MS Update 1/19/18

Dear eDCSD Middle School Parents and Students,

As we settle back into school after the holidays, think about supporting your student in making a plan for a successful quarter. If you need ideas, visit our Parent Resource page and reach out to us for support. Please read this week’s announcements below.


MS Parent Survey:
With so many new families joining us this semester, we thought it would be a good idea to send this Middle School Parent survey out again. If you have not already filled this survey out, please take a moment to let us know what support you need HERE.

Kid Stage Theater Class:
The elementary students will be participating in a theater class conducted by Kidstage ending with a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The class will occur during elementary blended on Mondays from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the Cantril Classroom March 12 ­ May 15. Students will perform on May 14 at 6 pm. The class needs a minimum of 10­12 kids and the elementary only has 8 participants in this activity. They would like to invite some interested middle school students who are able to attend on Monday mornings to be part of this class and performance. Please email Mrs. Byrd at if you are interested.
School Accountability Committee (SAC) (All Students)
Parents, are you looking for ways to get involved in your child’s school? This group of school personnel, parents and community members meets quarterly to discuss issues facing the school and our students. This is a great opportunity for parent input and we welcome yours! We will be discussing our schools performance data, continuous improvement planning, and gaining feedback regarding upcoming changes to our learning management systems. THE NEXT MEETING IS Jan 24 at 2:30 PM. If you cannot meet in person but want to join virtually, join us via Zoom at

Superintendent Search: Input Needed
The DCSD Board of Education needs your help in the search for our next permanent superintendent. Please attend a Community Input meeting on January 23 or 24, and/or take a short online survey where you can select the top ten qualifications you believe our permanent superintendent should possess.­search

Coat Drive
As part of a service project to provide resources to homeless persons in Douglas County and Denver, students are collecting gently used winter clothing (coats, hats, gloves) and NEW socks. We are particularly in need of men’s sizes but all donations are welcome. If you’ve been needing to clear out those closets, now is a great time! Donations can be dropped off in the main office (M­F from 7:30­3:30). For more information about this service project, please contact Ms. Nehring.

Personalized Learning Newsletter
Please see this link (updated monthly) for information regarding how we are supporting personalized learning at eDCSD and what supports we have in place for students and parents.

Vending machine
You may have noticed that we have procured a small vending machine (if not,it is in the classroom). The Principal’s Advisory Council suggested that students needed a way to purchase breakfast, lunch and snack items during blended since we do not have a cafeteria. All profits will be used to fund student’s blended projects and scholarship opportunities for our seniors. Bring your pocket change and your appetite!

Last Week at Blended:
Two weeks ago, our students were introduced to the concepts of coding basics. This week, they continued their exploration into the world of programming by designing their very own digital game. Through the wonders of the website, students used drag and drop coding techniques to create an interactive and entertaining app called “Flappy Bird.” Make sure you ask them to show you afterwards! You can try to beat their high score :)

Blended Lesson: Wednesday, January 24th
This Wednesday, students will continue their understanding of sequencing and an exploration of coding through hands on activities.
In Skill Development, students will learn about the parts of the brain, what parts of the brain aid them in what kinds of activities, and how to use brain research to help them through stressful times.

9:00­9:15 Icebreaker
9:15 ­ 10:15 Middle School Lesson
10:15 ­ 10:45 Middle School Help Sessions
10:45­11:15 Skill Development with Middle School Counselor 11:15­ 11:45 Lunch/Group Activity
11:45­12:00 Transition to Gym or Check out
12:00 ­ 2:00 Optional Help Session

Lunch at Blended
Parents, please make sure that your student brings lunch with them to blended. Students eat lunch together at 11:15 each Wednesday.

Support Opportunities this Week
Blended Learning: Wednesday, January 24th from 9am ­ 12pm or 2pm. ● Need a ride to Blended? Complete this form.

● Need to attend virtually, use THIS link at 9:15 am on Wednesday.
Virtual Help Sessions: Thursday, January 25th
  • ●  Links to these sessions are found on your course Moodle Pages.

  • ●  Can’t make these times? You can email, call or Google Chat your teacher.
    9­10: Sanders (Math) and Nehring (Science)
    10­11: Schnickel (English) and Glenn (Social Studies) 11­12: Metz (Art)
    12­1: Ruginis (Math) and Pulliam (Science)
    1­2: O’Dell (English) and Phillips (Social Studies)

    Bus Sign Up for Blended
    If you will need transportation to/from blended, you will need to sign up weekly. The link to sign up will be in the Friday email. (HERE is the link for this week) We have limited seating so sign ups are first come, first serve. Sign ups will close when the bus is full. If you do not get a seat, please call the office to be placed on a waitlist for the week. Remember: you must sign up weekly for pick ups.
    State Testing Information
    We have already begun planning for testing this spring and want to best balance uninterrupted learning time for your students with state testing requirements. Since state testing coming up soon, we wanted to make you aware of where to find important resources. For a list of dates/locations, please click here.
    We fully respect your ability to make the best decision for your family as it relates to state-mandated assessments. The sooner we know your wishes for participation in these assessments, the better we can plan for our school. If you as a family have decided that you do not wish for your students to participate in these assessments, I ask that you complete this process and excuse your student sooner rather than later to help us plan for the least impact to our regular academic schedule. For directions regarding parent excusals, please click here. Please contact our school’s assessment coordinator,, or school administration with any questions.
    New Website (All Students)
    Have you seen the new Check out our new design! It is a work in progress but we are hopeful that you will find the new website to be more user-friendly. If you have any questions, please contact
    Your Partner in Learning,
    Laura Sharp, Assistant Principal
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