DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Dec. 15-Dec. 20

PR Volume 18

Winter Break Begins Monday, Dec. 22

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

C WEEK is our schedule rotation for Dec. 15-Dec. 19

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Monday, Dec. 15

  • NO Optional Practice for the Math Team (7th/8th)
  • DMS Basketball at Sparkman MS - 8th Gr Girls @ 4:30pm, 7th Gr Boys @ 5:45, 8th Gr Boys @ 7pm, **No 7th Gr Girls Game**
  • DMS Band Christmas Party 5pm until 8pm in the DMS Cafeteria
  • Art Club will meet today in Room 517 from 3:15-4:15pm

Tuesday, Dec. 16

  • NO FCA Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 16 - Bob Jones Band Holiday Concert

If you're in the mood for some free holiday fun, feel free to stop by the BJHS auditorium tomorrow for the BJHS Band Holiday Concert. Here are the details:

5:30pm- Jazz Bands (auditorium)
6:20pm- Chamber Ensembles (auditorium lobby)
7:00pm- Concert Band (auditorium)

All 3 groups will be performing holiday classics to get you in the spirit. Plus, our indoor drumline will be selling baked good in the auditorium lobby starting at 5:30pm so bring a few bucks to enjoy some holiday snacks!

Wednesday, Dec. 17

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Future City Competition Practice in the STEM Bldg after school at 3:15pm.

DMS Semester Exam Schedule for Dec. 17-Dec. 19

This is the exam schedule for the week of Dec. 17-19. DMS will be on Week C so the order will be 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 4th Blocks

  • Wed. Dec. 17 – 3rd block exam only
  • Thursday Dec. – 18 – 5th and 4th exams (afternoon)
  • Friday, Dec. 19 – 2nd and 1st exams (morning)
  • Friday, Dec. 19 is a 1/2 Day for Students and dismissal will be at 11:45am.

Wednesday, Dec. 17 - NJHS Parent Informational Mtg.

National Junior Honor Society Parent Informational Meeting

DMS will be holding a National Junior Honor Society parent informational meeting on December 17th at 6:00 in the school Library. This meeting will be for the parents and students of current 7th graders who wish to apply for membership.

We will be covering the standards of evaluation, when students are eligible, membership obligations, grade requirements, process of acceptance, induction ceremony, meeting times, dues, and timeline for the application process. It is important that you attend the informational meeting if you are interested in joining NJHS; however, it is not mandatory.

If your student is interested in joining it is mandatory that they sign the Intent Form and complete the Student Activity Form. This can be done at the parent meeting, or both forms can be found on the NJHS bulletin board or outside Mrs. Moody’s office between December 15th-19th. To be considered for membership, the Intent Form must be signed by December 19th and the Student Activity form must be returned by January 9th. These are firm deadlines.

Again, this meeting is for parents and students of 7th grade students who are interested in membership.

If you have any questions please contact one of the advisers by phone or email.

Tiffany Garner (256)837-3735 Room 530

Sarah Dowling (256)837-3735 Room 527

Friday, Dec. 19

1/2 day for students

Bus Riders, Car Riders, walkers will be released at 11:45am.

DMS Gives Back

RUFF and DMS Sponsor Morris Elementary 1st Grade

DMS and R.U.F.F. are sponsoring Morris Elementary School 1st grade again this year. They have 136 students 69 boys and 67 girls. Last year we delivered a stocking filled with candy and a Barbie doll for girls and a set of cars for the boys. It is an awesome outreach for our students to participate in. Students can purchase any item and deliver it to Mr. Graham's before Dec 16th. Also, Kay Jewelers from Bridgestreet has offered us a Teddy Bear for $4 for each kid. If the students want to bring in $4 to Sponsor a Bear for those children that would be awesome. Please see the picture of all the items below. Thank you in advance for any help. We will be delivering to Morris on the 19th at 1:00pm. We can tell you from last year the excitement and happiness those stockings brought those 1st graders. We need $170 for bears, 11 Barbies, 26 stockings, and 45 matchbox cars.

General Information

Washington DC 7th Grade TRIP Information

The D.C. Trip will be from May 2nd-6th this year. Registration is available online at the Education Travel website . Our trip ID# is 106193. This is a great trip and registration fills up fast. Cost per student is $975/ Cost per Adult is $1121

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered to any student at the following times during the week.

7th Grade Math

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-7:55am

Brooks - Monday at 3:15-4:00pm

Baragona - Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm

8th Grade Math

Garner - Monday at 3:15 -4:00pm

King - Tuesday at 3:15 -4:00pm

Baragona - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm

McGuire - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm

8th Grade Algebra

King - Monday at 3:15 - 4:00pm

Maxwell - Tuesday at 3:15-4:00pm

McGuire - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm


Madison Record Article on DMS - LMS St. Jude Challenge.


Congrats to our DMS/ BJ Wrestlers

Our DMS MS wrestlers swept the weight class at the Westminster Tournament this past weekend. Congrats to Zaderian Toney, Zavian Toney, Ross Scott, and Alex Cantrell.

Thank you to University Kia

Discovery Middle School has been fortunate enough to be chosen by University Kia as the recipient of the "Drive for Education" donation of $4,500 for December. This money will be used for Instructional Technology upgrades in various labs throughout the building.

Also, congratulations to Coach Richard McKinnon, he was chosen as the Teacher of the Month! He received $500 from University Kia to use in his soccer program.

Thank you to Mr. Mike Lucente and Mr. Arthur Seaton from University Kia for your continued support of education.

Math Team Competes in Vestavia Hills Tournament

Our 7th grade team won 3rd place out of seventeen division 1 schools. We didn't have any individual trophies for the 7th grade team, but our top four highest scores belong to David Teng (11th place), Juanita Monteiro-Pai, Shreyas Pant, and Sherry Lee. There were 164 7th grader participants in their division.

Our 8th grade algebra 1 team won 3rd place out of twenty division 1 schools. They were four points away from the 2nd place team and only sixteen points away from the 1st place team.

David Li won 1st place and Corey Tolbert won 3rd place. The next two highest scores belong to Joy Duan and Victoria Lee. There were 163 algebra 1 students in their division.

Two Discovery students were allowed to compete in Geometry as part of the Bob Jones team. Aditi Limaye earned a 1st place individual trophy, and Tony Tian earned a 7th place individual trophy.

Congratulations to all of our participants.

Thank you Team Madison City Schools for St. Jude

Team Madison raised a total of $57240 in support of St. Jude. Thank you to all who gave.

Upcoming Events

Winter Break is Dec. 22 until Jan. 6

Students will return to school Tuesday, Jan. 6.

We will begin on Week A in the rotation.


BJHS Basketball this Week

Please note this week we have a home game so all games will be played in the BJ Main Gym, as the small gym is still being renovated.

Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Hazel Green HS @ BJ
JV Girls @ 5:30pm
Freshman Boys @ 7:00pm

Tuesday, Dec. 16 vs Hazel Green HS @ BJ
JV Boys @ 4:30pm
Varsity Girls @ 6pm
Varsity Boys @ 7:30pm
**Area Game for Varsity**
Home Game Ticket Prices: Adults $6 Students $3

Varsity Girls begin the Lady Huntsville Times Classic on Thursday, Dec. 18. They continue play on Friday, Dec. 19 at BJ - then conclude on Dec. 20 at JC. See Picture of Schedule below.

Next week, Varsity Boys will be in the Brandan Wright Classic at Brentwood Academy (TN) on Dec. 22 and 23. Here is a link to the schedule.

Then the Huntsville Times Classic will beginning Dec. 26. Here is a link to the website for the classic and the bracket.

BJHS Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

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BJHS New Online Spirit Store is NOW OPEN - Official Athletic site of the Bob Jones Patriots

Bob Jones is excited to offer the following Sideline Store Holiday promotions for the week of December 8th-December 14th. Dec 15th will be the last Sideline Store shopping day in order to deliver by Christmas.

o Green Week Promo “$15.00 off a minimum order of $75.00” - use Code: SAVE15

The following Sideline Store Holiday promotions are currently active until Dec 15th:

Holiday Promo #1

  • Promo Code: JINGLE14

Promo Offer: $20.00 off a minimum $100.00 purchase.

Holiday Promo #2

  • Promo Code: FROSTY14

Promo Offer: 15% off any Nike Purchase of $75.00 or more.

New BJ Athletic Website Launches

Per Mr. Parker,

We are very excited to launch our new Athletic Website. Please note the web address has changed from to The new website is even more user friendly. You can get real time updates and notifications by following us on twitter and Facebook. The website has icons for each.

In the coming weeks, we will have a full photo gallery with complete pictures of all of our facilities. I hope you will all take a look at it…I’m a little biased, but I think it looks great.


Menus for December

Link to Lunch Menu for December

Link to Breakfast Menu for December

** Due to market price increases, the sale price for the following ala carte/extra items will increase effective Jan. 6, 2015:

Price Increase from $1.75 to $2.00:

Breaded Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Tenders (3)

Wedge Shaped Pizzas

Price Increase from $1.75 to $2.50:

Hot Wings (5)

Personal Pan Pizzas

Winter Sport Schedules for DMS

We still have a few DMS T'Shirts For Sale

DMS is selling some new Spirit Wear.
DMS Khaki Long Sleeve $25
BJHS Red Long Sleeve $25
Bobscovery Gray Long Sleeve $25
Come by the front office and see Mrs. Sanders or Mrs. Parker


After Dec. 31 - Yearbooks will be $55

NOW until the end of the semester - 2014-2015 Yearbooks are on sale for $45.

Cash or Checks (include Driver's License number and 2 phone numbers) can be turned into Mr. Brewer.

Parents Contact Forms

Parents each year we like to make sure our contact information is update. This year we have tried to make it easier for you by updating online. Please take the time to go to the following link and update your info. This is a private document that will only be seen by your child's teacher and office staff. Thank you for your help.

7th Grade Parent Contact Form

8th Grade Parent Contact Form



Keep those Box Tops and Labels for Education coming in! Box Tops and Labels for Education are accepted year-round and can be turned into your student's first block teacher or to the front office. Visit these sites to view participating products:

Still have time to join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form


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