April 22, 2022

A few timely announcements for today’s Phoenix Flash:

DHMS Families – join us THIS Friday, April 29th from 5pm – 7pm on the DHMS Driveway and Field.  Featuring music, popcorn, food trucks, a cake decorating contest, and a variety of outdoor games!  Students who compete and “win” a game/event will earn a point for their class.  The class with the most points will be treated to an outdoor party during last period later this spring. PLEASE NOTE:  this is NOT a drop-off event.  Parents must accompany their Phoenix student/s to this event.

JOB/Volunteer Fair:  Students who will be 14 years old by summer are invited to the Teen Summer Job Fair, tomorrow (4/23) at 10:00 AM at the Thomas Jefferson Community Center.  Please find more information and the form to pre-register ahead of time at this (Arlington County) link.

This Saturday, April 23, is Yorktown Band Day!  Band students from Yorktown High School will be canvassing Yorktown neighborhoods to talk about and raise money for the Yorktown band programs.  Funds raised will support music purchases, instruments purchases and repair, educational speakers, spring trips, uniforms, and provide financial aid.  Please support your local students if any come to your door!

Monday 4/25 – NO Late Buses at 4:20 PM!  The Track Meet that was to be held on Monday will be rescheduled. Any track team member is welcome to stay for an optional Track Practice.  Students must be able to get themselves home. The Your Voice Matters Survey has been extended through Sunday, April 24.  If you haven’t already, please complete the Your Voice Matters Survey.  This data provides valuable feedback to APS and the DHMS Team.

SAVE The DATES – SOL TESTING:  All students in grades 6-8 in Arlington Public Schools will take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests between May 16, 2022 and June 14, 2022. Dorothy Hamm Middle School has selected the testing dates below.

  • Tuesday May 24: Science SOL (Grade 8)
  • Thursday May 26: Reading SOL (Grades 6, 7, 8)
  • Tuesday May 31: Civics SOL (Grade 7) and World Geography SOL (Grade 8)
  • Thursday June 2: All Math SOLs (Grades 6, 7, 8)

All tests will be given in the morning.  It is important that your child attend school and be on time on these days.  Please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school on these testing days. It is also important that every student have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s counselor as soon as possible.

Since the testing will be online, it is essential that fully charged iPads be brought to school every day. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s counselor or the school testing coordinator at Dorothy Hamm Middle School. The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your child’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.