Panther Notes

Week of April 20-24

Let's Show our Support for Earth Day Activities!!!

Tuesday, April 21 "Lights Out Day" -- we are asking everyone to try their best to minimize the amount of electricity they use throughout the day whether that is turning off all of your overhead lighting or not turning all of them on, as well as minimizing the amount of electronics you have running. Last year, we even turned the lights off in the cafeteria as the kids ate!

Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) "Wear Green or Tie-Dye" -- We are asking everyone to wear a green shirt or to embrace their inner-hippie and wear a tie-dye shirt! If you bought one of the adorable "Earth Day" shirts from Shandra that works too!

If you wear your “Earth Day” Shirt on Wednesday, you can wear jeans. This is only with a shirt from this year or a previous year’s Earth day shirt.

Thursday, April 23 "Upcycle Day" -- We will have a table setup in the cafeteria with different "upcycled" items. Upcycling is when you take items that you would typically throw out, and re-purpose them in a new way. If you have anything that you could lend us for the day that, please let me know ASAP. So far we have a flatten bottle that has become a little serving platter & some lovely jewelry made by our very own Sarah Echols (thanks Sarah!). If you have lunch duty this day, please keep an eye on this table & make sure that students are not touching any of the items.

Testing Update

Due to anticipated changes with the NC Final Exams for Social Studies and Science, we will make slight revisions to the testing calendar. We will provide a revised draft for your review this week.

We will share the testing schedule with parents once it is finalized. If parents ask you about the testing window, it is May 19 through June 5. If you have questions about the test schedule, please direct them to your grade level administrator.

The last Case 21 answer sheets were mailed last Tuesday.

Your help is needed...

We need your help to recruit proctor volunteers for our End of Year tests. Please contact your parents, family members and friends. We have 170 spots to be filled.

Proctors are needed on 5/19- 5/22, 5/27 and 5/28 between 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Please sign up using the Sign Up Genius located on our DDMS website.

All volunteers must have a background check and clearance through WCPSS. This can be completed in the DDMS Media Center every Monday between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

PLT Quarterly Meetings

PLT Quarterly Meetings will be held Monday, April 27- Friday, May 1. We will send out a schedule and agenda this week.

Single Subject Acceleration- (in case parents ask you for information)

The Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) nomination window is open from April 16th through April 24th. Please complete the form and submit it to the Davis Drive Middle School front office. Additional information can be found at - or you may contact 7th grade Assistant Principal Rick Williams at

Special Announcements

DDMS Counselor of the Year

We are nominating Helen Everitt for the WCPSS Counselor of the Year Award. One of our students shared, “Mrs. Everitt cares about everyone and she makes us all feel special.”

We are so proud to have Helen represent DDMS!

Leadership Retreat - Part Two

We held our second Leadership Retreat on Saturday, April 18. We had 40 students to attend.

Special thanks to the team for working together to create an engaging learning and leading experience!

Leadership Retreat Team Leaders:

Phil Echols, Dave Gaudet, Amanda Allen, Helen Everitt, Teri Nelson, Karen Carter

Sarah Echols , Rachel Gates, Lindsey Nelson, Ryan Miller, Kathy Vittiello, Shana Winans

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Monday, April 20- School Improvement Team 3:15 pm

Baseball v. Holly Grove 4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 21- Fire Drill @ 10:30 am/ “Lights Out” Day

Boys & Girls Track v. West Cary and Fuquay –Varina 4:00

Wednesday, April 22- Earth Day “Wear Earth Day, Green or Tie-Dye” Day

Boys Soccer v. Mills Park 4:00

Thursday, April 23- 7th grade Quarter Awards Ceremony @ 8:30 am

“Upcycle Day”/ Bryant at Principal’s Meeting