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Principal's Message

Parent/teacher conferences are a key part of promoting successful two-way communication.  They provide an opportunity for teachers and parents to step back from the day-to-day classroom events and take stock of how students are doing academically, socially, and emotionally.  They are also an important vehicle for helping parents understand how they can become involved in their child’s education.

I strongly encourage you to make time in your schedule to meet with your student’s teachers during our parent/teacher conferences which will take place October 18th & 19th for our 7th and 8th grade students. All 7th and 8th grade students will be dismissed at 12:49 P.M. on these days. Conferences will take place in the teachers’ classrooms.

Parent/teacher conferences for our 6th grade students will take place November 9th thru 16th.  Conferences will take place in the teachers’ classrooms. All 6th grade students will be dismissed at 12:15 P.M. during the conferences dates (Nov. 9th – Nov. 16th).

Thank you,

Scott Lucas – Principal



Principal's Message - August 2019

Thank you for visiting our website. I am honored to begin my 10th year as principal. Dutcher Middle School prides itself in providing a challenging and engaging learning experience for all of our students. Dutcher has proven to be one of the highest performing middle schools throughout Stanislaus County.  We are very proud of this reputation and strive to maintain that high expectation each year.

Parent involvement is a crucial element in building student success. One of my goals each year as principal is to ensure that our parents are involved in their students’ student activities as much as possible. On Wednesday, September 12th beginning at 6:00 P.M. Dutcher Middle School will be hosting its annual Back-to-School Night. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your students’ teachers and to learn about the activities and expectations throughout the school year. Information regarding Back-to-School night will be sent home with your student.

I look forward to a wonderful 2018-2019 school year. Please do no hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.


Scott Lucas – Principal

Principal Lucas (right) with former CA State Superintendent Jack O'Connell 
Principal Lucas (right) hosts former CA State Superintendent of Education, Jack O'Connell (left) on a visit of Dutcher Middle School. 


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