Trojan Times

March 2014

Daphne Middle School Student Newspaper

Geography Pen Pals

by Donte' Lee and Christian Williams

Ms. Duke and Ms. Holt's seventh grade geography students are working on pen pal projects. For the project, students make videos about their life at home and what they do in their free time. The students will write letters and create videos about what they want to learn from the kids in Spain. They will be using the Mac camera and iMovie to create these projects. These projects are being sent to our sister school in Japan and to a school Spain. Ms. Duke's daughter is a teacher at Colegio Europeo Aristos Getafe in Madrid, Spain. She teaches English to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students. The kids in Spain and Japan will get to learn what our life is like in Alabama. Ms. Duke's daughter will be sending some videos back to us from her school too. Those videos will be about what they do in school, at home, and about their culture. Students are excited about this challenge based lesson.

Meet Ms. Kay Taylor

by Emilie Hunter and Abby Glen

Meet Ms. Kay Taylor, older sister to one, and 7th grade teacher at Daphne Middle School. She grew up in Ruleville, Mississippi; and enjoys gardening, antiques, and playing with her dog. One of her many childhood memories is filling up the cows' water troughs as a little girl. When she was in middle school she described herself as quiet, shy, and a good student. She went to four colleges including Millsap, in Jackson Mississippi; Delta State, in Mississippi; Maryland University; and Memphis University Law School. Ms.Taylor has Bachelor's degrees in interior design, English, family consumer science, and lastly a Masters degree in library. After leaving DMS she likes to relax at home. According to Ms. Taylor, the hardest thing about teaching is probably stress, but the best thing is the children. If she wasn’t a teacher, she would be a lawyer. She chose to become a teacher because she enjoys kids and likes feeling like she can make a difference. After having been teaching for thirteen years, she told us she would probably retire in a couple years.

DMS Choir Presents "The Little Mermaid"

by Hanna Jordan and Allison McNichol

On March 28th, the choir students at Daphne Middle School will perform "The Little Mermaid" directed by Mrs. Mary Trawick. The main character is Ariel and is be being played by the beautiful and talented, Andie Gorowsky. Prince Eric is being played by the gifted singer, Shamar Jemison. Ursuala is being played by Shakaren Gulley, King Triton is being played by Gage Rynfer. Alexis Maye plays Sebastian, and Flounder is being played by Erica Hoffman. Eighth grade will attend the play the morning of March 28, and the seventh grade will see a second performance that afternoon. Good luck to the performers, set makers, and directors as they work to perfect the show.

Peer Helpers Join with Dig Deep Give Well

by Lexi Adams

Dig Deep Give Well is a non profit organization dedicated to providing life-giving water to people in developing countries. Their mission is simple: provide clean safe drinking water. This organization was created to partner with the native people of these developing countries to dig wells or create safe drinking water through water purification systems. Peer Helpers will meet with Lisa Brodie, founder, on March 19, to hear her stories and make a plan for our school to help give to others. It is part of the Peer Helper vision to give to peers, the school, the community, and to the world. Dig Deep Give Well is this year's Peer Helper choice on how they will give back to the world. Stay tuned for more information on how DMS will participate in this cause.

Thank You 2013

Math Tutoring

Free math tutoring is available after school from 3:15 until 4:30 on Monday March 17, 24, and 31. Sign up with Ms. Benefield in room 302.

DMS Cheer Tryout Information 2014-2015

Anyone interested in trying out for the Daphne Middle School cheerleading squad for the upcoming 2014-15 year must attend the following:

  • Mandatory interest meeting is Thursday, March 13 at 6:00 pm in the DMS cafeteria. *Parent attendance is required.
  • Tryout clinic is Tuesday, March 25 through Thursday, March 27 from 3:15-5:00 pm in the DMS gym.
  • Official tryouts are Friday, March 28 at 3:15 in the DMS gym.

Email with any questions or concerns to Coach Kara Godwin

7th Graders Attend "Super Scientific Circus" Field Trip

Tuesday, March 11th 2014 at 8am

6 S Joachim St

Mobile, AL

by Joseph Luna

Seventh grade students will venture to the Seanger Theater in Mobile, Alabama to see "Super Scientific Circus." After the play, students will go to Dusty's Sports Bar and Grill for lunch. Then there will be free play at Al Trione Sports Complex.

Super Scientific Circus has been performing scene 1994 and has done 4000 performances. It stars Mr. Fish and Trent the mime. The scientific circus has a section called Phenomenal Physic. It is a humorous exploration of fundamental physics. The Fantastic Forces show explores the strong physical laws that can be used to defy gravity. The Magic of Chemistry demonstrates the science of atoms, molecules, liquids, solids, gases, compounds, solutions, chemical reactions, the atomic elements, static electricity, current electricity and electromagnetism. There is also a show called The Science of Magic. This show uses mirrors, magnets, air, optical illusions, and mental confusions to educate and delight the audience, demonstrating the principles of light, sight, reflection, magnetism, memory, air pressure, and logic. We can’t give away all of our secrets, but we can show the audience tricks that they can learn to do themselves.

Chatting with Mrs. Sue Campbell

by Taylor Smith and Peeper Walker

Mrs. Sue Campbell is an employee at Daphne Middle School. She has been in a school atmosphere for twenty-five years. She has worked in the office at DMS for twelve years. Her main jobs in the office are to answer the phones, greet the people that come in the office, manage the canteen, and other duties of a receptionist. She has never been a school teacher. She likes managing the canteen mainly because it gets her out of the office two times a morning and she is in charge, which she really likes. She has great advice for students and teachers. For the teachers she said, "Bloom where you are planted," and for the students, "Do well in school, go to college or trade school, and stay in school and get your education."

Digital Renaissance Showcase

Tuesday, April 1st 2014 at 7:45am-3:30pm

Daphne, AL, United States

Daphne, AL

Baldwin County Public Schools, in the third year of implementing the Digital Renaissance, announces opportunities to visit innovative K - 12 classes where students with 1:1 digital devices are engaged in technology-rich, student-centered instructional settings. Among leading districts nationally, those in grades 3 – 12 are provided laptops and in K – 2 iPads are used as tools to empower students to learn in ways not possible before. Teaching is being transformed and student engagement and learning are increasing.

The Showcase schools are located in the beautiful, pristine city of Daphne, AL. Daphne is known as the Jubilee City, and offers rich history and beautiful locations to visit and enjoy.

Showcase will cover:

  • Innovation with 1:1
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Professional Development
  • Financial Ramifications
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Implementation Process
Tour Classes:
  • Daphne High School
  • Daphne Middle School
  • Daphne Elementary School
  • Daphne East Elementary School
  • W.J. Carroll Intermediate School

Source: Baldwin County Board of Education Website
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