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Congratulations to the DMS Elks Club Finalists and Winners!


Attention all incoming 6th grade parents!

 If you would like your child to experience four outstanding DMS electives in 6th grade, then you might be interested in the Explore wheel.

  1. ArtStudents in 6th grade Art will have an opportunity to unleash their creativity! Not only will they be taught valuable skills to enhance their artworks, they will work out creative solutions, problem-solve, and explore materials. Students will learn how to show depth and distance, explore color relationships, and observe the world around them. 
  2. Home Economics:  Home Economics is great class for kinesthetic learners! Students will have the opportunity to learn practical life skills such as how to read a recipe and complete basic cooking skills while preparing nutritious snacks.  They will also learn how to safely operate a sewing machine and create a Dr. Seuss hat. In addition, they will learn safe babysitting techniques. All units will incorporate competency-based skills utilized in core classes.
  3.  Technology:  Technology students will be studying five different areas of technology. Some of these areas include: Aerodynamic Principles, Aerospace, Graphic Design, CAD and Engineering Structures. Students will work individually and in small groups on activities and projects.  Highlights of the class are the competitions testing bridges and flying machines.
  4. Keyboarding:  Keyboarding students learn to type quickly and efficiently without looking at their hands. This is an essential life skill in our technological world.    

The Explore Team is looking forward to working with you and your child.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 5/27/15

Textbook return dates 2015

As we approach the end of the school year, your student must get ready to return their textbooks. All books will be returned during your student’s Science Class


The return schedule is as follows:

8th Grade – Wednesday, May 27th

  • Friday, May 29th - Final day for 8th graders to clear before “End of Year” activities

7th Grade – Friday, May 29th  


6th Grade – Tuesday, June 2nd   

Posted by: Maria Morales
Published: 5/18/15

2016 8th Grade DC/NY/Boston Trip
Good news 7th graders, if you haven't already signed up for next year's trip, it is not too late! There are still a few spaces left to fill before the school year ends. Sign up soon though, or it may be too late. Contact Ms. Prather at aprather@tvusd.k21.ca.us if you have any questions or for more information.
Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 5/18/15

Improv Class for Incoming 9th Graders

A two-week IMPROV workshop offered through the Temecula Valley Education Foundation will start June 15th at CHS. Click the link below for more information.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 5/8/15

Food Fight!

Hello DMS Families and Staff,

Our local food banks have reached out to the Temecula Middle Schools for urgent help. They are running critically low on food. We have all been challenged in "The Great Middle School Food Fight" to collect as much non-perishable food and toiletries as possible during the month of May. Your student will be bringing home a grocery bag today. We will have donation cans available in the front loop every day throughout the month.

The food bank will be giving away prizes for posting selfies on instagram at #msfoodfight2015 of you donating your food. In addition, you or your student may come to the front office to fill out a drawing slip for additional chances to win.

Please see the attached flyer for detailed information including a list of items that are most needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at jamesldaymiddleschool.ptas@gmail.com. Thank you for helping to support our community in this very important way!

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 5/8/15

Summer School for Incoming 9th Grade Students

8th Graders, as they are planning to promote to 9th Grade, can get a jump-start on their high school freshman year with summer enrichment classes sponsored by the Temecula Education Foundation (TEF).

TEF has for-credit classes that freshmen might be interested in (Spanish 1, ASL 1 and, depending on math skills, Geometry) but also several non-credit prep classes.

The Algebra I Boot Camp, Writing Workshop, and Academic Success (Study Skills) preparatory classes are intended to help students make a successful transition to high school. Last year was our first year to offer the Algebra I Boot Camp, and it was a hit – lots of positive feedback from parents and students.

Registration for the fee-based TEF Summer High School 2015 will open at 8 AM on May 1 and close at midnight on June 1.

Students must not miss more than one day during the four-week (June 15-July 10) period to receive high school credits.

There is NO refund for any class after June 5.

All proposed classes are subject to change, based on teacher availability and student enrollment.

This is our sixth year of sponsoring enrichment classes for high school students.

Location for TEF Summer High School rotates; this year, it will be held at Chaparral High School.

Since DMS is a feeder middle school to CHS, it’s a great opportunity for incoming freshmen to attend a class AND learn to navigate their high school campus.

The flyer with more information is in the PeachJar section on the right-side of this page.

If you have questions about registration or TEF Summer High School, more info may be found at www.tvfee.org.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 4/29/15

8th Grade Parents and Students

Information, including eligibility rules, about the 8th Grade Grad Party, the Knotts Berry Farm trip, and Promotion are included in the attachment below.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 4/27/15

Incoming 7th Grade Students/Parents

All students entering 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shoot (Tdap) before starting school this August 2015. Please click the link below for more information.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 4/13/15

8th Grade Parents and Students

Attached is a Power Point shown to the 8th grade class on Feb. 6th 2015

The PowerPoint covers 8th grade Promotion requirements for both Academics and Behavior.
Review the expectations with your student if appropriate. 
Please continue to talk to your child about the benefits and opportunities that result from hard work and solid grades.
Thank you!
DMS counseling staff
Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 2/12/15

Testing Information

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program. For more information about the test and procedures, please click the link below.

Posted by: Becky Caffarel
Published: 2/5/15

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