DMS Panther Report

Newletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Sept. 15-19

PR Volume 6

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

C WEEK is our schedule rotation for Sept. 15-19

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What's Happening This Week

Monday, Sept. 15

  • DMS Volleyball vs Meridianville MS @ Home 4pm
  • 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.
  • BJHS Boys Golf Team Tryouts continue at the Madison Golf Center.

Tuesday, Sept. 16

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet at 7:15am in the library
  • DMS Volleyball vs Sparkman MS at Home 4pm

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

  • Band Parent Meeting in the Band Room at 6pm.

DMS Band Spirit Night at Stevi B's Pizza - Tuesday, Sept. 16

From 11am to 9 pm, the DMS band will be having a fundraiser event at Stevi B's on Hwy. 72 near the new Wal-Mart. Everyone will need to tell the cashier that they're there to support the DMS band.

National Junior Honor Society Parent Informational Meeting - Tuesday, Sept. 16

DMS will be holding a National Junior Honor Society parent informational meeting on September 16th at 6:00 in the school Library.

This meeting will be for the parents and students of current 8th graders who are NOT already members of NJHS 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.

If your student is interested in joining it is mandatory that they sign the interest form. This can be done at the meeting or on the forms found on Ms. Garner or Ms. Dowling’s doors after the September 16th. The interest form must be signed by September 19th. It is important that you attend the informational meeting if you are interested in joining NJHS; however, it is not mandatory.

Again, this meeting is for parents and students of current 8th graders who are not already members. Another meeting will be held for all 7th grade students who are interested in membership after they complete one semester at Discovery Middle School.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 17

  • Art Club will meet in Mrs. Spiegel's Room from 3:15 until 4:15
  • Lego Robotics - Team Lucid Dreamers (Coach Horowitz) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg.

Thursday, Sept. 18

  • DMS Volleyball vs. Buckhorn MS at Home 4pm

  • DMS Football vs Buckorn MS at home 7th at 5pm and 8th at 7pm.

  • BJHS Boys Golf Team Tryouts will continue at the course.

Friday, Sept. 19

  • 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.

7th and 8th Gr. BOYS Soccer Tryouts - Sept. 19th and 20th

Soccer tryouts for boys will take place September 19th and 20th, Friday and Saturday. Friday's tryouts will be from 3:30-5:00 and Saturday will be from 8:00-10:00am. Beginning this week, students wishing to tryout need to come by Coach Wilbourn's room to pick up paperwork needed to tryout. Any player without proper paperwork will be unable to tryout.

Fall Scholars Chess Tournament hosted by Madison City Schools- Sat., Sept. 20

2014 Fall Scholars Chess Tournament will be hosted by Madison City Schools on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Rainbow Elementary.

Link to details regarding tournament.

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered at the following times during the week.

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


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.

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

Boston, MA 8th Grade TRIP Information

The Boston Trip will be from April 13th-17th this year. Registration is available online at the EF Tour website or you may call 1-617-619-2134. Our trip ID# is 1525987XP. This is a great trip for our 8th Graders.

Elective Class Spotlight

Each week we will highlight one of our new elective classes and let you have an "insider's look" at what's happening in the class.

This week we take a look into Anthony Graham's Intro To Public Speaking Class.

This 9 week elective class was been a very informative for students who needed to sharpen their public speaking skills. They have worked through lessons in speaking with confidence, how to interview, narrative and descriptive speeches, and hosting various guest speakers. Last week the classes had the privilege of listening to Steven Linehan, a Forensic Chemist, who was called in after 9/11 as a part of the response team to work at Ground Zero. He showed pictures and shared what it was like working at Ground Zero and being apart of history.


DMS Football Teams have BIG wins at Meridianville MS

Congratulations to our DMS 7th and 8th Football Teams. 7th Grade won 54 to 0 and the 8th Grade won 21 to 6 last Thursday!

DMS In the News

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We had a very successful sheet fundraiser!

Our students raised over $7000 dollars!

7th Grade Class Winner – Sippel – 45
8th Grade Class Winner – West – 35
Combined (7th and 8th) Class Winner – Humes – 46 – Overall Winner!
7TH Grade—
Ellie Brown - 21
Erin Kueck-20
Parker Shewell – 19
Layia King – 15
Jacob Garrison - 10

8th Grade—
Michael Marenka – 13
Austin Ponder – 11
Laura Lewis – 10
Ashton Jah – 7
Saniya Jones - 7


Wednesday, Sept. 24 - See You At The Pole

FCA and First Priority will be sponsoring See You At the Pole at 7:30am at the flag pole in the front of the office entrance.

Scholastic Book Fair Begins September 26, 2014 in DMS Library

The DMS Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2014. All students will visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts teacher.

We will also have our ONLINE Scholastic Book Fair available to you from Sept. 21-Oct. 11, 2014!!!

Please visit to place an order through the Online Fair. All books ordered through the Online Book Fair are delivered to DMS and will be labeled with your child’s name. The Online Book Fair is a Great way to allow family members that live out of town or state to purchase books for your child!!!

Softball Tryouts for 7th and 8th Grade Girls

Softball tryouts will be held on October 16th and 17th from 3:30-5:30. Please come see Coach Wilson this week for a tryout packet. In order to be eligible to tryout, all students must turn in the following:

· a physical filled out on an AHSAA physical form

· insurance form

· a student release form

· concussion form

All these forms will be included in the packet along with a cover letter explaining each form and tryout details.


BJHS Volleyball This Week

Monday, Sept. 15 - BJHS Freshman VB at Athens HS vs. Elkmont & Athens 5:30/6:30pm

Tuesday, Sept. 16 - BJHS Varsity and JV at Home vs Buckhorn 4:00/5:00pm

Thursday, Sept. 18 - BJHS Varsity and JV at James Clemens (Area Game) 4:00/5:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 20 - BJHS JV at Huntsville Tournament/BJHS Freshman at Morgan Co. T'ment

BJ Cross Country This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 16 - BJHS Cross County Race at Randolph Invite on the UAH Campus.

Saturday, Sept. 20 - BJHS Cross County Race at Scottsboro Invite at Scottsboro HS.

Friday, Sept. 19

  • Congrats to the BJHS Football team they are ranked #1 in 7A and defeated Sparkman HS Friday Night. Way to go Patriots!!!
  • Bob Jones plays Gadsden City HS at Gadsden City - 7pm is kickoff.

BJHS Boys Basketball Fundraiser - Smoked Chicken Dinner (Sept. 20) Tickets

Let the Boys Basketball team take care of your tailgate on Sept. 20. Buy a Smoked Chicken Dinner for $10 a plate. Each dinner plate includes a smoked quarter leg, potato salad, baked beans, roll and dessert. You may buy a ticket from any Freshman, JV or Varsity Player. Cash or Checks are accepted. Pick up will be at the Discovery MS Cafeteria (due to the construction at BJHS) on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10am until 2pm.

BJHS Band Fundraiser with Schwan Foods

The BJHS band is partnering with Schwan's this month and next month for fundraising. If you visit you can see the variety of frozen foods delivered straight to your door. If you search:

#13511 and click "BUY NOW" for an e-certificate or "SHOP NOW" to place an order, the band will get a portion of the sales (20% for products and 40% for e-certificates). We will also get %5 of all sales for the next year!! So if you're in the market of buying frozen foods, this is a great opportunity to get great food without having to go to the grocery store AND to support our band. Thanks for your time! Any questions: Contact Lou Justice (

BJHS Girls Soccer Team Fundraiser with Enjoy the City Coupon Books

Bob Jones Girl's Soccer Team is selling Enjoy the City Coupon Books. This year's book features $60 off in Publix/Star Market, $20 off in Fresh Market coupons, Zen Beri, Bruegger's, Dairy Queen, Fulins, Honeybaked Ham, Jack's, Mei Wei, Papa Murphy's, Smokeys BBQ, Which Wich, and many other restaurants. There are even coupons for Sam's Club renewal or new membership. You can see the complete listing athere:

You can buy a book from any player or Dotty Miller in the Registrar's Office or email Maura Wroblewski at


Menus for September

Still have time to join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form

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


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