Davies Dragon Pride Newsletter

April

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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Our Davies teachers and students have been busy educating each other on what exactly autism is in a variety of ways. A Fact of the Day is announced every morning. A door decoration contest is currently underway (see button below for pictures, winner to be announced soon). A beautiful bulletin board was created by members of our Child Study Team. On Thursday, April 28th we will participate in a "Bubbles 4 Autism" event, where over a thousand of us will blow bubbles in support of autism research. Teachers are supporting the South Jersey organization, FACES 4 Autism, by purchasing t-shirts. Both students and teachers supported this foundation by buying soft pretzels throughout April. For more information about autism, please visit faces4autism.org's website for videos on what it is like to live with autism.

Yankee Candle Fundraiser

On behalf of the entire Hamilton Township PTA, thank you for your push and participation in our Spring Yankee Candle Fundraiser. Here are the top three winning classes at Davies:

First place: Mrs. Costello's homeroom

Second place: Mrs. Laubert's homeroom

Third place: Ms. Walton's homeroom



Thank you for your support!

Tara Lyn VanSeters

HTPTA President

10 Funny Things Overheard in Minecraft Club

1. Can I have a diamond rake?

2. He killed me with death!

3. What color do you want your LeBrons?

4. Do you want a baked egg?

5. My horse DID go into the nether, I swear!

6. Dude, you need withered skulls.

7. Relax, it’s just the Sword of Death.

8. I'll give you pumpkin pie and cooked chicken!

9. I’m not trying to take your golden pants!

10. Next time, we you need to try to stay out of the lava. (Duh.)

Ladies' Tea

The Eleventh Annual Ladies’ Tea in honor of Women’s History Month was held on Friday, April 1, 2016. This event provides the opportunity for approximately 60 young ladies in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades to network with successful professional women who come from diverse backgrounds. The theme this year, “She believed she could, so she did,” delivers an inspirational message to young female students to continue their education and achieve their dreams.


The Davies Library once again transformed into a charming setting for a tea social. The morning's events included an elegant brunch with linens and table settings, a table etiquette lesson, and the opportunity for the young ladies to meet with each of the invited women. Sponsors of the Eleventh Annual Ladies’ Tea include Harrah’s Resort of Atlantic City, the Hamilton Township Education Association, Green Garden Teas, the Davies Dragon Pride Committee, the Davies Book Store, Floral Simplicity, and WAWA Community Cares. The guest keynote speaker was Ms. Kate MacHugh, a local author and professional speaker on girl bullying. She is the author of three books; Ugly: The Story of a Bullied Girl, TORMENTED, and Barefoot Johnny, as well as, a social-emotional curriculum for schools. She also travels all over the country to speak at schools and has presented at three national conferences on bullying, speaking to over 15,000 students, educators, and law enforcement personnel. The William Davies Middle School Ladies' Tea Committee (Nancy Arsenault, Dawn Duelly, Jessica Pikolycky, Annmarie Benson, Stephanie Gibbons, Lindsay Scott, Amy Carter, Charlotte Hopkins, Michele Sutley, Jennifer Conner, Michelle Magliaro, Jessica Tobin, Debbie Conrad, Wendy McKensie, Joelle Voelker, Kathleen Curtis, Kristina Morey, and Emily Walton) are proud to host this successful young women’s motivational event every year.


Thank you to Mrs. Mattina for the slideshow (below).

Performing Arts Night

On March 22nd, our Music Department under the direction of Mrs. Berchtold and Mr. Seigel held the annual Performing Arts Night, a celebration of music, song, and dance. This show, which features the most talented singers, instrumentalists, and dancers at the Davies School, presented soloists, small groups, our Swing Kids Jazz Band, and our Dragon Percussion Ensemble. The small groups and soloists auditioned for the opportunity to perform back in January, and have been working on a daily basis with their music teachers to prepare for this show. The Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble have been rehearsing since December. Jazz Band auditions were held in December, while the percussionists are hand-picked as the top drummers and mallet players from amongst our many percussion lesson students. Over 60 performers took to the stage to share a wide array of artistic performances to the delight of the crowd. The Dessert Theater format allowed the audience to enjoy the show, as well as, treats prepared by both the performers and our Food Services department.

Art Mural Exhibit

This year's mural exhibit is Hokusai! Discovery Traveling Mural Exhibits helps us to bring a museum experience to our students. Hokusai will be on display April 18th through April 29th, in the A-wing. Click here for information about "the old man mad for drawing."
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Elementary Honors Band Festival

On Saturday, April 23, 2016 select Davies students participated in a concert performance at Absegami High School. There were three separate Honors Bands. The following grade 6 students from our school were selected to participate.

McKenna Blair - Clarinet

Varsha Mudaliar - Mallet percussion

Sara Duran - Clarinet

Samuel Dorce - Saxophone

Olivia Edmonds - Trombone

Jayda Shehadi - Trumpet

Performance

The Davies Concert Band gave an outstanding performance at Rowan University on Tuesday, April 27th. Our band leaders (Mrs. Donna Berchtold and Mr. Andrew Seigel) and students are to be commended for all of their hard work this year.
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PARCC testing

8th grade: April 4-11

7th grade: April 18-25

6th grade: May 2-9


How will PARCC be administered?

•Davies students will take the PARCC assessments on a computer.

•PARCC states that in the 21st century students need to have access to technology in the classroom throughout the year, not just at testing time, ensuring they are comfortable using the technology. Davies has prepared our students well to be comfortable with this technology.

•The technology gives students independence and is more engaging, as it includes videos and interactive tools. Students are the drivers of their own testing experience which gives them confidence.


How can parents help their children?

•Read a combination of fiction and non-fiction with your child. Look for subjects of interest.

•Discuss and “do” real life math with your child. Help him/her know basic math facts.

•Discuss the new tests with your child. Make sure he/she is not scared or anxious going into the new tests.

•Explain to your child that the tests will initially be more challenging. Tell your child to do his/her best on the test and that you are there to help every step of the way.

•After the test, review the results with your child. Bring the teacher into the discussion as needed.

•Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home and make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before the test.

•Above all, be positive and encouraging about the tests; we use them to plan for student growth, not to penalize students.

Energypath Science Fair

Sustainable Energy Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to providing community access to sustainable energy education will be hosting Energypath, the mid-Atlantic's largest sustainable energy event. On Friday, July 29th, they will host the sixth annual Energypath Science Fair for the middle and high school students with projects related to sustainable energy.

There is no entry fee and Sustainable Energy Fund will provide cash awards up to $1,250 for first, second, and third places. For more information about this science fair, click the button below. This is an independent project and is not associated with our school; parents are responsible for guidance, materials, and transportation.

Choir/Band

Thursday, April 28 - Volleyball Extravaganza; the William Davies Middle School PEP BAND will perform


Friday, May 6 - Teen Arts Festival, Hammonton, NJ.

About 40 eighth grade representatives from the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Language Arts programs will attend.


Thursday, May 19 - Spring Concert, Hess Auditorium, 7pm. - featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Treble Choir, Show Choir, and more!

5th grade Welcome Dance

Elementary School Parents, 6th grade will be here before you know it! Please see the button below for more information on the 5th Grade Welcome Dance.

The 2015-16 Yearbook is on sale NOW!

The Davies Yearbook is still on sale. Please see Mrs. Carter in A108 or Ms. Pickering in A200 during homeroom. $30 cash only. Last year, the support was tremendous and we sold every book! Don't miss out. Order your copy today!

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Springboard!

Springboard is an after school program that provides students with homework help, as well as a curriculum including SPARK (physical education), Read Alouds, and Team Building Skills. You can sign up at http://www.springboardafterschool.com/.
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Student Council

Our Student Council worked hard early this month to collect toiletries for local homeless people.The organization is called "Love, Chelsea" which gives to various organizations including: Joseph's House in Camden, Cardinal Bevilacqua Community Center in Kensington, Sunday Love Project in Love Park, and the Covenant House in Atlantic City. Over 600 items were collected over a two week period. Mrs. Petrucci, Mrs. Meile, and Mrs. Lucca's homerooms brought in the most items and won a breakfast party.
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