Davidsen Monthly

May 2022

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May: Celebrating 8th Grade, student recognition, FSA, Performances, Yearbooks, and Teacher Appreciation!

It's hard to believe we are wrapping up the 2021-22 school year! We hope our families are ready for a nice summer break and are feeling good about what they have accomplished this year. Thank you everyone for reading our newsletter each month, we hope you have enjoyed having a peek into the day to day at Davidsen while staying informed. As always, you can scroll down for a list of important May dates and read on for what's happening this month.

FSA Exams

All students will resume required FSA Assessments this month.

Please make sure your student is present each day of testing. Any absences or sign-outs during test periods will require make up testing. You can find the most recent FSA schedules posted here:

Davidsen FSA May Exam Schedule

Please check often as some dates may shift.

To help your student become comfortable with the testing format, please visit https://fsassessments.org/families.html

6th graders should view resources under the “Paper-Based Practice Tests” tab

7th and 8th Graders should view resources under "Computer -Based Practice Tests" tab

Click Here for general rules and the complete FSA schedule


Algebra EOC

Alegbra EOC exams are scheduled to begin May 12 and will continue until all students have completed their exam. You can support your Algebra student prepare for the Algebra EOC in May by practicing on Algebra Nation. Students access Algebra Nation via Canvas. A phone app is also available to download. Students may choose from a wide variety of explanatory videos for extra help on Algebra Nation as part of their studies and quizzes. For more information on how our teachers use Algebra Nation, read the information which was sent home with your Algebra student and attached in the April newsletter.

PAPER Tutoring

Log in to Clever and click the icon for PAPER to access a free tutor in any subject (including writing). This service is available to all students, and we are hearing positive feedback from parents and students.

View a PAPER Parent Info-Session: In English or In Spanish

Award Ceremonies

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Davidsen teachers and admin recognized students by grade level at the Award Ceremonies on April 25th and April 26th. 8th Graders were treated to a fun student-led presentation and received various awards for their achievements. 6th and 7th graders enjoyed a presentation by Mr. Galime featuring slideshows and of course lots of awards! Way to go Dragons!

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Dali Museum Statewide Student Exhibition

We are proud to announce that 7th Grader Allie Lewis, and 8th Grader Celie Ngo will have their art featured in the Statewide Salvador Dali Student Surrealist Art Exhibit, representing Davidsen and Hillsborough county. There were just 26 total middle school entries that were accepted to be featured in this exhibition along side works by high school artists around the state of Florida.

The Statewide Dali Museum Student Surrealist Art Exhibit will run at the Dali Museum

May 7 – August 21, 2022. Exhibit admission is free. Congratulations Celie and Allie!


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Performing Arts: Spring Concerts

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Orchestra Spring Concert

Davidsen Orchestra held their Spring Concert on April 28th and had a chance to recognize outstanding Orchestra students. Congratulations 8th graders Yena Lee and Tyler Holcomb, 7th Graders Alexander Le, and Abigail Mann, and 6th Graders Shot Murodillaev, and Maria Martinez. We are so proud of all of our Orchestra students!

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Upcoming concerts

Chorus Spring Concert May 2 (Davidsen Cafeteria)

Band Spring Concert May 4 (Alonso Auditorium)

Pictures: Band, Orchestra, Chorus

Music students had their portraits taken on April 25 or 26th. Don't miss out on purchasing this great keepsake (makes a great gift for grandparents!) Look for the paper order forms or order online at PDIPortraits.com


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Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-9 is Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. There many ways you can show your appreciation for our teachers, administrators, custodial staff and everyone who makes our Dragons their top priority each day- choose any of these ways to show your support:

1) Drop off a gift card to be raffled off next week. Any amount or business is welcome!

2) Send a thank you to individual teachers (for ideas click here)

3) Donate to Stock the Lounge and help the PTSA fill the Teacher and Staff Lounge with healthy snacks and treats.

If you can help the PTSA "Stock the Teachers' Lounge", just click here! Select an amount and let the PTSA take care of the shopping. Your name (and/or student's name) will be listed as a sponsor on a sign displayed in the lounge.

PTSA General Meeting: May 9, 6pm Zoom

Everyone is invited to join us for our last PTSA General meeting of the school year on Monday May 9th at 6pm. Zoom link here

Media Center

BOOK BINGO: Ice Cream Party

All students are invited to play BOOK BINGO with Ms. Suits by picking up a BINGO Card in the Media Center before school, during lunch, or with a teacher's pass. Titles on the card are recommendations from the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books which are also the titles that play a part in the Battle of the Books. All students who read enough books listed on the card to fill up a line of BINGO will be invited to an end of the year Ice Cream Party in the Media Center!

Lunch Pass Reminder

Enjoy time to read, study, build, or relax during lunch periods. Any students who would like to spend time in the Media Center after they have eaten lunch may sign up in the cafeteria.

How to get a Media Center Lunch Pass:

The sign-up notebook is located on the stage of the cafeteria. Add your name to the list when you enter the cafeteria. After eating lunch, ask for permission to pick up your pass from the stage. Bring your belongings and your pass to the Media Center check out desk and sign in. Stay in the Media Center until the bell rings, then go to your next class.

In the Classroom

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FSA Prep and finishing up curriculum

All classes are busy finishing up their last units and preparing for the upcoming FSA exams and EOCs.

Ms Evan's 7th Grade reading classes work on a fun project as they finish up reading Bud Not Buddy with a project of their choice to reflect on the story.


Last month AVID students engaged in peer tutoring by learning and reviewing with each other in various school subjects. They are also busy with FSA test prep, working on sustained silent reading every day to build stamina, practicing multiplication facts, mental math, and competing in "Mad Minutes"!

End of Year Field Trips

We had a lot of fun enjoying a day out with classmates and teachers in April. 6th grade went to Laser Ops, 7th Graders went to Altitudes Trampoline park, and 8th Grade enjoyed Celebration Station!

6th & 7th Grade at Laser Ops and Altitudes

8th Grade Field Trip Class of '22: Celebration Station

8th Grade Dance

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8th Grade Dance: Tickets on sale during lunch

DMS and the PTSA are excited to host Dancing In the Moonlight, the 8th Grade Dance on Saturday, May 21, 2022. Tickets are $10 and can be bought during lunch.
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DMS Yearbook 2022

The DMS 2022 Yearbook is on its way! Online ordering will remain open until May 15th. There will be a limited amount available to purchase in person starting May 16; students may stop by Ms. Mikhail's room 428 to purchase a yearbook directly, the price is $45. 8th Graders will have a yearbook signing on Monday, May 23!

Academic Rewards

Congratulations to all of the students who made Principals Honor Roll this year! We would like to thank our PHR Academic Sponsor Durrett Orthodontics for providing our special PHR T-shirts for the second year in a row. Thank you for supporting our students Dr. Durett!

We would also like to thank Jeremiah's Italian Ice of Westchase for treating our PHR students to an Italian ice party in April.

Another big thank you goes out to Tijuana Flats Westchase for treating our PHR students to a free meal on Davidsen PHR Spirit Night!

Extracurricular Clubs

Gamers Club

Gamers Club meets Wednesdays from 9:05-9:20 in Campbell's Corner. Students will start off the day with positive interactions playing both board games and video games. Any student who maintains a B average and an A in conduct is welcome to join.


Also meeting on Wednesdays is FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students meet Mr. Pusateri at 8am at the bus circle before heading back to the PE field or Gym. Contact Coach Pusateri if you have questions about FCA.


In the morning before school and during lunch, the MakerSpace Club is open in the Media Center. Students may ask any teacher for a MakerSpace pass during lunch or stop into the Media Center in the morning before school.

Culinary Club

Culinary Club is open to all students and meets Mondays after school. See Chef Toner to join Culinary Club.

Join the PTSA Board

Each year the PTSA welcomes and says goodbye to board and committee members as they follow their students through grades and graduations. This means that each year our PTSA encourages and invites new parents and family members to step up to join the PTSA Board.

The PTSA board and committees support students, parents, and teachers by planning, raising funds, and volunteering in the areas of special events, academic incentives, teacher grants, and many other ways that help make middle school a fun and fruitful time for our kids.

You do not need to be a stay-at-home parent to be a committee or board member! Most of our Board and committee members also work outside of their roles in the PTSA. The number one predictor of student success is parental involvement. If you have any time in your schedule, joining our PTSA as a committee or board member is one of the most valuable ways to invest that time. Email PTSA president Scott Heydt if you would like to learn more about how to get more involved in supporting your student and the Dragon family by joining the PTSA Board.


Please see FSA Schedule for testing days

May 2: Chorus Spring Concert 6:30pm @Davidsen

May 4: Band Spring Concert 6:30pm @Alonso

May 4: Orchestra Trip to Florida Orchestra

May 4: SAC Meeting 8:30am

May 6: College T-shirt Day

May 9: PTSA General Meeting (zoom link)

MAY 21: 8th Grade Dance

May 23: Yearbook Signing (8th Grade)

May 27: Last Day of School, Dismissal at 1:50pm

FSA Schedule

OAR (extra help) Schedule

Teachers offer OAR for students who would like to receive extra help in a core 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


Join Davidsen Dragons on Facebook

Click here to join the private group for important reminders, updates, and pictures!

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.


For more information on setting up Canvas, click here

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"

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, and be among the first to hear about news and opportunities.

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.