Hello Chieftains! We have invited the Michigan State Police to visit DMS the week of May 3rd to present information to students about the potential dangers/consequences of posting "inappropriate content" on social media. Our men and women in blue have been doing this for us for the past few years and we are looking forward to having them here again! Dr. Wightman
Hello Chieftain Families, The choirs at DUHS and DMS, directed by Hunter Schuur, have just finished recording their Spring Festival of selected songs this week. You can access their video by selecting the following web link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wmi85Q2yrKE Please share it with others and give it a "Thumbs Up"! Great Job CHIEFTAINS!!!! Dr. Wightman
Which books would make your March Reading Madness bracket? Students in Mrs. Stockwell's classes learned about the "Sweet Sixteen" books last week. Students tracked their favorite books and ultimately selected their own championship book for the week. Students learned about authors Jason Reynolds, Kwame Alexander, Alan Gratz, and Chantele Sedgwick with this project.
*Attention* Math Tutoring is available at Dowagiac Middle School on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 - 3:30pm. Please arrange pickup for your student at the end of tutoring.
Hello DMS Chieftains, On Monday, March 15th we will be initiating a new option for our families who drop their child off in the morning. This is being done to help relieve some of the traffic people are experiencing on Riverside Dr. To accomplish this goal, we are opening up our back parking lot for families who wish to park and wait for our doors to open at 7:20 am. To assist you in avoiding getting caught between our buses when exiting, we have designated an area for parents to make use of which can be viewed in the provided image. Please note our recommended traffic flow diagram for this process. As always, we appreciate your patience and cooperation. Thank you for your support. Dr. Wightman
Hello DMS Chieftain Families, We wanted you to be aware we have mailed out student progress reports for the 3rd Card Marking on Friday, March 5th. You should receive your copy sometime this week. Please feel free to contact any of your child's teachers if you have any questions about your son's or daughter's performance. We are here to help. Thank you for your continued support! Dr. Wightman
Congratulations to all of our AWARD WINNING DMS artists! Many of our students have earned recognition for the work they produced for the 2021 Box Factory Art Exhibit under the direction of Art Teacher Mrs. Tavolacci. A special virtual awards ceremony is scheduled or Thursday, March 25th at 6:30 pm where students will be honored. If you would like to view the ceremony live, you can access it by selecting the following weblink at the designated time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhYeIQCxFeE Prior to the ceremony, you can get a "sneak preview" of the show by selecting the following weblink below: https://communitystudentartexhibition.smugmug.com/Middle-School-2D/ WAY TO GO DMS CHIEFTAINS!!
DMS has started their 1st Esports Team with the help and generous support of Southwestern Michigan College's ETS (Education Talent Search) Program. Student Athletes will be participating in weekly matches with other middle schools around the country on Thursday's at 5:00 pm (Rocket League) and Friday's at 7:00 pm (Fortnite) now through April. You can watch us play on our Twitch channel which can be streamed live at: Twitch.tv/DMSEsports GO CHIEFTAINS!
Hello Chieftain Families, We wanted to make you aware there was a brief power outage that occurred today at approximately 1:30 pm. Fortunately, students were able to complete their day. We have been informed this issue has been resolved and power has been restored. We thank everyone for their help and cooperation during this situation. Dr. Wightman
8th Graders in Mrs. Stockwell's class were hard at work researching a theme related to Valentine's Day. Students created One Pager digital posters to show their learning on their chosen topics such as chocolate, the history of the holiday, and flowers.
“Each Friday choir students in Mr. Schuur’s class get a chance to perform in Open Mic. Students sign up to sing, dance, act, read poems, and tell jokes to their classmates. It’s a great way for everyone to hear and see their friend’s talents! Here are some pictures of performers from 5th hour choir! Way to go!”
Mrs. Solloway's class reviewed cells and cellular processes with digital escape rooms. Students raced the clock by answering questions correctly and figure out the code to escape successfully.
Hello DMS Chieftains, This message is for families who are dropping off their child in the morning. To help with this process, we are asking families who are arriving early to please park in our front parking lot until our doors open at 7:20 am. Also, if you are the front car in our drop off line, we ask that you please pull your vehicle up to the orange cone located on the sidewalk in our front circle. This will help us to move traffic more quickly and efficiently through the school’s driveway, as more families will be able to allow their child to exit their vehicles. Finally, please say your goodbyes early and have your child ready to exit your car (with all of their things) when you pull up to the front of the building. We thank you for your continued patience and support. By working together, we will make things run more smoothly. Dr. Wightman
Greetings DMS Chieftains, We would like to inform you we will have Math Tutoring available after school for all of our students on Wednesday's from 2:25-3:25. It is our plan to provide this service to our families for the remainder of the school year. If your child needs extra help, please consider this free service. If you decide to have your child participate in this after school program, please be sure to pick up your son or daughter in the front of the building promptly at 3:25 pm. Thank you for your support! Dr. Wightman
ATTENTION all DMS families, Due to COVID and the limitations it has placed on all of us, we are taking a different approach to placing yearbook orders this year. We are asking that you please make use of the following weblink: www.geskusphoto.com/?YB=1174 to place your order/s online. We believe this new process will be more efficient than in years past. The cost for this year’s yearbook is $25.00 (each). The weblink provided above will be accessible until May 1, 2021. If you have any questions, please feel free to call our school office at 269-782-4440. ONWARD CHIEFTAINS!!!!
NEWS FLASH: DMS student artwork will be on display during the "Virtual 2021 Community Student Art Exhibit" For more information about the exhibit visit: https://krasl.org/art/community-projects/community-art-exhibition/ GREAT JOB CHIEFTAIN ARTISTS!
Students in Mrs. Marrs 7th-Grade Healthy Living class are working on a frisbee unit in PE. Students are improving their throwing, catching, and hitting a target by playing games such as Uno, Dos, Tres and Disc Slam. These skills will lead up to a miniature indoor disc golf game later in the unit. Learning while playing is always gratifying!
Good Afternoon DMS Chieftains, We would like to inform families if we are unable to attend school because of the weather, students will be engaging in Distance Learning and will be following our normal schedule which is listed below for your convenience: Dowagiac Middle School Distance Learning Schedule 8:00-8:40 1st hour 8:45-9:25 2nd hour 9:30-10:10 3rd hour 10:15-10:55 4th hour 10:55-11:25 Lunch 11:30-12:10 5th hour 12:15-12:55 6th hour 1:00-1:40 7th hour Thank you, Dr. Wightman
Greetings Chieftain families, This is just a friendly reminder we are going to be returning to in-person instruction on Monday, January 11th. For your convenience, doors will be open at 7:20 am. Teachers are asking all students to bring their school issued Chromebooks (fully charged), charging cables, textbooks and other materials with them when we return. We are looking forward to seeing everyone!! ONWARD Chieftains!! Dr. Wightman
Good morning, Some families have communicated they are experiencing intermittent outages using Schoology today. We are aware of this issue and are working to resolve it. Please encourage your child, if they are experiencing this problem, to log back into their teacher's conference and check for messages in their Schoology classrooms for updates on where they will meet during their 7th hours. Thank you for your patience. Dr. Wightman
Attention parents/guardians of all 6th grade girls!! Below is an update concerning the Little Chieftains girls youth basketball program from Coach Turner. Little Chieftains Youth Basketball Update I have had a lot of parents asking about the Little Chieftains Youth Basketball program that was started last year. This is usually the time of year when we start our registrations for the program. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic has presented a number of challenges that make it infeasible to run the program this winter. It really breaks my heart that we are not going to be able to make the league work this year due to health and safety concerns, but that does not mean that it will not return next year. It will come back even stronger! This Youth League allows us to build our Dowagiac Girls Basketball program and provides the youth of our city the chance to build a love for basketball. In place of the Little Chieftains Youth Basketball League, we plan to hold extra basketball camps this summer. We usually have one week of camps in the summer for kids, but we will plan to have extra weeks this coming summer. Those dates and times will be coming out at a later date. This information will likely be released closer to the end of the school year, so please keep your eyes open for a letter coming home about these basketball camps. Also, go like the Dowagiac Girls Basketball facebook page. Throughout the winter we will upload some videos of drills you can do to improve your basketball skills. Thanks, Coach Turner
Hello DMS Chieftain Families, This is just a friendly reminder we will begin Thanksgiving Vacation after our half day of school on Wednesday, November 25th. Students will be attending their 5th, 6th and 7th hours at the following scheduled times: 8:00-8:55 5th hour 9:00-9:55 6th hour 10:00-10:55 7th hour On behalf of the staff of Dowagiac Middle School, we would like to wish you and your families a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Break! Many blessings, Dr. Wightman
Greetings DMS Chieftain Families, We want to inform you that your child’s report card has been mailed home along with their results from this year’s Fall NWEA benchmark assessment. We also wanted to make you aware that a few families may see a “Semester” grade located on their child’s report card instead of the typical “1st Quarter” grade. This was a system error that impacted only a couple classes. We apologize for any confusion this might cause and are working to correct it. For those impacted, the grade indicated reflects the work completed through the 1st Card Marking. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teachers or myself if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support. Dr. Wightman
Please visit the DUS Covid Page to read the memo from Superintendent Whan on a case at DMS. http://bit.ly/duscovid
Please visit the DUS Covid Page to read the updated memo from Superintendent Whan on a case at DMS and DUHS for the 10/28/2020 memo. http://bit.ly/duscovid
Please visit the DUS Covid Page to read the memo from Superintendent Whan on a case at DMS and DUHS. http://bit.ly/duscovid
Greetings DMS families, Your child's most current academic progress report should be arriving in your mailboxes early this week. Please remind your son or daughter to complete any missing work they may have to earn their best possible grades to end our 1st Quarter of the school year. Our staff is also working with them to accomplish this task. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of your child's teachers by calling: (269) 782-4440 and they will be happy to assist you. Thank you for your continued support. Together, we can accomplish anything! Dr. Wightman
Please visit the DUS Covid Page to read the memo from Superintendent Whan on cases at DUHS. http://bit.ly/duscovid
Hello Chieftain families, This is just a friendly reminder the building will be open for student drop off at 7:20 am. Please have your child bring their fully charged school issued Chromebook to school. They may also bring a water bottle as well as a mask from home. FYI-Students will be given 2 cloth masks on Monday. Finally, backpacks can be used to carry belongings to and from school. However, they will need to be kept in lockers during the day, as students will carry their supplies to and from their classes. We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Thank you, Dr. Wightman
Hello Chieftain Families, For your convenience, a list of suggested/recommended grade level supplies can be viewed by visiting our building website (Go to the “Menu” tab and select “Supply List”). Although the items on this list are not required, it is being provided for those families who would like to know what materials their child will be using in their classes. FYI-Teachers will also provide more information to students about other items they recommend, specific to their courses, when we return to school the week of October 12th. We are looking forward to educating your children. Thank you, Dr. Wightman
Hello Chieftain families, We will be having Parent Teacher Conferences at DMS on Wednesday, October 7th (5-8 PM) and Thursday, October 8th (12-3 PM). The format for this year’s conferences will be different from previous years as you will have the choice of conducting them via telephone or virtually (through Google Meet). For your convenience, you may call the Middle School Office (269) 782-4440 to schedule an appointment to meet with your son’s or daughter’s teachers. You may also contact your child’s teachers directly (through email) to set up a time. Finally, we will have Spanish speaking faculty available to assist our families who need this support. We are looking forward to seeing you.
This message is for all 7th and 8th grade student athletes interested in playing Fall Sports. Those 7th and 8th grade girls interested in playing Volleyball this season will begin practice on Monday, September 14 from 3-4:30 pm at Dowagiac Union High School. Coach Frontczak asks all players to please bring their own water bottle. 7th and 8th grade boys playing football this season begin practice tonight, Friday, September 11th from 5:30-7:30pm. Practice will also take place on Saturday, September 12th from 2:30-5:00 pm and will continue all next week from 5:30-7:30 pm. Go Chieftains!
Hello DMS families, "Ooops! Your on camera!!" This is just a friendly reminder to be aware student Chromebooks have a very wide camera view. We are letting you know so you are aware sometimes things you think aren't on camera are really happening on camera. To assist with this, we ask our students to let those around you know they are in view (This will help avoid any awkward situations). We also want you to be aware our Chromebook microphones are very sensitive to noises around them and can sometimes pick up unintended conversations. So please be careful. From our hearts to yours...Thank you for a wonderful first week of distance learning at Dowagiac Middle School!
Attention parents/guardians of 7th & 8th grade girls!!! 7th & 8th grade volleyball practices will begin on Monday, September 14th from 3:00-4:30PM at DOWAGIAC UNION HIGH SCHOOL. All volleyball players should bring their own water bottle and a mask/face covering. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. Game and practice schedules will be distributed on Monday. Please contact Coach Frontczak at 782-4440 ext 1135 if you have any questions.
Please watch this short video to find more information on the start of school! Just click the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11U13ymvtrmi-DpEWMjOi2a2QB5xwfUDb/view?usp=sharing
Hello DMS families, The following web link will provide you with our Distance Learning Schedule at DMS for the beginning of the school year: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A5kYnF7qxVxUda7fsxr_NgqfPDJ5k3p6/view?usp=sharing
Hello Middle School Chieftain Families, This is just a reminder to everyone our first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th. We will begin the year using a new Distance Learning platform called "Schoology." Students will need to login using their Chromebooks each period to meet their teachers. All staff have been asked to send each student an email inviting them to each of their classes. To assist you with this process, you may also use the following web link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tp1WbDUdyXsRyikDEhAIa0QpXK9PfhQ1/view?usp=sharing
We are excited to begin the new school year and wanted to make you aware that we intend to distribute student equipment and materials beginning next week. As part of this process you will need you to complete registering your child so we can provide them with a schedule of classes. The designated dates and times for student pick up of materials are as follows: Monday, August 31st, all 6th grade student families may pick up their child’s school issued Chromebook and textbooks at DMS from 7 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 7 pm. It is important to note, students will need these new computers because district provided software has been pre-loaded on them. We would also like to inform you there will be a $20 insurance fee that will need to be paid at the time of pick-up to cover any possible repairs. Chromebook and textbook pick up for Families of 7th grade students is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 1st, between the hours of 7AM-2PM and 5PM-7PM Additionally, families of 8th grade students are scheduled to pick up supplies on Wednesday, September 2nd, from 7AM-2PM and 5PM-7PM If you are unable make either of the days described, additional pick up times have been scheduled for Thursday, September 3rd from 7AM-2PM and 5PM-7PM and Friday, September 4th, from 7AM-11AM We ask that you please bring any books that have not yet returned from last year with you as well. If you need more information please visit our building website and our DMS Facebook web pages for more information. Thank you.
Greetings Chieftain families, This is just a friendly reminder if you have not yet registered your child(ren) for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, please do so by following the web link provided below which will take you directly to our online registration form: (Simply copy and paste it into your URL bar) https://rb.gy/osh218 *If for any reason you are experiencing difficulty with the registration process, please contact the Middle School office and we will be happy to assist you. You may reach us at: (269) 782-4440. We are looking forward to educating your child. Onward Chieftains! Dr. Sean H. Wightman Principal Dowagiac Middle School
Dowagiac Community: Due to a recent resignation on the Board of Education, the Dowagiac Union Schools is seeking interested applicants to fill a vacant seat on the Board of Education. Applicants must submit a letter of interest to the attention of the Board President (mailed or delivered to Administration Office.) Letters must be received by 4 pm., on Wednesday, August 12th. If you, or someone you know, would be interested in serving on the Board of Education, please submit your letter of interest to the Board by August 12th. Thank you!