Davies Dragon Pride Newsletter
4/27 Strategic Planning meeting #3
4/28 Davies Got Talent!
5/1-5/5 Teacher Appreciation Week
5/1-5/3 Grades 6/7 PARCC Math testing
5/8-5/10 Grade 8 PARCC ELA testing
5/12 Grade 8 Dinner Dance
5/15 PTA Meeting
5/15-5/17 Grade 8 PARCC Math testing
5/18 Annual Spring Concert (at Hess)
5/19 Interim report cards issued
5/22 Board of Education meeting
5/24 Atlantic Cape Teen Arts Festival
5/26 Boys BBQ
5/29 Memorial Day - no school
5/31 8th Grade Awards Night
5/31 Grade 8 NJASK Science Testing
6/1 Band and Choir Awards
6/7 Grade 8 NJASK Science Testing Make-up Day
6/13 8th grade Ceremony, 4:00 at Oakcrest (half-day, all students)
6/15 Last day of school (half-day, all students)
Students of the Month
Anthony Acosta Quintanilla (from January)
Amaziah Bradshaw (not pictured)
Tyler Ali (not pictured)
The William Davies Middle School Library was once again transformed into a charming setting for a tea social. The morning events included an elegant brunch, a table etiquette lesson, and an opportunity for the young ladies to meet with each of the invited women. Sponsors of the Twelfth Annual Ladies’ Tea included Harrah’s of Atlantic City, Hamilton Township Education Association, Green Garden Teas, Davies Dragon Pride Committee, Davies Book Store, Floral Simplicity, and WAWA Community Cares.
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I want to thank the PTA for supporting my project by approving my grant. This grant has allowed me to have a classroom set of Bloxels available to integrate into all subject areas for grades 6-8. Bloxels is an amazing game because it allows students to be exposed to Computer Science skills and concepts through game-based design. Bloxels allows students to be active participants in their learning while having a place to create, challenge, and innovate. I already exposed many students to Bloxels in STEM, Math, and ELA, and I am currently working in LMT, and Science classes too. Click here to view the Ellis Island Narrative digital story that was completed in 6th grade ELA. Thank you, Mrs. Kim Mattina
Manga High Ninja Challenge
National Junior Honor Society
If every Davies student brought in one pair of shoes that do not fit or are no longer stylish, that would be over 1000 pairs of shoes! Please bring in your shoes by Friday, April 28th.
Under the direction of Mrs. Winkler, Mrs. Arsenault, and Ms. Tobin, our Davies drama students performed Hairspray, Jr. What an exciting and well-performed show! Well done to all of you! Thank you, also, to Ms. Costello for the BEAUTIFUL photos!
Green Mustache Contest
Did you order your copy yet? The Davies Yearbook is still on sale, however they are only available in person now; you cannot order any yearbooks online moving forward. The price of the book is $30, cash only. Stop by Room A108 during homeroom to place an order. If you have any sales questions, you can email Mrs. Carter at email@example.com. Also, keep in mind that we have sold out of books the last two years, so please do not wait! You can see this year's image photo below. Thank you for your continued support of the Davies Yearbook! #WeAreDavies
NJHS Pop Tab Collection
7 Tips to Help Your Child Manage Stress
Every child should have a few afternoons or nights each week and chunks of time on the weekend where they have nothing to do. This will ensure that there is time to eat dinner together on a regular basis (it doesn't have to be every day) and that children have time to relax.
2. Make time for (physical) play
Play is when there is no lesson, no competition, and no "lesson to be learned."
3. Prioritize sleep
Create an environment that facilitates sleep--no tv, electronics, phones. Adolescents 10-17 should be getting 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night.
4. Teach kids to listen to their bodies.
Stomachaches and headaches are indications that there might be too much stressors in a child's life. It might be time to cut back.
5. Manage your own stress
Stress is contagious; if you are stressed, your children are stressed. Remember to use the same tips we give kids: breathe, count, give yourself space from what is stressing you.
6. Make mornings more calm
Stagger wake-up times, pack backpacks and lunches the night before, and keep breakfasts easy and predictable
7. Prepare your kids to deal with setbacks
Remind your kids that mistakes are part of the process of learning new things. Help them figure out what to do differently next time and move on.
Source: Psych Central
Healthy Tips for Healthy Living
1. Identify why it's time to get healthier; what specifically do you need to change?
2. Find at least one way to be active every day.
3. Eat whole foods; stay away from processed foods by staying towards the perimeter of the grocery store.
4. Change your mindset so that healthy food and exercise are your rewards, not punishment.
5. Get enough sleep!
7. Get a buddy to work with towards both of your health and happiness. Pack lunches for each other and make exercise appointments with each other. Hold each other accountable.