Dragon Tales April 9, 2021

Mon, 04/12/2021 - 8:40am

DMS WELCOMES BACK  7th & 8th Graders

The DMS faculty and staff are excited to welcome our 7th & 8th grade students on Monday, April 12, and Thursday, April 15. We have truly missed our students and can’t wait to see their smiling faces when they return. 


We have a few important reminders; prior to your child’s departure from home, please remember to perform a symptom check daily. Students should not be sent to school if they are exhibiting symptoms. See Daily Health Check.


The students will not be permitted to enter the building before 7:45 am. Once they enter, students choosing to eat breakfast will report directly to the cafeteria for a Grab-n-Go breakfast. All other students will report directly to their 1st-period class. Please remember to print a copy of your schedule to locate your first period class. Staff will be available to assist. 


Prior to your student(s) return, we would like to invite all students and parents to view the Student/Parent Orientation Presentation. The video presentation will provide families with an overview of the DMS expectations for student return and what to expect on the first day. If your student will be utilizing transportation, please check the HCPSS Bus Locator for bus stop location and time. In addition, print your student’s schedule from HCPSS Connect


We are looking forward to seeing our final group of students return. Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing weekend. 



Antoinette Roberson



Important Message for Car Riders


This is a reminder to parents: in the morning, students should be dropped off at the stop sign at the beginning of the middle school parking lot, across from Northfield Elementary. Parents are not allowed to drive onto the parking lot when the busses are lined up; you must wait for the busses to leave the campus before you can proceed.  


Thank You,

DMS Bus/Car Pool Team


Meet Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Candidates 


Do you have questions for SMOB finalists? Here's your chance to get answers about their platform, leadership experience, and more. The objective: Ask our SMOB finalists questions about their visions for Howard County Public Schools, and more!  


This year’s candidates are: Peter Banyas and Dhruvi Mirani 


DMS will host a SMOB Forum in two days!  


April 12 from 3:00 - 4:00pm.  

Meet code:  dms-SMOB 


Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site - Normandy Shopping Center 


Great news!  There will be a mobile testing site on Wednesdays at the Normandy Shopping Center. See attached flyer for details: Mobile COVID-19 Testing Site.


Oriole Advocates Collection Drive


DMS 6th and 8th grade students will be participating in the Oriole Advocates Cardboard to Leather collection drive from April 1st through April 16th. This collection drive is part of their student service-learning project for this year.  The Oriole Advocates collect new/ gently used baseball and softball equipment which is then shipped to underprivileged children around the world to promote the game of baseball.  Please check your garages, basements, attics, etc. for any equipment that can still be used by children around the globe!  Collection bins will be placed in the DMS lobby during the drive.  For more information about the Oriole Advocates 

Charitable Foundation, please use the following link:  http://www.orioleadvocates.org/cardboard-to-leather.html


Community Messages


Second HoCo VIRTUAL Rainbow Conference

Please join us virtually to learn more about how to be a better advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community at our second HoCo Rainbow Conference. With over 24 concurrent sessions and local as well as national speakers, we have a full day of fun and learning lined up for Saturday, May 15, 2021. Session speakers include Jane Clementi and Joshua Patel of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, Rae Sweet of the It Gets Better Project, Maryland House Majority Leader, Eric Luedtke, Kevin Naff of The Washington Blade, Ying Matties and Robyn Page of Community Allies of Rainbow Youth (CARY), and many more! Registration for this FREE conference is now open!  To register, please visit our website at bit.ly/HCPSSRainbow and click the "Register Now" button or link at the top of the page. To learn more about the sessions and view the conference schedule click here. Not only will you learn a lot, but you'll also have the chance to win prizes sponsored by our breakout sponsors - E.C. Pops and Shake Shack. A big shout-out to our Platinum Sponsor - PFLAG Columbia-Howard County and to our Gold Sponsors - The Baltimore Wisdom Project and the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Healthcare. We hope many of you will join us for this wonderful day!


Upcoming Events

  • April 12: Hybrid Students in 7th & 8th Grade Return

  • April 14: Schools close 3 hours early, End of 3rd Quarter

  • April 15: Hybrid Students in 7th & 8th Grade Return

  • April 22: Report cards issued

  • May 13: Schools closed for students, Professional Learning Day

New HCPSS Community News and Programs Site


In response to community requests for resources, HCPSS’ new Community News and Programs (Links to an external site) website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events, and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.


Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org.


For other Community News visit our website www.dms.hcpss.org