The Panther Post
DMS Newsletter January 2019
Welcome Back Panthers!
Discovery Middle School is very excited to welcome our students and staff back on January 7, 2019, to begin what promises to be an amazing second semester full of hard work, learning, and success!
A note to our students:
As you begin the second semester of the school year we ask that you take time to reflect daily on your goals and strive to do your very best each day. Feel confident that DMS administration, faculty, and staff are here to support and encourage you as you explore different opportunities and continue to grow as learners.
To our parents and community, it is essential that you continue to take an active role in our students' success. It is important that we maintain parent involvement as we begin the second semester of our school year.
Teachers, parents, students, and staff accomplish the most when we work collaboratively for student achievement. A school that aspires for excellence can expect no less!
We are happy to be near the end of construction at DMS. Students are really enjoying the new additions and renovations! As we approach the final stages of the construction process, be on the look out for upcoming information regarding changes to the carline and bus traffic. We will be returning to our normal carline procedures very soon. We will send out information on our website and via school messenger to alert you of the change.
DMS PTA is sponsoring a FREE community event that you are invited to attend.
When: Monday, January 28 at 6:30 PM
Where: Cineplanet 15
What: Community screening of the documentary, Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Cost: FREE, you must reserve your ticket to get a seat
DMS PTA hopes parents & students will attend this important movie event together! A brief panel discussion led by experts will follow the film. More information is on the PTA website.
We are looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store for our wonderful school! Go Panthers!
With Panther Pride,
Students return to school on Monday, January 7
January 7: Beginning of 2nd semester
January 10: Report Cards for the 1st semester will be sent home with students. Scantron reports be sent home with report cards.
January 21: No school; Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
January 31: Progress reports will be sent home.
DMS Basketball Schedule:
1/8 County Tournament @ Monrovia (Away) Times TBA
1/10 County Tournament @ Monrovia (Away) Times TBA
1/12 County Tournament @ Monrovia (Away) Times TBA
1/15 County Tournament @ Monrovia (Away) Times TBA
National Board Certified Teachers
Discovery Middle School is extremely proud to announce that two more members of our faculty have earned National Board Certification in their areas of certification!
Congratulations to Assistant Principal Kate Wade and Digital Publishing teacher Sara Baragona for earning their National Board Certifications!
At this time, we now have four National Board Certified educators on our staff, with more teachers actively pursuing this special certification.
DMS National Board Certified teachers include Mrs. Stacey Humes (Instructional Partner), Mrs. Tonya Breeding (Language Arts teacher), Mrs. Kate Wade (Assistant Principal) and Mrs. Sara Baragona (Digital Publishing/Money! Money! teacher).
A Special "Thank You"
Your generosity has helped our students make a positive difference in our community!
Also, we would like to recognize Ms. Wilbanks' advisory group that worked together to collect 225 cans for the SGA Canned Food Drive! Students include Zach Connally, Desean Cornelius, Thomas Davis, Luke Dempsey, Andrei Diaz Medina, Charlotte Droege, Jordin Dunning, Catrina Holschen, Samantha Horton, Keira McCostlin, Lauren Roper-Jefferson, Riley Beth Rowe, Javen Russell, Hamid Saeed, Martin Serafin, Aubrey Spindle, Brody Taylor, Sawyer Thacker, Drayton Walker, and Kylie Washington.
Discovery collected over 500 cans for the food drive; we are so proud of our students for their effort and concern for others!
DMS Band News
The following students received an invitation to perform:
DMS Yearbooks Available for Pre-Order
The 2018/2019 DMS Yearbook is available for pre-order now through February 1 for $50!
Please make checks out to DMS (provide a Driver's Liscense # and two phone #'s on all checks).
Checks for yearbooks may be given to the front office or Ms. Shergy in room #305.
Don't miss out on your opportunity to purchase a yearbook!
Parent's Corner: Help Your Student “Discover” Success in School
January Topic: Homework
Students are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows them that what they learn in school is important! Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging students to do their best.
Here are some tips to successfully helping your student with homework:
1. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure your student has a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies such as paper, pencils, glue, and scissors— within reach.
2. Schedule a regular study time. Providing a regular time set aside for homework is helpful to students; the routine sets an expectation that the student should study each day.
3. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there is an especially daunting assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
4. Keep distractions to a minimum. Turn the TV, music and phones off so that your student can focus 100% on their homework.
5. Make sure students do their own work. Your student will no learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions, provide guidance and help with directions, but it's the student’s job to do the learning.
6. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
7. Set a good example. Does your student ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Young people are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
8. Praise their work and efforts. Post a successful test paper or art project on the refrigerator. Let your student see that their work is important to you.
9. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about the problem with your student's teacher; there may be tutoring or other resources available to help your student!
Computer Science Education Week 2018
During the week of December 3 – 7, Discovery Middle School participated in Computer Science Education Week, an annual worldwide program sponsored by Code.org which is dedicated to encouraging K-12 students to engage with coding and computer science.
Computer Science Education Week allows students and educators to partake in Hour of Code — an online introduction to computer science that aims to demystify code and teach its basic principles (Roddy, 2017).
The sponsors of the event assert that every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. Research suggests that computer science education helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity in students. By starting early, young people will have a foundation for success in the 21st-century career path of their choice.
Discovery Middle School is already very active in teaching computer science with its numerous Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses that it provides as electives to students.
Popular computer science classes at DMS include Computer Science for Innovators and Makers, which allows students to learn through a hands on approach. The students learn about creating algorithms, basic block programming, and programming a Micro:bit device to conduct various tasks. Another popular computer science course offered at Discovery is App Creators, which is a class that introduces students to the basics of app creation and coding. Through these classes students attain algorithmic thinking skills, problem solving skills, and knowledge that they can apply to multiple disciplines and real life.
During Computer Science Education Week, DMS students coded a Minecraft game, Scratch animation, and Code Combat activity. While they learned about computer science, they also discovered how much fun coding can be! At Discovery Middle School, learning is a wonderful adventure!
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