DAMS Drama Club to perform

Dallastown Area Middle School’s Drama Club will perform “Once Upon a Mattress,” a heartwarming tale of one pea, a princess and her one true prince, June 1-2.

Shows are 7 p.m. Friday, June 1, and 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the middle school auditorium,
700 New School Lane, Dallastown.

Tickets are $7 each. To order, email dams.mattress@gmail.com or call 889-2369.

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MP3 honor rolls at Dallastown Area Middle School

Students at Dallastown Area Middle School who were named to honor rolls for the third marking period of the 2011-2012 school year are:


Grade 9:

Edward Gene Stough Jr.

Grade 8:

Julian E. Adams, Rose Carolyn Arbittier, Christian Bruce Ashlin, Rebekah Brown,

Ivy Rachelle Chen, Paige Jacklyn Childs, Nicholas James DeSanti,

Abigail Constance Eckstrom, Abigail Ruth Fitz, Giacomo A. Geloso, Cade Michael Gold,

Alexander John Haritos, Madeline Paige Hartman, Meghan Elizabeth Howie,

Tyler J. McCabe, Tessa Marie Myers, Krishna Patel, Bryce Evan Richard, Adeline Ann Romig,

Katelyn E Salotto, Samantha Catherine Smith, Paulina Anna Smolinski and Eric Lloyd Spahr.

Grade 7:

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MP3 honor rolls at Dallastown Middle

Dallastown Area Middle School students who were named to honor rolls for the second marking period of the 2011-2012 school year are:


Grade 9:

Edward Stough Jr.

Grade 8:

Rose Arbittier, Timothy Ashley, Rebekah Brown,

Erin Campbell, Ivy Chen, Paige Childs,

Rachael Daudelin, Nicholas DeSanti,

Abigail Eckstrom, D’Shanna Edwards, Kayla Flemmens,

Madeline Hartman, Meghan Howie, Janelle Layton,

David Morton, Tessa Myers, Krishna Patel,

Bryce Richard, Adeline Romig,

Sakari Saarinen, Kiajah Salisbury, Katelyn Salotto, Samantha Smith, Paulina Smolinski and Joi Wade.

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D-town guidance counselor receives award

Mr. William Probert

Congratulations to Mr. William Probert, chairman of Dallastown Area Middle School’s Guidance Department, upon being selected as the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association’s Middle School Counselor of the Year.

Mr. Probert oversees a comprehensive guidance program in a grade 7-8 setting and is charged with coordinating meetings with the K-12 school counseling department, serving approximately 6,000 students.

In addition, Mr. Probert has been instrumental in developing school supports for struggling students; was integral in the development of in-house alternative education, emotional support, cyber-school and neurologically impaired classrooms; oversees the middle school’s summer career camp; serves on the Building Safety Committee; is Vice President of our Communities That Care organization; and has developed a free parent-education series.

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DAMS 8th-graders won awards in York Fair baking contest

Dallastown Area Middle School eighth-graders who won awards in York Fair’s baking contest are, from left, first row, Taylor Litke, second place, apple crisp, and Rachel Saffell, first place, s’mores bites, and second row, Ali Shick, third place, chocolate truffles, and Janelle Layton, first place and best in show for foods division, caramel apple cupcakes. Not pictured is Izzy Nelson, second place, chocolate bird’s nest filled with peeps and jelly bean eggs.

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Courtyard under construction at D-town Middle School

The groundbreaking ceremony of the Dallastown Area Educational Foundation’s signature project, the Courtyard of Honor, was held recently at the Dallastown Area Middle School.

The project, funded in conjunction with Apple Ford, Red Lion, will honor veterans and serve as a community venue and teaching area for the district.

Donations are still be accepted for the courtyard. Visit www.dallastown.net for more information.

Pictured at the groundbreaking are, from left, Dr. Sue Cathcart, middle school assistant principal; Thomas McCracken, foundation board president; Kevin Marquet, Apple Ford operating partner; Dr. Stewart Weinberg, district superintendent; and Lt. Col. Joseph Innerst, district JROTC senior Marine instructor.

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Dallastown Middle students win music awards

Vanessa Trauger, center, a student at Dallastown Area Middle School, won the Outstanding Vocalist Award at the Music in the Parks competition in Hershey on May 13. The school also won first place for chorus, concert choir, orchestra, and string ensemble. Also pictured are, from left, Rebecca Sanford and Alexandra Skouras holding the first place trophies for the chorus and concert choir.

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Awards given at D-town Middle School

Dallastown Area Middle School held its ninth annual presentation of American Legion Awards during a student awards assembly on the last school day. The eighth grade recipients were: Maxwell B. Lohss; Nicholas M. Shields; Samuel J. Ward; Alys N. Tucker; Karley J. Andrews; and Anna T. Hess.

To be eligible for this prestigious national award, students are nominated by their teachers, academics must be above average, and behavior exemplary — these are students who aspire to be outstanding leaders of the school. Qualifications include honor, scholarship, service, Americanism, leadership, and courage.

Pictured at the awards assembly are, from left, front row, Maxwell Lohss, Anna Hess, and Nicholas Shields, and back row, American Legion Adjutant Troy Michaels, middle school students Karley Andrews, Samuel Ward, Alys Tucker, middle school Principal Josh Doll, and Ladies Auxiliary President Sharon Scurfield.

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Greek Festival for D-town 7th-graders

In true Olympic fashion, all boys and girls of the Dallastown Area Middle School seventh grade, whether they spoke Greek or not, were invited to participate in the inaugural 7th Grade Greek Festival. As part of the ancient Greece studies in the social studies curriculum, students experienced Greek culture firsthand through Olympic games, a best dressed contest, traditional Greek food, and watching “The Odyssey.” Pictured, from left, seventh-graders Caylin Younts and Rosie Arbittier participate in the festival.

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MP3 honor rolls at Dallastown Middle

Dallastown Area Middle School students who were named to honor rolls for the third marking period of the 2010-2011 school year are:


Grade 8: Emily Anderson, Alexa Argento, Abigail Barnhart, Kendra Bierman, Caroline Cornelius, Rebekah Coup, Kimberly Crist, Elizabeth DiBiase, Pragnya Dontu, Julia Dulisse, Hannah Eckstrom, Emily Forry, Roger Harford, Macy Heaps, Alexis Heistand, Emilie Henry, Anna Hess, Allison Hower, Tyler Jones, Seckin Kara, Destiny Knott, Adam Kohlbus, Dylan Kolb, Rebecca Little, Maxwell Lohss, Sarah Lytle, Ian McElwee, Colin Miller, Amanda Mowrer, Jade Moyer, Samuel Mullen, Kelsey Ort, Jason Pandelidis, Meghan Pedone, Erin Perry, Laikyn Plowman, Brian Prats, Marissa Salters, Nicholas Schuler, Erica Schweitzer, Danule Smith, Ryan Smith, Bryce Starner, Edward Stough, Justin Sweitzer, Alys Tucker and Bridget Ward.

Grade 7: Julian Adams, Hira Ahmed, Rose Arbittier, Timothy Ashley, Steven Astrachan, Charles Baker, Beverly Brockway, Rebekah Brown, Jeordyn Cassidy, Colton Chilcoat, Paige Childs, Lauren Cooksey, Emily Corwin, Nicholas DeSanti, Bryan Doss, Abigail Eckstrom, Allison Elliot, Kayla Flemmens, Angela Friedrich, Christopher Godfrey, Cade Gold, Bailey Groff, Riley Hamberger, Michael Hanuska, Jaelynn Harbold, Alicia Hernandez, Meghan Howie, Rachel Iula, Madisyn Johnson, Alexander Kim, Abbie Kindig, Mitchell Lauer, Nicholas Liegey, Krystal Martin, Tyler McCabe, Lillia McGhee, David Morton, Isabella Nelson, Maggie Noll, Brandon Qiao, William Reilly, Bryce Richard, Morgan Rock, Adeline Romig, Katelyn Salotto, Gina Santilli, Christina Sartalis, Betty Schuebel, Matthew Setzer, Ali Shick, Rachel Silbertstein, Paulina Smolinski, Jordan Sterner, Lydia Trout, Damian Tyson, Anisha Venkatesh, Joi Wade and Zoe Whye.

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Get tickets for Festival of Art and Culture

This year’s Festival of Art and Culture, Diversity Makes the World Go Round, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Dallastown Area Middle School, 700 New School Lane.

The Dallastown Area School District’s 3rd annual Multicultural Night combined with the Spring Art Show will feature student artwork on display throughout the festival area. Participants will be able to sample food from around the world and learn cultural traditions by visiting booths from more than 30 countries. There will be appetizers, main courses and desserts from the native countries of Dallastown students. Entertainment will be provided by talented students and local dance troupes.

Tickets are necessary and available at the middle school office. Canned food and monetary donations will be graciously accepted at the front entrance. Food donations will be given to local food banks and
monetary donations will support next year’s festival. For more information, call the school at 244-4021.

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DAMS students join honor society

The Dallastown Area Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society recently conducted its ninth member induction ceremony. To qualify, students have to earn a 3.7 grade point average, perform community service, participate in school and community activities, and exhibit good character and behavior. The emphasis on membership is to render service both in the school and in the community.

The following students were inducted: Julian Adams, Rose Arbittier, Steven Astrachan, Charles Baker, Mariah Barley, Jordan Bertok, Kendra Bierman, Christopher Brignall, Beverly Brockway, Paige Childs, Sarah Conroy, Heather Cook, Lauren Cooksey, Emily Corwin, Christopher deGrandpre III, Abigail Eckstrom, Kayla Flemmens, Ashley Goddard, Daniel Godstrey, Cade Gold, Mikaelie Gonzalez, Bailey Groff, Michael Hanuska, Madeline Hartman, Sarah Hill, Meghan Howie, Rachel Iula, William Jacobson, Madisyn Johnson, Leah Jorgensen, Seckin Kara, Garrett Kerr, Alexander Kim, Mitchell Lauer, Danielle Ludwig, Sarah Lytle, Emma Marks, Nancy Marston, Krystal Martin, Tessa Myers, Isabella Nelson, Maggie Noll, Lauren Paules, Brandon Qiao, William Reilly, Bryce Richard, Morgan Rock, Adeline Romig, Katelyn Salotto, John Schmitt, Nicholas Schuler, Brianna Schunk, Matthew Setzer, Ali Shick, Rachel Silberstein, Samantha Smith, Paulina Smolinski, Matthew Trepanier, Lydia Trout, Anisha Venkatesh, Joi Wade, Keenan Waltemeyer, Aaron Ward, Samuel Ward, Elizabeth Weaver and Caylin Younts.

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DAMS students send signatures to space

The recent launch of the space shuttle Discovery was not only a historic moment in our nation’s space program, but it was also a historic moment for students in the eighth grade at Dallastown Area Middle School as their personal signatures were carried up to the International Space Station on the mission.

The project is part of the Student Signatures in Space (S3) program, jointly sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin. Designed to stimulate young people’s interest in space and technical studies, S3 gives K-12 students the opportunity to send their digitized signatures into space and feel a personal involvement with the crew and the mission.

The Dallastown eighth-graders were among over 500,000 other students from around the world to sign giant posters in celebration of Space Day, celebrated the first Friday each May. The signatures were scanned onto a disc, and the disc was manifested as part of Discovery’s cargo. Discovery docked with the International Space Station (ISS) and now the signatures are orbiting the Earth with the Space Station at 17,500 miles per hour, completing an entire Earth orbit approximately every 90 minutes.

Upon conclusion of the mission, the poster that our students signed will be returned to the school for permanent display, along with an official NASA flight certification verifying that the signatures flew in space and a photo of the STS-133 astronaut crew that flew the signatures. NASA and Lockheed Martin have been conducting the Student Signatures in Space program since Space Day was created by Lockheed Martin in 1997. To date, over 6 million students have participated in the program.

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A career fair for D-town eighth-graders

Nearly 460 Dallastown Area Middle School eighth-graders participated in the annual Middle School Career Fair with an introduction to the high school Career Pathways program. The event allowed students to listen to career presentations by more than 50 community volunteers. As their ninth grade course selections get underway, the high school Career Pathways Planner provides guidance as students align their career interests with high school course selections. Pictured, eighth-graders participate in the fair.

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D-town Middle School teacher wins award

Scott Wingard, an eighth grade U.S. history teacher at Dallastown Area Middle School, was honored recently with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. He received a plaque and a $50 check from the Red Lion VFW Post 1446 and a plaque and a check for $100 from the state district VFW. Pictured are, from left, James Miller, Post 1446 past commander; Wingard; Dr. Joshua Doll, middle school principal; and Terry Stokes, Post 1446 commander.

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