• 4/12/21

    Good Evening Highlanders! 

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

    We want to thank our parents and families for a great start to testing season.  To-date we have tested 95% of our students on FSA Writing!  We will have a makeup testing session for our online students on Thursday, April 15th at 10am. Please drop off at 9:45.  Please pick up your child by 12:30.  All materials will be provided.  Students may bring a water bottle.  Student cell phones will be collected at the beginning of the session to prevent test invalidation. Social distancing measures will be observed. Please sign your online student up for makeup testing on April 15th at this link:


    We will have more state testing sessions for FSA and EOC exams in May and June. Our full testing schedule will be emailed to parents and published on our website tomorrow (Tuesday) evening.

    If you have any questions about our testing dates and processes, please call or email Ms. Bernal @ 469-4112 x 2014 or bernalj@pcsb.org .

    The Summer Bridge Middle School Program Registration is open! Summer Bridge helps students develop and strengthen skills in math, reading, science and social studies, with a blend of technology, small group instruction, manipulatives, hands-on labs and project-based learning. New this summer, students will have the opportunity to take an elective! Course recovery courses will also be offered to eligible students in math, science, social studies and language arts.  Transportation is also available this year, along with free Breakfast and Lunch!

    Dates: June 21 – July 15

    Days: Monday - Thursday

    Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    To Apply:  Go to https://reservation.pcsb.org

    Need Help Applying?  Please contact Student Assignment at 727-588-6210 or StudentAssignment@pcsb.org

    In Sports this week, we have two track meets this week.    Coach Flannery and Coach Myers have posted a Track schedule for all meets and practices. The schedule is posted on our website.

    2021 track schedule.docx 

    If you have any questions please contact Coach Flannery (flanneryk@pcsb.org) or Coach Myers (myerssea@pcsb.org) for more details.

    Show your Highlander pride around town. The PTA is selling very snazzy car magnets. $7 each or 2 for $10. To get your very own DHMS magnet, visit the PTA STORE at www.dhmspta.org . Supplies are limited, so order yours TODAY!

    Upcoming Dates:

    April 14th: SAC (6:00) and PTA (6:30) Meetings: https://zoom.us/j/96576143858

    April 20th: Reports Cards

    April 21st: Report Card celebration – show you PLAID card for a treat in the cafeteria.

    Moving forward, if you wish to change your child's current learning option from online (MyPCS) to in person, or from in person to online, please fill out the Learning Option Change Form. Dunedin Highland Middle School staff will reach out within 7 days to discuss potential changes to your student's schedule, including teachers. In order to meet the needs of all learners, there will likely be changes to your student's schedule and/or teachers.

    Learning Option Change Form

    2020-2021 Yearbooks are on sale now!  You can purchase them online at the online payment link on our website: https://pcsb.revtrak.net/Middle-Schools/dunedin-highland-middle-/dunedin-ms-yearbook-sales/

    Each year, the Florida Department of Education produces the ESE parent survey, which surveys parents of students with an IEP who receive special education services. The direct link to the survey is www.esesurvey.com . The ESE Parent Survey takes place Feb. 1 through May 31.

    Talleres Virtuales para las Familias Aprendices del Inglés en Escuelas del Condado de Pinellas

    Pinellas County Schools is offering workshops for ESOL families. See the attached document for dates and times.

    Talleres Virtuales para Familias Aprendices del Ingles Escuelas de Pinellas S2 Escuela Intermedia

    Virtual Workshops for EL Families in Pinellas County Schools S2 Middle School grades

    If you would like to mentor a student, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Mrs. Lawrence at 727-469-4112 ext. 2045 or lawrencer@pcsb.org for more information.

    If your child rides a bus to school each day, you can keep updated on any issues by signing up for Bus Bulletin. Bus Bulletin will notify you by text, phone call or email if:

    • A bus is late.
    • A route has changed.
    • There has been an accident.

    If your child rides a bus, please take advantage of this free service. Sign-up by going to http://busbulletin.com/parents/

    The bus bulletin link can also be found on the district website. Just click on the Transportation button.

    We are continuing our laptop distribution for face-to-face students this week in 7th period.  In order for your student to receive a laptop, your student must have:

    If you have not completed the form or if your student needs to return their device, please have them bring the form and/or device to their first period teacher so that we can have their laptop ready to be delivered to their 7th period class.

    For MyPCSOnline families, who wish to pickup their child’s laptop, please contact your student’s grade level office to set up an appointment:

    For MyPCSOnline Families:  if your MyPCSOnline student has a substitute teacher for a class 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.

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

    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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