• October 19, 2020

    Good Evening Highlanders! 

    This is Mr. Vasallo, principal of Dunedin Highland Middle School with my weekly update.

    Thank you to all of the families that applied to change learning options.  We spent last week evaluating our class sizes and staff will be reaching out all through Friday of this week about your selection.

    I also want parents to know that the delivery of student laptops should be scheduled soon.  We are still asking our MyPCSOnline families, to save the date for Saturday October 24th and Monday October 26th as potential distribution dates.  I still do not have an official delivery date, but we are holding these dates in hopes that we receive our delivery this week. More specific information will follow once I am able to confirm our delivery date.  In the meantime, if you want to be ready to pick up a laptop when they arrive, we encourage you to fill out the Laptop parentresponsform DHMS.pdf  available on our website.  After signing it, please email it to our Technology Specialist, Mrs. Rossell at rossellj@pcsb.org

    The Pinellas County Schools Referendum is up for renewal. The Referendum boosts reading, art and music programs, provides up-to-date technology and textbooks, and helps recruit and retain quality teachers. Voters have supported the Referendum every four years since its initial approval in 2004. An independent citizens committee oversees Referendum spending to ensure money is spent as voters intended. Every penny of the funding benefits Pinellas teachers and students. For more information, please visit  www.pcsb.org/referendum .

    DHMS PTA wants your opinion as we participate in the National PTA School of Excellence Program to enrich the well-being of all students. Please help us by taking this 5 to 10-minute anonymous survey on your experiences at our school by noon on October 30. Thank you!  https://forms.gle/wcSgHL5VM7A4V8e37 

    If you have questions about the PCS TIPS program, such as needing to pickup a packet, or returning your packet and payment, please contact Ms. Bosco at boscoma@pcsb.org. Completed packets are due back October 22nd.

    Tuesday, October 21st is Rays Spirit Day - all students are encouraged to wear their Rays gear to support the hometown team.

    Wednesday, October 22nd is Unity Day - all students are encouraged to wear orange to promote Kindness.

    Friday, October 23rd is the end of the first marking period.

    This is a reminder that Monday, October 26th is a teacher work day.  There is no school for students.

    Next week, October 26-30 is Red Ribbon Week and we will have dress us days for each day of the week posted to our website. RRW Flyer - October 2020.docx 

    Extended Learning Program (ELP) is every day except Wednesday.  Clubs are from 8:10-9:10 am and support for Math & Reading takes place from 8:40-9:10.  You can view our ELP schedule Here: ELP Schedule 2020-21.JPG . You can sign up on the front page of our website:  https://tinyurl.com/dhmselp

    Upcoming Dates:

    October 22nd                                       PCS TIPS Deadline (contact boscoma@pcsb.org)

    October 23rd                                        End of 1st marking period

    October 26th                                        No school for students

    October 29th                                        PSAT Testing (face to face 8th grade) - different bell schedule for all students. 8th grade online families should have received an email from Mrs. Dolan with instructions for their PSAT test.  Please reach out to Mrs. Dolan (doland@pcsb.org) with questions.

    November 3rd                                      Report Card Day

    November 6th                                      School Pictures

    November 29th                                    PTA Chipotle Night – 5:00pm

    For MyPCSOnline Families:  if your MyPCSOnline student has a substitute teacher for a class, moving forward, there will not be a Live Lesson in Canvas.  If your MyPCSOnline student has a sub, the teacher will post an announcement in the course that will have the assignment for the day and an attendance link so your student is marked present.

    Our Extended Learning Program DHMS needs Mentors for students!  If you would like to mentor a student, please contact Mrs. Lawrence (lawrencer@pcsb.org) and sign up for a mentor training session at one of the links below:

    October Mentor Workshop Webinars.pdf 

    November Mentor Workshop Webinars.pub.pdf 

    December Mentor Workshop Webinars.pub.pdf 

    Please consider showing your support for the PTA by signing up today at https://dhms.new.memberhub.store/store   

    Talleres Virtuales para Familias ESOL - Pinellas County Schools is holding Virtual Workshops for ESOL Families.  See the links below to sign up:

    Talleres Virtuales para Familias de la Escuela Intermedia S1 Septiembre-Diciembre 2020.pdf 

    Talleres Virtuales para Familias ESOL Escuela Primaria S1 Septiembre-Diciembre 2020.pdf 

    Talleres Virtuales para familias de secundaria S1 Septiembre-Deciembre 2020.pdf 

    Virtual Workshop for ESOL Families Middle School S1 Sept-Dec 2020.pdf 

    Virtual Worshops for ESOL Families Elementary School S1 Sept-Dec 2020.pdf 

    Virtual Workshops for ESOL Families High School Education S1 Sept-Dec 2020.pdf 

    If you have not been able to pickup books for your MyPCSOnline student, please contact the main office at 727-469-4112 ext. 2000 to set up an appointment to pick them up.

    For our face-to-face students, if you have a laptop that you checked out in the Spring, you can bring it to school and use it in your classes.  I would highly encourage all students who have a district laptop to bring it to school every day.

    Due to COVID-19 protocols, we are not accepting parent visitors without an appointment.  If you need to visit the campus, please contact Mrs. Fox at 469-4112 ext. 2005 or foxd@pcsb.org.

    If you need assistance during the day, I encourage you to call the school and select the option for your child’s grade level office.  We have clerks in all three grade levels who can assist you or direct you to someone who can assist you with your need:

    6th Grade:

    Clerk, Ms. Herbert, herbertk@pcsb.org, ext. 2052

    Counselor, Mrs. Northcutt, northcuttc@pcsb.org, ext. 2060

    Assistant Principal, Mrs. Dolan, doland@pcsb.org, ext. 2015

    7th Grade

    Clerk, Mrs. Carroll, carrollsu@pcsb.org, ext. 2051

    Counselor, Ms. Bosco, boscoma@pcsb.org, ext. 2061

    Assistant Principal, Mr. Forbes, forbesn@pcsb.org, ext. 2014

    8th Grade

    Clerk, Mrs. Yeasting, yeastingd@pcsb.org, ext. 2053

    Counselor, Ms. McDonnell, mcdonnellk@pcsb.org, ext. 2062

    Assistant Principal, Mrs. Watson, watsonje@pcsb.org, ext. 2016

    Meal pickup for our MyPCSOnline students will take place on Fridays from 10-11am.  The drive through pickup will be in the North service road where the car line cues up.

    Apply for Free and Reduced Lunch status at https://www.myschoolapps.com

    That’s all for this week at Dunedin Highland Middle School, where we conduct ourselves with Respect, Excellence, and Pride!  Go Highlanders!


    Mr. Vasallo


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