Phoenix Flyer

January 21, 2023

Happy New Year, Phoenix Families –I hope this Flyer finds you warm and cozy on this gray, chilly day.  I am writing from school and enjoying the enthusiastic sounds of our first in-person DHMS/WMS Model UN Conference.  There is an incredible positive energy here as these young people learn and practice the art of global […]

January 3, 2023

Welcome back from Winter Break! The Virginia General Assembly enacted new testing requirements for all students in grades 3-8 beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.. The legislation calls for the administration of a reading and mathematics assessment in the fall, mid-year, and spring (SOL) in grades 3-8 to measure student growth. The fall and mid-year […]

December 5, 2022

These last couple of days have been full of surprises.  First, thank you for your patience and understanding last week as DHMS and APS staff worked to address our broken pipe.  The pipe is completely fixed and the classrooms/hallways impacted have been carefully dried, cleaned, and remediated for any potential water-related damage.  We hate to lose a […]

November 9, 2022

Dear Phoenix Families, I started the day today with a great feeling of refreshment and excitement.  This was partially caused by the wonderful Fall chill in the air…brr, sweater weather!  Contributing to these feelings, though, was the knowledge that we are beginning a new quarter today.  New beginnings make great opportunities to help students reflect […]

October 19, 2022

We are so looking forward to seeing you and your Phoenix student at our Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Students and teachers have prepared for this conference by reflecting on how the year is going so far, the student’s executive functioning skills, and how successful they are being academically.  Each TA teacher has collaborated with their “teaching team” […]

October 5, 2022

October is going to be busy!  Let me highlight a few important events that are coming: Upcoming Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences – After school on Thursday, 10/21, or in the morning of Friday, 10/22.  There is no school for DHMS students on Friday. Middle Schools offer two conferences for parents, students, and teachers – one in the Fall […]

September 12, 2022

Congratulations and huge thanks to Michelle Brydges and Amy Erwin who facilitated a wonderful back to school event on Friday evening.  The food trucks, free ice cream, and DJ were a big hit with all!  Thanks to those of you who accompanied your children – I appreciate your support with student supervision! We have had […]

August 29, 2022

Just a quick follow up to our first day of school!  Your children were amazing today!  Despite a few yawns early this morning, they were attentive and engaged in classes and followed our RISE expectations splendidly. Driveway traffic went very smoothly both this morning and this afternoon.  Thank you!  Remind your walkers that they are […]

August 27, 2022

The DHMS staff so enjoyed seeing many of you and your students on Thursday for Open House.  What a treat it was to see smile of recognition and so many familiar faces. I just wanted to reach out with a few details for this first week – things to keep in mind/be aware of as we […]

August 22, 2022

Good afternoon, Phoenix Families –Hopefully you have received the DHMS Welcome letter that shares a brief welcome from me, as well as your Phoenix student’s TA Teacher’s Name.  If you haven’t received it – no worries, we will see you on Thursday at Open House and make sure you and your Phoenix student know where […]