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      We just completed another exciting week of school!  Thanks for all of your help.  A few reminders for the upcoming week:

      Exam Schedules

      1st Semester Exam Schedule 2017-2018

      (Year-Long Courses)

      Monday, December 11 - 1, 4 Exams (if year-long course)

      Tuesday, December 12 - 2, 3 Exams (if year-long course)

      Wednesday, December 13 - 5, 6 Exams (if year-long course)

      Thursday, December 14 - Make-up Exams

      Friday, December 15 - STEAM Day


      1st Semester Exam Schedule 2017-2018

      (Semester-Long Courses)

      Monday, January 15 - Schools and Offices Closed

      Tuesday, January 16 - Normal Day-No Exams

      Wednesday, January 17- Exams Semester-Long Courses (1, 3, 5)

      Thursday, January 18 - Exams Semester-Long Courses (2, 6)

      Friday, January 19 - Make-up Exams if needed

      Monday, January 22 - Make-up Exams if needed


      Second Semester Courses will begin Tuesday, January 23, 2018.


      Mock Trial

      Our Mock Trial team competed at the state competition this past weekend and represented DFMS with true Fox Pride.  The team placed 6th out of 60 teams from around the state.  The following students won awards:

      • Caroline C. - most effective attorney

      • Kaylee C. - most effective attorney

      • Will C. - most effective attorney

      • Rebecca H. - most effective witness

      • Ben H. - most effective witness

      • Isaac B. - most effective witness

      • Hayden C. - most effective witness


      Prepping for your Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) prior to attending High School


      The SC Education & Economic Development Act states that all 8th grade students will participate in an Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) prior to attending High School.  This plan allows students, in conjunction with their parent/guardian and school counselors, to create an academic plan that aligns their skills, abilities and career goals.  In January, you and your student will meet with DFMS Counseling Staff to select a cluster of study based on the Lexington/Richland School District 5 Curriculum Framework.  You will receive a letter during the winter break that will note the appointment date and time.  Please keep an eye out for it!  In the meantime, take 3 minutes to view the following video created by the Career Specialist at Dutch Fork Middle that highlights the 16 Career Clusters.

      Career Cluster Video


      ID Debts

      Please take care of any outstanding ID debt by Friday December 15. If you have any questions about any debt that your student owes, please contact Ms. Wendy Sullivan at 476-4800 Ext. 4841, or email at  wlsullivan@lexrich5.org.  Thank you!


      STEAM Day

      All students at DFMS will have an opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual STEAM Ahead Pajama Day on December 15, the day before Christmas break.  This is a special day sponsored by our Pearl groups where students can purchase tickets to wear pajamas to school, watch a holiday movie and then participate in STEAM activities related to the movie for the remainder of the day.  Proceeds will go towards school improvements such as better recess equipment.  Please see the attached flyer for more information!  



      Sports Schedule

      12/11 - C-Team Basketball at Lexington - 5:30 to 8:30 PM

      12/14 - C-Team Basketball at Gilbert - 5:30 to 8:30 PM


      Toy Drive

      Join our 3rd Annual Happy Wheels Toy Drive. We are collecting new toys for children in our local hospitals.

      Students have donated 55 toys this week. The toy drive ends Thursday, December 14.

      Year 1: DRMS donates 396 toys

      Year 2: DFMS donates 498 toys

      Year 3: Our goal this year is to collect 500 toys


      Suggested items:

      0-3 years: rattles, teething rings, baby blankets, toys with sounds & lights

      12-18 years: board games, sketch pads with colored pencils, sports balls, iTunes gift cards

      For a complete wish list go to http://happywheelsinc.org/

       The links below will give all the details.




      Junior Beta Club

      The Junior Beta Club is collecting new men's socks and underwear for the homeless now through Wednesday, December 13th. Please drop off your donations to Mrs. Hollis' room, Room 114 on the red hall. Donations will be delivered to Clean of Heart Ministry, which provides laundry, shower and case management services to the homeless in downtown Columbia.


      Chorus Concert

      Our Winter Holiday Performance will be held on Tuesday, December 12th - DFMS Cafeteria - Students arrive at 6:00pm - Doors Open at 6:50 - Performance at 7:00pm


      Chorus Rehearsal

      ​All Chorus Students have a MANDATORY Final Rehearsal Monday, after school, from 3:45 to 5:30.  Students please remind your parents that this rehearsal is 30 minutes longer the the other rehearsals.  Students should only come to the gym AFTER everyone has been dismissed.  Please make CERTAIN your rides are waiting for you at 5:30 sharp!



      Please dress in layers as the weather gets cooler.  Students are not permitted to use blankets on campus.




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