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Dawson County Middle School

While rooted in tradition, Dawson County Middle School reopened its doors in 2008-2009 with high expectations for all. Building strong relationships with families, increased student achievement, and nurturing a well-rounded child is the focus of the school. In the past four years, the school has accomplished many POINTS OF PRIDE:

  • Dawson County Middle School is proud to have achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the past three years by meeting and exceeding the standards set forth by the state.

  • Georgia Middle Grades Writing Assessment scores have soared from 76.4% meets and exceeds in 2008-2009 to 90% in 2011-2012. In addition, the growth in the percentage of students exceeding state standards has improved to 7%. The school also takes a lot of pride in having district and state winners in the Veteran’s Day Essay Contest, Patriot Pen’s Essay Contest, If I Were Mayor Essay Contest, Fire and Safety Commissioner’s Essay Contest, and the Optimist Club Oratorical Contest each year.

  • Dawson County Middle School’s performance on the state-mandated CRCT continues to improve each year, with 2010-2011 marking impressive growths in the area of language arts and math for students with disabilities. In addition, the school prides itself in the number of students exceeding state standards in social studies. For example, 69% of 7 th grade students exceeded state standards on the 2010-2011 administration. This improvement in student achievement is the reason the school has met AYP every year since 2008.

  • There has been great improvement in attendance and the number of students missing more than 15 days of school. For the 2010-2011 school year, 6.3% of students missed more than 15 days of school, which is well under the state set goal of 15%. Attendance is also a criterion for a school making AYP. DCMS has met the criteria each year since 2008!

  • The school, in conjunction with supportive parents, has been able to sustain strong, exemplary band and chorus programs as evident in their performance evaluations over the past four years. This year DCMS had two students qualify for all-state chorus and one student qualify for all-state band. In addition, the band and chorus has presented several amazing concerts this year.

  • With the goal of increasing the number of advanced content classes offered to our gifted and high achieving student population, every regular education teacher at DCMS has earned his/her gifted endorsement over the past three years. Doing so has allowed us to offer advance content classes in every subject at each grade level, which means students can be served in more areas than just reading and language arts.

  • The school is proud of its community partnerships with Fajita Grill and Dairy Queen. Both restaurants sponsor our student of the month recognition program. In addition, IHOP and Bo Jangles have supported the school’s efforts to recognize teachers and students for going above and beyond.

  • A well-rounded middle school seeks to involve students in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Dawson County Middle School students are involved in Tiger Talk Morning News Television Show, Y-Club, 4-H, Drama Club, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, Academic Bowl, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Beta Club, Relay for Life, and TSA. As members of these clubs, students are involved in community service projects, fine arts performances and academic competitions.

  • Athletics are an important part of a well-rounded school. The school is fortunate to offer students the opportunity to be involved in softball, wrestling, football, cheerleading, basketball, and soccer. The school has won five regional championships over the past three years: Lady Tiger Softball Mountain League Champions 2008, 8 th Grade Lady Tiger Basketball Mountain League Champions 2009, Lady Tiger Soccer Mountain League Champions 2009, 7 th Grade Lady Tiger Basketball North Georgia Mountain League Champions 2011, and 8 th Grade Boys Basketball North Georgia Mountain League Champions 2010.

  • Dawson County Middle School takes pride in providing a safe, respectful learning environment for its students. This year the school started the Be a Tiger; Be a Friend Campaign that promotes positive relationships between members of our school family. The school was very fortunate to receive a grant to host Rachel’s Challenge this year, and is proud to say that our students and staff committed to the five key components of this challenge: Look for the best in others, Dream Big, Choose Positive Influences, Speak with Kindness, and Start Your Own Chain Reaction. Students and staff who accepted this challenge signed the school banner that is displayed in the hallway at DCMS.

DCMS appreciates the continued support or our parents and community! Looking to the future, administrators, teachers and staff at DCMS plan to continue to strive for excellence for all!

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