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Upcoming Events
No events are scheduled.
 
District Announcements
Snow Make-up Days
Please be advised due to snow days, the following adjustments have been made to the 2013-2014 School Year. School will be in full session on:

APRIL 17, 21, 2014

MAY 23, 2014

If there are additional SNOW DAYS-  some more adjustments to the School Calendar may be made.

Thank you.
School Announcements
WAY TO GO RILEY MCNALLY
CONGRAULATIONS TO RILEY MCNALLY FOR BEING SELECTED AS THE ARTS ALIVE RECEIPIENT OF THE KELCEY HALLINAN SCHOLARSHIP SPONSORED BY THE NEIU.
 
CONGRATULATIONS RILEY!!
SAT
SAT PREP CLASS FOR MATH
attention juniors!!!
 
 
Dear Junior Parent(s)/Guardian(s):
 
Please be advised there will be MATH SAT classes offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays by Mr. Callahan in room 111 after school.
 
Classes will begin March 11, 2014 from 3:30 to 4:30 to help students prepare for the May 2014 SAT.
 
We strongly encourage all juniors to attend. This course is free and open to all juniors. Thank you as always for your support!
 
Lackawanna College
Dear Parents:
 
As you are aware, Dunmore High School has recently established a partnership with Lackawanna College for a Dual Enrollment program for juniors and seniors. 
 
The credits earned through this program are transferrable to many colleges and universities. It is our strong recommendation if you question if these credits will transfer to a college or university your child is planning on attending, you should contact that college’s admissions office to inquire if they will accept Lackawanna College credits.
 
A representative from Lackawanna College will be at Dunmore High School on February 18th to collect registration forms and payments. Checks should be made payable to “Lackawanna College.” No registrations/payments will be accepted after this date.
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
 
Mr. Robert Galella
Principal
 
Dual Enrollment
Dear Parents and Students,                                                     January 6, 2014
 
 Dunmore High School is pleased to announce that it has established a partnership with Lackawanna College in the form of a Dual Enrollment Program for high school juniors and seniors. This program will allow qualified students to earn college credit at a dramatically reduced rate while still completing their high school requirements. The discounted tuition rate is $100/credit (i.e. a standard 3 credit course would cost $300).
The college credits earned in this program will most likely be transferrable to the college or university of the student’s choice upon graduation. To help insure transferability, Lackawanna College participates in several articulation agreements including the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Academic Passport program as well as direct transfer agreements with many of the local and regional public/private schools. In past years, Lackawanna College students have transferred credits to various colleges and universities including Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Keystone, Lehigh, Marywood, Misericordia, Penn State, Temple and West Chester.
Interested students can pick up registration forms in the Guidance Office. A representative from Lackawanna College will be at Dunmore High Schoolon February 18th to collect registration forms and payments. Students should bring a check to school with them on that date. Checks should be made payable to “Lackawanna College.” No registrations/payments will be accepted after this deadline. 
The following is a list of Dunmore High School courses that have been approved for both high school and college credit:
DHS HIGH SCHOOL COURSE                            LC COURSE
  • Information Technology                           Computer Applications (CIS 105)
  • Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus                      College Algebra (MAT 120)
  • English 12                                              Introduction to Literature (ENG 110)
  • Chemistry                                              General Chemistry I (CHM 120)
  • Chemistry Lab                                        General Chemistry I Lab (CHM 121)
Liberty Petroleum
Liberty Petroleum Distributors have selected Dunmore High School as a recipient of $500 to help enhance our Math and Science Curriculum.

Thank you Liberty Petroleum! Hope to see you again next year!!
Congratulations Students
Congratulations to the following students for receiving Recognition in the Holiday Poster Contest sponsored by the Lackawanna / Susquehanna Office of Drug and Alcohol Programs:
These students will participate in a Candlelight Vigil and Awards Ceremony and Reception honoring the finalists:
Shandon Black,  Brooke Jennings, Ramsha Islam, Rebecca Brzenski, and Lenny Benfante

Online Grades Instructions
These steps are: 
1. Go to the portal and complete the initial registration. 
2. Your registration then shows under the "pending" heading on our end in the system.  This is checked daily.  We then approve your registration. This puts you in the approved list in the system, and generates an email to the address you provided.  The school’s part is done at this point.
3. You have to click the link in the email to complete the activation. This changes them from "approved" to "active" in the system.  You have not completed the registration process until this email link is confirmed by you.  You will not be able to view anything in the system until you are activated.
 
Act 80 Inservices Calendar
Please be advised of the following Act 80 dates where 9-12 students will be dismissed at 11:45 & 7-8 students will be dismissed at 11:55.
 
These Friday Act 80 inservices will take place from 1-3:15.
 
2/28/14,   3/28/14,   5/16/14
Thank you,
School Safety
Message from Mr. Galella
December 17, 2012
I want to take this opportunity to provide you with some information about the district in light of the recent tragedy in Connecticut. The district has followed these events since they occurred and has been evaluating our own security procedures. We strive to maintain safe and secure schools each and every day. The security of our buildings is a primary concern of each building principal each day.
As a result of the situation in Connecticut:
  • Administrators, faculty, and staff have been reminded to become more vigilant and aware of building security concerns.
  • Local police have been asked to be more visible around all school buildings.
  • Increase on-going and consistent collaboration among the School Safety Team, Student Resource Officer, Local Police and State Police and other stakeholders
  • Increase the amount of Lockdown (practice, practice, practice).
  • Understand that there is no perfect crisis management plan but to continue to review it each summer and school year with all stakeholders involved
  • Revise and Articulate PLAN(S) accordingly so all are on the same page and have a clear understanding of procedures
  • Believe that our MISSION is to have the best safety plan and Leadership possible with the resources we have available
The Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff take the responsibility of providing a safe and secure environment very seriously. I ask you to discuss school safety with your child/children. Indicate to them that if they notice anything strange in or around any school building to report it to a principal or staff member immediately.
I appreciate your support. With your assistance these proactive measures and awareness assist the district to continue to make Dunmore Schools a safe place for everyone.
Respectfully,
Robert Galella, Principal
Internet Safety
this is a link to a five chapter series on Internet Safety for parents:
 
2013-2014 Assessment Schedule
2013-14 PA STATE ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE

PSSA FIELD TEST:  
Writing Field Test Grades 6-8 Feb. 3-14, 2014 (Voluntary)
  
PSSA:   
Math and Reading Grades 3 – 8 March 17-28, 2014
Math and Reading Make-ups  March 31-4, 2014
Writing Grades 5, 8 March 31-April 4, 2014
Writing Makeups  April 7-11, 2014
Science Grades 4, 8  April 28-May 2, 2014
Science Makeups  May 5-9, 2014
  
KEYSTONE EXAMS:  
Winter Wave 1 Algebra I, Biology, Literature Dec. 2-13, 2013
Winter Wave 2  Grades 8 – 11 Jan. 8-22, 2014
Spring  *Upon Subject Completion. May 12-23, 2014
  
PASA:  
Reading and Math Grades 3 – 8 and 11 February 17 – March 28, 2013
Science (*Must be administered following Reading and Math) Grades 4, 8, and 11 February 17 – May 9, 2013

PIAA
PIAA
Dear Member School Administrators,

We would like to welcome you back to another school year and we hope that all of you have had a great start to 2013-2014!

 

The purpose of this email is to bring to your attention that in your school mailing packet you will be receiving a poster providing information on PIAA's 100th Year Anniversary Logo Contest. On December 29, 2013 PIAA will officially celebrate its 100th birthday!

We would like our member schools to be a part of this celebration by offering PIAA students a chance to participate in designing our 100th year logo and a chance to win $1,000 plus an Apple iPad.

 

In addition to the posters, information regarding the contest can be found on the PIAA Web site at www.piaa.org. Please share this information with your students and help us ring in 100 years of interscholastic athletics in Pennsylvania!

 

Best wishes to all of you as you begin your new school year.


Dr. Robert A. Lombardi

Executive Director


Computer Conversion
Please be advised that we are undergoing a district-wide computer conversion consisting of a new way to enter attendance & discipline reports,  post grades for parents and students to view, post assignments, etc.

We ask for your patience and understanding as we go through this process of providing adequate training to faculty and staff.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.


After-school tutoring
After school tutoring will begin on Monday's & Tuesday's starting September 30th from 3:15-4:15.
Important Dates
Important dates that are on the horizon:
                       
                               Friday, September 13 - Student Body Elections
                               Friday, September 20 - Homecoming
                               Friday, October 11 - Breast Cancer Awareness Game
                               Friday, October 25 - Parents Night (Football)
                               Tuesday, November 5 - Underclassman Photos
                               Wednesday, November 6 - Photos for club officers, faculty, senior quick takes
                               Saturday, December 7 - Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser
                               Tuesday, December 10 - Blood Drive
                               Saturday, Janurary 4 - Semi
                               Friday, May 16 - Prom
                               Wednesday June 11 - Graduation

Keystone Exams
Information for Parents
Information for Parents or Guardians
Pennsylvania Keystone Exams
What are the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams are end-of-course assessments designed to evaluate proficiency in academic content. Beginning with the class of 2017, students must demonstrate proficiency on the Algebra 1, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams to graduate. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to take the Keystones throughout their high school careers.
Who will participate in the Keystone Exams?
Beginning in 2012-2013 the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams will replace the 11th grade Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests in mathematics, reading, and science for purposes of satisfying No Child Left Behind (NCLB)/Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements. Therefore, all students in grade 11 must participate in the Algebra I, Literature, and Biology Keystone Exams. Additionally, students in any grade who are enrolled in a Keystone related course should participate.
When will the exams be offered?
The Keystone Exams will be administered three times each year—winter, spring, and summer. Specific administration dates will be published by the Pennsylvania Department of Education on the SAS website at www.pdesas.org .
Who decided what Keystone Exams should measure?
Groups of educators from across Pennsylvania chose the areas of knowledge on which the Keystone Exams are based. The groups included teachers, supervisors, curriculum directors, and college specialists. These groups also reviewed, edited, and approved exam questions.
What is assessed on the Keystone Exams?
Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core Standards, standards aligned with expectations for success in college and the workplace. The Keystones are designed to measure these standards.
How long is a Keystone Exam administration?
There is no time limit for a student to complete a Keystone Exam. Each Keystone Exam should take the typical student 2 to 3 hours to complete. There are two modules on each test, and each module (or Test Session) of the Keystone Exam should take 1 to 1.5 hours to complete. Districts may select to administer the entire Keystone Exam at once or do each module on separate, consecutive days.
What are the available formats for administering the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams are available in both online and paper/pencil formats. Districts will determine if online, paper/pencil, or both formats will be used locally. Makeup exams will also be administered in either online or paper/pencil format.
Will students have an opportunity to experience online testing before taking a Keystone Exam online?
Tutorials and online training programs have been developed for the Keystone Exams. The PA Online Assessment Student Tutorial uses pictures, motion, and sound to present visual and verbal descriptions of the properties and features of the PA Online Assessment system. Students are allowed to repeat the Student Tutorial as often as desired and needed. The Online Tools Training (OTT) provides an introductory experience using the PA online assessment software allowing students to observe and try out features of the PA online assessment software prior to the actual assessment. Within the OTT, students also have the opportunity to practice typing responses in a narrative format, graphing functions, and entering equations using an equation builder tool. The online exam also has a “Help” feature that is available to the student during the exam.
What types of questions are on the Keystone Exams?
The Keystone Exams will include multiple-choice questions and constructed-response, or open-ended, questions. For each Keystone Exam, approximately 60% to 75% of the total score will be from multiple-choice questions and 25% to 40% of the total score will be from constructed-response questions. The English Composition Keystone Exam will be an exception, with 20% of the total score from multiple-choice questions and 80% of the total score from constructed-response questions.
How are the written responses to constructed-response questions scored?
The written responses for constructed-response questions are scored by evaluators trained in applying a pre-determined scoring system. Scores are based on content only. Except for English Composition, spelling and punctuation are not included as part of the scoring process. Most constructed-response questions require students to show their work or explain their reasoning. These Keystone Exam questions will ask students to explain, analyze, describe, or compare. Some questions will also require students to perform calculations or create graphs, plots, or drawings.
How are the results reported?
Keystone Exam scores will be processed as quickly as possible and provided to the districts.
Two copies of the individual student report for all Keystone Exams will be sent to the school districts and charter schools. One copy should be sent home to parents/guardians; the other is kept by the school/district.
School-level reports will be used for curricular and planning purposes. School districts and charter schools may publish the results of Keystone Exams for each school. The state will also release school-by-school exam data.
May parents see the Keystone Exams?
Parents and guardians may review the Keystone Exams if they believe they may be in conflict with their religious beliefs by making arrangements with the School Test Coordinator once the exams arrive at the school. Confidentiality agreements must be signed, and no copies of the Keystone Exams or notes about exam questions will be permitted to leave the school.
If, after reviewing the Keystone Exams, parents or guardians do not want their child to participate in one or all of the exams due to a conflict with their religious beliefs, they may write to the school district superintendent or charter school CAO prior to the beginning of the exam(s) to request to excuse their child from the exam(s).
For additional information about
the Keystone Exams, visit the SAS
website at www.pdesas.org or
contact your school district.

WNEP2 Highlighted our School
Please visit the below link to view the WNEP video that highlights our school from last week and was shown as part of the halftime show during this past Friday night's football game that was televised on WNEP2. They send their apologies stating that some of the footage was cut off during the televised halftime show.

Thank you to our teachers and students who participated in this even if it didn't make the final cut of editing. Your support was greatly appreciated!

Thank you,

http://wnep.com/2012/09/10/dunmore-hs-hosts-wnep2-sports-team/#ooid=IwNWV1NToknEmyI4zvkDb0-aX3o6RAJc

PA Department of Education updates
To review the many initiatives that our PA Department of Education continues to legislate; visit the Standards Aligned System (SAS) portal at www.pdesas.org
Dangers of "Four Loko"
Dangers of Four Loko
It’s been dubbed “blackout in a can” and “liquid cocaine.” It looks just like an energy drink in a red and grey camouflage-designed aluminum can, except for an “alcoholic beverage” label encircling the top and it has become popular among middle, high, and college students.

The drink is fruit punch-flavored Four Loko, a caffeinated alcoholic drink newly popular at middle and high schools and colleges across the United States.

A combination of alcohol and carbonated, fruit-flavored soda, the drink’s flavor is a mixture of juice and cheap beer. "It reminds [students] of an energy drink, and it’s really cheap, and it has a lot of alcohol,”

Four Loko’s hype has grown from word-of-mouth marketing. The Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission filed an emergency regulation to restrict the sale of caffeinated alcoholic beverages such as Four Loko, that was supposed to begin this past Nov. 22. Four states — Washington, Michigan, Oklahoma and Utah — have already banned the drinks, and their distributors have agreed to halt shipments to Connecticut.

In response to threats from regulators, Four Loko maker Phusion Projects announced this past Fall, it would no longer add caffeine to its alcoholic drinks. The Food and Drug Administration was expected to take action on caffeinated alcoholic drinks back in the Fall.

But regardless of the drink’s potential dangers, its popularity is apparently high — Four Loko has more than 100,000 fans on Facebook as of this past Fall.

K2 among teens
Any parent who is raising a teenager in this day and age knows how tough it is for a young person to fit in with the crowd. Even the best students give in to peer-pressure now and then, seeing little or no harm in doing something that is legal. Unfortunately, a legal and extremely harmful substance is attracting kids in droves.
 
K2, known among teens as “fake pot” is produced in china and sold as incense in the United States. There is no regulation on incense so anyone including children can buy it. It is sold online, in smoke shops and local gas stations. K2 is a blend of herbs and spices sprayed with chemicals. Blends are traditionally burned in incense pots; however teens roll the K2 and smoke it in joints or pipes.
 
Although there are no studies on the long term effects of K2 user, some documented emergency room cases include seizures, extreme agitation, vomiting, hallucination, delusions and extreme anxiety attacks. Some psychiatrists have reported seeing signs of addiction and withdrawal in regular users.
 
Another problem with K2 is that because there is no regulation on its production in China, the chemicals sprayed on the herbs are not consistent. Some bags may contain lower levels of the spray while others have very high levels, which may lead to an increase in the negative effects.
 
The federal government is working to ban some of the chemical found in K2 but until state laws are passed K2 is still available to our children in our community.


PAIUnet
video PAIUnet
PAIUnet is a high-speed educational network that connects all 29 Intermediate Units and their member school districts throughout Pennsylvania.
Please visit
http://videopaiunet.org to learn more about educational topics being discussed across the Commonwealth.
This site DOES work, although it may say "broken." If so, click the "search" button and navigate to view podcasts, etc. pertaining to topics being discussed statewide.

Standards Aligned System
SAS Portal

Standards Aligned System (SAS) is a comprehensive approach to support student achievement across the Commonwealth. You can learn more about this portal/site and its six elements that support the path to Student Achievement by visiting and/or creating a user account at www.pdesas.org


Food Allergies are SERIOUS

I strongly encourage you to share this with your high school student even if it does not directly pertain to your family. I thank you for this!

I need to make you aware of my concern that students are not aware of the seriousness of students who suffer from Food Allergies.

We in the middle school have several students with Food Allergies and in some cases it can be fatal. These students will be eventually entering the high school. When I put myself in the shoes of these students, I can’t help to feel bad for them thinking about the daily stress they must feel as they attend school and live out their lives.

Food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Scientists estimate that as many as 15 million Americans suffer from food allergies.

 TREATMENT:
At this time, no medication can be taken to prevent food allergies. Strict avoidance of the allergy-causing food is the only way to avoid a reaction. There is no cure for food allergies.

Therefore, if your child has a food allergy, I strongly recommend that he/she does not participate in any Bake or Candy sales that occur at school. It’s not worth taking the risk for things like this when it comes to your child’s health. However, for some reason if you feel that you want your child to participate against my strong recommendation; a parent note will be required ( to my attention ) along with a phone number to contact you right away to discuss the matter further.

 To learn more about food allergies, you may visit the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network’s website,

www.foodallergy.org  and/or www.kidshealth.org.

In the meantime, we at Dunmore Jr. / Sr. High School are going to discuss integrating more food allergy awareness into our 8th grade Health course.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Robert Galella
7-12Principal

 



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