DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Nov. 10 - 16

PR Volume 13
Thank you to all the Veterans for your service.

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 Nov. 10-14

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Monday, Nov. 10

  • TSA - Technology Student Association meets from 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy Bldg
  • Lego Robotics - Team Robo Sapians (Coach Garrison) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg
  • Math Team (7th/8th) Optional Practice in Mrs. Goldston's Room from 3:15 until 5pm.
  • DMS Basketball at Buckhorn MS: 7th Gr Girls - 4:30, 8th Gr Girls - 5:45, 8th Gr Boys - 7pm, 7th Gr Boys - 5:45 in HS Gym

Tuesday, Nov. 11

Veteran's Day - No School for Students or Employees

Wednesday, Nov. 12

  • FCA and First Priority Combine Meeting in Coach Brewers Room at 7:30am
  • Lego Robotics - Team Lucid Dreamers (Coach Horowitz) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg.
  • Future City Competition Team meets at 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy.
  • ART Club will meet in Mrs. Spiegel's Room from 3:15 until 4:15.

Thursday, Nov. 13

  • Spanish Club will meet before school at 7:30am or 3:15pm in Mrs. Davis's Room. Students may choose a time that is convenient for them.

  • Cyber Security Club will be 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy (Behind the school).

  • Scholar's Bowl team practices in Mr. Sippel's Room from 3:15 to 4:15pm. If you are interested in joining please see Mr. Sippel.

  • DMS Basketball at Home vs Meridianville MS - 7th Gr. Boys @ 4:00pm, 8th Gr Boys @ 5:15pm, 7th Gr Girls @ 6:30pm, 8th Gr Girls @ 7:45pm

New Parent English Classes Thursday, Nov. 13

The classes are free and open to an English Language parent in the district. This class will be fun and will provide an easy way to connect with other parents. Topics include: Survival English, School Communications, Grocery Shopping and How to Fill Out Forms.

The will begin Thursday, Nov. 6 and will continue until Dec. 11. They will be held from 3:30-4:30pm at the Liberty Middle School Library.

Friday, Nov. 14

  • Breakfast Book Club will meet in the Library at 7:40am. Any student interested in joining should see Mrs. King or Mrs. Harlow for a pass.
  • Chess Team will practice from 5:30-6:30pm at the Madison City Central Office
  • Lego Robotics - Team Robo Sapians (Coach Garrison) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg
  • Lego Robotics - Team Lucid Dreamers (Coach Horowitz) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg.
  • Cyber Security Team competes at the STEM Academy. This is a 6 hour test so they will begin around 3:30pm. Good Luck!

Saturday, Nov. 15

  • Lego Robotics competes at UAH. We have two teams this year competing. Go Panthers!
  • Math Team competes in the Rocket City Tournament at Grissom HS. Good Luck!

DMS Needs YOUR HELP in Supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

DMS will be joining Madison City Schools to help raise money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! A challenge has been made by Mr. Golliver at LMS and my competitive side has kicked in and I have accepted this challenge!!! (He thinks they can raise more money for St. Jude than Discovery!) We would like to raise at least $2,500 to help the children of St. Jude and beat Liberty!

Students will vote on their favorite photo in each category by purchasing “tickets” for $0.25 each or FIVE tickets for $1.00 November 10-14, 2014. ALL money raised will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital!

The WINNER of each category will win a $10 gift card to Monaco Pictures and will have their photo featured in the yearbook!!!

Mrs. Missy King, Media Specialist, and Mrs. Kelle Moody, Counselor, will be running in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, representing DMS, on December 6, 2014 with the Madison City Schools District Team! Help show your support by donating to St. Jude! No amount is too small!!! Just click the link to make a Tax Deductible Donation and help us help all the children of St. Jude!!!

Did you know?

  • Many students from Madison City Schools have received treatment from St. Jude and some are receiving treatment NOW...ALL without having to pay a single penny!!! You can check out stories of local Madison City Students that have received or are currently receiving treatment on the “District News” page at .
  • Families NEVER receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
  • Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
  • St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.

St. Jude won't stop until no child dies of cancer, and neither will I. Will you join us and be a Hero, too?

Thank you so much for your help!!!

Missy King

Media Specialist

Discovery Middle School

If you would like to make a donation please click on the link below to help all the children of St. Jude. ☺

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. 5 at DMS.

DMS Cheer Fundraiser

The DMS Cheerleaders are selling the Enjoy The City coupon books for $20 to raise funds for competition season. The books are available until Nov. 20. You may email or see any cheerleader to purchase one.

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


DMS Veteran's Day Program a Moving Tribute

WHNT News 19 - Story Friendship Blooms between WWII Veterans

WHNT News 19 - Story DMS Pays Tribute to Veteran's Story - DMS Veteran's Day Program

Madison Weekly News - DMS Veteran's Day Program

Per Channel 19 News - "While voters scurried around to get to the voting polls and cast their ballots in the general election, students and staff at Discovery Middle School in Madison stopped everything to honor the men and women who’ve protected American rights and freedom.

The school invited in veterans of all branches for their third Annual Tribute to Heroes. They served some 50 veterans, including a Silver Star recipient, a hot breakfast, then put on an hour-long ceremony to say thank you for the sacrifices and contributions made by veterans to ensure American freedom."

Thank you Mr. Graham for having the vision to plan this great program each year. Thank you to Ms. Jenkins, the choir blessed us and did just an outstanding job. Thank you to Mr. Murray, the band was outstanding (as usual) and the song selection was wonderful. Thank you to PTA for preparing the breakfast and working to serve our visitors. Thank you to Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Parker for working to have the dance and cheer ready to participate. They did a great job as well. Thank you to our students for being so respectful and truly showing why they are the best MS students in the state. Thank you to all our staff and faculty – it all would not work as well as does without you. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!


DMS 7th Grade Boys Win Tip Off Tournament Championship

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Boys basketball team. They defeated Liberty MS to win the championship in the Tip Off Tournament this past Tuesday.

Go Panthers!

DMS Competition Cheer Wins Regionals

Congratulations to our DMS Cheerleaders. They competed Saturday at Sparkman HS in the North Alabama Regional. They won their division and secured a bid to nationals. Way to go!

Upcoming Events

DMS November General PTA Meeting - Nov. 18

The November PTA General Meeting will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6pm in the cafeteria. Along with the regular PTA business, the Discovery chorus groups will be performing and the Discovery art department will have a selection of student art on display. We would love to have as many of them in attendance as possible.

DMS Band Tour de Franks Fundraiser coming Nov. 22

Tour de Franks is coming up on Saturday, November 22nd!! Tickets are $10 each and need to purchased by November 19th from any band member.

DMS Class Spelling Bees to be Held Tuesday, Nov. 25

DMS will hold all Class Spelling Bees on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 through the Language Arts classes. Each teacher’s block will have a winner!

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!

If your child would like to compete in the Class Spelling Bee, please have him/her study the spelling words in the list that corresponds to his/her grade level listed below.

The Spelling Bee is voluntary and participation is not required.

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 Kicks Off Season this Week

BJHS Basketball kicks off their season Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Grissom HS -

JVG @ 4:00 - JVB @ 4:00

FB @ 5:30 - VG @ 5:30

VB @ 7:00

Thursday, Nov. 13 vs Decatur @ Home

JVG @ 4:30 - VG @ 6 - VB @ 7:30 Tickets will be $5 for Adults and $3 for Students

Thursday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 15

FB and JVB @ Hazel Green Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 15 at Lincoln County HS

JVG @ 11:30am - VG @ 1:00pm - VB @ 2:30pm

BJHS Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

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.

BJHS International Festival - Nov. 10

International Festival will be tonight at Bob Jones at 6:30pm. It will cost $5 at the door to get in (however, Spanish Club members will get in free). There will be international cuisine as well as a fashion and talent show. This is a great opportunity for Spanish Club members to see a program they will have the opportunity to participate in once they get to Bob Jones.

BJHS Dance Team Spirit Night Nov. 10

Please come out tonight and support the Bob Jones Dance Team for Spirit Night at Which Wich from 5-8pm. Thank you so much for your support.

BJHS Swim and Dive Team

Sectionals Nov. 21 at Huntsville Natatorium.

BJHS Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Smoothie King

During the month of November Smoothie King (6290 University Dr. Huntsville, Al 35806) will be teaming up with the Bob Jones Basketball program.

Every Saturday in November Smoothie King will donate a portion of their daily sales to the Bob Jones Basketball team.

Come to Smoothie King and enjoy a variety of healthy smoothies and make sure to tell your server "I support Bob Jones Basketball"

To review all the different smoothie options available please go to the following website

BJHS Tennis Fundraiser

Please help support the BJHS Tennis Team. We are selling Apple Lane Hams and Turkeys. Certificates will be delivered for you to pick up your Ham or Turkey at the Apple Lane Farm Restaurant in Madison or Decatur for your convenience and to insure quality of the product. These certificates never expire, so they are good for any holiday or special occasion. If you are interested, please contact Krystine Roberts at or any BJHS tennis player. Thank you for your support!

Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham


7-8 lb. Serves 14 to 16 people.

Our hams are never frozen, fully cooked, and ready to serve.

Hams will last 7 – 10 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.

Honey Glazed Spiral Cut Smoked Turkey Breast


4-5 lb. Serves 14 to 16 people.

Our turkeys are never frozen, fully cooked, and ready to serve.

Turkeys will last 7 – 10 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.


Menus for November

Winter Sport Schedules for DMS

DMS Fall T'Shirts For Sale

DMS is selling some new Spirit Wear just in time for Fall.
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


2014-2015 Yearbooks are on sale now. Cost is $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


PTA Reflections Contest

14-15 Student Entry Forms

14-15 Guidelines for Entry

The Theme this year will be "The World Would be a Better Place if ...”

The National PTA encourages all students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts “Reflections” program. The Reflections’ theme for this year is “The World Would be a Better Place if ...”. Your child may submit entries in any or all six of the art categories: visual art, literature, film production, musical composition, photography, and dance choreography. Each entry will be judged on interpretation of the theme with special attention paid to creativity and artistic merit. Only NEW pieces of artwork inspired by the national theme, “The World Would be a Better Place if ...”” are acceptable. All entries must be original. Adults should not alter or influence the creative integrity of the child’s work. The top five entries for each category and each age division from our school will go on to compete at the city level. The grade divisions are: Primary Preschool-2, Intermediate 3-5, Middle School 6-8, High School 9-12, Special Artist -ungraded.

DEADLINE EXTENDED - PTA Family School Partnership Surveys for National PTA School of Excellance Program

Dear Families,

The deadline has been extended for our Family-School Partnership Surveys. If you have already taken them, thank you. If not, please take a few minutes of your day to add to our project. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time and would be greatly appreciated!

The Discovery PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders, and community is important for the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which celebrates partnerships between PTA and schools to enrich the educational experience for all students.

We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at the beginning and the end of the school year.. Your feedback now will help to generate a customized Roadmap to Excellence, which will provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence in our school.

Family-School Partnership Survey Part 1

Family-School Partnership Survey Part 2

Thank you for your help!

Brandi Nance

President, Discovery PTA


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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