Principal Message August 12, 2022

Dear Dragon Families,

 

We are so excited to welcome back students to Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School! We have been very busy at school preparing for the new year. We have a new look in the front office, new furniture for our world language rooms and media center, we have hired incredible new staff members, and of course, we have our Dragon Family that support each other. This year the DDMMS Staff will continue to collaborate to provide new and innovative ways to empower and engage students, and our Core Values will help us navigate this year. We can’t wait to see the Dragons come through the front doors on August 29th. Please take a moment to read this newsletter. There is important information about before-school events and ways to support DDMMS.

 

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

  • Navigating 6th Grade – Come learn about 6th grade at DDMMS and get ready for the first day of school!

Please attend one of our welcome events. A parent or guardian should attend with their sixth grader.

You will travel through the school, meet the staff, and participate in several activities! We look forward to welcoming you!

August 16, 2022

  • Option 1 – 9:00am – 11:00pm – Your tour begins in the auditorium at 9:00am. Doors will open at 8:45am
  • Option 2 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm - Your tour begins in the auditorium at 12:00pm. Doors will be open oat 11:45am.

Please RSVP by completing this form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfENfrR2gQeh49XBRmGh2q66JKPvI7ytSYipWD63IDNkKgnUg/viewform?usp=sf_link

 

  • Open House for 7th and 8th Grades – 4:00 pm– 6:30pm. There will be two welcome sessions with Mrs. Feldman and the team. One at 4:15pm and one at 5:15pm.

 

  • First Day of School – August 29, 2022. Doors will open at 7:45am.

 

TIME TO SUPPORT THE DDMMS STAFF – Please use the link below for the sign-up genius with opportunities to support in the coming weeks.  Mrs. Feldman has asked for assistance with a few items to help welcome our teachers back on campus.  We also need volunteers to help with the PTA tables on August 16 at the 6th grade Dragon camp and 7th/8th Grade Open House on 8/25.  Please sign up if you can and let me know if you have questions! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0F4FA8AA2EABF4C25-back

 

 

ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB – We are excited to share that Coach Tanis will not only be teaching this year, but he is the new DDMMS Athletic Director. Also, shout out to Ms. VanOostrum-Reed who will serve as our DDMMS Athletic Booster Chair. Please look forward to ways to support our Dragon Athletes and Coaches. Go Dragons!

 

 

BUS REGISTRATION - Please register ASAP for DDMMS Transportation. Even if you had it last year, you need to do it again each year. - https://www.wcpss.net/Page/51640

 

STUDENT SCHEDULES - Schedules are being finalized now. Please note that if you see a schedule in PowerSchool, it is not a final schedule at this time. We are still working on finalizing schedules and courses. Student schedules are set to be final the week of August 15. Thank you for your patience.

 

SCHOOL SUPPLIES –

 

 

FREE/REDUCED LUNCH - WCPSS needs you to complete a 2022-2023 meal benefits application for next year. If you have not completed a free or reduced-price meal application and think your child may be eligible, pick up an application at your child’s school or apply online. Paper applications can also be requested by calling 919-588-3535 or 919-856-2920 or emailing cnsmealbenefits@wcpss.net

 

 

MESSAGE FROM THE DDMMS SCHOOL NURSE –

 

Hello Dillard Drive Families!

 

My name is Heide Cassimatis, and I am the school nurse for both Dillard Middle and Dillard Elementary Schools.  I am excited for another great year with your students!

 

If you are planning to attend the Dragon Camp or Opens House events, please consider bringing your student's medication along with a completed 1702 form, and I will check in the medication.  Need a 1702 form?  Your physician should have them available, or you can download it here:   https://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/5175/1702_parent_request_and_physicians_order.pdf

 

I will also be available to collect any medical paperwork and answer any questions you may have.  Or feel free to just stop by and introduce yourself!  Remember that by keeping your student healthy, we are giving them the best chance for success in school! Please don't hesitate to reach out at 919-524-1894 or hcassimatis@wcpss.net. 

 

 

REMEMBER TO STAY IN THE LOOP -   Follow Mrs. Feldman, DDMMS, and WCPSS on Twitter. Even if you don't ever tweet, it's a great source of information. @msfeldman and @DDMMSDragons. We also have a DDMMS Facebook page.

 

Your Proud Principal,

 

Margaret Feldman