Upcoming Events and Opportunities

MSAN-Anniversary

Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) Intersectional Social Justice Collaborative invites both middle and high school students from the U.S. to meet monthly to participate in an integrated social justice youth leadership development experience, culminating in a network-wide social justice action research fair at the end of the program.

A student from each middle and high school in APS participated in this social justice collaborative, where various topics were discussed each month. The group met from October to April. The last session schools and/ or districts presented their Equity Action Plan. SC2021-logo-purple

APS students decided to work collaboratively as a district for their project, entitled APS Student Collaborative Equity Action Plan. The 2 middle school students from Dorothy Hamm designed the website. All students contributed information for the site. The homepage provides the overall scope of the project along with resources. The feedback page provides survey links for teachers and students to give feedback on various topics and ways for our district to improve. There is also a video to provide a student perspective. To view APS Student Collaborative Equity Action Plan click the link.

 

No Place for Hate 

DHMS Earns No Place for Hate Designation for 2021-22

No Place for Hate logoI am pleased to announce that Dorothy Hamm Middle School has officially earned No Place for Hate designation for the 2021-2022 school year! Congratulations!!!

This initiative has allowed us to facilitate conversations with our students about representation, identity, and ways to celebrate and highlight our differences. Let’s continue to make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all.

 

May 2022- NPFH School-wide Activity

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DHMS had our first No Place for Hate school-wide activity. The student members of the committee chose to focus on Identity and Culture, which allowed for a discussion around the similarities and differences between people and the importance of respecting those differences. The school-wide event commenced on Monday, May 16, 2022 during lunches with students responding to the prompt, “I AM…” This activity provided the opportunity for students and staff to share how they identify themselves.

The second part of the school-wide event was held Thursday, May 19, 2022 during TA, where students watched a short video about identity and discussed the differences we all have and how to respect and celebrate them. The activity ended with class and/ or individual reflection (such as create action steps to respect/ celebrate others, personal takeaways from discussion, modify their identity maps from the beginning of the year).

Overall, it was a great reflective activity. This activity allowed us to acknowledge where we are in the process so that we can take action, recognize, and respect the differences within our DHMS community.

NPFH I am Activity May 16

 

April 2022- NPFH Pledge Activity

On Monday, April 4th and Tuesday, April 5th DHMS had a 2 day signing of the No Place for Hate (NPFH) pledge during TA. To date 908 people have signed the pledge which includes 872 students, 34 staff members, and 2 parents. Take a look at the display of the signed pledge cards that is in the front of school by main door.

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March 2022- NPFH School-wide Rollout

Our Broadcast TA has been working with Dr. Glenn in efforts to roll out No Place for Hate at DHMS. We’re excited to collaborate with her! Check out the interview with Dr. Glenn to learn more about this program and how to get involved. With your help, we will make our school community a safe and welcoming space for all.

 

DHMS Historical Commemoration

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Our Broadcast TA has been working with Dr. Glenn on the anniversary of DHMS’ historical commemoration on February 2nd as well as Black History Month and No Place for Hate. We’re excited to collaborate with her!

This week, our show will feature:

  • an interview with Michael Jones, one of the students who integrated Stratford Junior High
  • a segment on the Halls Hill neighborhood
  • a video about the history of February 2, 1959 and ways in which we’ve incorporated that history into our building (the mural on the 1st floor and the commemorative walkway)

For the rest of Black History Month, each of the groups in our TA will focus on a historically black neighborhood in Arlington. Links to all shows can be found below.

 

SOAR Cohort at Yorktown

Screen Shot 2022-02-10 at 9.34.24 AMIf you are a rising 9th grader who is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) and will be attending Yorktown High School, this program may be a great opportunity for you.SOAR Cohort is a wonderful opportunity for rising 9th graders coming to Yorktown. SOAR Cohort:

  • geared toward BIPOC students who would appreciate or benefit from a close-knit affinity group
  • focuses on developing academic skills needed for advanced level courses and college, leadership skills, social emotional growth
  • If students are leaving EL, SOAR can be a great support as they transition into non-EL classes.

Please see attached the attached  SOAR Flyer  for more information about SOAR.

Past Events

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Arlington Tech Application & Information

  • Application DEADLINE is January 21, 2022 at 4pm.
  • Click HERE to view details about program and application.
  • Arlington Tech Informational flyer (English) (Spanish)

 

 

December 2, 2021
Shani King, author of Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter, visited our students virtually and shared his newest book with us. The book celebrates the accomplishments of many important black men and women in science, politics, leadership, the arts, and more.

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November 6, 2020
Author La-Donia Alford-Jefferies of “Homecoming” visited DHMS to discuss writing development & the HBCU experience.

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As an Adjunct Professor, La-Donia Alford-Jefferies works to educate students about the importance of Historical Black Colleges and Universities every day. She is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and a native to Greensboro, North Carolina. With her mother a former professor at an HBCU for 40 years and her father an alum of North Carolina A&T State University, La-Donia is truly Aggie born, Aggie bred. Her husband, Michael and two daughters inspired her to write a book about their homecoming experiences as a family.