The Panther Post

DMS May Newsletter

Principal's Corner


It is unbelievable to think that we are winding down and rapidly approaching the last day of school. It has been a fantastic year! Our students have accomplished amazing things. I am very proud of their hard work, dedication, growth and pride they have for their school. They are the reason Discovery Middle School is a great place to learn and grow.

We are not quite finished yet! Attendance is still very important for these last few days. Students need to finish strong. Final exams will be May 21-23. It is important that students are present for their exams as there will be no early exams. Any student that misses an exam must make it up on the scheduled make up days, June 4th and 5th.

It has been an honor and privilege to work with your children this school year. It is my hope that your summer will be fun-filled and relaxing until that time we begin again.

With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

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

Upcoming Events

May 2: Progress Reports

May 2: DMS/BJHS Choral Concert 6:00 p.m.

May 2: Bob Jones Spring Art Show
May 13-17: 8th Grade BoysBasketball Tryouts 5:00-6:30 p.m.

May 21-23: Final Exams

May 23: 1/2 Day of School w/ Dismissal at 11:45 a.m.

May 24: Begin Summer Break

Final Exams

All students are required to take final exams once they enter middle school. The Final Exam schedule can be viewed at

Report Cards

Please note that Discovery Middle School does not print student report cards to distribute for the fourth nine weeks. If you would like to receive a printed copy of your student's report card, please submit a self addressed, stamped envelope to the DMS front office and it will be mailed to you once grades are finalized.

All grades may also be viewed in iNow, and final grades will be posted soon after the end of the semester.

If you have any questions, please call the DMS office at (256) 837-3735 for more information.

Destination Imagination

Congratulations to the Discovery Destination Imagination teams that represented our school so well at the DI State Tournament on Saturday, April 6!
The 8th grade team won first place in the Service Learning Challenge, 7th grade team won first place in the Fine Arts challenge, and the 6th grade team won first place in the Technical Challenge. All 3 DMS teams have been invited to compete at the DI Global Finals 2019, to be held May 21-26 in Kansas City, Missouri!

* DMS Technical: Abigail Bennett, Patrick Bruce, Alex Myers, Tom Stephens
* DMS Fine Arts: Rebecca Coffey, Drew Crocker, Ben Crouse, Harley Dauma, Anahita Pour-Biazar, Faith Williams
* DMS Service Learning: Lauren Bruce, Eva Candia, Sarah Ewing, Kaitlyn Hathaway, Ashlyn Shipley, Kathleen Stephens

Also, congratulations to the Bob Jones DI teams, who won first place at the State Tournament:
* BJHS Scientific: Avery Adams, Lael Anderson, Emilee Lamps, Jenny Shaver, Maddie Shrode
* BJHS Service Learning: Emma Bordelon, Aaliyah Coe, Brooke Heath, Jacqueline Jory, Rebecca Meyer, Julie Pimmel
* BJHS Improv: Caeden Anderson, Jake Munson, Rishish Narahari, Cooper Sawyer, Trevor Peck, Grant Pethel
Additionally, the BJHS team for Fine Arts won 3rd place - Alex Cockrell, Alec Dauma, Vaughn Lemond, Clayton Sanders, Philip Hotz

We are proud of all these wonderful young people and the hard work they have put into preparing for the competition!

DMS Science Bowl Team

Congratulations to the DMS Science Bowl Team who earned 5th place at the National Science Bowl! They competed against 48 other teams from across the United States. Discovery Middle School's Science Department will be receiving a $1000 donation from the National Science Bowl in honor of the student's 5th place finish.

Science Bowl members include:

  • Neha Chopade (Team Captain)
  • Puja Chopade
  • Justin Pan
  • Thais Arslanbekov
  • Constance Wang

State Science Fair

Congratulations to Ashwin Prabhakar who won several awards at the State Science Fair this weekend, including the Teldyne Brown Engineering Award, ASM Materials Foundation Award, Electro-Optical Society Award, Dauphin Island Sea Lab Award and the Missile Defense Agency Award.

He now progresses to the National competition to compete for the Junior ISEF award. This is Ashwin's second year in a row competing at nationals!

UAH Science Fair

Congratulations to DMS student Milind Brijesh who won fourth place at the UAH Science Fair in the Engineering category on Friday, April 5. Way to go!

BJHS Ladies Golf

Congratulations to DMS student Lauren Sheehy (7th grade) for her team’s 1st place win at the Albertville Invitational at Big Spring Lake Golf Course on April 12, 2019.
Additionally, Lauren was named The Hampton Inn Player of the Week on April 5, 2019.
Lauren is one of two DMS students on the BJHS girls’ golf team. Ashton Worley also played at the Albertville Invitational representing our schools as a single player. Lauren and Ashton are members of the LPGA-sponsored (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Girls Golf program, and they are also teammates in the PGA Junior League program.

DMS Art Students at Panoply

Many of our talented DMS students had their beautiful artwork displayed at Panoply April 26-28. Students with artwork displayed include:

* Sarah Mott * Malak Altubuh * Luna McCostlin * Jasmine Wince * Makayla Calica * Harley Dauma * Daniel Sheng * Sergio Rivera * Zoie Webb * Samantha Crosby * Sergio Rivera * Hannah Anderson * Madilyn Wingenter * Lauren Roper-Jefferson * Wilson Nichols * Lauren Bruce * Kayla Lazaro * Maycie Dunkerly * Ashley Kim * Katie Hathaway * Emily Duong * Breanna Tate * Rhiannon Kerndel * Natalie Brown * Madeline Nixon * Mary Grace Hunt * Jaylah Pondexter * Arienna Coe * Octavia Bankhead * Aurora Lang

* Quinn Littenberg * Raivyn Ivy * Emily Kirstei * Lori Desrochers * Jonah Brooks

* Marli Bean * Sally Wang

DMS Band Honors

Congratulations to DMS Band students who participated in the 2019 Alabama All State Band:

  • Elaine Bao
  • Timothy Zhu
  • Anna Digges
  • Hayden Purser

TSA Delegates

The DMS Technology Student Association (TSA) officers for the 2018/2019 school year attended the TSA State Leadership Conference on April 23.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) provides student members the opportunity to explore a wide variety of (science, technology, engineering, and math) STEM career interest areas.

Student delegates at the conference for DMS included Joshua Chen, Ashwin Prabhaker, Pranav Ramesh and Soorya Ramesh.

DMS Band & Choir Competition

The Discovery Middle School Band and Choir traveled to Orlando, Florida April 4 - 8 to compete in the OrlandoFest Music Festival.

Our students competed against other middle schools and high schools from across the country and earned top honors. The DMS Ladies Chorus even won the "Grand Champion" award with the highest score from any vocal ensemble throughout the weekend.

Our students did an outstanding job representing DMS, bringing home the following awards:

  • DMS Ladies Chorus - 1st place (Superior Ratings) Grand Champions
  • DMS Mixed Chorus - 1st place (Superior Ratings)
  • DMS Band - 1st place (Superior Ratings)
  • DMS Percussion Ensemble - 1st place (Superior Ratings)

Thank you to all of the hard working students, teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers who helped make this possible! It's great to be a DMS Panther!

Month of the Military Child

DMS celebrated our students that have parents actively serving in the military by having a special "Purple Up" day sponsored by JS2S (Junior Student 2 Student) on April 18.

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in both our schools and in the armed forces community. The Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.

Advanced Theater

Congratulations to the DMS Advanced Theater for their extremely successful production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". The students provided two wonderful performances April 12-13 at the BJHS auditorium.

We are so proud of these hard working and talented young people!