The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 15-16: September 25, 2015

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Principally Speaking

Parents, Guardians, and Community,

This week has been a busy one, as we started Acuity testing for all students in the areas of math, reading, and language. There was a change in the content of the Acuity test during the 14-15 school year from a test that gradually introduced grade level skills over the course of three tests (Test 1, Test 2, Test 3) to the current test format in which the three tests measure student mastery on end of year grade level proficiency standards in a Form A, Form B, and Form C. So, essentially, students should perform more poorly on Form A, as many students will not have had any instruction on the material. The bottom line is that student scores on Form A will be lower than we would like. As the year progresses and more instruction on grade level standards takes place, the expectation is that students will perform significantly better on Form B and better than Form B on Form C. Please help us by discussing Acuity testing with your child and by asking him or her to give a best effort. The results truly will drive our instructional focus.

On a more enjoyable note, we celebrated College Go Week this week along with adding in some homecoming dress-up days. See the schedule below. Students and staff alike did a great job of participating in the spirit days associated with College Go Week. I did my best to create some Clemson University fans (Clemson Tigers), as that is my undergraduate Alma mater. I won over several girls just because they liked orange. :) I considered myself successful.

Monday- Dress for Success Day: Dress up! (dresses/suits, ties, etc...)
Tuesday- Career Day-Dress like your future career a nurse/vet/etc...
Wednesday- College Wear Day-wear your favorite college colors or spirit wear
Thursday- Hat Day-"Put Your Thinking Caps On & Prepare for the Future!"
Friday- Warrior Pride/Way Day-wear Danville school colors

On Wednesday, 9/30, we will be conducting vision screenings with the help of the Lions Club International. Indiana code requires middle schools to screen students in grades 5, 8, and any new students to the school. Please have your students wear their glasses or contacts on Wednesday if they wear them. Should the screening test of a student indicate a possible vision problem, students will be screened a second time by our school nurse. If necessary, the nurse will contact parents with recommendations.

As always, I am so honored and privileged to serve the students, staff, and families of the community of Danville. Thank you for the opportunity.

Marsha Webster


Danville Community Middle School

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Holiday Help

If you are in need of assistance for the holiday season this year, please contact Mrs. Luce or Mrs. Tice, DCMS Counselors, prior to October 30th by calling 317-745-5491 by emailing one of us at the following email addresses,

Hendricks County Kids Fair: A Free Family Event

On Saturday, October 24th from 1 - 4PM at Avon High School, the Hendricks County Kids Fair will be taking place. Costumes are welcomed. There will be fun giveaways, activities and games for children, music and live entertainment, free food and refreshments, a warm winter coat giveaway, face painting, a magician, bounce houses, and much more. For more information please contact via email or call 317-891-4PCA.

Help! Book Rental Payments!

Your student's book rental is now past due. Please help us by remitting your payment as soon as possible. Should you need to make payment arrangements, please contact the school @ 317.745.5491 and ask to speak to the treasurer. You may view your book rental statement in Harmony. To access Harmony, go to and click on the quick links for Harmony.

  • Life Skills - $100.00
  • 5th Grade - $118.00
  • 6th Grade - $119.00
  • 7th & 8th Grade - Determined by each student's schedule the second week of school.
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21st Century Scholars Indiana

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.

Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.

Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.

Apply online only. Eligible 7th and 8th grade students and their parents or legal guardians can access the online application at . Please review income eligibility requirements online before applying by visiting .

New to ScholarTrack or have questions about completing the Scholar Success Program? Watch this online presentation to view how to register an account and record your progress as you complete the Scholar Success Program through ScholarTrack.

FREE Math & Science Help!

Tutors are available to help students in grades 6-12 through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by calling the Homework Hotline @ 1.877.275.7673 or by accessing the website via . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Danville Parents Supporting Students

The Middle School PTO meeting will be held on September 28th at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Events


  • CC Speedway & Cascade @HOME - 5:00 PM
  • DPSS Board Meeting - 6:30PM


  • Builder's Club - 3:30 PM
  • FB @ Crawfordsville - 5:30 PM


  • FCA Meet you at the Pole @ 7:45 AM
  • VB County Tourney @ Tri-West HS - 5:00 PM


  • VB County Tourney @ TBA - 5:00 PM
  • CC Sagamore Conference @Tri-West - 5:00 PM


  • 7/8 Student Council Meeting - 8:00 AM


  • 8 VB Sagamore Conference Tourney - 9:00 AM


  • Picture Retakes
  • CC County @HOME - 4:30 PM
  • VB @Southmont - 6:00PM


  • FCA - 7:45 AM
  • FB @Lebanon HS - 5:30 PM
  • Raindate CC Sagamore Conference @Tri-West - 6:00 PM


  • CC Pizza Party - 3:30 PM
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • VB Greencastle Relay for Life Pack the House Night @HOME - 5:30 PM


  • Parent/Teacher Conferences - 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • VB @Lebanon - 5:30 PM


  • 1st Quarter Ends

About Us

Attendance Line - 317-718-2331 (Available 24 hours a Day)

Please call by 8 AM if your child will be late to school or absent all day.

Student Hours

  • Doors Open - 8:15 AM
  • Locker/Breakfast - 8:22 AM
  • Warning Bell - 8:31 AM
  • Classes Start - 8:33 AM Be in your seat, please.
  • Bus Rider Dismissal - 3:24 PM
  • Car Riders/Walkers - 3:30 PM

Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875