Davidsen Middle School

September News

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As many of you are aware, one of our beloved teachers passed away this week. Before we get into the news for this month, we’d like to take a moment to remember our beloved friend and colleague Greg Campbell.

In memory of Mr. Greg Campbell

Mr. Campbell, one of our most tenured staff having taught at Davidsen for over 14 years, was loved by all who knew him. Ask anyone to describe him in one word, and the word would be “kind”. Mr. Campbell was a loving husband and father who was always quick to talk about his wife and daughters, as his love for his family was always at the forefront of his life. Greg was also a compassionate friend who was always there to listen. Many of our teachers have said Greg became their first friend when they joined the staff at Davidsen Middle School; he made sure to welcome everyone with open arms. Greg also loved to travel. He had visited just about every single Major League Baseball park, and had set foot in four different continents. Playfully (and fiercely) competitive, Mr. Campbell was a proud fan of the Steelers, the Pirates, and his home town WV Mountaineers. He also loved fantasy football, saying that he liked Draft Day more than Christmas Day! Greg had a great sense of humor, an infectious smile, and always wanted to make people happy. Mr. Campbell was always up for a silly prank or hamming it up both in and out of the classroom. (We always looked forward to his great Halloween costumes.)

Greg Campbell believed in the motto “Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon”, and lived this motto by staying in touch with colleagues and students even after they had moved on from Davidsen. He often said that he wanted to be a “franchise player” by spending his entire career at Davidsen Middle School. We’re thankful he was able to fulfill that wish, and are honored to have shared so much in his wonderful and inspiring teaching journey. Greg Campbell’s positive impact on Davidsen Middle School will forever be a rock in our foundation.


Please keep Mr. Campbell’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. The entire Dragon family mourns the passing of our dear friend and colleague.

As we carry on in our duties to educate our students, we do so with Mr. Campbell in our hearts.

September News

Currently Reading

6th Graders have begun reading The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. This adventure novel based on Greek mythology is part of a popular series which many students may choose to continue reading beyond this first title. Students will also have a chance to enjoy the movie.


7th Graders will begin reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. As part of our annual tradition for 7th grade, students will dress up as characters from the novel on "Outsiders Day" (date TBD)


8th graders will begin their reading unit topic: Dystopian society

The Dragon Reward Store is Open

The Dragon Reward Store opened on Thursday, August 26. Students have been earning Dragon Dollars for meeting and exceeding school-wide behavioral expectations, and may now begin trading in their earned dollars for a variety of rewards like games, candy, school supplies, and other fun accessories. As the year continues, teachers may offer different incentive items like lunch or a chance to be on the DTV morning show. If you would like to donate to our Dragon Store inventory, please contact our Student Success Coach Mr. Galime: matthew.galime@hcps.net or write to our PTSA at dmsvols@gmail.com

Media Center

Students have been attending Media Center Orientation with Ms. Suits to get acquainted with the rules and how to enjoy the DMS Media Center. Students who participated in Summer reading were rewarded when they answered questions at lunch. Ms. Suits is also planning an ice cream party for the students who read three or more titles from the Summer Reading list. Ms. Suits will also be hosting the Scholastic Book fair this month, read below for dates.

Canvas Grades

Parents please make sure to log in to Canvas regularly to supervise your student's progress. Some students may need help in uploading assignments from home or navigating the platform in other ways. Please make time to understand how to see your student's grades and assignments. This is great tool that can alert you to any areas in which your student might be struggling.

https://hcpscanvasproject.azurewebsites.net

For more information on setting up Canvas, click here

OAR (extra help) Schedule

Teachers have begun OAR for our students who would like to receive extra help in a subject. Students who have questions or need extra help outside of regular class time should plan to attend their teacher’s OAR during lunch.


OAR Schedule by subject:

Reading/Language Arts: Tuesday

Math: Wednesday

Science: Thursday

History: Friday

Dragon Team Highlights

Earth Dragons are holding a design contest for Earth Dragon Team t-shirts. Students will submit their original artwork to their homeroom teachers, and will vote in homeroom to determine the winning design.

Fire Dragons have completed their baseline assessments and are learning the skills necessary to be a good scientist. Fire Dragons will begin experiments on plants this month.

Music, Art, and Dance

Our music, dance, and art classes have students busy building their creative skills. In visual arts, students have made glowing sculptures using household materials, and are submitting entries to the annual Hispanic Heritage poster contest. Ms. Mac's dance students have been strength training and preparing for upcoming performances. Our music students have been learning new music in preparation for the various concerts to come. Our 6th graders who are new to various instruments will have a chance to try them out this month if they have not already. We are also pleased to welcome a new addition to our music department, Ms. Pilkington who will be leading the DMS Chorus. You can follow the DMS music department on Instagram @DavidsenMusicRocks, Dance @DavidsenDance, and art classes @DavidsenVisualArts

DTV Morning Show

Students have been enjoying the DTV Morning show each Tuesday and Thursday as presented by AVID and Journalism. We are excited to be "broadcasting" from our freshly painted DTV room that will share space with the new "Dragon's Lair". Stay tuned for updates on this ongoing project.

2021-22 Yearbook

Ms. Mikhail's Journalism class is getting ready to put together another great yearbook to remember the 2021-22 school year. You can pre-order your copy at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 21848. If you would like to submit pictures to the yearbook, you may upload them at www.HJeShare.com using the same school code.

College Readiness and AVID

We want our Dragons not only prepared for college, but excited for it too! Every first Friday, Ms. Wilton's AVID program sponsors College T-shirt Day as a way to help kids get excited for college.

Ms. Wilton also keeps a collection of gently worn college tees to give out as prizes, and for students who would like to wear, but do not have the means to purchase one. If you have college apparel that you would like to donate to our AVID sponsored college readiness initiative, please contact Ms Wilton or drop off a bag labeled "Wilton, room 407"

National Jr. Honor Society

The Davidsen Chapter of NJHS will be hosting "Start With Hello" Week this month. Stay tuned for more info about this week dedicated to promoting inclusivity and friendship within the school environment. NJHS will be holding its 2021-22 Induction Ceremony on Sept 16. Questions about NJHS at Davidsen may be directed to Camila.velez@hcps.net

Athletics

Basketball season has begun and will run through the month of September, with our first game August 30th. Come out and support our Dragon athletes as they represent Davidsen in the West cluster. Game tickets must be purchased online at https://www.hillsboroughschools.org/Domain/2455

Reflections

This month our PTSA will begin Reflections, the national Arts competition. We encourage all students to participate in this fun contest celebrating creativity. The PTSA will sponsor prizes for winners who go on to district or state level competition, as well as prizes of recognition for all who participate. Entries will be due October 26.

PTSA Fundraisers

Our PTSA is selling PDQ discount cards here in their store. For just $7 get a card with $10 value. This is an easy way to support DMS and get a great discount at the same time. Don't forget to join the PTSA to stay in the loop with all the programs the PTSA sponsors and supports throughout the year.

https://davidsenmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store

Dragon Gear Uniform updates

The majority of Dragon Gear orders have been delivered to the school (or mailed from the vendor if that was your preference). There are some items outstanding including any dri-fit gray polos (ordered at open house or later) and hats. Both are the result of an issue that the vendor encountered with sourcing but should be resolved by next week.

Orders made before 8/31 should be delivered by the end of September. The Dragon Gear Spirit Shop will reopen in November.


Any questions on gear may be directed to Carrie Garmendia spiritline@davidsenptsa.org

UPCOMING DATES

Sept 3: College T-shirt Day

Sept 6: Labor Day No school

Sept 8- 8th Grade Tee Day (pending delivery)

Sept 16-National Jr Honor Society Induction

Sept 20: Virtual Conference Night 4:30--7pm (check Canvas)

Week of Sept 20-24: Start with Hello Week (details to come)

Week of Sept 27-Oct 1: Scholastic Book Fair

Sept 28-8th Grade Tee Day

End of Sept: All-State music auditions (contact dean.donataccio@hcps.net)

click here for Basketball Schedule

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones should be put away in backpacks and used only when teachers allow them for instructional or other educational purposes. This rule also applies during lunch. Phones may be temporarily confiscated if students do not follow our cell phone policy.

School Hours and lunch times

Every Monday students are released one hour early.

Bell Schedule and Lunch times

Davidsen PTSA

The Davidsen PTSA brings parents together with teachers and staff to support all students at Davidsen. By joining the PTSA you can help support important activities, classroom enhancements.

Join the PTSA

You can also sign up to volunteer with the PTSA by emailing dmsvols@gmail.com

Volunteers must also complete the district volunteer form.