As students, you are now part of a great tradition of high expectations. Our Middle School
building was once the Dixie High School, and the footsteps that you are taking today follow our
graduates that have made valuable contributions to the world. Those who have graduated from
Dixie make our world a better and safer place to live. All of those who you follow today are
proud to be called a “Dixie Greyhound”. When you enter the halls of Dixie Middle School each
day, you are now part of this wonderful tradition.
Each of you are special at Dixie Middle School and we look forward to supporting each of you as
you discover and develop into the person you want to become. We want you to be happy in
school and learn all that you can. Following these guidelines will help you be successful during
this school year and throughout life.
Respect + Responsibility + Achievement = Success
Respect: Treat Everyone and Everything with Dignity and Respect
Everyone must know that Dixie Middle School is a safe and supportive place to be. An example
of respecting property includes caring for our school and the personal property of classmates
and staff. Any behavior that could hurt someone else will not be allowed. All individuals
(students, parents, teachers, staff substitutes) need to be treated with respect, this includes not
arguing and/or using degrading language towards others.
Responsibility: Be Responsible
Every day you will have the opportunity to make choices in all that you do and all throughout
your life you must decide how you will act and/or react. Therefore, we expect you to do what is
right whether anyone is watching you or not. This is called, “being responsible.” As a middle
school student, you will discover that it isn’t always easy to make responsible choices,
especially if some else is not. It is important to remember that you are in charge of yourself.
You can do what is right and you have the power to make positive choices!
Achievement: Always Try and Do Your Best
The best way to learn something new is to practice until you can do it. If you are unwilling to
try, you cannot practice. “The expert in anything was once a beginner” -Helen Hayes. When you
try to do something new it is often difficult, but if you keep trying it will get easier and easier.
When you do a job or an assignment, do your very best. While you are working on something,
ask yourself, “Am I trying my best?” If you give your job your best, you can learn more and feel
more responsible than if you just slide through the job. You will make mistakes, but if you did
your best, we can help you learn from your mistakes.
Success: Cooperate with Others, Self-Discipline and GRIT
Cooperation includes being polite, treating others with respect, accepting differences between
people, dealing with disagreements through STP (Stop, Think and Plan) and encouraging others
to do their best. By being cooperative, you can develop lasting friendships and develop key
team building skills. Through self-discipline, you are able to set goals, stay motivated when
things get hard, overcome obstacles by not giving up and staying persistent. This attribute will
serve you well as you develop the courage, passion and perseverance (GRIT) to pursue your
goals in school and life.
By following these four guidelines, the Dixie Middle School Staff is here to support you as you
achieve success. We are here to help, motivate and educate each of you. As you enter the
doors of Dixie Middle School today, you are following in those footsteps of so many. Dixie
Middle School is more than a building of bricks and mortar. We are part of a great tradition and
dedicated to making a difference in your life.
DMS Book Fair – September 18th – 22nd
The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is
headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as
books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar for this upcoming event! The Book Fair is a
great way to get everyone excited about reading!
Now Parents and Students Can Search for AR Books from Home!
Now, anyone can search for AR books online for free! That means parents, guardians, and
students can conduct book searches by author, readability level, point value, and topic. Then,
they can place the titles in their online AR BookBag, print it, and take it to their bookstore or
AR BookFinder also provides accessibility to the book lists generated by classroom teachers
using AR BookGuide. The book lists contain titles of books that teachers assign or recommend
for students to read. Visit www.arbookfind.com and start searching today!