Trojan Times

February 2015

Daphne Middle School Student Newspaper

Amanda Blake, Sponsor

Produced by Baynard Baggs, Alyssa Ducote, Abby Glenn, Graham Jenkins, Samuel Speer, and Julian White.


"I Am Me" DMS Peer Helpers

Art in the Making

by Grace Rodgers

Mrs.Bittinger, the art teacher at DMS, has lots of things going on in her class. Students are creating still life drawings and using lights and darks to show an illusion of form. Students made their own value scale. Students also got to choose their own still life to draw. Also, in her Career Art class, they were drew Minion characters. These Minions will be in a promotional display in Spanish Fort at Premiere Movie Theater for the upcoming new Minion Movie! All students who enter their minions for the promotional display will receive free popcorn for entering. The top five winners will receive a pair of movie tickets and will also receive a free food combo! Good luck Trojans on this art competition.

12 Powerful Words

by Brady Wiggins and Carieann Wolfe

This month at Daphne Middle School we are learning about the 12 Powerful Words. Each morning a student says the word of the day and defines it on the announcements. We are using these words to advance our vocabulary. By working on these words, we will hopefully do better on the ACT. All of these words will be on the ACT test that we take in the spring. The 12 Powerful Words help students to better understand what each question on the ACT means and to become familiar with words that require higher thinking skills, to achieve better on test.

1.Trace - list in steps

2. Analyze - break apart

3. Infer - read between the lines

4. Evaluate - judge

5. Formulate - create

6. Describe - tell all about

7. Support - back up with details

8. Explain - tell how

9. Summarize - the short version

10. Compare - all the ways they are alike

11. Contrast - all the ways they are different

12. Predict - what will happen next


by Mykenzie Hunt and Bailey Schroeder

Quizlet is an educational site that allows you to create a study guide for studying. You click create and you can type in terms and definitions. It then opens up the use of online flashcards, games, and tests you can use to study. The test has a few options such as multiple choice, true or false, matching, and written response. If a teacher or another student creates a quiz that you want to use; you can download, or access it, and use it. Brianna Hamilton, “I almost always use Quizlet for my upcoming test, and it really helps me study.” Quizlet is a great way to study for an upcoming test and we highly recommend it.

Technology Student Association

by Jack Mulkerne

TSA, or Technology Student Association, now available for students at DMS! This program is sponsored by Mrs. Schneider, and any 7th or 8th grader may join! Meetings will most likely on Monday afternoons, yet the meeting schedule is to be determined. Participants will work on many projects including building rockets and solar cars, using the 3D printer, heat press, and vinyl cutter. Be sure to see Mrs. Schneider for more details. There are many great benefits of joining, including:

  • Enhance technological literacy and leadership skills
  • Work on complex activities from start to finish
  • Compete on local, state and national levels
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Meet and work with business and industry leaders
  • Attend organized meetings
  • Network with students and teachers with similar interests from all over the United States
  • Contribute time and effort to a national service project
  • Receive national membership services, including the online TSA newsletter, School Scene
  • Receive recognition through TSA’s honor society, scholarships and achievement programs
  • Have a voice in a national organization that is helping to shape the future of technology education.

World Religion Project

by Baynard Baggs

Mr. Larisey's classes completed a project on world religions. Each student was assigned one of the following five religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, or Hinduism. Each student wrote a paper with a cover sheet, three pages of information, and a work cited page. Also required was a comparison/ contrast paragraph on religion you researched and your personal religion. The purpose of this project was to teach the students about other religions of the world.

SEEDS Classic Rock Fun Run and 5 K Registration Form

The deadline for school campaigns has been extended through Friday, February 20.


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Girl's Basketball ranks 2nd in County

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DHS Golf

by Jack Mulkerne

High school golf is starting at Daphne High School, and if any 7th or 8th grader is interested, you can sign up now! Golf is a great game you can play for years to come, and this is a perfect time to learn the game. Any skill level is accepted for the team, from years of experience to not knowing the difference between a 9 iron and a pitching wedge! Interested students must have a current physical and a waiver to attend practices. In addition, you will need the Star Sportsmanship assessment, concussion information form, and a student release form to participate in tournaments. Practices will be at the Lake Forest Golf Club and tournaments will be held at different courses around Baldwin County. To learn more, contact Coach Bryan Hunter for the boys or Coach Robby Guthrie for the girls.

Lifestyles and Entertainmnet

Wiggins Interview

Getting To Know Mr. Kinard

by Abby Glen and Julian White

Mr. Kinard is the 7th grade science teacher. He chose to teach science because it is his favorite subject. He’s taught at two different schools, Spanish Fort for 1 year and Daphne Middle School for almost 15 years! He feels that he can make students really understand complex subjects and that they can learn new things every day. In 10 years, he sees himself retiring; but before that, he hopes to see more parents involved with their students. In his free time; he likes to hunt, fish, read, and watch football. During the summer, he also likes to read, learn new things, and enjoy the warm weather.

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