DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Jan. 19-25

PR Volume 21

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 Jan. 19- Jan. 25

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Monday, Jan. 19

  • No School MLK Holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 20

  • FCA in Library at 7:15am
  • Softball, Baseball and Soccer Practice After School (Weather Permitting)
  • Cyber Security Meeting in STEM Academy at 3:15pm

Basketball County Tournament Continues Tuesday, Jan. 20 & Jan. 22

Games were rescheduled from Jan. 15 will be played tonight at DMS/LMS with the Finals at DMS Thursday, Jan. 22.

Thursday, Jan. 20

7th Gr Girls DMS vs Meridianville @ 6:45pm at Liberty MS

8th Gr Girls DMS vs Monrovia @ 5:15pm at Liberty MS

7th Gr Boys DMS vs Buckhorn @ 6:30pm at DMS

Championship Games will be on Thursday, Jan. 22 at DMS.

Click here to download Updated 8th Grade Boys Bracket

Click here to download Updated 7th Grade Boys Bracket

Click here to download Updated 8th Grade Girls Bracket

Click here to download Updated 7th Grade Girls Bracket

Wednesday, Jan. 21

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Softball, Baseball & Soccer Conditioning after school (Weather Permitting)

Show Choir Auditions - Wednesday, Jan. 21

Show Choir Auditions will be held after school (3:30-6:00) in the Choir room on Wednesday, January 21st. Students should be prepared to sing about 90 seconds of a song of his/her choice – with or without music. Students will also learn and perform a short, simple movement sequence with another group of students. This audition is open to anyone at DMS. Rehearsals are planned for Thursday nights from 6:15-8:30 p.m. beginning January 29th through the remainder of the year. There is a one-time $20 charge to cover the cost of music – only for those who are chosen for Show Choir. No charge to audition.

Thursday, Jan. 22

  • NJHS Meeting at 7:15am in the Media Center.
  • Art Club will meet in Room 517 from 3:15-4:15pm.
  • Scholar's Bowl Team Practice at 3:15pm in Mr. Sippel's Room
  • Cyber Security Meets in STEM Academy at 3:15pm
  • Softball, Baseball & Soccer Conditioning after school (Weather Permitting)
  • DMS Band Parent Meeting in Band Room at 6:30pm
  • DMS Basketball County Tment Finals at DMS

Friday, Jan. 23

  • Softball, Baseball & Soccer Conditioning after school (Weather Permitting)
  • DMS Chess Team Practice 5:30-6:30pm at the MCS Central Office

Saturday, Jan. 24

Saturday, Jan. 24 - ASCA Scholar's Bowl District at Challenger MS

General Information

Math Tutoring Available to Students (NOTE TIME CHANGES)

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

7th Grade Math

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-8:00am

Brooks - Monday at 3:20-4:20pm

Baragona - Tuesday at 3:20-4:20pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:20-4:20pm

8th Grade Math

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

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

Baragona - Wednesday at 3:20-4:20pm

McGuire - Tuesday at 7:00am - 8:00am

Garner- Thursday at 3:15-4:15pm

8th Grade Algebra

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

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

McGuire - Wednesday at 7:00am - 8:00am


Congratulations Mrs. Spiegel

Congratulations to: Ms. Raquel Spiegel has been chosen as the Black History Teacher Artist of the Year Award, by Rosie's International Services, Inc. She will be presented the award at the 13th Annual Black History Enrichment and Enlightenment Festival on Feb. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Congratulations to Art Students - Victoria Lee and Shiyeon Ku

Victoria Lee - 1st Place Winner- Black History Artist of the Year Award

Ms. Lee has been chosen by Rosie's International Services, Inc. She will be presented the award at the 13th Annual Black History Enrichment and Enlightenment Festival on Feb. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Shiyeon Ku - 3rd Place Winner - Black History Artist of the Year Award

Ms. Ku has been chosen by Rosie's International Services, Inc. She will be presented the award at the 13th Annual Black History Enrichment and Enlightenment Festival on Feb. 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Congratulations to Art Students - Lee, Tran, Onawola and Wilks

Congratulations to the following art students on having their work selected as Chapter Winners in the Junior American Citizen (JAC) Competition. The JAC promotes academics, good citizenship, and an interest in the history of the United States.

1st Place in Stamp Design 7th grade – Victoria Lee

2nd Place in Stamp Design 8th grade – Christine Tran

1st Place in Poetry 7th grade – Joy Onawola

1st Place in Poetry 8th grade – Hannalyn Wilks

DMS/BJHS Wrestlers Win Big in last 2 Tournaments

Our 7-9th grade wrestling team had a very good showing at the Huntsville High School “Big Red Rumble” tournament Jan. 10. Twenty (20) of the 7-9th wrestler’s walked away with medals and there were only 3 weight classes in the tournament in which our wrestler’s did not finish in the top four!

77-87 lbs

Brantley Griffin – 1st place

Ethan Bordelon – 2nd place

97 lbs

Zadaerian Toney – 1st place

Zaevian Toney – 2nd place

Trey Lockhart – 4th place

114 lbs

Cameron Cantrell – 1st place

Abe Alrefai – 2nd place

121 lbs

Seth Williams – 2nd place

Luke Allison – 3rd place

127 lbs

Jordan Whalen – 1st place

Nick Bowerman – 3rd place

132 lbs

Riley Zepp – 2nd place

Bryon Hedrick – 3rd place

Forest Kuenzil – 4th place

147 lbs

Gabe Pittman – 2nd place (9th grader)

157 lbs

George Frankovitch – 1st place

177 lbs

Ashton Iverson – 1st place (9th grader)

Nick Mothersele – 2nd place

191 lbs

Harold Gilmore – 1st place (9th grader)

222-287 lbs

Jordan Aycock – 1st place

Below are the DMS medal placers for the Sportsmed Invitational wrestling tournament at Grissom this past weekend (1-17)

1st Place - Ethan Bordelon of Bob Jones

3rd Place - Brantley Griffin of Bob Jones
5th Place - Josh Marion of Bob Jones

2nd Place - Zaderian Toney of Bob Jones
3rd Place - Zaevian Toney of Bob Jones

3rd Place - Abe Alrefai of Bob Jones


4th Place - Nick Bowerman of Bob Jones

2nd Place - Gabe Pittman of Bob Jones

4th Place - George Frankovitch of Bob Jones

1st Place - Ashton Iversen of Bob Jones
2nd Place - Nick Mothersele of Bob Jones

Congratulations Math Team

Discovery came in 1st place in the nation in the National Assessment's Ciphering Time Trials. This contest consist of ten rounds in which individuals are presented with three problems to be solved in a total of three minutes. Each round contained both easy and difficult problems and covered a variety of topics. Students received ten points per round if they answered all three questions correctly in the allotted three minutes, seven points for two correct answers, three points for one correct answer, and zero points for no correct answers. The maximum score on the test is one hundred points. At the end of the test, the scores from the ten rounds were added together to get an individual student's score. The team score for middle schools is the sum of the four highest individual scores. (The high school scores are the sum of the individual scores earned by the highest scoring 9th grader, the highest scoring 10th grader, the highest scoring 11th grader, and the highest scoring 12th grader.)

To summarize Discovery's results........

We had five individual students ranked in the top twenty-five in the nation.

Aditi Limaye: 3rd place with a score of 65 Tony Tian: 9th place with a score of 53 Corey Tolbert: 11th place with a score of 50 Justin Byers: 16th place with a score of 44 Shreyas Pant: 25th place with a score of 39

Our team score of 212 was just two points lower that James Clemons 17th place team score of 214. If we had to compete against high schools, Discovery would have ranked 18th in the nation. Bob Jones came in 5th!

Congratulations to the entire team! In addition to the five who earned individual recognition, we had numerous students with test scores in the high thirties.

DMS Represents at the Future City Competition

Mayor Tommy Battle and Mayor Troy Trulock spent Saturday with Ms. Julia West (Discovery Middle School STEM teacher) and her team, as well as 22 other teams competing in the "Future City Regional Competition". The five month competition, in which students design and build models of future urban centers, encourage students to learn about engineering in a challenging way. This year's theme focused on the year 2030, and encouraged students to design their cities with futuristic solutions of growing crops within the confines of their city. The students had very creative designs and had a lot of fun developing their future city! Way to represent DMS!

Upcoming Events


Saturday, Jan. 31 - Rookie Rally Chess Tournament at Blossomwood Elementary

Cheerleaders Head to Orlando for Nationals

UCA National Competition is Feb. 5-8.

Meet our School Psychologists - Tricia Daniel Madden

Hello, Panther parents. My name is Tricia Daniel-Madden and I have been the School Psychologist at Discovery for 6 years. School Psychologists assist students, parents, teachers and administrative staff in meeting needs through a variety of methods. We follow the National Association of School Psychologist's Practice Model ( Please let me know topics or questions you have regarding your child's educational and emotional/social development and I will do my best to help provide answers.

Tricia K. Daniel-Madden, Ed. S., NCSP

Nationally Certified School Psychologist

Madison City Schools

Madison, AL


BJHS Girls Golf Team Spots Available

If there are any DMS 7th and 8th grade girls that are interested in playing golf for Bob Jones this 2015 Spring season you need to contact
Coach Rodney Schrimsher via email at to let him know of your interest.

BJHS Basketball this Week

Tuesday, Jan. 20 vs Austin HS

Freshman Boys @ 4:30pm

JV Girls @ 4pm

JV Boys @ 5:30pm
Varsity Girls @ 6pm
Varsity Boys @ 7:30pm

Friday, Jan. 23 at Sparkman HS
JV Girls @ 4:30pm
JV Boys @ 4:30pm

Freshman Boys @ 6pm

Varsity Girls @ 6pm
Varsity Boys @ 7:30pm

(Area Games for Varsity)

Saturday, Jan. 24 at Lee HS
JV Girls @ 12pm
Varsity Girls @ 1:30pm

BJHS Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

BJHS 2015 College Fair & PTSA Meeting with Open House

WHAT: College Fair for all BJHS Students and Parents And PTSA Meeting with OPEN HOUSE

WHEN & WHERE: Thursday, January 22, 2015

College Fair: 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m: Central Commons Area

Financial Aid: 6:00-6:45 p.m. BJHS AV Room

PTSA Meeting: 6:45 p.m. in the Zompa Auditorium

Open House: 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. BJHS Classrooms (Open House: no set schedule, simply “meet and greet” teachers)

WHY: Meet with College Representatives!
(See the expanding list of attending colleges on the BJHS Website—Guidance Link)

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

Bob Jones is excited to offer the Sideline Store to all its fans.

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 January

Link to Lunch Menu for January

Link to Breakfast Menu for January

** 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

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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