Dear Denman families,
The 2019-20 school year is here and off to a fantastic start. The PTSA wants to extend to you the warmest welcome to James Denman Middle School. The Denman community is made up of amazing students, wonderful teachers and staff, dedicated administrators and hard working parents. I am excited to meet you as we grow this wonderful community together. Our first general meeting is on September 10th at 6:00 pm in the library. We will start with PTSA business and then break away into two groups: Sixth Grade 101 and the High School enrollment process. We would love to see you there! 
We are excited to share with you a new system for signing up for your 2019-20 membership (memberships must be renewed yearly). Please use the following link to sign up for your membership today (you can sign up for everyone in your family, including your student): 
The James Denman Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (JDMS PTSA) aims to positively impact the lives of all children and families in our community.  Our current PTSA was founded in November of 2012 and has continued to grow each year.  
Some of the ways in which the PTSA  supports the Denman community are:
  • funding our “Teacher Funds” program
  • purchasing technology for our students
  • volunteering at the school and photocopy station
  • renovating and maintaining the yard
  • building classroom libraries in ELA and science
  • Supporting new teachers 
By mid October-November we will be rolling out our Denman Pride Fund campaign, please stay tuned on how you can help us continue to be a valuable support and resource to Denman Middle school. Even though the drive has yet to begin you can give at any time. Visit our website and go to the donate page to give.
In addition to our fundraising goals, our emphasis for 2019-20 is to grow our membership, to support the staff and teachers of Denman as they encourage our students to explore STEAM and literacy, and continue to grow this vibrant, diverse community. For more on how the PTSA supports the Denman community,  visit our website at www.denmanptsa.com.
Danica Gittelman
Denman PTSA President

Welcome Back!

The Denman PTSA wishes you a warm welcome to Denman! We will be hosting coffee for new families Monday morning from 8:30-9:30 please come say hello! We are happy to answer any questions. 

Join the PTSA today! 

The Denman PTSA is rolling out a new enrollment process. Please follow the link to enroll! Enrollment is a yearly process, so even if you enrolled last year you will need to do it again. Also feel free to enroll your student.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you to make Denman even more awesome! 

Please join our yahoo group to stay up to date on all the latest happenings at Denman! 


Give to the Denman Pride Fund!

Thank you Denman community! We made our fundraising goals for the year! Please see below how we were able to help our community grow and thrive this year.


With creative ideas and enthusiasm, teachers and staff are supporting our students via numerous Denman PTSA Teacher Grants this ’18-’19 school year…take a look at how our students benefit!

Literacy/ Classroom Books

Expanding classroom book options so students can pick a book right where they are. Teachers hand-pick a broad scope of reading materials including themes around social justice, gender spectrum, empathy for differences, multi-cultural and relatable lead characters, and other thought-provoking and appealing reads for all reading levels.


Comic Book Subscriptions to offer a wider variety of enjoyable reading options


STEAM Night raffle prizes; expansive Science Literacy Libraries in each science classroom; materials for STEAM-based projects including Arduino controllers and Miniature Golf at STEAM Night, Makerbot Extruders, and various supplies. 


Lunchtime Soccer Club; Black Student Union outing


Teacher & Staff Breakfast and Counselor Appreciation Week Coffee/Bagels

Student Events/ Activities

Wilderness First Aid Training (two teachers) to support the Outdoor Club and 7thgrade camping trip; Athletics Awards Ceremony

Denman Clean-Up Days

Supplies for volunteer corps to enhance the yard and classrooms – fall and spring

Teachers and Staff

Professional Development including lunches for monthly meetings/ trainings for new teachers; new teacher welcome $; Readers/Writers Project at Teachers College in Columbia (one teacher) 


Simple items that support students’ work: Pencils, graph paper, pencil sharpeners, white boards, classroom incentives, art materials, hands-on projects for Special Ed. 

Ipad distribution to all James Denman Middle School Students

IPad Roll-out will be next week on Tuesday, 9/24 and Wednesday 9/25 during students PE classes.  In order for your child to receive their iPad, you must complete the paperwork online.  Following is the link: bit.ly/2019vilsdenman

In order to get all the ipads distributed we need volunteer help! If you can help next week it would be greatly appreciated.  To sign up for a volunteer slot please go to:



PTSA General Meeting!

Please join us Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00pm in the library for our first general meeting of the 2019-20 year. 

We will begin the meeting promptly at 6:00pm and start with Denman PTSA business. At 6:30pm we will break into two groups. Some will stay in the library for a Parent for Public Schools SF Workshop on high school  enrollment for interested 7th and 8th grade families. Use the link below so that PPSSF knows how many people to expect

RSVP for High School Enrollment Workshop!

The second group will relocate for a discussion/presentation on 6th grade 101, expectations and survival guide. 

You do not need to be a member to attend our meetings but in order to stay informed and vote on PTSA topics you do need to join. You can do that with the link below! 

Join the PTSA!

Light dinner will be served.