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T-Bird Times - March 2017 Edition

posted Mar 1, 2017, 7:05 AM by CORY KURKEY
Character Education 

Trait of the Month for March: Be Positive 
Be Positive – Always seeing the good in things, expecting good things to happen.  Being helpful and supportive of others. 

Words of the Week for March 
Synthesize – combining different pieces of information into a whole that makes sense. 
Trace – to follow, make out, or determine the course or line of, especially by going backward from the latest evidence. 
Apply – Put to use 
Assess  decide on the rate or amount of 
Classify  place in a class or group 

Principal’s Message 

Hello DIS families, 

We will be giving your child state-required achievement tests this spring.  The testing window is March 20th – April 12th.  Our DIS students will be tested in English Language Arts/Reading and Mathematics.  The tests are a part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) program and are being given to all eligible students.  The results of these state tests will be reported to you on the School Report Card in the fall. We will review these state test results along with other information to help us improve our school program.  In addition, you will receive information about your child’s performance on the state tests he or she took. 

You can help your child do his/her best on the test by: 

1) making sure that your child attends school on the days of testing; 
2) making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing; 
3) providing breakfast on the mornings of testing; 
4) reminding your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she does not understand the test directions; 
5) letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best; and 
6) advising your child not to worry about the test – just do the best he or she can. 

Please contact your child’s teacher if you want additional information or have further questions about these tests. 

Yours in Education, 

Mr. Stirnaman 
Principal – Dorris Intermediate School 

Upcoming Events and Opportunities 

Yearbook Reminder – Remember to purchase your DIS yearbooks online for $17 @ Jostens.com.  Click on yearbook, purchase your yearbook and follow the directions.

Monday, March 6th  Casimir Pulaski Day – No School

Thursday, March 16th – Thursday, March 30th – DIS Lady T-Bird Basketball games.  Check your schedules for specific game times and dates.

Monday, March 20th – start of PARCC testing window.  Check with your child’s teacher on specific testing dates for your class.

STEM Challenges  

March Mathness 

The “March Math-ness” STEM Challenge
Don’t get mad this March over your bracket! Come explore even more Math Magic, Amazing Puzzles, Geometry, and Code Breakers in our 3rd year of March Math-ness!

March 9th, 16th, & 23rd until 5:00

Please - No Parking Next Door at Glazy Square 

Many of you used to drop off or pick up students at the Glazy Square donut shop next door. Please help us be a good neighbor and improve student safety by using our circle drive for drop-offs and pick-ups. Their spots should be for customers only.