Trojan Times

September 2014

Daphne Middle School Student Newspaper

produced by Mykenzie Hunt, Alexis Litteken, Chloe Theriot and Bailey Schroeder

Learning Earnings

This year, Daphne Middle School will participate in a program called Learning Earnings. Learning Earnings is a web based point system. Students are rewarded for doing good things, like following instructions, doing your work, or getting a good grade. Points are automatically awarded to each student for attending school, being on time to classes, and not getting a referral. You can collect your points over time and purchase prizes. Some options of prizes are school dance tickets, MacBook covers, field day tickets, spirit shirts, and early admission to break. The team you’re on for school will offer different incentives, whether you’re on team 7A, 7B, 8A, and 8B. Learning Earnings is positive behavior support, meaning students that have good behavior in school are rewarded with prizes.

Suicide Prevention Month

by Alyssa Ducote

September 7 through the 13th is National Suicide Prevention Week; September 10th, being World Suicide Prevention Day. Depression isn’t a joke and can lead to thoughts or maybe even suicidal actions, such as self harm. About 3% to 5% of people in the world with suffer from major depression. Even smaller cases of depression can still lead to irrational thoughts and actions about hurting yourself. These are just some of the reasons why we have Suicide Prevention Month. During this month, students will be viewing the More than Sad video in health classes. Peer Helpers will be receiving "I'm a Lifesaver" pledges to support the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention and ending the month long event by participating in the Out of the Darkness community walk. Notice the stop signs throughout the school building that inform of suicide awareness statistics.

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

The Out of the Darkness Community Walks are the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) signature fundraising campaign, bringing together family, friends, colleagues, and supporters at 3-5 mile walks in hundreds of communities across the country. When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Community Walks, you join the effort with thousands of people to raise funds and awareness for AFSP's vision to create a world without suicide.

The Peer Helpers will be participating in the Out of the Darkness Daphne community walk at Daphne City Hall on October 19th. The walk starts at 2:45 PM, ends 4:00 PM, with check-in time 1:00 PM. Find out more about Out of the Darkness sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

  • Register to walk with the DMS Peer Helpers here and/or start your own campaign.
  • Support a specific Peer Helper in his/her fundraising goal here.
  • Donate under the DMS Peer Helper Team here.

Meet Mrs. Regina Boone

by Mykenzie Hunt

Mrs. Boone has been teaching for 22 years, 21 of those years at Daphne Middle School. She spent the other year teaching upcoming teachers.

She grew up with her father, who was an engineer. She originally went to school to be an engineer. When she was a sophomore in college, she switched to teaching math. Mrs. Boone graduated from South Alabama. She has taught both 7th and 8th grade.

When Mrs. Boone was in middle school she was captain of her cheerleading squad and the first Miss Jubilee of Fairhope.

Mrs. Boone believes that the best part of teaching is getting to know all her new students every school year. Mrs. Boone now teaches 8th grade math at DMS. She says she loves her job.

Support Friday Jean Days

Every Friday at Daphne Middle School all students can wear jeans for a $1 donation that goes to school improvement projects. Last year the funds were used to purchase benches in the break area. Help improve your school by supporting Jean Days!
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Open House

The Daphne Middle School Open House will be on Tuesday, September 16 from 6 P.M. until 7. Coke and pizza will be sold in the cafeteria for a dollar from 5 until 6. School Spirit shirts will be sold for $15 and MacBook covers will be sold for $23. The Scholastic Book Fair is also going to be open during that time.

Parents will start in the gym for a short, twenty minute presentation from Principal Hartner, Assistant Principal Jackson, Mrs. Caldwell the school counselor, PTSA, and SEEDS. Then parents will be released from the gym to follow their child’s schedule and meet with the teacher for five minute for each class. There will be a sign in sheet for each class to mark attendance and students will be awarded Learning Earnings points.

Book Fair

DMS is hosting a Scholastic book fair, so make sure you stop by the library starting Tuesday, September 9. All English Language Arts classes will rotate through, and it will be open during DMS Open House on Tuesday, September 16. Available at the book fair are both fiction and nonfiction books, posters, pencils, gift books, accessories, and more. The book fair will end Wednesday, September 17. All proceeds will support new books in the Daphne Middle School Library.

Upcoming Sports Events

Volleyball Schedule
  • Monday, Sept. 22nd- 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, Sept. 25th- 5:00 PM
  • Monday, Sept, 29th- 5:00 PM
Football Schedule
  • Thursday, Sept. 18th- 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, Sept. 25th- 6:00 PM
Cross Country Schedule
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16th- 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23rd- 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30th- 4:30 PM
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Alabama Coastal Cleanup

The Daphne Middle School Peer Helpers and National Junior Honor Society are joining together for a cause.

What: Alabama Coastal Cleanup

When: Saturday, September 20

Time: 8A.M. until noon

Where: May Day Park in Daphne.

Here are a few safety tips to help "Get the Trash out of the Splash!"

*Please wear appropriate clothes and shoes for cleaning.

*Wear sunscreen and other sun protection like a hat.

*Bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Parents and other family members are welcome, although only the DMS students will be supervised by sponsors.


Tuesday, Sep. 30th, 8:30am-2:30pm

10460 Eastern Shore Blvd

Spanish Fort, AL

Students may attend a bowling field trip on September 30, for a $5 fee. Eighth graders will participate in the morning, and seventh grade in the afternoon. Food, arcade, and laser tag are an additional charge.

Istation Reading Program

Istation is a digital reading and math learning program that evaluates student progression and allows for individualized learning. Every month in the English Language Arts classes students take an assessment to evaluate their learning progression in the areas of vocabulary, word analysis, comprehension, and text fluency. After the student completes an assignment on Istation, information is then sent to the teacher through their Istation account. The teachers can see how long the student has spend on Istation practice and what kind of scores they get.

The Istation learning path completion time is separated into three different tiers. Tiers are determined by the grade that you get on the assessments. Tier one students have 30 minutes, tier two have 60 minutes, and tier three have 90 minutes of time on the learning path per week. The learning path is individualized to the needs of individual students. The better you do on the assessment each month, the less time you have to work on Istation each week. Students should take Istation seriously because their progress is being monitored throughout the year.

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