Dessau Middle School

PFLUGERVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 3/10/2017

    Dear Diamondback Family,

    I hope you are having a great Friday, as we prepare to begin our Spring Break.  I wanted to let you know of some upcoming events, here at DMS.

     

    Our Symphonic band participated in U.I.L. competition, yesterday with our students putting together a great performance.  Our Wind Ensemble, competed at U.I.L. today, and again put on a great performance.  Congratulations to all of our Band students.

     

    Spring Break will be Monday, March 13- March 17

     

    Our boys and girls track teams will participate in a meet hosted by Westview at Connally High School on Wednesday March 22nd.  The track meet will begin at 4:30p.m.

     

    On Thursday, March 23rd, we will host a parent seminar for our 6th grade parents, with a focus how to view your child’s grades in Focus.  We will also talk about strategies that you can put into place to help your child with their academics.  The parent seminar will begin at 6:p.m., in the library.

     

    On Friday, March 24th, we will have a porch party here at DMS, with all items being $1.00 each. 

     

    On Saturday, March 25th, we will have our 2nd STAAR Boot Camp of the year.   This will be our final prep before the STAAR exam the next week.  We will once again focus on 7th grade writing, 8th grade reading, and 8th grade Math. Please make sure your child is attending any intervention or tutorial they might need as we make our final push toward the STAAR test.

     

    On Tuesday, March 28th, our 7th grade students will take the STAAR writing test, while our 8th grade students will participate in the STAAR Reading Test. 

     

    On Wednesday March 29th,  our 8th grade students will take the STAAR Math test, with our 7th grade PAP and 8th grade Geometry students testing as well. 

     

    I hope you have a great Spring Break, and we look forward to seeing your students back on March 20th.

     

    Sincerely,

    Jeremy LeJeune

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/28/2017

    Good Afternoon Diamondback Family,

    This past Saturday, we hosted our first STAAR Saturday Boot Camp, with over 100, 7th and 8th grade students in attendance.  Our 8th grade students worked on lessons in Reading and in Math.  We had 51, 7th grade students, working on writing prompts at 8:30 on Saturday morning.  I want to thank each of you for your support and encouragement in getting your students to our Boot Camp.  We will have 3 additional STAAR Saturdays on March 25, April 22, and May 6th.

     

     I also want to say thank you to all of you who participated in our Dessau Family Night of the Stars, and helping make the event a huge success.  Families were able to work on crafts together with AVID, explore our Science Fair, and participate in Science labs.  To end the evening on a high note, The Austin Astronomy Society, brought high powered telescopes for our families to do a little Star Gazing.  It was a truly a fun filled night.

     

    Our Student Council traveled to the State Capital today to tour the capital and participate in an interactive scavenger hunt.  We are very proud of the work our Student Council is doing around campus, and representing DMS at the capital building.

     

    This Thursday, March 2nd, our boys and girls track teams will be participating in a track meet at Pflugerville High School Stadium.  The meet will start at 4:30p.m.  Please come out and cheer our Diamondbacks on.

     

    On Friday, March 3rd, students from around PfISD will be participating in The Big Event.  This is a community service event to work around our city and encourage community pride.  We will have 150 DMS students participating in The Big Event.

     

    On Wednesday, March 8th, our boys and girls track will be participating in a track meet at Connally High School Stadium.  The meet will begin at 4:30p.m.

     

    Spring Break is right around the corner and will be March 13- March 17.

     

    I hope you have a great evening,

    Jeremy LeJeune

    Principal

    Dessau Middle School

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  • Diamondback News

    Posted by Kyndall Jirasek at 2/27/2017

    Good morning Diamondback Family,

    I wanted to pass along some information regarding this Friday’s Big Event.  If your student is participating, please remind them of the following information.

     

     

    The PfISD Big Event is THIS WEEK:

    We are so excited to announce that The Big Event is taking place this week on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 across the district. DMS has 150 students participating. Students will be provided a lunch as they work hard to beautify our campus, the elementary campus and a local park. Please discuss with your students the following:

    What to Bring/wear:

    • Clothing you can work in and get dirty
    • Appropriate shoes
    • Gloves
    • A hat
    • Sunscreen
    • A water bottle

    What not to Bring/wear:

    • Backpacks/purses
    • Expensive clothing/shoes/jewelry
    • Items prohibited at school
    • Items that could be lost or damaged

    For more about the Big Event, visit the web site: http://www.pfisd.net/domain/1455

     

    Thank You,

    Jeremy LeJeune

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  • 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.

     

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    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.

     

     

    Jeremy

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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

    Principal

    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. 

     

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Jeremy

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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.

     

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    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

    Principal

    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

    Principal

    DMS

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