Good morning DTSMA middle school parents. This is Mr. Debetaz. I am sending this message to everyone today to make sure everyone has some clarity on the changes we will be making with our middle school Prime Time schedule.

Currently, Middle School Prime Time is the last 30 minutes of the day. After reviewing our middle school assessment data, meeting with the state department of education, our middle school faculty, and reviewing the survey results from our middle school faculty, it is in the best interest of our students to increase class time in each of the classes to provide Tier 1 remediation services to best meet the needs of all students. Block classes, (ELA and math) will receive an additional ten minutes of instruction each day. Non block classes (science, social studies, elective, and physical education) will receive an additional five minutes of instruction each day.

ZAP, RTI services, and re-engage/re-assess time will be taken from individual students’ non-core periods as needed.

High School Prime Time will remain the same.

There has been some inaccuracies posted on social media relating to this change. Students have not been roaming the halls, skipping Prime Time classes, goofing off during Prime Time, etc as being stated on social media. Some students were assigned to different classes on individual days if they had not completed homework, classwork, or needed additional tutoring during the school day. As stated earlier, these services will continue, but will take place during non-core instructional period and these students will have 45 minutes (rather than 25 minutes) to complete work or receive tutoring services during the school day.

The change will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018 for our middle school students. I wanted to communicate accurate facts before the change to eliminate any concerns you may be having. If you feel you need further clarity, I will be available during parent/teacher conferences tomorrow.

In addition, this morning we had to evacuate a portion of the building when the smoke alarm set off the fire alarm in the building. Apparently an electrical socket in the attic of the 300 pod shorted out when it became wet. The students having class in this pod were relocated to the cafeteria. Firetrucks responded to the alarm, investigated the situation, disconnected power to the socket, and the LPSS maintenance department changed the socket. At no time was there an open flame nor were any students ever in danger. I am very proud of the teachers and students response to this situation.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day and I hope to see you at parent teacher conference tomorrow.

J. Debetaz

DTSMA Mission Statement:

The mission of David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy is to foster the development of productive life-long learners through academic problem solving and real work applications.

DTSMA Vision Statement:

David Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy will facilitate the development of the personal process of discovery in self-reliant learners in an ever changing, highly technological society.

REMIND

To receive middle school remind messages from Mrs. Broussard, text @dtsmami to 81010.

To receive high school remind messages from Mrs. Guillory, text @dtsmahi to 81010.

Oct. 19 - Popsicles & Halloween Social (2:00 - 4:00)

Oct. 22-23 - No school (Fall Break)

Oct. 27 - Fall Frenzy (10:00 - 2:00)

Nov. 6 - No School for Students (Election Day and Professional Development Day for Teachers

Nov. 10 Bulldog Bash

Nov. 12 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

(Parents will receive a letter in the mail if they need to attend the attendance meeting. Parents receive letters when their child has 3 or more unexcused absences. The meeting is held in the DTSMA library and is about 10 minutes in length. During the meeting, a powerpoint presentation is shared with the parents. The presentation explains the LPSS Attendance Policy. If the parent is unable to attend the meeting, the powerpoint can be emailed to the parent.)

Nov. 14 - Progress Reports go home

Nov. 16 - Gumbo Cookoff

Nov. 19 - 23 - No school Thanksgiving

Dec. 11 - Parent / Teacher Conference

Dec. 17 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

Dec. 24 - Jan. 4. - No School (Christmas/New Year Holiday Break)

Jan. 14 - 18 - Homecoming Week

Jan. 16 - 1/2 day for students

Jan. 21 - No school (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)

Jan. 28 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

Feb. 13 - 1/2 day for students

Feb. 25 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

Mar. 4 - 8 - No school (Mardi Gras)

Mar. 20 - 1/2 day for students

Mar. 25 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

Mar. 30 - Green Up/Clean Up

Apr. 5 – Crawfish Boil

Apr. 15 - 22 - Easter Holiday Break

Apr. 29 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

May 6 -10 - Teacher Appreciation Week

May 20 - Attendance Meeting at 7:30

May 23 - Last Day of School

May 24 - Teacher Lunch

(Dates Are Subject To Change)