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Dear Students, Parents and Community Members:

Welcome to the Dover Middle School website. Members of our school community focus on our mission statement, Building Bridges to Excellence, as we dedicate ourselves to continuous improvement of effective middle level practices. Our philosophy centers on three key points:

  • Having a middle school that provides a safe, caring and compassionate atmosphere
  • Providing a rich curriculum in all content areas that challenges all types of learners
  • Helping students develop socially, as well as intellectually, by providing the skills and   information to make smart decisions and maintain healthy lifestyles

Research continues to show that parent involvement in schools greatly improves the quality of education. Educators and parents should work together to foster the greatest success for the students’ middle school experience.  For this reason, we encourage parents to take an active role in the middle school years of their children's life.  We value parental input, suggestions and ideas as we strive to improve our middle school. 

 Our staff is an outstanding group of professionals committed to the children of this school.  Our parents and community are willing to help and are very supportive.  Our students can be very successful as we all work together in building bridges to excellence.

Open communications is a key component to maintaining positive relationships.  Please feel free to call or email with any questions or issues.


Patricia Rizzo
MS Principal


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What Parents Need to Know

 DMS News

Click link above form more information or to download the absentee application.
A parent orientation meeting will be held on April 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm at WES. The registration and screening will take place the week of April 16 to 20 from 8:30 to 11:30 am.
We have now used four extra snow days (March 7th, 8th, 13th & 21st). School will now be in session on April 2nd, March 26th and May 25th.
Click here for information.
Click the web link for information on how to become a certified mental health first aider.
Please click website link to view letter from Superintendent Tierney sent home to parents/guardians on February 20th regarding the shooting in Parkland, Florida as well as helpful links to tips on how to talk with children about violence.

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Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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