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Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores Doctors Note

August 28, 2015

Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores Doctors Note
               August 28, 2015
School News
New at DCS: Block Scheduling!
We are excited to embark on a different schedule this year.  Students will meet with even-period classes two days of the week, odd-period classes two days of the week, and all classes except 1st period on Wednesday. 1st period  meets Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for 60 minutes, while all other periods meet for 90 minutes. 
We anticipate that not only will our students and teachers have the opportunity to take learning to a greater depth, but students will be able to plan their homework, lighten their book load, and spend less time travelling between classes.  And of course, the handy planner provided to all students will aid in the planning and organizing process.
Students are dismissed at 2:40 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with extra-curricular activities and assistance provided by teachers taking place until 3:45; dismissal on Wednesdays is 3:15 p.m.
For the detailed block schedule, please click here.
A Letter from Mr. Nicholas Dorn
Dear Students and Parents,
We are back in session, and what a great start to the 2015-2016 school year here at Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores.  There are so many new things to be excited about this year, but we should introduce at least five phenomenal developments. Firstly, a summer of renovation and installation projects has left the school bright and beautiful. Secondly, our school community is embracing a new approach to our weekly schedule through the integration of block periods to enable learning extensions and support in classrooms during and after school; all students have received a DCS planner that maps out their weeks, months, and year-at-large to help them navigate and organize themselves. Thirdly, parents and guardians now have access to a DCS Curriculum Guide (available online) to discover the pathways to receiving a DCS diploma and securing an outstanding college-prepatory experience.  Fourthly, our school family has grown by welcoming new faces amongst the faculty and staff, all of whom believe in putting children first and developing student-centered classrooms and programming.  Lastly, we have migrated our computing to Google, which affords every student a doctorscharterschool.org Google Drive account for storing their digital portfolios of papers, work, projects, and more; students will soon discover the incredible potential of a suite of applications that will facilitate learning in entirely new ways.  Undoubtedly, this is going to be a very successful school year for all of our students.
In addition to the developments and additions, this year we are addressing two major themes: Communication and Collaboration. We are not only encouraging our students to communicate with their teachers about their needs for clarification and questions, but we would also like to notify parents/guardians of their need to communicate with faculty as well. Families are reminded that grades are posted weekly via the MDCPS grade portal and faculty members are happy to meet with families to assure student success. It is crucial that we have complete and correct contact information from all families, so please be sure to let our offices know if your information has changed. Communication goes both ways, so families should expect to hear from faculty about how students are performing in class, especially if a student shows signs of a struggle early on in the year.  We aim to catch them doing well but also lift the student up when they stumble; we hope families will work with us here.  Together we can collaborate to bring about incredible learning gains across the board for our students, and this second theme of cooperating, means that students, teachers, administrators, and families can build a successful school year together. In that regard, parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to get involved and sign up to join the PTSA, an organization that represents a variety of voices and promotes parental engagement in this crucial learning process.  If we communicate and collaborate more effectively, there is truly nothing stopping the Doctors Charter School community from reaching new heights this year and beyond. Have a great school year, and Go Hawks!
Open House is September 15
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. for our Open House. Follow your student's schedule and meet the teachers.  Required reading books for the school year will be for sale, so come a little early to purchase. This is also an opportunity to join the PTSA and Athletic Booster Club.
Forms Deadline - Important!
Completed, signed forms were due today, Friday, August 28th. Students may not attend classes on Monday unless we have received the completed Emergency Contact Card and the signed Parent/Student Acknowledgement Form from the Code of Conduct. Other forms to be submitted include:
  •  Locker Use Agreement Form (necessary for  the  student to have a locker)
  •  Media Release/Audio Visual Permission Form
  •  Computer and Internet Usage Policy Form
The handbook containing these forms can be found at http://www.doctorscharterschool.org/students-parent-handbook.
DCS follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools calendar. Our school calendar can be accessed from our website, or by clicking the link in the right column of this newsletter.
Tropical Weather Policy 
Hurricane Season is upon us. DCS follows the Miami-Dade County Public Schools policy related to school closures.  In the event a storm is approaching, please watch the news for information about M-DCPS school closure status. 
Get to know your child's school, make a difference, and become involved; join the DCS PTSA.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm; the first meeting is September 9. Click here for more information about the PTSA and how to volunteer.
Over the next several weeks, we will introduce our new faculty members. We are delighted to welcome to the DCS family...
Kristen Ryan, Science                            
I am thrilled to teach Science at DCS after spending 3 years teaching 7th grade science in Seattle, Washington. 
I completed an internship at The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, while finishing my Masters in Teaching at Western Washington University. As a researcher, I worked in the vehicles division on a project aimed at making non-food based biomass based transportation fuels efficient enough for market deployment.
My husband is attending Barry University's School of Podiatric Medicine, which brought us to sunny, warm Miami;  we enjoy spending time at the beach with our 16- month-old daughter. Prior to moving to Miami, I participated in a 44-mile ladies backpacking trip in the North Cascades, paddle boarded on Lake Washington, and learned to paraglide. 
Philip Corr, Social Studies
I am a social studies teacher. My subjects include 6th grade World History, 9th grade Leadership and Character Development, and 11/12th grade Philosophy. I was a paraprofessional at DCS last year and began my full-time teaching position this year.  I expect to graduate with my Master's degree from Barry University's Curriculum and Instruction program in December of this year.  My dream is to change the world, and I believe teaching the youth is a great place to start. I consider pizza a form of currency.
Next Board Meeting: 
Thursday, September 24, at 5:30 pm in the Media Center.


Important Dates

Monday, Aug. 31 
Baseline Interim Assessment, Science, Grade 8 students
Tuesday, Sept. 1
Baseline Interim Assessment, Science, Grade 8 students
Wednesday, Sept. 2
Baseline Interim Assessment, Science,
Grade 8 Students
Thursday, Sept. 3
Early release day, noon dismissal
Monday, Sept. 7
Labor Day Holiday; school is closed
Wednesday, Sept. 9
PTSA/Athletic Booster Club Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Media Center
Monday, Sept. 14
Teacher Planning Day
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Open House, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Blood Drive
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Finance Committee Meeting, 7:30 a.m.
Teacher Planning Day
Thursday, Sept. 24
Personnel Committee Meeting, 4:00 p.m.
Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in the Media Center
Monday, Sept. 28
Picture Day
Monday - Wednesday, Oct. 5 - 7
District ELA Writing Pre-test
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Walk/Bike to Work Day
Thursday, Oct. 8
Early Release day; noon dismissal
Students of the Week
Check here soon for our very first Students of the Week of this school year!
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