Davies Dragon Newsletter

September-December 2019

The Davies 2019-2020 School Year Is Finally Here!

This year, we started the school year on September 9th.

We have danced at the Welcome Back Dance and the Halloween Dance. Most of the clubs have started. The clubs that we have at our school, are the following:

Choir (both show, and treble),

Band (both premiere, and concert),

Minecraft Club,

Stem Club,

Art Club,

Spanish Club,

Graphic Arts Club,


Stage Crew,

and sports.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so we are having new clubs such as:

Basketball (for both males and females),


Indoor Field Hockey,




and other sports.

I hope you have a safe, and joyous Christmas break!

Our Annual Halloween Dance

Pictures were taken by Ms. Pickering.

Youth Alliance Assembly

An assembly with former NFL player Devin Wyman!

Special Visit

Robert Laws, President of the Hamilton Youth Athletic Association and Head Coach of ACIT's Track Team, stopped by to visit students. His words were uplifting and powerful.

Garth Tabana from Atlantic City Electric

A visit to The William Davies Middle School sparked great excitement! Mr. Tabana spoke to the students about being leaders and not followers. He told the students about the importance of hard work and determination. He brought in high voltage gloves, tools, nuts, and bolts for the students to take a closer look at.
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Thanksgiving Poem by Dallas Leger

The Harvest Moon

By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes

And roofs of villages, on woodland crests

And their aerial neighborhoods of nests

Deserted, on the curtained window-panes

Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes

And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!

Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,

With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!

All things are symbols: the external shows

Of Nature have their image in the mind,

As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;

The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,

Only the empty nests are left behind,

And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.


Congratulations to the winners of the Mays Landing / Egg Harbor Rotary Club Halloween Poster Contest! The winners were: 1st place 8th grade - Jacob Hwang, 2nd place Crystal Lodato, 3rd place 8th grade - Tyler Goodwin, 1st place 7th grade - Prince Palmer, 2nd place 7th grade - Kelly Winterbottom, and 3rd place 7th grade - Yenifer Florian. All contest participants received a pizza party, courtesy of Mr. Palmer.


Students making PB&J sandwiches for the Cumberland Family Shelter.
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Taste of Home Cookie Recipe by GianCarlos Mateo

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup shortening

  • 3 cups of sugar

  • 4 large eggs

  • 6 tablespoons evaporated milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 2 teaspoons almond extract

  • 6 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon


  • 3 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 4 to 6 tablespoon half & half cream

  • Food coloring of your choice

  • Assorted sprinkles

  • In a large bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk, and extracts. In another bowl whisk flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough into four portions. Shape each into a disk; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate, covered, overnight or until firm enough to roll

  • Preheat oven to 400*. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to ⅛-in thickness. Cut with floured 3in. Holiday cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

  • Bake until edges are lightly brown, 5-7 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

  • In a large bowl, beat confectioner’s sugar, vanilla, and enough cream to reach spreading consistency. If desired, beat in food coloring. Frost and decorate as desired

How Many Kids Would Be More Productive If School Started Two Hours Later?

How much sleep do teenagers get?

Most kids at the William Davies Middle school wake up from 5:30 to 6:30 to get ready for school. According to nationwidechildrens.org most teenagers get 7 to 7 ½ hours of sleep h owever, what is required to perform well is between 9 to 9 ½ hours. I took some notes and went around and asked 17 students at William Davies Middle School how much sleep they get. The average amount of hours they get is 6 to 7 hours.

How will it affect their lives?

Getting enough sleep, even in your adolescent years, could 100% change your opportunities. The kids here at William Davies really work hard to better themselves in education. All of this work is being put to waste when they come to school tired and wishing to go home. Any person with that attitude cannot get through the day without conflict. According to fastcompany.com, it is really not okay to get only 6 hours of sleep, especially because you won’t be productive. Once again you might ask, how will it majorly affect their lives? Not getting enough sleep means your not productive. Not being productive can lead to a lack of education or bad grades. Bad grades for most middle school kids means they will not get in good high schools. If they are not getting the best education it could also affect the colleges they get into. So long term, not getting enough sleep, even in your adolescent years, could 100% change your opportunities in the future.

Overall, I think anyone can agree that if William Davies Middle School had kids wake up two hours later, it could positively impact every student's life.

Created by: Karina Guerrero

Miss Brown's 8th Grade Creative Arts Projects!

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Top 10 Christmas Movies by Shanolea KentZelenak

Wanna watch a Christmas movie but don't know what to watch? Maybe this list will help you out!

  • The Christmas Chronicles

  • The Princess Switch

  • A Christmas Prince

  • Home Alone

  • Arthur Christmas

  • The Santa Clause

  • A Christmas Carol

  • The Grinch

  • Elf

  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

(Make sure you watch the new release movie “Last Christmas”!)

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pictures were taken by Charlie Pritchard

Interviews by Brittany Tremont

Get to know Mrs. Morrison and Mrs. Hopkins.

Mrs. Morrison:

What is the best-behaved class period that you have this year?

“They are all well behaved, I don't have any favorites.”

What is your favorite Netflix show?

“I really am liking Stranger Things.”

What is your favorite song/ songwriter at the moment?

“I really like Lizzo right now.”

Why do you love Darwin so much?

“I love Darwin because he's so cute.”

Would you let anyone who asks pet Darwin?


What is your favorite hobby?

“I really like to draw.”

Mrs. Hopkins:

What is your favorite class?

“I don’t have a favorite. They are all my favorites.”

What is your favorite color?

“Fuschia, It’s a type of hot pink.”

What is your favorite number?

“My favorite number is 7.”

What is your favorite football team?

“I like the Steelers.”

Who are your favorite people in the school?

“The entire 6th-grade team.”

Most Popular Meals To Eat on Christmas

Christmas is one of the best times to eat, open presents, enjoy one another, and more. Of Course on Christmas, most people have friends and family over and try to impress them with your cooking. Well if you’re trying to impress someone with your cooking, and you don't know what to make, here are the most popular meals that are made at Christmas.

Roasted Potatoes~

1.8kg potatoes

250ml olive oil


Classic Stuffing~

50g butter

1tbsp oil

1 large chopped onion

100 breadcrumbs

1 tbsp chopped fresh sage

Christmas pudding~

750g mixed dried fruit

250 dark muscovado sugar

60g plain flour

150g breadcrumbs

250g shredded vegetable suet

1 level tablespoon ground mixed spice

1 level teaspoon ground ginger

2 medium eggs

200ml guinness

Pinch of bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt

1.25 litre pudding basin greased

3-4 tablespoons brandy, to flame

Brandy butter balls, to serve

Glazed ham~ 3 kg unsmoked boneless gammon joint

4 medium carrots and roughly chopped

1 leek, cleaned and roughly chopped

1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped

1 tsp black peppercorns, lightly crushed

1 tsp coriander seeds lightly crushed

2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half

2 bay leaves

Handful of cloves

Kayrelyn Garcia

Top 10 Things To Do During Winter Break by Jaemel Timberlake

Christmas is rapidly approaching. Here are some ideas you should do for winter break!!!

1.Go Skiing!!!

2.Go to a Christmas party!!!

3.Make cookies!!

4.Make a gingerbread house!!

5.Make Christmas dinner!!

6.Make presents for friends!!

7.Have a movie marathon!!

8.Take pictures!!

9.Play in the snow!!

10.Go to the Park!!

Veteran's Day Flag Ceremony

Top 5 Most Popular Clubs in Davies by Kayrelyn Garcia

There are many clubs in the William Davies Middle School for you to join. That being said, there are many clubs that people join. The Top 5 Clubs That people join are:

Choir~ Choir is one of the most popular clubs here in this school. One of the reasons it's so popular is because you're able to advance and express your singing ability.

Band~ Band is the second most popular clubs here. One of the reasons band is so popular is because a lot of people want to learn how to play an instrument, and perform.

Drama~ Although Drama Club does not have many people in it, there are many people who try to get into the club. I think the main reason the club is so popular is that you get to perform and convey yourself on a stage.

Art/Graphic arts~ These two clubs are also one of the more popular clubs in the school. The reason these two clubs make it to the top 5 is that, like the other ones, it's a way to express yourself.

Sports clubs~ Last but not least, the sports clubs altogether. I say the sports clubs make it to the top 5 because people are being active and getting their energy out. It's also a good way to get exercise.

Dallas Leger Shares a Poem


by Dorothy Aldis

The street cars are

Like frosted cakes --

All covered up

With cold snowflakes.

The horses' hoofs

Scrunch on the street;

Their eyelashes

Are white with sleet.

And everywhere

The people go --

With faces tickled

By the snow.

Students Vising with Mrs. Morrison's Bearded Dragon

WDMS Coffee Sale

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