DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Dec. 8-Dec. 14

PR Volume 17

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

B WEEK is our schedule rotation for Dec. 8-Dec. 12

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Monday, Dec. 8

  • Optional Practice for the Math Team (7th/8th) in Mrs. Goldston's Room from 3:15-4:00
  • DMS Basketball at Meridianville MS - 7th Gr Girls @ 4:30pm, 8th Gr. Girls @ 5:45, 7th Gr Boys @ 7pm, 8th Gr Boys @ 8:15pm.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

  • FCA Meeting at 7:15am in Library

Wednesday, Dec. 10

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Future City Competition Practice in the STEM Bldg after school at 3:15pm.

Thursday, Dec. 11

DMS Basketball vs. Monrovia MS At DMS

  • 7th Boys @ 4:00
  • 8th Boys @ 5:15
  • 7th Girls @ 6:30
  • 8th Girls @ 7:45

Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13

AHSAA State Swim Meet in Auburn. Good luck swimmers!

DMS Gives Back

RUFF and DMS Sponsor Morris Elementary 1st Grade

DMS and R.U.F.F. are sponsoring Morris Elementary School 1st grade again this year. They have 136 students 69 boys and 67 girls. Last year we delivered a stocking filled with candy and a Barbie doll for girls and a set of cars for the boys. It is an awesome outreach for our students to participate in. Students can purchase any item and deliver it to Mr. Graham's before Dec 16th. Also, Kay Jewelers from Bridgestreet has offered us a Teddy Bear for $4 for each kid. If the students want to bring in $4 to Sponsor a Bear for those children that would be awesome. Please see the picture of all the items below. Thank you in advance for any help. We will be delivering to Morris on the 19th at 1:00pm. We can tell you from last year the excitement and happiness those stockings brought those 1st graders. We need $170 for bears, 11 Barbies, 26 stockings, and 45 matchbox cars.

Still time to donate for DMS Stockings of Hope Charity

Stockings of Hope is now in it's second year, was founded by our very own Kathryn Anderson of Madison. She and her brother Lennon are partnering to bring hope to the children of NAL. Stockings of hope will be collecting items to fill stockings and they will be delivered to the Harris Home for Children and The Downtown Rescue Mission. Drop of Donations: Toiletries, Small Toys, Bibles, Devotionals, etc. from Nov. 1 until Dec. 12 at DMS.

General Information

Washington DC 7th Grade TRIP Information

The D.C. Trip will be from May 2nd-6th this year. Registration is available online at the Education Travel website . Our trip ID# is 106193. This is a great trip and registration fills up fast. Cost per student is $975/ Cost per Adult is $1121

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered to any student at the following times during the week.

7th Grade Math

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-7:55am

Brooks - Monday at 3:15-4:00pm

Baragona - Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm

8th Grade Math

Garner - Monday at 3:15 -4:00pm

King - Tuesday at 3:15 -4:00pm

Baragona - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm

McGuire - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm

8th Grade Algebra

King - Monday at 3:15 - 4:00pm

Maxwell - Tuesday at 3:15-4:00pm

McGuire - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm


Madison Record Article on Queen's Quest Madison City Chess Tournament

Madison Record Article on All State Choir Vocalist Selections


Mrs. Moody and Mrs. King Finish Half Marathon for St. Jude's

So proud we raised approx. $1600.00

Mrs. Moody and Mrs. King completed the half marathon of 13.1 miles.

Cyber Security Teams Move on to the Next Level

The first ever DMS Cyber Security Teams came in 3rd and 4th in the NATION with our testing as of Friday! We are so proud of Mrs. West and the students for all the hard work!!!

Next round of competition is in Jan. 2015.

Chess Team Recognized in National Magazine

The December 2014 edition of Chess Life for Kids magazine is out, and Madison City Chess League’s match with Xiamen, China is featured inside! Here is a link to the article.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 15

DMS Band Christmas Party

Wednesday, Dec. 17 - NJHS Parent Informational Mtg.

National Junior Honor Society Parent Informational Meeting

DMS will be holding a National Junior Honor Society parent informational meeting on December 17th at 6:00 in the school Library. This meeting will be for the parents and students of current 7th graders who wish to apply for membership.

We will be covering the standards of evaluation, when students are eligible, membership obligations, grade requirements, process of acceptance, induction ceremony, meeting times, dues, and timeline for the application process. It is important that you attend the informational meeting if you are interested in joining NJHS; however, it is not mandatory.

If your student is interested in joining it is mandatory that they sign the Intent Form and complete the Student Activity Form. This can be done at the parent meeting, or both forms can be found on the NJHS bulletin board or outside Mrs. Moody’s office between December 15th-19th. To be considered for membership, the Intent Form must be signed by December 19th and the Student Activity form must be returned by January 9th. These are firm deadlines.

Again, this meeting is for parents and students of 7th grade students who are interested in membership.

If you have any questions please contact one of the advisers by phone or email.

Tiffany Garner (256)837-3735 Room 530

Sarah Dowling (256)837-3735 Room 527

DMS Semester Exam Schedule for Dec. 17-Dec. 19

This is the exam schedule for the week of Dec. 17-19. DMS will be on Week C so the order will be 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 4th Blocks

  • Wed. Dec. 17 – 3rd block exam only
  • Thursday Dec. – 18 – 5th and 4th exams (afternoon)
  • Friday, Dec. 19 – 2nd and 1st exams (morning)
  • Friday, Dec. 19 is a 1/2 Day for Students and dismissal will be at 11:45am.

DMS Schoolwide Spelling Bee will be Dec. 17

Winners have been chosen. Winners should continue to study the following list. Please note the password is listed below for all list.

The School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Library. All class/block winners will participate in the School Wide Spelling Bee! All Classroom winners have been given the word list to study from by Mrs. King, DMS Library.

Good Luck and Have Fun Studying!!!

Please note that you need the latest version of the FREE Adobe Reader software to open the PDFs available on this page.

Password for ALL Lists


Seventh Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Study List

Eighth Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Study List

Complete Set of Study Words for Grades 1-8 (classroom)

2015 SCHOOL Spelling Bee Study List


BJHS Basketball this Week

This week's games are both at away.
Tuesday, Dec. 9 @ Athens HS (BOYS TEAMS ONLY)

Freshman Boys @ 4:00pm
JV Boys @ 5:30pm

Varsity @ 7pm

Thursday, Dec. 11 @ James Clemens HS

JV Girls @ 6pm

Freshman Boys @ 7:30pm

Friday, Dec. 12 @ James Clemens HS
JV Boys @ 4:30pm

Varsity Girls @ 6pm
Varsity Boys @ 7:30pm

BJHS Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

BJHS New Online Spirit Store is NOW OPEN - Official Athletic site of the Bob Jones Patriots

Bob Jones is excited to offer the following Sideline Store Holiday promotions for the week of December 8th-December 14th. Dec 15th will be the last Sideline Store shopping day in order to deliver by Christmas.

o Green Week Promo “$15.00 off a minimum order of $75.00” - use Code: SAVE15

The following Sideline Store Holiday promotions are currently active until Dec 15th:

Holiday Promo #1

  • Promo Code: JINGLE14

Promo Offer: $20.00 off a minimum $100.00 purchase.

Holiday Promo #2

  • Promo Code: FROSTY14

Promo Offer: 15% off any Nike Purchase of $75.00 or more.

New BJ Athletic Website Launches

Per Mr. Parker,

We are very excited to launch our new Athletic Website. Please note the web address has changed from to The new website is even more user friendly. You can get real time updates and notifications by following us on twitter and Facebook. The website has icons for each.

In the coming weeks, we will have a full photo gallery with complete pictures of all of our facilities. I hope you will all take a look at it…I’m a little biased, but I think it looks great.


Menus for December

Winter Sport Schedules for DMS

We still have a few DMS T'Shirts For Sale

DMS is selling some new Spirit Wear.
DMS Khaki Long Sleeve $25
BJHS Red Long Sleeve $25
Bobscovery Gray Long Sleeve $25
Come by the front office and see Mrs. Sanders or Mrs. Parker


After Dec. 31 - Yearbooks will be $55

NOW until the end of the semester - 2014-2015 Yearbooks are on sale for $45.

Cash or Checks (include Driver's License number and 2 phone numbers) can be turned into Mr. Brewer.

Parents Contact Forms

Parents each year we like to make sure our contact information is update. This year we have tried to make it easier for you by updating online. Please take the time to go to the following link and update your info. This is a private document that will only be seen by your child's teacher and office staff. Thank you for your help.

7th Grade Parent Contact Form

8th Grade Parent Contact Form



Keep those Box Tops and Labels for Education coming in! Box Tops and Labels for Education are accepted year-round and can be turned into your student's first block teacher or to the front office. Visit these sites to view participating products:

Still have time to join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form


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