The Panther Post
DMS Newsletter April 2018
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,
Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery.
April 9 - 10: Scantron Testing - Reading
April 11-12: Scantron Testing - MathApril 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
DMS Dance Team Tryouts will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 17 and 18.
DMS Cheer Squad
DMS Competition Cheer Tryouts will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 on April 4, 5 and 6.
DMS Basket Ball Cheer
Basketball Cheer Tryouts will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on April 9, 10, and 11.
Girls Basket Ball
DMS Girls Basketball Tryouts will be held from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. on April 30 through May 4.
DMS Advanced Theater Tryouts will be held from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on April 2 for rising 8th graders, April 3 for rising 7th graders, and April 4 for rising 6th graders.
Football Spring Conditioning will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise specified by Coach Jackson.
Girls Basket Ball
Bob Jones Cheer Tryouts
BOB JONES COMPETITION CHEER SPRING TIMELINE
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- firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Sports Events
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
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 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!
Ashley King: Women's Art History Contest 1st Place Winner
Kathleen Stephens: Women's Art History Contest 2nd Place Winner
Katie Tanner: Women's Art History Contest 3rd Place Winner
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!
The DMS library IS the place to be!
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.
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!
Thank You Student Helpers
Keeping our Maker Space area clean and organized is time consuming. We are grateful for our students investing time to help us with this daily task.
Exploring with Dash
These girls had fun programming Dash to play music.
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!