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General Study Hints (Motivation and Organization)

      BE AWARE WITH CLASS MATERIAL INTERFERING WITH EACH OTHER. When memorizing information, be careful of class material interfering with each other.  What happens is that you may forget the old material while trying to learn the new material.  Try memorizing material for each class on different days.  Review the night before, or a few hours before, the test. (time management).
      GO TO CLASS. If you want to do well in school, attendance is important.  If you miss class, you miss what the teacher thinks is important; hence, what is most likely to end up on the test.  (motivation)
      PARTICIPATE IN CLASS. In order to learn more in class it helps to participate in class discussions.  Asking questions to clarify and maintain eye contact with your professor can increase your participation and your focus during the class discussion.  Listen to your teacher and then try to guess what he or she is going to say next.  If the material is difficult, it helps to read the material before you go to class.  This helps you follow along in class.  (motivation)
      IF YOU NEED TO MISS A CLASS. If you have to miss class, let your teacher know.  It is very helpful to have a reliable classmate from whom you can get the notes.  Exchange telephone numbers (with someone who is passing the class) in case of an emergency.  (organization)
      TAKE GOOD NOTES. Try not to write down everything.  All you need are the main points and put in your own words.  Write unfamiliar terms.  Review your notes as soon after class as possible.  You can fill in details that you missed and review the material while it is still fresh on your mind. (organization)
      USE YOUR TEXTBOOK. Some teachers follow the book closely.  In this case it is helpful to take the book with you to class and write down topics or terms and write notes from the book. (organization)
      TALK TO YOUR TEACHER. If you are struggling in class, talk to your teacher.  He or she may be able to give you more help or tutor you before or after class.  Most teachers have little sympathy for students who become concerned about failing during the last few weeks of the grading period.  (motivation)
      FORM STUDY GROUPS. Get students together who are motivated to do well in the class.  Make sure that everyone is familiar with the material, because you do not want to spend time re-teaching material to people who do not understand.  Be careful!  Sometimes group session can become chatting sessions.  Set yourselves on a goal and then once completed, then have your chatting session. (motivation)
      START AT THE BEGINNING. Start studying; from the first day you make the change or better yet, the first day of school.  It’s never too late, but you have to make the decision to make the change. (motivation)
      KEEP ORGANIZED. Try to keep your backpack, folders, and locker neat.  You should be able to locate papers at any moment when a teacher requests them.  Also, keep in mind that some classes require more effort than others.  For example, Math and foreign languages are subjects, which require daily work.  These subjects build on materials from the day before, so you have to keep up in these classes.  (organization)
Pennsylvania Academic Standards

Pennsylvania Academic Standards

The State Board approved the final Chapter 4 regulations on September 12, 2013. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the final regulation on November 21, 2013. With publication of Chapter 4 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the new regulations took effect on March 1, 2014.

As part of the new regulations, Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

Student Registration

Documents needed for registration

  1. Parent/Legal Guardian must provide photo Identification (examples: Current PA Drivers License/Non-Drivers License or valid Federal, State or Municipal employment identification, Passport).
  2. Proof of Residency (examples: Deed, Original Rental Agreement/Lease (must be typed, signed by all parties and notarized), Current Voter Registration Card, Current Utility Bill, Foster care and agency letters are also acceptable for registration when student is in the care of a Foster/child care agency. Shelter placement or residency letters are also acceptable for homeless students).
  3. Proof of your child’s age. Acceptable proof includes birth, baptismal or other religious certificates, a passport or immigration documents.
  4. Your child's Health Appraisal Forms and immunization records showing proof of the following inoculations: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella (German measles), Hepatitis B, and Varicella (chicken pox).
  5. Your child’s most recent report card and any other useful information (IEP, etc.) from the child’s former school or school district.

Alternative Exceptions

Religious Exemption: Pupils need not be immunized if the parent or guardian objects, in writing, to the immunization based on religious beliefs or strong moral/ethical convictions.

Medical Exemption: Pupils need not be immunized if a physician or his/her designee states, in writing, that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child. When the physician determines that immunization is no longer detrimental to the health of the child, the medical exemption ceases to be valid and the child must be immunized.

What is the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)? Up until about 7 year ago, I didn’t know what it was until my daughter, Allison, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). That is cancer that starts in the bone marrow. She was in need of a bone marrow transplant. It was then when I was introduced to Be The Match/NMDP to find a donor for her since she didn’t have any siblings. Be The Match is a worldwide registry of donors.
Back in December 2007, Allison received her bone marrow transplant from a donor that was found on the registry. One year later, we were able to get to meet him, and he and his family are a big part of our family now.
I don’t think there is enough awareness around here spreading the importance of becoming a donor. You can literally save a life. That is why Allison and I decided to host a donor drive. We want to spread the word!
Come join us at the Dunmore Community Center on Saturday, May 31st, from 4-6pm. It is as simple as swabbing the inside of your mouth. If you are unable to become a donor, monetary donations will gladly be accepted as well. You have to be 18 years of age to be on the registry. 
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.
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.
Robert Galella, Principal
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