DMS News and Announcements

  • Safety at Student Drop Off and Pick Up
    In order to ensure all students who do not take the bus are safely dropped off and picked up from school, please review the following information regarding our procedures this year. 

    Arriving to School
    • Please enter campus from Alden Street by the library and drive SLOWLY around the building until you approach DMS. 
    • This year, students may be dropped off along the entire distance from the cafeteria patio to the courtyard along the back side of the building (marked by the red line below). As long as your vehicle is pulled immediately next to a sidewalk area (on the driver's side of your car) of the DMS end of the building, you may drop your child off and allow them to walk to the entrance to avoid congestion. 
    • As much as possible, please have students exit the back seat driver's side of your vehicle.
    • No students may be dropped off in ANY staff parking lot. 
    • Students may enter the building starting at 7:50am. If they arrive earlier than 7:50, they should remain outside on the sidewalk or grassy areas around the entrance and wear their mask until doors open.
    Departing School
    • Drivers should enter campus at the Alden Street entrance and travel SLOWLY around campus as you approach the DMS patio.
    • Students will be dismissed from the building by floor starting with the first floor (primarily 6th grade students). 
    • Drivers should queue up along the DMS side of the building starting at the yellow star in the image below, with the sidewalk along the driver's side of the car, and all along the red line. 
    • Students will be encouraged to walk from the DMS entrance to your car, where you will be able to depart. 
    • No students may be picked up in ANY staff parking lot. 
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  • Dismissing Students Early/ Dropping Off Items
    This year, we have to limit outside visitors from entering our building, which means we will not be having adults enter the building for any early dismissals or to drop off any forgotten items. We will using the following protocols this year for these situations. 

    Dismissals (Early/ Unexpected/ Nurse):
    • Early Dismissals- Students must have written permission from their parent or guardian to be dismissed. This permission must include the date, time of dismissal and reason for the dismissal.
      • Unexpected Dismissals – Please call ahead to the DMS main office at 781-934-7640 to let us know your student is being dismissed and follow the above protocol. (We would prefer not to interrupt their classes).
    • Adults will drive to the DMS side of the building and will need to get out of their car and press the “buzzer” located to the left of the doors on the brick wall. Please note there is no parking near the DMS entrance for visitors. All parking in this lot is for staff members. The DMS office staff will bring your student to the door where a parent/guardian will be able to sign the student out for dismissal.
    • The student will show the note to the office and his/her classroom teacher at the time of dismissal and come to the main office where the office staff will walk the student to the DMS doors to collect a parent signature 
    • Nurse Dismissals – will be managed by our DMS Nurse, Karen Doyle, and will occur at Door # 11 (this door is located on the side of the building). 
    All adults will need to present a valid driver’s license or form of I.D. that they will need to show an office staff member before the student will be allowed to be dismissed with them. 
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  • Dropping Off Forgotten Items
    Family members will not be permitted in the building to drop off any forgotten items. Any forgotten item that must be dropped off should follow the below protocol. 
    • Adults will drive to the DMS side of the building and will need to get out of their car and press the “buzzer” located to the left of the doors on the brick wall. Please note there is no parking near the DMS entrance for visitors. All parking in this lot is for staff members. The DMS office staff will come out and grab item. Please be sure it is labeled with the student's name
    • Please note that we do not expect parents/guardians to drop off items forgotten by students. In the effort to support a student's growth in independence in preparing for their school day, we encourage parents/ guardians to avoid dropping off forgotten items. A student who forgets their lunch will always be provided one if needed. 
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  • A Message from the Principal: 



    Dear Students and Parents/ Guardians, 

    I want to officially welcome all of our DMS families to the start of the 2020-21 school year. Though I've sent a couple of newsletters out already, I want to take a moment to briefly introduce/ reintroduce myself to all of you as we launch into what is likely to be a challenging year. My name is Sarah McGuire, and I am the Principal of Duxbury Middle School. This year marks my thirteenth in Duxbury. I began my career here as an 8th grade Social Studies teacher, and love working with middle school students. In my journey to my current role, I briefly enjoyed a few years as the Social Studies Supervisor and served as one of DHS's Assistant Principals, and also taught a couple of years of high school Social Studies. Through it all, I've been dedicated to the students of Duxbury and ensuring they have a safe, supportive environment in which they can learn and grow effectively. 

    This year is likely to be unique in a variety of ways. We have spent the summer planning for school to open, and are guided by our core values of putting students first, promoting academic excellence, and valuing equity and inclusion across our student population. As such, I want to extend the invitation to all of our families to embrace this year's school wide theme. At DMS, we are choosing to see this year's challenges as opportunities for growth and learning, and we are dedicated to making the very best of a less than ideal situation. Therefore, this year, our theme is "Chase the Challenge". I believe this will be a great guiding theme to remind us throughout the year that growth happens when we are pushed outside of our comfort zones, and that we need to work together as a community to meet the challenges we face this year.

    Chase the Challenge

    If you haven't gotten the chance to do so already, I encourage you to review Duxbury's Back to School Plans, and to be sure you are aware of all the ways this year might feel different than previous years. I want to invite all DMS families to partner with me, my administrative team, and all my staff as we make our way through this year. In order to support this goal, I want to highlight our Home to School Communication Guide to families (which can be found in our Student Handbook and linked under Quick Links on the DMS website). 

    Each week, I will send a newsletter which will serve as the primary vehicle for communicating important updates and information for DMS families. I encourage you to use this newsletter as a resource, and to reach out to the DMS Main Office (781-934-7640) if you ever have a question regarding the information shared here. You will find a number of important items in the announcements below. Wishing you all a wonderful start to this school year!

    If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to connect, please do not hesitate to reach out. 


    Sarah McGuire
    Duxbury Middle School

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