DMS Panther Press

November 2019

Principal's Corner

Panther Families,

There are so many great things happening at DMS! We are so proud of our students and faculty and the wonderful accomplishments that are achieved daily.

The DMS Lady Panthers Volleyball 8th grade team won the County Championship. Our DMS Concert Band wowed us with a fantastic performance at the Cobwebs and Cocoa Concert! It was a great time of festive music and snacks for all in attendance. The DMS Lady Panthers Basketball teams competed in the Guntersville Tip-Off Tournament October 24-26 and the DMS Boys Basketball teams competed at the Scottsboro Tip-Off Tournament. All teams did a wonderful job representing our school!

We will honor veterans and military personnel at our Veteran's Day program on November 8th for their service to our country. Many of our students will demonstrate their gratitude through music, song and leadership. Please remember that November 8th is a half day of school with dismissal at 11:45 a.m.

Safety is our number one concern. With that in mind, I wanted to remind you of our carline procedures so that we can continue to keep our campus safe for students, faculty and parents.

Student drop off begins at 7:30a.m. Students will not be allowed in the building before that time.

The carline entrance on the north side of the parking lot should be used to drop students off in the mornings and to pick them up in the afternoon.

Prior to 7:30 drop-off, the carline exit is a two-way entry and exit. As the sign notes, it is exit only from 7:30-8:15. Be mindful of the traffic flow during these times.

Our loop is the drop off point for our ELC students. Please do not park in the loop in the morning or afternoons.

Please use the carline to pick your students up in the afternoon. It is not safe for students to be picked up in our parking lot, the senior center parking lot, or surrounding neighborhoods. It is difficult to maintain the safety of all students when they are not adhering to the established procedures.

Thanks for your continued support of the students, faculty and staff of Discovery!

With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

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

Upcoming Events

November 7: DMS Basketball Season Begins

(see game schedule below)

November 7: Progress Reports

November 8: DMS Veteran's Day Program

November 8: Half Day of School

November 11: Veteran's Day Observed - No School

November 22: DMS student night at BJHS basketball game

November 27-29: Thanksgiving Holidays - No School

Veteran's Day Event

Discovery Middle School will honor veterans in a school-wide “Tribute to Heroes” community assembly on Friday, November 8th. This annual veteran’s tribute at DMS is a day in which veterans are invited to a special school breakfast and then treated to a patriotic "Thank You" ceremony in the gym.

The program is hosted by students in the JS2S service club. For any questions, please email

Program Schedule:

Assembly 1 - 8:30 a.m. in the DMS Gym

Breakfast - 9:00 a.m. in the DMS Library

Assembly 2 - 9:45 a.m. in the DMS Gym

We hope to see you there!

Special Olympics

On Tuesday October 22, students from Discovery’s Exceptional Learning Center competed in the North Alabama Special Olympics Track and Field Event. More than 650 athletes with special needs attended the event at Milton Frank Stadium in Huntsville.

The day began with Opening Ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and the event concluded at 1:00 p.m. Athletes from Madison City Schools, Madison County Schools, and Huntsville City Schools participated.

The athletic events included the running long jump, standing long jump, softball throw, shotput, 20-meter walk, 100-meter dash, 50-meter dash, 200-meter dash, 50-meter assisted walk and 50-meter wheelchair-pushed walk.

Each of our athletes received a ribbon during the awards ceremony. A great day was had by all; we are so proud of our students and the wonderful way they represented our school!

DMS Volleyball Teams Win Championship

The DMS 8th Grade Lady Panther Volleyball team was crowned as 2019 County Champions at the end of a fantastic season!

These young ladies did a phenomenal job representing our school by demonstrating good sportsmanship, perseverance, and a winning attitude!

We appreciate the players, coaches, staff, helpers, and parents who work so hard to make our volleyball program so amazing.

Madison Street Festival Art

Congratulations to the following DMS students for their art work being recognized during the Madison Street Festival:

3rd Place Award:

  • Leeza Haddock (Collage)
Honorable Mention:
  • Sofia Chanes (Fox)
  • Sophie Ingram (Led Zeppelin)
  • Raivyn Ivy (Cabin in Woods)

DMS Panther Bands

The DMS Panther Bands have been busy during the month of October!

Between preparing and marching at the DMS football games, performing at a Bob Jones Football Game, providing a special Halloween themed concert "Cobwebs & Cocoa" , along with sponsoring the DMS Halloween dance, they have been abounding with great activities!

New Media Center Specialist

Discovery Middle School has chosen Mrs. Caroline Miller as our new Media Center Specialist. Mrs. Miller has sixteen years of teaching experience, with thirteen of those years being at Discovery Middle School as a Spanish and Language Arts teacher.

Mrs. Miller attended the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama and earned her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education Spanish as well as a Middle School certification in Language Arts. Additionally, she earned a master's degree in Library Media from the University of West Alabama.

Mrs. Miller is looking forward to working with each of our students in the DMS Media Center.

School Messenger

The most time-sensitive and critical alerts from Madison City Schools will be sent by the superintendent’s office using School Messenger’s Emergency Text Message system.
Because the use of Text Messages is regulated by the FCC, you must Opt-In to receive them.
To do so, simply text the letter Y to 67587 from your mobile phone. You should receive a confirmation or further instructions within minutes.
You can Opt-Out at any time by texting STOP to 67587.

Lost and Found

Please encourage your students to check the DMS Lost & Found if they have misplaced any items.

The Lost and Found will be cleared out on the first day of each month and unclaimed items will be donated.

DMS Basketball Schedule

Come out and support the DMS Panther Basketball Teams!

Game Schedule:

11/ 7 (Home) Sparkman

11/12 (Home) Athens

11/ 14 (Home) Monrovia

11/18 (Home) Buckhorn

11/ 21 (Home) Meridianville

12/ 2 (Away) @ Athens

12/ 5 (Home) Liberty

12/ 9 (Away) @ Monrovia

12/ 12 (Away) @ Liberty

12/ 16 (Away) @ Meridianville

12/17 – 12/20 Girls Christmas Tourney (Away) @ Guntersville

12/ 19 (Home) Athens

1/ 9 (Away) @ Sparkman

1/ 13 (Away) @ Buckhorn

County Tournament 1/ 20 – 1/24 (Away) @Sparkman