Diplomat ROAR

May 10, 2023

A Note from the Principal

Hello Wildcats,

June and the end of the year are almost upon us. It shouldn’t surprise me because it happens each year. First semester seems to go by slowly, but second semester flies by—especially the last month. There are so many activities going on these last several weeks.

We are excited to be sending our eighth graders to the high school world. You will love high school—it’s where you will meet some of your lifelong friends. Sixth and seventh graders, you are becoming the leaders in the building. We have faith that you will lead with excellence and kindness.

I hope that each of you have a fun, relaxing, and learning-filled summer.

We cannot wait until we are back together in August.

Happy last month of school, happy summer.

Proud to be in the Pride,

Maura Bennington, Principal

Summer School program information

Middle School Band Camp (June 13th-15th and June 20th-22nd)

  1. Middle School Band Camp for students enrolled in middle school next year (no current 8th graders rising to 9th) to develop summer instrumental learning. Students will be divided into two groups: Beginning Band Boot Camp (For students with NO experience in instrumental programs) and Advanced Band Camp (For students who are currently enrolled in a MS band program).
    1. Students will be divided into ensembles based on enrollment numbers and ability
  2. The camp will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (8AM-12PM)
  3. Transportation is provided free of charge to Cape Coral High School District of Lee County
  4. Complete the form below for your FREE BAND CAMP. Have a blast with other Lee County Band Kids

Sign Up Link for Parents – Middle School Band Camp



Parents received a Parent Link message announcing our ELL summer program with a link to register electronically. Below is the link to the electronic registration.

Link: ELL Middle School Language Summer Program Registration

Quarter 4 Information and Dates

6th and 7th Grade Electives Selection Date- May 9

8th Grade NGSSS Science test- May 9

All grades FAST testing Reading- May 16

All grades FAST testing Math/ Algebra EOC- May 17

7th grade awards- Wednesday, May 24 during 1st period- invitation only

8th grade awards- May 19, 6:00 pm. Invitation only

SAC Meeting- May 22 at 5:00pm in the Media Center

7th grade Civics EOC- May 23

6th grade awards- Tuesday, May 23 during 1st period- invitation only

No School- May 29

Early Dismissal Days: June 5 and June 6 (Dismissal for students is 2:00 pm)

Last Day of School: June 6

School Messenger Emergency Alerts and Notifications

SchoolMessenger® Communicate is a program that enables administration from the District and schools to send families important messages, emergency broadcasts, attendance alerts and event reminders.

There is also a way to receive text messages, however under a rule by the Federal Communications Commission, you must opt in for that service. The process is easy and only takes a few seconds to complete. Simply text any one of these words subscribe, optin or yes to the number 67587.

You will know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:

You are registered 4 School Messenger notifications. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq. varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt

You will want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include:

Please note, although the district does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text or phone message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages or receiving phone calls. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, you will want to ensure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you have not already provided that information to your school, please contact them directly.

Families may sign up for a free account at go.schoolmessenger.com to set communication preferences for calls and emails.

There is a companion app that schools may or may not choose to use that will allow teachers to communicate directly with you. Please check with your child's school to see if the school is using the app.

Focus Parent Portal

Focus is the district's platform for all grades, student information, attendance and test history. Creating a parent portal gives you 24/7 access. In the portal, there are required forms that we need in order to ensure you are receiving the most current information. There is also a required form for your child to receive care in the clinic. Without this clinic form, we cannot assist your child. If you have not already completed these online forms, please create an account and complete them.
Revised 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

Due to the closure for Hurricane Ian, the SDLC has revised the instructional calendar for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. This link will take you to the overall calendar and the odd/even day calendar.

Safety First

Students are not to be on campus before 9:15 without being enrolled in our before school program.

When dropping students off in the morning, the safest way is through our parent drop off loop. Stopping along the roadway to drop off students creates a safety issue for you and those travelling the roadway. No drop offs should occur in the DMS faculty lot or the elementary school parking lot.

When picking up students in the afternoon, the safest way is through our parent pick up loop. Our parent pick up line moves quickly and clear by 4:25 each afternoon. As a reminder, school dismisses at 4:00 and students need to be picked up from school 4:30, if they are normally a parent pick up student.

To keep the flow of traffic moving, remember that to exit campus from parent pick up, you need to make a right turn and go around behind the school. When entering the driveway for parent pick up, you must turn left into the driveway.

Sports Award Ceremony

Hey Athletes!! There will be the DMS Sports Award Ceremony on Wednesday May 17 at 5:30 in the DMS Café. This ceremony is for all student athletes that were on a sports team this school year. Parents are welcomed to join as well. There will be information posted in the sports team google classroom. Please see Coach Gross or Mrs. Papp for more information.

6th Grade Awards Information

The 6th Grade Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, May 23rd in the Cafeteria from 10:00 AM- 10:40 AM. Students who are receiving at least one award will be invited to attend. Parent/Guardians of those students are also invited to attend the ceremony. Students will receive an invitation during the first week of May.

8th Grade Awards Information

Diplomat Middle 8th Grade Awards Ceremony and Dance

Our 8th grade Awards Ceremony will be held on May 19th at 6:00 P.M. in the DMS cafeteria. A dance to celebrate our 8th graders will be held immediately following the ceremony.

Invitations will be sent out prior to the Awards Ceremony for those students that will be receiving an award. This is not a graduation ceremony, as that is reserved for high school, but is a way to recognize our 8th graders’ achievements during the 2022-2023 school year.

All DMS 8th graders are invited to attend the dance with the exception of those that are noted below.

Dance Information:

· Dance will be held in the DMS Gym on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 7:00 P.M. to

9:30 P.M.

· Only Diplomat Middle 8th graders are invited to the dance

*Students are not eligible if they receive a referral during 4th Quarter or if they have an F for 4th Quarter by May 12th.

*After May 12th, students can still turn work in to raise their grade, but will still be ineligible to attend the dance.

*All fees and fines must be paid

*Books and other school issued materials must be returned

· The dance and refreshments will be free of charge (pizza, soda, water, candy)

· Drop off and pickup will be at the DMS Bus Ramp – No limos

· Parents please be at the bus ramp by 9:20 for pickup

· Information regarding the dress code for the dance is below

Dress Code for the Dance


  • Dresses/skirts no shorter than 3" above the knee (Must touch fingertips when standing)

  • No exposed stomachs or side cut outs

  • No low-cut front or back (No strapless dresses, but you can sew clear straps into a strapless dress) Halter dresses or dresses that come over one shoulder are fine as well

  • No visible undergarments

  • No heels on the gym floor (Options - wear heels and bring flats, wear flats, or wear wedges)


  • Properly fitting pants or slacks with a belt (no sagging/ visible undergarments & no jeans)

  • Oxford cloth shirt or dress shirt with a collar (tie, vest, bow tie, jacket are optional)

Failure to comply with the above dress code will result in being sent home.

Permission slips to attend may be obtained from the school and must be returned by May 5, 2023.

7th Grade Immunization Requirement

Attention all incoming Seventh Grade students: In addition to kindergarten through twelfth grade vaccines, students entering or attending seventh grade need the following vaccinations:

• One dose of tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine in grades seven through twelve

• An updated DH 680 form to include Tdap, must be obtained for submission to the school

Students will not receive a schedule or be allowed to attend class at the start of the 2023-2024 school year without the updated immunization record. Be sure our clinic has this on file.

Please visit the school district website for more information.


Students of the Month

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Reporting Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please email 0772.Attendance@leeschools.net with the student name, date of absence, reason for absence and a doctor's note for illness.

Every Monday is Pizza Night at Iragazzi Pizza!

Counselor's Corner

Student last names A-L: Ms. Evenson

Student last names M-Z: Mrs. Toadvine

News from the Music Department

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Florida Bandmasters Association District Solo and Ensemble

Music Performance Assessment

Nicholas Aldrich – SUPERIO, Natalia Almodova – SUPERIOR, Jovie Dean – SUPERIOR, Layla Fairbank – Comments Only, Avril Gonzalez – SUPERIOR, Holly Gula- EXCELLENT, Samuel Olarte – SUPERIOR, Sebastian Quintane – EXCELLENT, Estefany Donderiz Brenes – EXCELLENT, Natalie Villobox – SUPERIOR, Braeden Walter – EXCELLENT, Mason Willnecker – SUPERIOR

Florida Band Masters Associaiton

Concert Music Performance Assessment

Excellent Rating

All County Honor Band Musicians

Jonah Bilhorn and Mason Willnecker

All County Honor Jazz Band Musician

Jonah Bilhorn

All State Honor Band Musician

Jonah Bilhorn

Star Florida Bandmasters Seven Star Band

Mason Willnecker

Congratulations to our HOSA team

Congratulations to the competitive HOSA team members that competed this April 13-17 at the World Center in Orlando.

Avril Alarcon Gonzalez

Lacy Crane

Daniels Cuevas

Martin Garcia

Nicholas Garcia

Ivan Langney

Nhu Nguyen

Leslie Nichols

Ashleigh Russell

Nathan Zukowski

Medical Innovation with the 8th grade team of Martin, Nick, Nhu and Nathan made it to finals and were invited to the Leadership conference.

Three groups made it to the finals, but the big winner of the event was 7th Ivan Langney for Prepared Speaking-subject was Edward Jenner and the creation of the Smallpox vaccine.

Ivan is the only middle schooler to qualify for nationals in Lee, Charlotte or Collier county and is going to be traveling to Dallas June 21-24.

Good Luck Ivan!

Interested in HOSA for next year? Sign up for Advanced Medical as an elective and joining our competitive Medical Health Occupation Students of America. For more information https://hosa.org/guidelines/

School Board of Lee County

Armor Persons, District 5 (Chair)
Samuel Fisher, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Debbie Jordan, District 4
Jada Langford Fleming, District 6
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Christopher S. Bernier