The Panther Post

DMS News October 2017

Principal's Corner

Panther Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be finishing our first 9-week term this Friday! Fall break starts Monday, October 9th. Check your child’s grades in INow. Please encourage your child to complete any make-up work and missing assignments. Our grading period closes this Friday. Report cards will go home on October 18th.


I want to remind all parents to sign and return Impact Aid forms as soon as possible. We must have a form on file for every student. Impact Aid is money the federal government pays in lieu of taxes to schools that educate the children of federal workers. Simply working on federal property, like on Redstone Arsenal, will qualify the district for this money. If you have not signed a form, please click the link below to print and complete the form. You may return it to the front office. http://data.madisoncity.k12.al.us/documents/impact%20aid/Impact%20Aid%20form%202017-18.pdf


We have lots of amazing kids doing amazing things at Discovery. Our various extracurricular clubs and sports teams are giving it their all and representing Discovery proudly. Our volleyball team worked hard this season. They played well, taking the win in one of their tournaments. We are proud of them. Our chess team continues to shine as competitive leaders. Most recently, the DMS chess team won 1st place in a Nashville tournament at Overbrook School. Constance Wang won 3rd place individual award! Our 8th grade football team will be playing its final regular season game as an undefeated team facing their number one rival this Thursday night at the Madison City Stadium. The winner of the game will play for the County Championship. Come on out and support our Panthers!!


In the spirit of continuous improvement, we have been hard at work creating a new vision that best represents Discovery Middle School’s learning community. Today, we are excited to share that new vision—Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery. It is our belief that this vision—simply stated—encompasses the essence of what we expect to achieve in the classroom and beyond.


With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart


Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery.

Upcoming Events

October 6 : End of the first nine weeks.

October 9-13 : Fall Break
October 18 : Report Cards will be sent home with students.


DMS Spirit Week

  • Monday - Wacky-Tacky Day - Wear silly mix/matched clothing
  • Tuesday - Patriot Day - Wear Red, White and Blue
  • Wednesday - Character Day - Dress like your favorite storybook, comic or TV show character
  • Thursday - BLACK OUT - Wear black
  • Friday - Jersey Day - Wear your favorite team jersey

All students must follow dress code guidelines for spirit week.


Rivalry Week Milkshake Contest

Monday, October 2 - Thursday, October 5

Come out and support DMS for Rivalry week @ Chick-Fil-A. Mention DMS when you purchase a milkshake. The school with the most milkshakes purchased will win.


DMS Panther Football

  • 10/5 Discovery vs Liberty (@MCS Stadium) at 5:00 p.m.
  • 10/19 Regional Championship (TBA)


DMS Boy's Basketball

  • October 23, 24, 26 & 28 7th and 8th Grade Boys Tip-Off Tournament
  • October 30 (home) Discovery vs Athens at 4:00 p.m.


DMS Girl's Basketball

  • October 26, 27 & 28 Girls Tip-Off Tournament
  • October 30 (home) Discovery vs Athens at 4:00 p.m.


DMS Band

  • October 17 Spirit Night at Kinnucans for the DMS Band
  • October 26 Halloween Dance! 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the DMS Gym
  • October 30 Cobwebs & Cocoa 6:00 p.m. Halloween themed concert featuring the DMS Concert Band


Please see the full sports schedule on the DMS website!


Veteran’s Day Program

Discovery Middle School will be holding its Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly on Thursday, November 9th. If you are a Veteran and would like to attend, please complete the Google Form at this link https://goo.gl/forms/vh2EPZLJ1VPZ4i3w1 .

If you would like to invite a family member or friend who is a Veteran that would like to attend, please share the link with them so that we may honor them at this special program.

We are also creating a Discovery Middle School Wall of Honor. If you would like to submit a picture to be included, please send physical pictures (does not have to be in uniform) to Mrs. Baragona or Mrs. Grayson or electronic copies to dmsjs2s@gmail.com. Please include the following with all pictures: Name, branch of service, and include family member or friend of _______ (DMS student name).


DMS Vision Contest

Discovery needs your help! Did you know that Discovery Middle School has a vision for our school?! Our school vision is a hidden gem that we want to get out into the public eye, and we need your help! DMS is hosting a visual arts and essay contest! We are looking for students who can create a logo or write an essay that embodies our vision statement: Discovery Middle School- a place for innovation, excellence and discovery. The winning artwork will be featured on school posters and t-shirts as well as featured in other DMS publications. The winning essay will be published in the school yearbook. Prizes will be given for the winning submissions. The contest deadline is Friday, November 3. For more information, contact Mrs. Lack and Mrs. Bagwell.

Student Spotlight

After participating in the Science and Engineering Fair at Rainbow Elementary last year, Ashwin Prabhakar (7th Grade) was chosen to take part in Broadcom Masters, a Science Fair Competition for the top 10% of middle school students in the country. From a pool of over 6,000 students, Ashwin was one of only 300 students chosen to participate in the national competition. His winning project focused on the amount of time it takes to extract DNA from a sample. In this case, Ashwin used strawberry DNA. Ashwin would like to thank his Dad, Mom, sister, and Mrs. Schurtz at Rainbow Elementary for all of their support!


Congratulations to Discovery's Hispanic Heritage Art Contest Winners!


Danica Vu - 1st Place

Dana Guajardo - 2nd Place

Elizabeth Koifman - 3rd Place

Mackenzie Hardin - Honorable Mention


The Hispanic Heritage Art Contest is an annual event sponsored by Redstone Arsenal. Great job, Ladies!


The following students will have their artwork on display in the student tent at the Madison Street Festival on Saturday, October 7:

7th Grade

Joel Helwig

Mackenzie Hardin

Hannah Southward

Kylee Phonthibsvads

Claire Jeon

8th Grade

Elizabeth Koifman

Katherine Tanner

Audrey Patton

Aidan Franks

Danica Vu

Christine Pham

Aspen Melgar

Emma Teng

Perrin Larkin

Dilay Aygun


Congratulations to these wonderful young artists!

Teacher Spotlight

In Ms. Beavers’ 8th grade World History, Pre- AP classes, the students are learning how to analyze primary sources, categorize the documents, and write a 5 paragraph (Document Based Question or DBQ) essay supporting their argument based on evidence from the documents. Along with the “DBQ Project writing program," the students use manipulatives like plastic cups (“buckets”) and sticky notes to organize their information. The “bucket” information becomes their body paragraphs, and the sticky notes are labeled with information about how they plan to group their information to prove their thesis. “I felt like it was a really productive, hands-on writing workshop,” says Ms. Beavers.

What a great way to engage your students and support the writing process in your History class, Ms. Beavers!


Student reflection about Ms. Beavers- “She explains the topics well and allows us to discuss the topics with each other. She is nice and polite if you say an incorrect answer.”- Abby


“Ms. Beavers is very outgoing and always happy and she finds fun ways to teach us. She is a great teacher and I have already learned a lot from her."- Dilay

Advisory Kickoff

On Friday, September 22, DMS had a special guest speaker to help us kick off our 2017-2018 Advisory program! Clay Dyer, professional fisherman and motivational speaker, spoke to our students about "If I Can, You Can" and "Never Give Up". His story and presentation inspired our students and made a wonderful positive impact!

Library Events

The DMS library is the place to be!

Michelle Chan, the creator of the Chrome Extension Weava, travelled from Hong Kong to visit DMS! Our language arts teachers have been using the Weava app as a key tool in teaching students how to conduct research and write research papers. Ms. Chan wanted to connect with one of her largest groups of users in the world - students and educators at DMS!

A special THANK YOU to our PTA volunteers for working our September Book Fair! We are also grateful to our parents and guardians for supporting our sales.

Students, we need you in our Breakfast Book Club! We are reading the award-winning Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. You'll be captivated by Mo and Dale in this funny mystery! When we finish the book, we'll make a video using the green screen to recreate special scenes. It's not too late to join! See you Friday mornings at 7:40!

What's new to the media center?

  • Lego table...to encourage creativity, collaboration, and perseverance
  • Dry-erase table...to use as a canvas
  • Treasure of Titles chest...to make suggestions or get suggestions of favorite books
Have suggestions on how to make our media center better? Come and share your ideas!

Visit us in the DMS library to "check out" valuable resources available to you!

DMS Spirit Shirts are Available Now!

New DMS Spirit Shirts are available for purchase at the front office! T-shirts are $15 and 3/4 sleeve shirts are $20 -- sizes XS - XXL.

Buy yours and show your school spirit! Go Panthers!

DMS Newsletter Team

K. Stewart

J. Bailey

K. Beavers

L. Collins

F. Griffin

S. Humes

E. Lack

T. McMunn

K. Moody