Deshler Middle School

October 24, 2022

A Message from Our Assistant Principal

Over the past two weeks, the students have been working on completing their individualized IXL diagnostic snapshot. This snapshot helps our teachers and instructional team take a deeper, more specific look into your child’s skill level. While many students showed growth, there were some students who declined from the first snapshot which we took at the beginning of the year.

We are finding that the data from the IXL diagnostic snapshot correlates very closely to that of the ACAP data. This allows us to determine which students are having what we call a “consistent deficiency” vs students that are not maximizing their potential when testing on a device. While we realize this may not seem as prominent in your child’s academic journey at this moment, it does predict the stamina your child has toward higher stakes tests such as the ACT. While we all know that your child’s ability to score well on a test does not determine the success of your child, it does determine scholarship money and college acceptance.

This is where a partnership toward your child’s success is invaluable. We encourage you to converse with your child about their motivation and work ethic on these tests. We complete these diagnostic tests quarterly. Each test requires a dedicated 20-30 minutes of best effort. The score from the snapshot assists in determining instructional improvements the DMS team should make to provide the best education for our students.

If you are interested in where your child is scoring. I have listed step by step instructions to follow once your child has logged into their computer. Also, if you missed Open House, please email Mrs. D or Mrs. Thigpen to arrange distribution of your child’s ACAP scores. With parent approval, we’ll be happy to send these home with your child or leave them at the office for pickup.

IXL Diagnostic Instructions:

  1. Students must login through Clever and select IXL.
  2. Students will select the “assessment” tab at the top.
  3. If the message. “Snapshot completed” appears, click the “x” in the top right corner.
  4. Math Diagnostic and ELA Diagnostic will both appear. The bottom score is an adjusted score that measures where your child is achieving based on the assessment.
  5. The number shown (2 digit or 3 digit) will indicate the grade level to specific month in which they achieve.
  6. EXAMPLE: a score of 690 is the equivalent of a 6th grader in the 9th month. A 720 is the equivalent of a 7th grader in the 2nd month.

Anna Beth Thigpen

Assistant Principal

Deshler Middle School


Monday, October 24th - Friday, October 28th

Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday, October 25th

Deadline to bring food for the food drive

Thursday, October 27th

Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival - Downtown Tuscumbia

Friday, October 28th

Technology Day

Monday, November 7th - Friday, November 11th

Book Fair

Thursday, November 10th

Veteran's Day Lunch - more information to follow

Friday, November 11th

Veteran's Day - No School


Upcoming Games

Thursday, October 27th

DMS Cross Country - Sectionals at Cold Springs High School (9:55 a.m.)

Saturday, October 29th

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

DMS Girls Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

Tuesday, November 1st

DMS Girls Basketball - South Lawrence (Loretto) (Away - 6:00 p.m.)

8th Grade Boys Basketball - South Lawrence (Loretto) (Away - 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, November 3rd

7th Grade Boys Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

8th Grade Boys Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

DMS Girls Basketball - Tharptown Tournament

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.)


DMS Football vs Colbert Heights - W

Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival

Tuscumbia City Schools and the City of Tuscumbia will host a fall festival in downtown on Thursday, October 27th. Please mark your calendar to join us!
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Tuscumbia City Fall Festival

Red Ribbon Week

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Food Drive for Tigers Feeding Tigers

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Technology Day - Friday, October 28th

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No Costumes on Halloween

Due to the week long dress up days for Red Ribbon Week, students will NOT be allowed to wear costumes on Monday, October 31st for Halloween.
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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.

Writer of the Month

This month we focused on Argumentative Writing Standards. We are so proud of the wonderful entries. Kaiya, a 6th grader, is our schoolwide winner for the month of September. Kaiya received a $10 gift card and she will featured in the Colbert County Reporter. Brooklyn and Olivia were our runner-ups. Keep up the amazing work!
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IXL Leaderboard

Kaziha Murphy & Zinyeil Martin are our IXL Leaderboard winners. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to growth!
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Teacher Spotlight

Lake Spurgeon - Paraprofessional

Hey! My name is Lake Spurgeon. This is my first year at Deshler Middle School. I currently am a Special Education Paraprofessional, while finishing my teaching degree at Athens State University. I also coach varsity football here, as well as middle school baseball. I live and from the Killen area with my two Golden Doodles. I am so glad and happy to be apart of Tuscumbia City Schools and especially Deshler Middle! Go Tigers!

Fun fact: I’m very superstitious

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Ty White - Paraprofessional

Hello , Tiger Family! My name is Tybrius White. I am 25 and I am a Special Ed Paraprofessional. This is my first year as middle school football coach, but this will be my 4th year assisting with the basketball and track programs ! I currently live in Sheffield, and it feels amazing to be back at one of the greatest little middle schools in America.

Fun fact: I have a shoe and hoodie addiction!

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Congratulations to the Deshler Marching Tigers!

Congrats to our Deshler Marching Tigers on straight ones - which is a SUPERIOR rating- at the competition at Piedmont AND Hayden! The band brought home 7 trophies for their outstanding performance in band, drum major, dance line, color guard, and percussion. Percussion received best in class AND best percussion of the whole contest at each competition!

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Congratulations to Our Cross Country Team!

Congratulations to our Girls & Boys Cross Country teams on winning the Colbert County Championship! We are so proud of y'all! Good luck at Sectionals this week to qualify for the state competition.
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We Love Our Library!

Preparing for standardized testing is very challenging in the ELA world. When it comes to reading, the best way to prepare your child is to help them boost their reading stamina. By promoting silent, sustained reading time nightly, your child will improve his or her reading fluency, and if they find the right book…they won’t even notice it’s learning.

Questions I encourage you to ask your child:

  • What book have you checked out from the library?
  • What genre of books do you find interesting?

Our librarian, Mrs. Grimmitt, snapped some photos of Mr. Graham’s students engaged in reading their library books.

Thank you, PVO!

Our PVO did a FANTASTIC job with a Halloween themed lunch for our teachers. They provided us with baked potato bar that was delicious. We are so thankful and lucky to have such an amazing PVO!

October Breakfast/Lunch Menu

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