Message from the Principal

Hello Cougar Family,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Dalton Middle School! Our school is home to more than 1,750 amazing students and 160 dedicated and passionate educators. Our mission is to be the bridge that empowers each student to achieve excellence by designing meaningful experiences that enhance creativity, embrace diversity and foster confidence and compassion.

I am inspired daily from the moment I walk in the door of our school to find a group of early students who arrive more than an hour before school starts. As they wait patiently, many engage in their work on school-issued devices, some find a few moments to read and others interact with friends. Moment by moment, as students continue to arrive on buses and in cars, our school awakens to a new and exciting day. From the cafeteria, to the gym, through the halls, and in classrooms, good natured teasing and lively conversations about projects due and books being read are the norm. The excitement of each new day at DMS is palpable.

Dalton Middle School has a long history of academic excellence and making a difference in the lives of students. We offer a bonanza of opportunities to participate in: extra-curricular activities such as band, chorus, football, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, volleyball, softball, wrestling, swimming, soccer, track, golf, tennis, baseball, drama and quiz bowl. Curricular opportunities for our students include many advanced core content classes, high school credit courses, a variety of technology courses, exploratory French, German and Latin, DMS TV production, yearbook and piano, among others. Science instruction includes hands-on experiences in a wetlands area, school gardens, a mini poultry farm and in-classroom science labs.

As the instructional day begins, a glance into classes discovers teachers working actively with students, small groups collaborating on projects, individual student devices being used to research, create and present new knowledge, but most importantly one finds students actively engaged in deep learning.

I extend my personal invitation to you to explore our webpage in depth to learn more about our school and to schedule a visit to discover the Dalton Difference!

Dr. Phil Jones