Deshler Middle School

November 7, 2022

A Message from Our Principal

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is a time for everyone to reflect on all of the blessings that we all have. This is my sixth year as a part of Deshler Middle School faculty, and I can honestly say we have great students who are a joy to be around. Middle School is a tough age for everyone, students, teachers, and parents at every middle school in the world, but our kids make this place a great place to go to school.

Parents, I’m thankful for you working with the staff and myself as we have made a few changes this school year. Thank you for continuing to encourage and push your student academically to reach their fullest potential. Our PVO has been unbelievable this year. When I called Ashley Williams, Jessica Jones, Stephanie Mills, and Nikki Prince this summer about leading the PVO, I never imagined what they have put in place. I truly appreciate every parent that has been involved in making our PVO great this year.

Our central office staff led by Mr. Tate has been nothing but great to DMS. They have made it a priority to see this school improve in every way possible. Jason Fuller, our Maintenance Director, has overseen new ceiling tiles installed, the inside of the gym painted, and the much needed outside of the gym being painted. Our CNP staff goes above and beyond what any other lunchroom staff would do. They provide three opportunities for students to eat breakfast and are always eager to participate in whatever contest Mrs. Thigpen dreams up for the staff.

Last, but not least I would like to thank the staff at DMS. There are several new faces that you have seen featured in this newsletter over the past few weeks who have jumped in and done a great job. We hated to lose our long time secretary Christa Byrd, but we were able to replace her with Mrs. Rachel Hollingsworth who has been part of Tuscumbia City Schools for over a decade. While no school is perfect I truly believe what Robert Mullen told me 20 years ago, this is the greatest little middle school in America. I am truly thankful to be a part of this school, and it is all because of the people like you, those listed, and many more that truly value the mission and vision of Deshler Middle School. As always, it’s great to be a Deshler Tiger.

Scott King


Deshler Middle School


Monday, November 7th - Friday, November 11th

Book Fair

Thursday, November 10th

Veteran's Day Lunch - see information below

Friday, November 11th

Veteran's Day - No School

Monday, November 21st - Friday, November 25th

Thanksgiving Break - No School


Upcoming Games

Monday, November 7th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Florence (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Florence (Home - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Florence (Home - 6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 8th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Mars Hill (Away - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Mars Hill (Away - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Mars Hill (Away - 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 10th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Brooks (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Brooks (Home - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Brooks (Home - 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 12th

DMS Boys Basketball - Central Tournament (Away - TBD)

Monday, November 14th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Wilson (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Wilson (Home - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Wilson (Home - 6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 15th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Florence (Away - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Florence (Away - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Florence (Away - 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 17th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Central (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Central (Home - 5:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Central (Home - 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, November 19th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Russellville (Away - 10:00 a.m.)

DMS Girls Basketball - Russellville (Away - 11:00 a.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Russellville (Away - 12:00 a.m.)


Cross Country (Girls) - Sectional Champions

Cross Country (Boys) - Sectionals - 4th Place

Cross Country (Girls) - State Championship Meet - 8th Place

Cross Country (Boys) - State Championship Meet - 13th Place

DMS Girls Basketball - Tharptown Tournament Champions - W

DMS Girls Basketball - South Lawrence (Loretto) - W

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Tharptown Tournament Champions - W

8th Grade Boys Basketball - South Lawrence (Loretto) - W

Veteran's Day Information

Thursday, November 10th - Anytime between 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

With appreciation for your service and in celebration of Veterans Day, the faculty and staff at Deshler Middle School would like to invite all veterans and currently serving military personnel who have a relative attending DMS to join us for our PVO sponsored meal. Please come and enjoy lunch as a way for us to thank you for your service. A form is available at the front office to sign up.

Veterans Day "In Honor/In Memory" Tags

DMS will be selling "In Honor/In Memory" tags to display on our American Flag display outside of the DMS campus. We are accepting donations of $5.00. The proceeds will go toward the Covington Honor Flight. Please complete the form that is located at the office, so we can properly recognize your veteran.

Stay Up to Date When Absent

Beginning this 9 weeks, all 4 core teachers (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) have class calendars available on the school website! You can stay up to date daily for each class by going to, choose “staff,” select a teacher, (if on mobile, tap the +) and go to “calendar.”
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Perfect Attendance - October

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IXL Leaderboard - October Champions

Way to go Samuel Willis, Kelsey Wilson, and Jamya Goodloe! They are the October IXL Leaderboard Champions! Samuel and Jamya won a free snack ticket, while Kelsey won a $10 gift card to Target. If you would like to help us in rewarding our students, please contact Mrs. Thigpen.
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IXL Growth Winners - ELA

Platinum Category (Growth of 200 Points):

6th Grade -Tyler Holmes

8th Grade - Ben Brown, Brooklyn Davis, Reagan Johnson

Gold Category (Growth of 100-190 Points):

6th Grade - Jy Burnette, Chandler Collinsworth, Averey Cook, Kaylee Horne, Peyton Ivy, Kobe Jones, Maddox Montgomery, Evie Patrick, Ninki Powell, Aleigha Simbeck, Ava Vandiver, Samuel Willis

7th Grade - Addie Black, Hunter Dean

8th Grade - Olivia Adams, Hannah Brackin, Joshua Hawkins, Brayden Holt, Cyara Nichols, TyJordan Nichols, Julia Petty, Mya Smith, Makenzie Tipper

Silver Category (Growth of 50-90 Points):

6th Grade - Kori Abernathy, Kenzli Aldier, Andrenae Anderson, Gabriella Barton, Morgan Blasingame, August Borden, Jeremiah Caudle, Isaac Chavez, Lillyanna Corbin, Rachel Cross, Kalieah Decatur, Bella Etie, Zoey Franklin, Jordan Holmes, Jaymeson Kimbrough, Zoe Letson, Braylin Madden, Jakyrah McCoy, Arizona McGuyer, Tayden Morris, Jayden New, Blaine Noyola, Ethan Pendergrast, Melanie Poling, Marleigh Powers, Kameran Reed, Jameria Ricks, Jyqueze Saffold, Brandan Simbeck, Kyra Skipworth, Paisley Tubbs, Maurice Vinson, Hunter Weeks, Justin Williams

7th Grade - Micah Bernard, Grayson Carpenter, Gabriel Cooper, Lucas Haynes, Tatyleona Jackson, Haley Moreland, Hayden Rogers, Sophia Marino, Anthony Tucker

8th Grade - Phoenix Carpenter, Caleb Cox, Alayiah Garner, Torian Goode, Sadie Hamilton, Garrett James, Brice Letson, Jay Murner, Kayden Place, Kobe Ross, Dayton Sanford, Brayson Simbeck, Ruby Smith, Millie Thompson

Bronze Category (Growth of 30-40 Points):

6th Grade - Carlie Aday, Aubrey Bergin, Joseph Bogle, Luis Camo, Dontavious Darby, Tariah Garth, Lila Hellums, Brooklyn Hill, Brooklyn Holdbrooks, Kori Martin, Michelle Mierke, Brilee Noonan, Jayda Smith, Asher Waldrep, Josh Ware, Makadyn Winkle

7th Grade - Miyah Allen, Blake Rumble

8th Grade - Korian Anderson, Alexis Avery, Geramyah Beckwith, Evelyn Bogue, Linkin Brown, Jon Fowler, Cayden Goodloe, Ciara Simmons, Kinsley Smith, Auburn Wallace

IXL Growth Winners - Math

Gold Category (Growth of 100-190 Points):

6th Grade - Andrenae Anderson, Pasauria Pride

7th Grade - Desmond Bynum, Tatlyeona Jackson, Jordan Jones, Levi Pilkinton, Kelsey Wilson

8th Grade - Caleb Cox, Jebadiah Garland, Jamerica Hampton, Annalee Maxwell, Julia Petty, Landon Sockwell, Auburn Wallace, Aliyah Whitson

Silver Category (Growth of 50-90 Points):

6th Grade - Nevaeh Agee, Jaden Bates, Gabriella Barton, Jermiah Caudle, Avery Cook, Lillyanna Cook, Kalieah Decatur, D'Nylan Fuqua, Jordan Holmes, Kaylee Horne, Zoe Letson, Breanna Mason, Blaine Noyola, Christopher Phillips, Kyra Skipworth, Hunter Weeks, Justin Williams

7th Grade - Addie Black, Calvin Bogue, Piper Brazil, Gabriel Cooper, Madison Fisher, Braelyn Graves, Joshua Haney, Etta James, Kacie Nelson, Xander Posey, Dontavious Sanford

8th Grade - Korian Anderson, Chris Bailey, Sway Bange, Evelyn Bogue, Ben Brown, Karsen Bruns, Phoenix Carpenter, Tripp Clark, Brooklyn Davis, Jon Fowler, Sadie Hamilton, Amberlee Westmoreland, Dominic Hornberger, Nicholas McNutt, TyJordan Nichols, Annalise Patrick, Kayden Place, Terrance Porter, Elijah Simmons, Ella Steen, Millie Thompson, Jolene Tidwell, Macy Warren

Bronze Category (Growth of 30-40 Points):

6th Grade - Kori Abernathy, Aubrey Bergin, Morgan Blasingame, Rachel Cross, Brooklyn Hill. Jaymeson Kimbrough, Maddox Montgomery, Kameran Reed, Jameria Ricks, Zander Sewell, Ava Vandiver

7th Grade - Hunter Dean, Alyssa Donley, Kayden Franks, CJ Grant, Lucas Haynes, Ashton Hendon, Isabella Jones, Reece Jones, Sophia Marino, Ashlynn Murray, Zoey Olive, Brelynn Pickering, Jaevain Smith, Taylor Tittle

8th Grade - Olivia Adams, Alexis Avery, Bryson Avery, Gavin Blades, Jozlen Dollmont, Alayiah Garner, Julian Hill-Hart, Reagan Johnson, Judson Lindsey, Addielyn Morgan, Ekong Powell, Demetria Ransom, Jakori Rutland, Brayson Simbeck, Carson Teuton

Teacher Spotlight

Rachel Hollingsworth - Secretary

Hello Tigers! My name is Rachel Hollingsworth and I am the new Secretary here at Deshler Middle! I have been an employee here within the Tuscumbia City School System for 13 years. Previously, I worked as a Special Ed Paraprofessional until September of this year and I am currently the secretary of DMS. I am married to my wonderful husband, Garl Hollingsworth, Jr, who is a graduating Tiger of 1989 and have two beautiful children, Tiana Hollingsworth and Tevin Hollingsworth. I graduated from Russellville, Alabama in 1993 and attended Shoals Community College. My family and I currently reside in Tuscumbia.

Fun fact: I love yorkies! I have a grand pup named Brodie that has stolen my heart!

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Due to overwhelming participation in after-school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, DMS has moved to a required sign up process. Please visit to register for a tutoring session. Once a date is full, it will not allow for any more sign ups. Only those who are signed up will be allowed to attend.

Thank You!

Thank you, Calvary Baptist Church and First United Methodist, for the drinks and candy for our staff! They are very much appreciated. We will absolutely “just keep swimming!”
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November Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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