PTSA/Athletic Booster Club Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 6:15 pm. Click on the PTSA link on the Parents menu for details. The meeting for May 14th has been cancelled, but there will be a brief meeting following the reception for Mr. Dorn on May 13th.
Are you a registered volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer at DCS you must first register through the parent portal. Click here to go to the Parent Portal and login. Click the Services and Sites tab, then click on "Be a School Volunteer!". Choose our school and the activities for which you would like to volunteer. The final step is to come to DCS and present your ID to Ms. Yao, who will verify your approval.
FLORIDA PREPAID COLLEGE PROGRAM
The Florida Prepaid College Program is the plan that lets you pay for future college tuition, dormitory and fee expenses today! The plan works best if parents sign children up for it the day they are born, but even High School juniors can enter the prepaid program and benefit from it. It locks in and guarantees your child's future education at a fixed price. Note the following:
Reading Plus is a proven, research-based reading software program provided by Miami-Dade County Public Schools to all students. It is a great tool for students to improve reading skills and raise FCAT reading scores. All students can access Reading Plus through the Student Portal. The link to Reading Plus is halfway down the page of the Student Portal screen after the student logs in.
The program can also be accessed by going to the Reading Plus Website directly, http://www.readingplus.com/users/index.html. Click on the "login" link, then "student login". The site code is docmiami, and the class would be "Links to Learning " and the initial of the student's last name. The password is the student ID.
Health/Life Management PE Uniform update
Students taking Health/Life Management and First Aid are not required to wear a PE uniform. These are the only 2 classes exempt from the PE uniform requirement.
Important Notice Regarding Student Absences:
Regular and punctual attendance is crucial to student achievement. A student with 5 or more unexcused absences in a semester course and 10 or more unexcused absences in a year-long course may have grades and credit for the course withheld. Students who miss work due to unexcused absences will receive failing grades on that work.
Parents must send notes with their children upon return to school from an absence. All absences are unexcused until a note is received and they have 3 days to send in the note. The unexcused status cannot be changed after 3 days.
Examples of unexcused absences include vacations, personal services, non-school events, programs or sporting activities, provision of day care for siblings, illness of others, and non-compliance with immunization requirements. Excused absences generally include documented student illness, medical appointments, subpoenas by law enforcement agencies, outdoor suspensions, school sponsored events, observance of religious holidays or deaths in the family.
Parents wishing to have an anticipated absence classified as "excused" must request the permission of the Executive Director using the school's Pre-Planned Absence form. This form must be submitted to the Executive Director at least one week prior to the absence. If approved it must then be taken to each of the student's teachers and the academic counselor for their signatures and comments on the absence. The student must return this form with all signatures to the Executive Director at least three days prior to the absence or the student will lose their right to make up assignments. If the student fails to secure the signature of any teacher before the absence the teacher has the prerogative not to allow make-up work and may issue failing grades for any work missed due to the absence. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all assignments prior to the absence and to make arrangements with their teachers for make-up work upon returning to school.