Principal's Message

From the Principal’s Desk….
photo of Mrs. Harris

Sue Harris, Principal

April Events at DMS

You are invited!  Math Information Night will be held on April 11 at 7PM.  This will provide parents with detailed information on the progression of math courses at DMS and teachers will be available to answer your specific questions.  Literacy will be our focus as we host our first Read and Roar event on April 18 from 3 – 6:00.  Our Spring Book Fair will be in progress 4/16 – 4/20 in our new library and it will remain open on the evening of 4/18 for parents. During our Read and Roar event, students will be demonstrating their talents related to literacy ranging from showcasing our book clubs, our new Roaring Newspaper written by our English language learners and other related literacy activities.   We are also sponsoring a 100 Hours Reading Challenge. Read more about it later in this newsletter.


PARCC Testing Begins April 25

It is beneficial for our students to be at school on time and ready for PARCC testing on their assigned testing days. Each classroom will have the testing calendar posted (see next page) and we will remind students of their testing dates in homeroom. Students arriving late will be unable to test as the groups must begin sessions on time. Thank you for your assistance as we strive to ensure our students have the best possible testing environment. 


Safety, Security and the Privacy of Students

Each day our focus is on student safety and the security of our school. Officer Ballard (our SRO) and I take this responsibility very seriously and we work as a team communicating frequently each day.  Administrators utilize the BCPS Student Handbook as our guide when addressing misbehavior and we also ensure confidentiality regarding consequences as BCPS policy requires. Teamwork truly makes Dumbarton a great place for students and staff and we thank you in advance for your support and understanding.