The Panther Post

DMS Newsletter April 2018

Principal's Corner


April is here already and it seems that we are rapidly approaching the close of another school year.

In just a short time, students will be completing state testing. See our testing schedule below. As always, in preparation for testing please be sure that your student is getting plenty of rest and a good breakfast each night.

I am extremely proud of the many accomplishments that our students have achieved. They demonstrate excellence inside and outside of the classroom. There are many student involved in extracurricular activities, clubs and sports. Tryouts for many of our fall sports will be taking place soon. Be sure to make note of dates of the tryouts as well as due dates for required paperwork.

Thanks for your continued support of our students and school.

With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

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

Important Dates

April 9 - 10: Scantron Testing - Reading

April 11-12: Scantron Testing - Math

April 11: Progress Reports

April 12: Dance Team Parent Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the DMS Media Center

April 13: 1/2 Day of School with Dismissal at 11:45 a.m.

April 17-18: Scantron Testing - Science

April 27: Weather Day - No School

Upcoming Tryouts

Bob Jones Cheer Tryouts


April 2: Cheer Packets Available at Bob Jones Front Office Lobby

April 17: Cheer Parent Meeting in Bob Jones Cafeteria at 6:30pm

April 18 & 19: Cheer Clinic at Bob Jones Small Gym

April 20: Cheer Try-Outs at Bob Jones Main Gym

Spring Activities Conducted by:

Interim BJ Cheer Coach Ashley Mitchell-Dowdell

Questions: Please contact BJ AD Tom Runnion-

Upcoming Sports Events

DMS Baseball

April 3: DMS vs Liberty (away game) @ 4:30/6:30

April 5: DMS vs Buckhorn (away game) @ 4:30/6:30

April 6: DMS vs Muscle Shoals (home game) @ 4:30/6:30

April 9: DMS vs Monrovia (away game) @ 4:00

April 10:DMS vs Monrovia (away game) @ 4:00

April 12: DMS vs Meridianville (home game) @ 4:30/6:30

DMS Softball

April 3: DMS vs Liberty (away game) @ 4:00 p.m.

April 5: DMS vs Buckhorn (away game) @ 4:30 p.m.

April 5 – 7: BJHS Tournament (game time TBA)

April 9: DMS vs Monrovia (away game) @ 4:30 p.m.

April 12: DMS vs Meridianville (home game) @ 4:00 p.m.

April 13 - 14: DMS Tournament (game time TBA)

April 19-26: County Tournament (at Meridianville, game time TBA)

DMS Student Achievements

Science & Engineering Fair

Congratulations to Ashwin Prabhakar, who represented Discovery Middle School in the North Alabama Science and Engineering Fair. He placed first in his category (Biochemistry) and in the top 4 within the junior category (grades 6-8).

Ashwin now progresses to the state competition which will be held at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) on April 5 and 6. His winning project is "Synthetic Enhancement of Photosynthesis".

Congratulations Ashwin!

Geography Bee

Puja Chopade will represent Discovery Middle Shool at the US Geography Olympiad Nationals in Atlanta this summer!

Puja also qualified to participate in the International Geography Bee World Championship in Berlin, Germany July 11-17.

Congratulations, Puja!

Chess Team

Congratulations to the Discovery Middle School, Bob Jones High School, and Rainbow Elementary School Chess Teams for each winning 1st place in the state!

Academic Bee

Congratulations to DMS students Aubteen, Neha, Puja and Aparna who placed 2nd in the US Academic Bee and Bowl Regionals!
The team qualified to participate in the US Academic Bowl Nationals in Atlanta! Also, Neha and Puja both qualified to participate in US Academic Bee Nationals.

Math Team

Congratulations to the DMS Math Team for their achievements in the Mathfax competition!

Mathfax is a series of four tests on a subject such as Geometry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Algebra 2. Each test consists of 25 multiple choice problems that must be completed within 30 minutes. The DMS Math Team competed against not only other middle schools, but also against high school juniors and seniors.


*Our Pre-algebra team came in first out of about 100 schools.

*Ashwin Prabhakar tied for first place individual out of about 1400 students with a score of 98/100.

*Our Algebra 1 team came in second out of about 100 schools.

*Our Geometry team came in second out of about 50 schools. We were just five points away from first place.

*Our Algebra 2 team came in second out of about 50 schools. We were just one point away from first place!

*Maanasi Limaye won first place individual out of about 750 students with a score of 99/100.

*Our Advanced Math team came in 11th out of about 50 schools.

We are very proud of our Math Team students and their wonderful accomplishments!

Women's Art History Contest

Congratulations to DMS art students Ashley King, Kathleen Stephens, and Katie Tanner for winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the Women's Art History Contest!

Visual Arts Achievements

Congratulations to Audrey Patton who has been chosen as a Visual Arts Achievement (VAA) Blue Ribbon finalist! Only 17 pieces are chosen from all of the high school and middle school Youth Art Month entries in District V.

Audrey’s art work is now on display in Montgomery at the Georgina Clarke Artist Gallery.

Also, congratulations to Eleanor Matheney, whose water color piece is currently on display at the Huntsville Museum of Art!

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Library News

The DMS library IS the place to be!

What's New?

More Audiobooks! We’ve added 4 new audiobooks to our electronic selection. Remember, students must have the eHub Reader app by Perma-Bound to access our digital library. For easy access to eBooks and audiobooks …click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Book Fair…

Our spring book fair is scheduled for April 9th-13th! We are excited to host our first Crane Book Fair! Crane Book Fairs provides quality literature for discounted prices and also has a large selection of discounted books. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to support our school library!

Want to help but don’t have time? Donate items for our Maker Space! (New or gently used)

Some suggestions include …

Legos, K’Nex, building blocks, colorful Duct tape, plastic containers (small & large), dry-erase markers, and miscellaneous craft supplies. If you have other materials you would like to donate, please let us know. Any help is greatly appreciated!!

As always...THANK YOU Volunteers! We are truly grateful for your continued dedication. Our media center is better because of YOU.

Have suggestions on how to improve our Media Center? Come and share your ideas!

Visit the DMS library to "check out" valuable resources available for you!
Click on the video to see students' "Springtime Creativity!"

Project Lead the Way

Discovery Middle School has earned the Project Lead the Way Distinguished School Award for 2017/18! The Project Lead the Way recognition program is designed to honor schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in PLTW programs.

Project Lead the Way provides curriculum in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. The courses are designed to teach students not only technical skills, but also how to actively problem solve, cultivate critical thinking skills, communicate more effectively, and collaborate successfully with peers.

Project Lead the Way classes offered at Discovery include Flight & Space, Computer Science for Innovators & Makers, App Creators, Medical Detectives, Design & Modeling, and Automation & Robotics. The school plans to also add Energy & the Environment and Magic of Electrons classes for the next school year.

The PLTW teachers at DMS have undergone extensive training through PLTW in order to teach the rigorous curriculum. Each specific course requires that the teacher complete a minimum of 40 hours of professional development in order to be certified to teach the curriculum. This training is completed during the summer at institutions around the United States.

PLTW teachers at Discovery include Matt Brewer who teaches PLTW Automation & Robotics and PLTW Design & Modeling, Laura Collins who teaches PLTW Computer Science for Innovators & Makers and PLTW App Creators, Freddie Griffin who teaches PLTW Flight & Space and PLTW Medical Detectives, and David Sippel who teaches PLTW Medical Detectives. Each teacher is fully dedicated to providing students the best possible educational experience through PLTW.

Discovery Middle School is honored to have the distinction of being a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School!

Discovery Middle School

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