry into 7th grade. Students will not be able to attend school after the twentieth day if this documentation is not received. Please turn in MCV/Tdap immunization records to Student Services as soon as possible.

2015-2016 Student/Parent Handbook is now online in English and Spanish.  Please be reminded that Daniels enforces the Wake County Dress Code Policy. Per Wake County School Board Policy, dress code violations include, exposed undergarments, sagging pants, excessively short or tight garments, head covering of any kind, and attire that exposes cleavage. We ask students who are not dressed appropriately to change. If they do not have a change of clothes either a parent brings a change of clothing or the student will be in in-school suspension for the day.

Daniels has been chosen to be a BYOD, Bring Your Own Device School in January 2017. Students will be able to bring their own device to school to use in class as a learning tool with the teachers permission. Board policy states that electronic devices should not be on or visible except as permitted by the teacher. Therefore, we will not allow students to use their electronic devices before school in the gym or the cafeteria, nor in the hallways. They are to be used under the guidance of a teacher for learning.

If you plan to volunteer at Daniels, please note that all continuing volunteers approved for the 2016 -2017 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2016. Volunteers may go to the Daniels Media Center or any WCPSS site and register through the intranet.  After October 31, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.

If you have not received a call from Transportation confirming your student’s bus route and stop, please ask your student to see Ms. Chew during their lunch period.   She will issue a pass for them to ride the bus home on Tuesday.

Upcoming Events:

Summer reading logs are due by Friday, September 16th.  Students can give the reading logs to their homeroom teachers.  We will provide a celebration for our students who completed summer reading.

Students and parents interested in this year’s Blue Jacket Travelers’ trip to Belize.  Please join us in Mrs. Kreitman’s room Thursday September 8 at 5:15 for an informational meeting.  We will discuss trip itinerary, cost, and how to sign up.

School picture day is Tuesday, September 13.  Everyone will have their picture made for the yearbook, regardless of whether or not you choose to purchase pictures on a prepay basis.  Information on pricing and picture packages will be coming home on Tuesday, September 6.

This Week’s Schedule:

Monday, September 5 – NO SCHOOL – LABOR DAY
Tuesday, September 6 – PTA Fundraiser Kickoff
Thursday – We are having the AIG Parent Open House at 6:00 in the Media Center.  We are having our first PTA meeting of the year in the auditorium at 6:00.  All parents are invited.  We have the Back to School Open House beginning at 6:30.
Friday – Early Release Day at 12:30.

That is all of the announcements we have for this week. I hope you have a great weekend.  As always, I thank you for your support.

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