ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
School mission statement
Dozier Middle School is committed to academic excellence and social responsibility while instilling skills for the future in an encouraging and orderly environment.
Code of conduct
The Dozier student code of conduct will be discussed with the students often during the first month of school and will be prominently displayed and often referred to throughout the school year. A concerted effort will be made by the staff and faculty at Dozier to ensure that students remain safe, do their best, and exhibit all of the traits of good citizenship while in school.
FAQs about Dozier Middle School
How do I contact my child’s teachers?
You may contact teachers by calling the school at 888-3300 or emailing teachers directly. Email addresses can be found on the Dozier Middle School website, http://dozier.nn.k12.va.us/ A roster of teachers may also be found on page 5 of this handbook.
What if I have called and have gotten no response from the teacher?
You can expect a teacher to return your call or email within 2 school days. If you do not receive an answer from the teacher within that time, call the appropriate assistant principal for help in contacting that teacher.
My child says that he/she is on a “team”. What does that mean and how do I know what they are working on?
A team consists of the core subject teachers (English, Math, Social Studies, and Science), and the students in their classes. Team teachers work together to make sure that the students on their team get consistent and effective instruction across all subjects. All teams are working on posting web pages full of information from each teacher. Parents can access those web pages at http://dozier.nn.k12.va.us/
What do I do if my child is absent?
Students must have a note from a parent or guardian explaining any absence or tardy. Absences and tardies cannot be excused over the phone. Absences and tardies can negatively affect a student’s overall performance in school. Unexcused absences are dealt with by the school administrators and counselors but may be referred to outside agencies if excessive. Please help avoid this situation by sending in notes in a timely manner.
How do I get the homework that my child missed when he/she was absent?
If a student is absent, the student may find out what homework was missed by calling a friend, checking the team website (see above) or emailing the teacher. If a parent would like to pick up assignments and homework from the school, they can call the school office at 888-3300 to request that the assignments be collected. The parent must give the school 24 hours to gather the materials for pickup.
What do I do if my child must be out of school for an extended period of time?
If at all possible, a parent or guardian should send a note ahead of time to gain approval for up to 5 days of absences to be excused. The note should state the dates the student will be absent and the reason for the absence. If the period of time of absence needs to be extended for any reason, parents should make every effort to contact the school, informing the office of the new date that the child will return.
What if my child’s teacher wants to set up a parent/teacher conference but I don’t feel comfortable talking to teachers?
Repeat after me: "I have the right (and the right stuff) to help my kids learn". Research shows that the support and encouragement you give at home is a more important influence on student success than whether you are rich or poor, whether you went to college or didn't finish high school. Follow the tips on page 4 for getting the most out of parent/teacher conferences and do not be afraid to ask the teacher to use plain language so that you can understand what he/she is telling you.
What do I do if I feel that the parent/teacher conference was not satisfactory?
If you feel that a conference has been unsatisfactory for any reason, please do not hesitate to again contact the teacher, either through a note, email, or phone call, to clarify any points that may have been left unresolved. If the issue has not been settled by repeated contact, feel free to call the appropriate assistant principal for help in the matter.
My child forgot something (lunch money, agenda book, homework, project, etc.). May I bring it to her/him?
Of course! Parents should bring the item(s) to the office. The student will be called to the office to pick up the item(s).
My child is being bullied! What do I do?
Dozier takes bullying issues very seriously. As soon as you suspect that your child is being bullied, contact the appropriate assistant principal or guidance counselor. If your child will not talk to you about the bullying or will not let you contact the school, please be aware that Dozier has a bully hotline so that children or adults can report bullying at any time. Callers can remain anonymous, but are encouraged to at least indicate where and when the incident(s) occurred. Administrators and counselors check the messages daily and will deal promptly with any situations as long as there is enough information available in the message. The bully hotline number is 888-3391.
Who is responsible for my child’s safety at the bus stop?
Parents are responsible for making sure that their student is behaving properly at the bus stop. If there is a problem at the bus stop that you are unable to control, call the school at 888-3300 or the Newport News Police Department at 247-2500.
What if my child is having trouble on the bus?
Any discipline issues on the bus should be reported immediately to the school. It is the bus driver’s responsibility to handle any immediate situations, which will then be turned over to the school’s bus coordinator who handles safety and other issues that arise on the bus. Students who are discipline problems may be suspended either from the bus or from school depending on the offense.
May my child ride another bus home with a friend?
Generally, no. A student may ride a bus other than his/her regular bus only if that change has been approved in advance by school administration for emergency situations.