Welcome

Posted by Marcial Guajardo on 8/8/2018 7:00:00 AM

Dear Diamondback Family,

I hope you have enjoyed your summer and you are as excited as we are about the upcoming school year. We have some great things going on at Dessau Middle School, and it begins with our 6th Grade Camp on Aug. 9 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. We will be introducing staff, having tours of the campus, and many team-building activities for your students during the Camp. 

Also during this time, we will meet with the parents, and help you sign up for our communication, sign up for free and reduced lunch, as well as help you verify your student’s registration. Parents will need to bring a copy of their mortgage statements or rental lease agreement, as well as either a copy of their electric, water or gas bills. Please also remember to bring a copy of your identification, so that we may process everything for you.

Also on Aug. 9, from 4:30-7 p.m., we will have our 7th and 8th Grade Course Verification Pickup. During this time students may come up and get their course verification sheets. If your child will be going into the 7th grade this year, you will also need to bring a copy of their updated immunization records. 

On Aug. 14, a select group of students will be participating in the Dessau Leadership Academy. This Academy will be from 2-4 p.m., and focus on character and leadership-building that our students will then turn around to our campus.

Dessau Middle School is a National AVID Demonstration School, and the only middle school in Pflugerville to hold this distinction. With our AVID system we focus on organizational skills, and challenge our students to take Pre-AP classes. With students taking Pre-AP Math in both 6th and 7th grade, it prepares them to take Algebra I in the 8th Grade. Dessau Middle School is very proud to have a 100 percent passing rate for our Algebra I EOC over the last couple of years. During this time we have also increased our number of students taking Algebra I.

We are also very proud to have recently been chosen to be a Raise Up Texas school. This is a SIM model that will allow our students to engage in deeper conversations with our curriculum as well as provide the support our students need to be successful. With this, students will be given a Unit Organizer for every class, allowing our students to take a sense of ownership with their learning. I encourage you to have conversations at home with what they learned at school and to ask to see their Unit Organizers.

Our first day of school will be on Thursday, Aug. 16. Doors to the school will open at 7:55 a.m., and we provide free breakfast for all of our students. On our first day, students will report to the gym to receive their schedules, before being guided to breakfast, then to their grade level hallways. During the first three days of school, all of our students will be participating in our Diamondback Camp. During our camp, we talk about expectations, as well as demonstrate appropriate behaviors for school. Students will learn about being a PRO, and how they can be Prepared, Respectful, and Orderly to help lead our campus.

I also wanted you to be aware of some other upcoming dates:

  • Aug. 23 – Open House 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 14 – Pep Rally 2:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 21 – Picture Day
  • Sept. 28 – Sixth Grade Dance

We are looking forward to an incredible year, with many opportunities for our students! 

Sincerely,

Jeremy LeJeune
Principal
Dessau Middle School