Dessau Middle School


  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/15/2017

    Dear Diamondback Family,


    I hope you are having a great evening.  I wanted to make you aware of some upcoming events and dates at DMS.


    Our book fair kicked off  on Monday, with our theme of Blind Date with a Book.  Please encourage your students to drop by the library and find them a new book.


    On Thursday the 16th, The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be on campus doing a presentation on the Buffalo Soldiers.  All Social Studies classes will attend the presentation during their class time in the gym.


    Also on Thursday, we will have several students participating in the 2017 Austin Regional Science Festival at the Palmer Event Center.


    On Saturday, the 18th, we will be hosting the DMS Black History Celebration from 11:00-1:00p.m.  There will be performances, guest speakers, festivities, and fun for the family.  Please encourage your students and their families to attend.


    Monday, Feb. 20th, will be a student holiday.


    On Tuesday the 21st, DMS will host our Night of the Stars/Family Night.  The Austin Astrological Society will bring telescopes for our students and their families to look at stars with, as well as our AVID program will be working with families on painting college themed ceiling tiles.




    On Friday the 24th, we will have a No Place for Hate Assembly, with SaulPaul coming to perform.


    Saturday, Feb. 25th, will be our first STAAR Saturday.  We will be focusing on 7th grade writing, 8th grade reading, and 8th grade math.  Please start spreading the word with your students. 

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/1/2017

    Parent Seminars

    Come to one or all of the classes


    Tuesday, February 7th
    Drug Awareness- Learn about street names for different drugs as well as a presentation from our School Resource Officer

    Thursday, February 9th
    Digital Responsibility- Discuss new social media your children may be using and how to prevent cyberbullying

    Friday, February 10th
    Anger Management- You as a Role Model- Learn about communication and calming techniques to control anger


    All classes are at 8:30am in the library and end at 10am. Light refreshments will be served. Call Karinna Cantu at 512-594-2632 for more information.

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/31/2017

    Dear Diamondback Family,

    As we prepare for our 5th grade parent night this evening, I wanted to tell you about some of the great things going on here at Dessau Middle School.  Monday evening, our 8th grade boys basketball teams played Pflugerville Middle school, with our 8th grade A team coming out with a big win. They will be competing next week for the district championship versus Cele Middle School.  Last week we launched our very own Dessau News Network (DNN), which help us to showcase video news segments as well as help with our announcements in the cafeteria.  Look for more from DNN in the near future on our campus website. Recently, our students participated in an assembly to support our No Place for Hate initiative.  They had the opportunity to hear Jo Ivester, author of The Outskirts of Hope, a memoir of life in the deep south in the 60s.


    A few of our upcoming activities:

    ·         Wed, Feb 1st is early release day, students will be dismissed at 12:45

    ·         Thurs, Feb 2nd girls basketball will tip off vs. Cele for the season finale

    ·         Mon, Feb 6th boys basketball will play their season finale vs Cele

    ·         Fri, Feb 10th we will have our Valentine’s dance


    We hope to see you at the upcoming events, and hope you have a Great Diamondback evening.




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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 1/6/2017

    Dear Diamondback Family,

    I hope your week was as great as ours here at DMS.  We enjoyed being back with the kids and starting our second semester.  I wanted to pass along a couple of great opportunities that CHS is providing, so that you and your student may be able to attend.


    Course Fair Night at CHS


    Next week CHS will host its course fair.  It is scheduled for Wednesday night starting at 6:00. All current 8th graders are strongly encouraged to attend this event. It has always been the intention of PfISD’s leadership both at the campus and district level to create schools that offer courses of interest for all students. At this event, CHS students will be showcasing and discussing the value and benefits of their specific classes. Attendance at this event should be considered critical since parents and students will leave Wednesday night being more informed about the direction of their high school education and post-graduate career.   


    Coding Opportunity for 8th graders


    Connally High School in partnership with The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Best Buy is offering a very special computer course to CHS students for the second year in a row.  The course, Coding as a Second Language, is an introductory course to computer programming.  Lessons and learning will focus on basic markup languages HTML, CSS & JAVA.  The course is free and open to all CHS students and will be extended to interested 8th graders at Dessau MS and Westview MS.  Sessions begin Tuesday, January 10th and run through Tuesday, February 14th. All sessions will begin at 4:15 p.m. and last until 5:45 p.m.


    I hope you have a great weekend,

    Jeremy LeJeune


    Dessau Middle School

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 12/13/2016

    Diamondback family,


    I hope this e-mail finds you well this Tuesday afternoon.  I had the privilege of attending our Winter Choir concert Monday evening. The kids did a great job of performing all of the holiday hits.   A special thanks to Mr. Jumonville for all of his hard work and his ability to get us into the Christmas spirit.  


    Our 8th grade boys A team pulled out a big win over Pflugerville MS last night.  If you haven’t had a chance to see these guys play, please plan to attend a game.  They are a hard working group of boys. The B team was unsuccessful, but they play with heart.  


    Our Winter Band Concert is Wednesday evening at 6:30 at CHS.

    In effort to help support our students and staff in finishing up lessons and finals, we have moved our Second Annual Chess Tournament to Friday, December 16th.


    Thursday, December 15th, we will be hosting our 25 book challenge party with cookies and cocoa for all of those who have qualified.

    Thursday, December 15th, our girls’ basketball team will be playing Cele MS.  7th grade will be playing at home. 


    Friday, December 16th is our early release at 12:45, as well as our Grand Chess Tournament. 







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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 11/7/2016

    Dear Dessau Family,

    I hope your Monday was as great as ours here at DMS.  I wanted to include you in a great opportunity and way to further support DMS.  We will have a Spirit Night tomorrow evening at Jersey Mike’s, where 15% of all proceeds goes to our PTO.  This is a great opportunity for you to not worry about cooking, and to help support DMS.  I have attached a flyer with more details concerning the event.  Hope to see you there.


    jersey mikes


    Also, just a reminder, we will have our Veteran’s Day Program on Friday November 11th at 2:30p.m.  Please invite any relatives or friends that have served or are currently serving in our Armed Forces.


    I hope you have a great evening,

    Jeremy LeJeune


    Dessau Middle School

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 10/28/2016

    Dear Diamondback Family,

    I hope your week was as exciting as ours.  I wanted to inform you of a couple of dates to remember.

    Today we mailed out report cards, so be looking for them to arrive in the mail.

    On Monday, October 31st -  Please remember that students are not allowed to wear costumes on Monday or bring any candy to class.

    Tuesday, November 1st -  7th & 8th Grade football games begin at 5:30.  7th Grade at Westview MS and 8th Grade plays at Connaly HS.

    On Friday November 11th, we will be hosting our Veteran’s Day Program.  The ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m.  Please invite any current or former military personnel so that we may recognize them.

    We are starting a Diamondback Family Cookbook here at DMS, and would love to include any family recipes you may have.  Please send them with your student, to Mr. B’s class.


    I hope you have a restful weekend,

    Jeremy LeJeune



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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 10/21/2016

    Dear Diamondback Family,

    What a great day we had here at DMS!  We had an Anti-Bullying presentation this morning, called Don’t be A Monster.  The students learned skills of how to treat one another and how to make our school better.  Then this afternoon, in the spirit of bringing everyone together, we had our Pfall Pfest.  It was great seeing all the students having a great time on such a beautiful day.


    As we move into next week, we have more exciting Things happening here at DMS:


    Next week is Red Ribbon Week, with the following themes for dressing up:

    Monday- We are Ready for Red Ribbon Week(Wear Red)

    Tuesday- Stay Classy, Don’t Do Drugs(Dress Fancy Day) 

    Wednesday- Put a Cap on Drugs(Wear a Hat) and Team up Against Drugs(Team Jersey Day)

    Thursday- Diamondbacks Don’t Do Drugs (Wear DMS Attire)

    Friday- Superheroes Don’t Do Drugs(Wear Your Favorite Superhero t-shirt)



    Also next week will be our Scare Fair/Book Fair.  Please encourage your students to stop by the Library and look at the Book Fair.


    On Tuesday the 25th, our 8th grade Football team will host Cele, while our 7th grade team travels to Cele.


    On Wednesday, we will be on an Early Release Schedule.  We will release students at 12:45p.m.


    On Thursday, Our Volleyball team will play their last game of the season.  Our 8th grade team will be at home, and our 7th grade team will travel to Cele.


    Also on Thursday the 27th, we will have our PRO Award ceremony at 7:30a.m.


    On Friday the 28th, we will have an all Grade Level Dance in the Cafeteria from 4-5:30p.m.


    Popcorn Fundraiser Delivery will be this Thursday the 27th.  Please make plans to pick up your child on this day if you had a large popcorn order.


    Also please mark your calendars for our Veteran’s Day program on November 11th.  If you have a Veteran in the family, please invite them to the ceremony.


    Hope everyone has a great weekend,

    Jeremy LeJeune


    Dessau Middle School

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 10/10/2016

    Good afternoon Diamondbacks:


    Tuesday, October 11th – 7th grade football team will host Kelly Lane while our 8th grade football team travels to Hendrickson.  Games start at 5:30 p.m.  Also, tonight is spirit night at Jersey Mikes from 5-8 p.m. at 12901 North I-35 location. Stop by and support our PTO.


    Wednesday, October 12th -  NJHS Induction Ceremony will take place in the cafeteria from 6:00-7:00 p.m. followed by our AVID Family Night and parent seminar from 7:00-7:45 p.m.


    Thursday, October 13th  - during 3rd period all students will sign our No Place for Hate resolution.  7th grade volleyball team takes on Kelly Lane at home at 5:30 p.m. 


    Friday, October 14th – We will have our first pep rally of the year to celebrate our football and volleyball teams.


    Looking ahead, we will have a Veteran’s Day Program on November 11th .  


    Have a great week.

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 8/19/2016

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    We are excited for our first day of school on Tuesday, August 23. Our school day begins at 8:05 a.m. and we will open doors for students at 7:40 a.m.

    Buses will drop off in the front and parents will drop off in the back of the school. Please be mindful that traffic will be VERY heavy for the first week of school as Delco Primary and Dessau Elementary are behind us. Please drive safely as we will have students crossing the street in different spots.

    On the FIRST DAY, students will enter from the band hall and gym doors in the front and back of our school. We will have staff on duty to direct students. Students will report to the GYM. In the gym, students will pick up their schedules and report to either the cafeteria for breakfast or to their grade-level hallway (B hall – 6th grade, C hall – 7th grade, D hall – 8th grade).

    An announcement will be made at 8:02 and students will report to their 1st period classes.

    First day packets will be handed out in their second period classes. Please fill out these forms and have your student return them as soon as possible to their SECOND PERIOD teacher.

    If you have not registered your student for the school year we will be open Monday, August 22 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and closed for lunch 12-1 p.m. Please bring documentation necessary (mortgage/lease agreement or tax statement, copy of a utility (gas, electric, water) bill, driver’s license. 

    We will also register new students on Tuesday, August 23 from 1-3 p.m.

    Attached is a copy of our district dress code, please review it and ensure your student is in dress code on the first day.

    Parents please encourage your child to begin going to bed early so that they are well rested for the first day of school.

    Have a great Diamondback day!


    Jeremy LeJeune



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