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Administration's Monthly Letter


SOUTH DEARBORN MIDDLE SCHOOL
    ****SUCCESS DRIVEN****
     Grow.  Excel.  Achieve.

Welcome to South Dearborn Middle School, and welcome to a new school year!  Hopefully, everyone had a fun, safe, and relaxing summer break!  When the doors open for students on August 3, 2016, that will mark the eleventh year in this building!  This should be a great school year; one filled with many opportunities for all of our students.   The SDMS faculty and staff will continue to strengthen the commitment of good work and excellence in education, and truly believe our students will GROW, EXCEL, and ACHIEVE!

We look forward to a positive and productive year!  We hope to see each of you at school activities and sporting events.  We value your involvement and so do your children.  We also value home/school communication and will strive to do our very best to provide you with the latest information possible.  You may see daily, up-to-date information on our website under the PARENT tab; go to DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  Under the same PARENT tab will be information pertaining to the 8th grade trip, anti-bullying, etc.   Please contact us if, and when, the need arises.  We are here for you and your child.

Again....welcome to South Dearborn Middle School....a place where education is premier and opportunities abound!  SDMS is "SUCCESS DRIVEN!"

Sincerely,


Jason Cheek, Principal                                                                Andrea Marine, Associate Principal
jason.cheek@sdcsc.k12.in.us                                                   andrea.marine@sdcsc.k12.in.us
812-926-2090; option 2                                                                812-926-2090; option 2


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UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION:

3)  "MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT:"  8/4/16; 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
4)  SDMS SCHOOL PICTURES:  8/19/16

5)  PICTURE RETAKES:  10/26/16

PARENTS/GUARDIANS:  If you, or your child, would like to view the SDMS Student Handbook, please look under the PARENT tab!  Thanks!

Look here each month for school information, updates, and last minute changes!  Laughing

PLEASE GO TO THE "PARENT" TAB ON THE SOUTH DEARBORN MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE.  DROP DOWN TO THE "DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS" FOR UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!

N.E.W. INFORMATION!!!!!!

South Dearborn Middle School, and the South Dearborn Community School Corporation, is definitely part of the "digital, tech-based education" world!  This will be the THIRD year that SDMS students have had devices in the classroom.  This year, 2016-2017, all corporation students in grades 4 - 12 will be utilizing chrome books for learning.  Gone are the days of textbooks and reams and reams of paper being used!  Our teachers, and the corporation faculty members, are using Google apps for education, YouTube, and other educational enriching sites to further enhance the education of the students.  Digital learning must be a planned, supported educational experience, and we are happy to say that SDMS is a TRUE LEADER in that realm!  

SDMS has installed a new "buzz in" system for visitors!  Individuals wishing to enter the building after 8:00 AM will be required to identify themselves in front of the camera, and may be asked to show positive identification if it is requested.  There are signs and arrows posted on the school's main office doors.  School safety is PREMIER at South Dearborn!!  

The building has been equipped with video cameras throughout!

Follow SDMS on Facebook and Twitter!!!

It is OFFICIAL!    South Dearborn Middle School has earned the Indiana Department of Education accountability grade, for school years of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, of:
                                                                                                                    
                                                    "A"


Congratulations to the faculty, staff, and students of South Dearborn Middle School for their hard work in this well-earned achievement! And, thanks to the parents and the SDMS community for their support in reaching this goal!!!!

NEW ATTENDANCE POLICY (BOARD APPROVED):  The following policy was made effective on October 1, 2014.  "To all parents/guarians of students in the South Dearborn Community School Corporation....South Dearborn Community School Corporation believes that regular school attendance is crucial to academic success, and that time lost from the classroom instruction impacts the learning experience of each and every student.  Students with poor school attendance tend to lose interest in school, and may choose to drop out of school later in their education career.  Poor school attendance has a tremendous impact on the student socially and academically; therefore, students are expected to be in attendance at South Dearborn Community School Corporation for each day school is in session.  Although the primary responsibility for regular attendance resides with the parents/guardians and the individual student, the school needs to support this effort as well.  We have excellent parent support in this regard and appreciate the good job each of you do in ensuring your student arrives to school on time and ready to learn.  We have a few cases, however, where there has been excessive tardiness to school which negatively impacts the learning of the student.  This letter is to notify you that on September 15, 2014, our school board adopted change(s) to the current attendance policy.  In the past, there was not a consequence for excessive unexcused tardies.  Unexcused tardies are defined as a student missing part of the school day without an excuse.  The new policy states that students/parents receiving 10 or more unexcused tardies per semester may result in a referral to the local Probation Department and/or the Depeartment of Child Services for Educational Neglect and/or Truancy.  Continued poor school attendance will result in school officials pursuing the Indiana Compulsory Attendance Law, Indiana Code 20-33-2.  We realize this policy does not pertain to the vast majority of parents and we will certainly work with any family that has extenuating circumstances.  The entire attendance policy for grades K-12 is available on the school website at www.sdcsc.k12.in.us.  Please feel free to contact your respective school's principal or our Connect Counselor with any questions or concerns you might have.  We look forward to working together to make each year successful for students."

Do YOU tweet???  If you do, and would like to get even more SDMS information, follow us on Twitter at SOUTH DEARBORN MS.  Communication is the key!

MISSION/VISION:  The mission of SDCSC is to Grow, Excel, and Achieve.  The vision of SDCSC is that of a leading school corporation with a shared commitment to a continuous improvement process that engages and challenges all stakeholders. Students are immersed in a rigorous, personalized curriculum supported by a 21st century learning environment.  A culture of excellence is sustained with a dedicated team working collaboratively toward common goals.  South Dearborn is fiscally responsible and provides a safe and secure learning environment where parents choose to send their children and staff desire to work.

If you need further information, or have a question, do not hesitate to contact the school.


Jason Cheek                                                                                        Andrea Marine

Principal                                                                                             Associate Principal
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