Message from the Principal

Welcome to Denison Middle School. We house grades 6-8 and have a student enrollment just over 500 students. We opened the doors to the district's newest facility in 2008. You can find us just north of Denison High School.

At DMS we are proud to serve a linguistically and ethnically diverse population. Our students come to us from a number of locations around the globe and represent more than 10 languages.  At school our students have the opportunity to be involved in Fine Arts productions, Project Lead the Way, Student Council, and Science Bound. Our 7th and 8th grade Monarch athletic teams participate in competitions in football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, and track and field.

Our Purple Pride Pledge: "I pledge to take pride in my behavior, my school work, and my building." 

The six pillars of Character - Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

We focus on the 6 pillars of character because, "Character counts, everywhere, all the time! 

Monarchs R.O.A.R. with Pride! 

R = Respect All,  O = On Task/On Time,  A = Achieve My Best,  R = Responsible Citizen

 
On your schedule you will see PP and WIN and the teachers' names who will lead your Pride Pack and What I Need time. During these times we will be getting to know DMS and the students and staff who will care for you during your time with us! Part of this learning includes the Second Step Program for Middle Schools.
 
Why we are using Second Step:
 
We want your child to be successful in school, and that means going beyond the basics. Excelling in academic classes is important, but students also need to know how to learn, make good decisions, handle strong emotions, and get along with others.
 
The first week, we'll begin the Second Step Middle School Program, which focuses on skills and concepts that are designed to help students both in and out of school. These include:
 
Mindsets and Goals: Students learn about ways to grow their brains and get smarter, along with research-based strategies for achieving goals and handling difficult situations.
 
Values and Friendships: Students learn to identify their personal values and use those values to make good decisions and build strong, positive relationships.
 
Thoughts, Emotions, and Decisions: Students learn the positive role emotions play in their lives, how to handle unhelpful thoughts and strong emotions, and specific strategies for calming down.
 
Serious Peer Conflicts: Students learn how to identify and avoid serious conflicts, resolve conflicts that can't be avoided, think about other people's perspectives, and help stop bullying and harassment at school.
 
If you have any questions about the Second Step Middle School Program, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for supporting your child in learning the skills and concepts that lead to success in school and in life.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and Go Monarchs!

Patti Ryan, Denison Middle School Principal

 
En Español:
 
En su agenda, verá PP y WIN y los nombres de los maestros que guiarán su paquete de Orgullo y lo que necesito. ¡Durante estos momentos conoceremos a DMS, a los estudiantes y al personal que lo atenderán durante su tiempo con nosotros! Parte de este aprendizaje incluye el Programa de Segundo Paso para Escuelas Intermedias.
 
Por qué Segundo Paso:
Queremos que su hijo o hija tenga éxito en la escuela, lo que significa ir más allá de lo básico. Aunque la excelencia en lo académico es importante, los estudiantes también deben saber cómo aprender, tomar buenas decisiones, manejar las emociones fuertes y llevarse bien con los demás.
 
La primera semana comenzaremos el programa Second Step Middle School, que se enfoca en las habilidades y conceptos diseñados para ayudar a los estudiantes tanto dentro como fuera de la escuela. Consisten en:
 
Mentalidades y objetivos: Los estudiantes aprenderán maneras para desarrollar el cerebro y hacerse más inteligentes, junto con estrategias basadas en la investigación enfocadas a alcanzar objetivos y afrontar situaciones difíciles.
 
Valores y amistad: Los estudiantes aprenderán a identificar sus valores personales y a utilizarlos para tomar buenas decisiones y establecer relaciones positivas y fuertes.
 
Pensamientos, emociones y decisiones: Los estudiantes aprenderán la función positiva que desempeñan las emociones en sus vidas, cómo manejar los pensamientos inútiles y las emociones fuertes y estrategias específicas para calmarse.
 
Conflictos graves con los compañeros: Los estudiantes aprenderán a identificar y evitar los conflictos graves, a resolver los que no puedan evitar, a pensar acerca de las perspectivas de los demás y a ayudar a parar el bullying y el acoso en la escuela.
 
Si tienen alguna pregunta acerca del programa Second Step Middle School, no duden en ponerse en contacto conmigo y les daré más información. Gracias por apoyar a su hijo o hija a que aprenda las habilidades y conceptos que le ayudarán a tener éxito en la escuela y en la vida.
 
¡Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de visitar nuestro sitio web y Go Monarchs!
 
Patti Ryan, Directora de Denison Middle School

 

Important Dates and Information


 
Upcoming Events
January 17:  Middle School Dance 7:00pm - 9:30pm
 
 
No School
November 27-29:  Thanksgiving Break
December 23-January 1:  Christmas Break
January 2:  Teacher Inservice Day
 
 
 
 
School begins at 8:00 and ends at 3:08 at the middle school.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Middle School Resources


Activities Participation Forms | View Website

Facility Reservations | View Website

Facility Reservations | View PDF | Download

ISASP - Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Practice Site | View Website

ISASP Online Tools Practice | View Website

Middle School Handbook English 19-20 | View PDF English | Download English

Middle School Handbook Spanish 19-20 | View PDF | Download

Positive Behavior Supports (PBIS) ROAR Matrix | View PDF | Download

Star Testing - Click Here | View Website

Supply List - MS (English) | View PDF | Download

Supply List- MS (Spanish) | View PDF | Download

Youth Camp - Mon-Wed, July 1st-3rd (Grades 3-8th for Fall of 2019) | View Website

Report Bullying/Harassment at DMS


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Time Schedule


6th Grade

Pride Pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 - 8:15

1st Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:18 - 9:00

2nd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:03 - 9:45

3rd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:48 - 10:30

4th Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:33 - 11:15

WIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:18 - 11:43
Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:43 - 12:08

5th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:11 - 12:53

6th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:56 - 1:38

7th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:41 - 2:23

8th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:26 - 3:08

7th Grade

Pride Pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 - 8:18

1st Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:21 - 9:03

2nd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:06 - 9:48

3rd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:51 - 10:33

4th Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:36 - 11:18

5th Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11:21 - 12:03

WIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:06 - 12:31
Lunch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:31 - 12:56

6th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:59 - 1:41

7th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:44 - 2:26

8th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:29 - 3:08

8th Grade

Pride Pack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 - 8:15

1st Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8:18 - 9:00

2nd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:03 - 9:45

3rd Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:48 - 10:30

4th Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:33 - 11:15

Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:18 - 11:43
WIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:43 - 12:08

5th Period. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12:11 - 12:53

6th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12:56 - 1:38

7th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1:41 - 2:23

8th Period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:26 - 3:08

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