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Message from our Principal Mr. John Schmitz

THIS MESSAGE IS REPRINTED FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S PAGE ON THE DIMMITT MIDDLE SCHOOL WEBSITE http://dimmitt.rentonschools.us/Principal

Welcome to the Dimmitt Middle School website. I hope our site can help you find the necessary information you are looking for about our school. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please call our main office at (425) 204-2801. For suggestions or feedback about our website, please email Jaime Maxie, Assistant Principal, at jaime.maxie@rentonschools.us.

As our home page reads, “Dimmitt Middle School is a diverse and vibrant community of learners….” That sentence says it all. It is the reason I consider it an honor and privilege to be a member of the Dimmitt community for fifteen years as a teacher, dean of students, assistant principal, and now principal. Everyone at Dimmitt recognizes how enriching a diverse community is. Having the opportunity to learn, work, and play with people different from ourselves is one of the most profoundly educational experiences there is. Seeing our students do that daily gives me hope for our future.

At Dimmitt, three goals drive our work. The first is Mathematics. We strive to ensure that each student meets or exceeds grade level mathematics standards. The second is Literacy. We want our students to read, write, and communicate with proficiency. In support of these two goals, Dimmitt teachers put in extensive time meeting together, assessing student performance, developing and discussing instructional strategies, and crafting interventions to assist students. Learning is not just for students at Dimmitt; the staff is continually developing their professional practices.

In order for students to excel academically, they require support from both the school and family. Our third goal of Equity and Access is focused on ensuring that every student and family has access to a range of supports, services, activities, and information that will help them make the most of every opportunity we offer at Dimmitt.

Again, thank you for visiting our website. If you happen to be visiting Dimmitt anytime soon, please stop by and say hello. If you’d like to discuss our school further or are interested in a tour of our school, please email me at john.schmitz@rentonschools.us.

Go Vikings!
John Schmitz
Principal


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Teachers offer some back-to-school lessons — for parents

As another school year begins, teachers offer advice for parents to help their children become better students.

By Mari-Jane Williams
The Washington Post ~ originally published Sunday, September 2, 2012

Students are heading back to school, and teachers are preparing to shape a fresh set of young minds. They would like to politely influence some older minds, as well. Here are some teachers’ top tips for parents to help their children become better students:

Email teachers. Email is a great way to reach your child’s teacher without playing phone tag, said Maryland teacher Caitlin Liston. “We can have a record of a conversation or print things out to put in a student’s file as a reminder,” Liston said.

And don’t limit it just to problems, said Tammie Ferguson, a teacher in Virginia. “It’s important that there’s a lot of positive communication going back and forth … to say, ‘Hey, your child did a great job today,’ ” she said.

Face your math phobia. “I wish parents didn’t tell their kids, ‘I’ve always been bad at math, too,’ ” said Kim Jackson, a math teacher in Virginia. “Math is here to serve you, not to trip you up. It’s here to make life easier, and a lot of that can start at home with parents showing that they’re not intimidated by numbers.”

Go beyond checking homework. It’s not enough to just get the answers right. To make sure your child isn’t guessing or spitting back memorized information, ask him to explain what he did and why, said Jesse Loznak, a teacher in Maryland.

Don’t compare your child with others. This applies to all children, but it’s especially important with kids who have learning disabilities or other special needs, said Andrea Demasi, a special-education teacher in Virginia.

Stay involved. Just because your child is getting older doesn’t mean it’s time to put her on autopilot. “This is the point in their lives when they’re trying to sort out who they are,” said Maryam Thomas, a teacher in Maryland. “Peer pressure comes in, and their connectedness to school wanes. … It’s not the time to take your hands off of what they’re doing.”

But don’t do everything. Melanie Buckley, head of a high-school English department in Virginia, said that if your child is having trouble with something, such as organizing his backpack, stand next to him and talk him through the process.

Timothy Yorke, an English teacher in Virginia, said this goes for time management as well. “They need to figure out: How do I juggle all of the activities and classes but not have to rely on Mom and Dad to step in?” Yorke said.

Ask questions. Even small things can be the difference between a child who unplugs and one who continues thinking about what he learned. “If a student goes home and everyone says one thing they did that day, repeating it to anyone else in the house will help them remember it,” Liston said. “If they say, ‘I don’t remember’ or ‘I don’t know,’ ask them something specific: ‘What did you do in science today?’ — something that will get them talking about it.”



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Welcome to Dimmitt’s PTSA Site!

Welcome!

The mission of the Dimmitt PTSA is to create a team of parents, teachers and students working together to create a positive learning environment at Dimmitt Middle School.

Together we will:

  • Build an atmosphere conducive to education, communication, community spirit and friendship.
  • Create a supportive network for families.
  • Promote the active involvement of all parents & guardians to ensure student success.

Rosalind Vazquez PTSA Treasurer, Volunteer



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