The Trojan Times

News for December 4 - December 11


Edited by Holly Yazdi and Joseph Sandefur

Written by Jaden Hancin, Will Kell, Jada McCollum, Skyilar Mitchell, Joseph Sandefur, Meadow Stowell, Kate Walden, and Holly Yazdi

Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent – Dec. 4, 2015

What to do this weekend?

  • The 2015 Holly Jolly Holiday Market is coming up this weekend! The event takes place at the Daphne Civic Center on Saturday from 9-3 and Sunday from 11-2. There will be clothing, jewelry, home decor, one of a kind gifts and much more! There's something for everyone on your Christmas list.
  • Christmas Nights of Lights will be from Nov. 13- Jan. 3 at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile, Al, featuring a spectacular light show that you drive through.

Classroom News

(not all classes listed)


Nettles- Advanced: Reading A Wrinkle in Time

Regular: Finishing A Christmas Carol

Lindsey- The Nervous system and having a lab

Smith- Advanced: Quiz Wednesday

Regular: Quiz Friday


Majewski- Finish Chapter 4 working on Chapter 5

T.Taylor- Advanced: Waters of Avelon

Regular: The Giver


Surrey - Studying China.

Law -

White - Test on Ch. 7, cover 8.1 (ch) Review mid-term.

Boone -


Larisey - Ancient Rome until Christmas.

Madison - Regular: Flowers FA Algernon.

Advanced: Writing Career research.

Garafola - Exam review, Exam on Wednesday December 16th.

Benefield - Semester Exam study guide, roller coaster online lesson.


Career Tech (Schneider): Students will begin working on their egg drop vehicle as part of the Engineering cluster.

Art (Bittinger): Students will research an artist of choice, then create an iMovie or a spoof of a famous work of art.

21 Century Skills (Pearson): Finishing podcasts, and completing last notebook page.

Peer Helpers (Blake): Finishing can project for Prodisee Pantry. Band, Choir, and Peer Helpers all donated 408 cans together!

Choir (Trawick): Starting musical Honk JR.

Band (Thomas): Working on All-County / All-State music, Christmas ensembles, and getting new competition music.

Club News

NJHS: Collecting Toys For Tots

The Fleurettes: Preparing for talent show.

TSA: Ordering club shirts

FCCLA: meeting on December 4th until 4:30.

Yoga: Yoga on Wednesday until 4

Toys for Tots was a SUCCESS!!

Our NJHS collected 4 full boxes of toys for tots! Way to go DMS!!

Recipe of the week

Banana Pudding

12 servings

398 calories


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups cold milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers

  • Prep

    30 m
  • Ready In

    3 h 30 m

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Beat in condensed milk, pudding mix, cold milk and vanilla until smooth. Fold in 1/2 of the whipped topping.
  2. Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch dish with vanilla wafers. Arrange sliced bananas evenly over wafers. Spread with pudding mixture. Top with remaining whipped topping. Chill.

Click Link below to go straight to the website!

Pumpkin Pie Recipe for the Holidays

  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    55 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 10 m

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Clink Link Below to go straight to the website!

Upcoming Events

Dec 12: Daphne Christmas Parade

Dec 14: Basketball vs Gulf Shores

Dec 18: Half day and end of 2nd semester

Dec 19- Jan 3: Christmas Break

What's trending?

Girls have you heard what's trending? Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Over sized Sweaters. You can buy Pumpkin Spice Lattes at any coffee shop but, the ones they sell in Starbucks are the most popular. They range from $5-8 depending on the size. Over sized sweaters can be bought at any clothing stores. Girls all over the school are wearing them and drinking Pumpkin Spice Latte's at the mall also!

Boys, have you heard what's trending also? Nike Roshe shoes. They come in different designs, patters, colors, and sizes. Boys all over social media and school show off their shoes. They range from $50-150.


Daphne Middle School particpates in the Boxtops for Education program, which means we collect Boxtop coupons! Two times in the school year, we will send in our boxtops, and the company sends us a check for the Library! Boxtops can be turned in to the Library, or to the school office. Bring as many as you can!

Turkey Feather Winners!

Here is a list of the turkey feather winners that was hosted by the Fleurettes. All of the money raised was donated to Prodisee Pantry.

The top five turkey decorations voted on by students were as follow:

  1. Nettles – 53
  2. Trawick – 33
  3. Schneider – 25
  4. Madison – 17
  5. Bittinger –13

The top five turkey tickets were:

  1. Vikki Pendley - 134
  2. Sherry Bittinger – 72
  3. Kate Nettles – 66
  4. Brittany Schneider – 63
  5. Laurie Smith - 60


Softball team

Girls from DMS made both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams at Daphne High School. Way to go, girls!! We are proud of you and your hard work!! All the 7th and 8th grade girls are super stoked for their practices coming up. All these girls have a passion for softball and can't wait for what's to come in the future for them with this sport. Congrats to our very own Middle Schoolers for making JV: Brianna Combs, Audrey Hillis, Maggie Madison, Presley Williams, Hannah Keel, Grace Gelardin, Anna Turner, Hayley Thompson, Autumn Strasser, Emily Lambert, Madison Jenkins, Jada McCollum, Cameron Hughes, and Mackenzie Hunn. Also congrats to Karsen Pierce- 8th grader- for making the Varsity team!


The Basketball game was a blast at Spanish Fort Tuesday night!.... Everyone won! On Thursday the teams played Elberta at home. The 8th grade boys and 7th grade girls won, but the 8th grade girls sadly last. Way to go, Trojans!

Swim Schedule

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Spelling Bee

Our School Wide Spelling Bee will be held Thursday, January 7. The bee will begin at 9:00 and will be held in the library. Parents and/or guardians are invited to attend the spelling bee. We will announce over the intercom when it is time for students to report to the library. Refreshments will be served after the bee. Please let me or T. Taylor know if you have any questions.

Spelling Bee Winners Listed Bellow

  1. Luke Arnold
  2. Dalaney Goldman
  3. Maggie Madison
  4. Liberty Moreno
  5. Angel Harris
  6. Matthew Brooks
  7. Holly Yazdi
  8. Kiersten Pettaway
  9. Bella Bowman
  10. Lillie Yazdi
  11. Chapel Hurst
  12. Cameron "Chance" Crenshaw
  13. Travis Rotolo
  14. Matthew Ladnier
  15. Lewis Bruce
  16. Madison Dixon
  17. Matthew Crider
  18. Emma Morvant
  19. Maegan Brewer
  20. Maddi Burgess
  21. Brendon Hayes
  22. Nolin Weathersby
  23. Joseph Guarisco
  24. Bella Lochrico

Note Taking Tips

•If the instructor writes something on the chalkboard/overhead or repeats an idea then it is usually a key point and you should write it down.

•Try to use a three-ring binder or a laptop, it allows for more flexibility in rearranging your notes.

•Try to sit towards the front and center of the class where you'll be less distracted and can hear the professor the best and have a good angle on any visual aids that may be shown.

•Don't rely on someone else's notes, you may not understand everything that they write down and you'll learn the best by taking your own notes.

•If your instructor talks fast, it may help to bring an audio recorder and record the lecture while taking notes. After the lecture is over you can replay the lecture and fill in any parts that you missed in your notes.

•Do reading assignments or homework questions before class, it is easier to take notes when you know what the instructor is talking about.

•Date your notes. Add titles and subtitles when you move onto a new topic for easy referencing.

•Write down any terminology along with the definition that the instructor may present.

•Make sure that you write legibly, if you can't read them later, they'll be useless. If you have sloppy handwriting it may be wise to type your notes so that they are easier to read.

•If you missed what the instructor said, ask them to repeat it or go to the instructor after class and ask for clarification. If you are in a rush, ask the instructor at the beginning of the next class or try to find the answer from a friend or the text.

•Compare notes with a classmate to make sure you didn't miss any important points.

Art of The Week

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"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." -Maya Angelou


Top 5 seafood restaurants

if your hungry then you should check out these amazing seafood restaurants this weekend!

Soccer Tryouts

Want to try out for soccer? Then listen up! Boys soccer tryouts are December 15-18 from 3:30-5:30. All paper work including physical and insurance forms are due by, December 14

Girls soccer tryouts are December 9-11 from 3:30-5:30. All paper work including physical and insurance forms are due prior to tryouts.

See Coach Larisey or Office to get Tryout information.

Christmas gift ideas



Starbucks Gift Card

Itunes Gift Card


2 wheel self balancing scooter A.K.A. Skywalker

Iphone 6s

Nail polish

Sports wear

Hair accessoires



North Face Jacket


Rain Boots

Michael Kors Purse

Curling wand

Record Player



Ray Bans

Vera Bradley

Vineyard Vines Tees




Lauren Conrad beauty book

Bath bombs



Apple Watch


Play Station 4

X box



Ray Bans

Mac Book Pro

Golf Cart

Iphone 6s


Sports wear

Sports gear

Under Armor Jacket



Trending Music

This week's trending song is Sorry by Justin Bieber! Justin is here, and sold 82,000 copies in the fourth week! Justin has released a brand new album as well, titled Purpose.

If you have a favorite music album this year, then click the link below to vote for Album of the Year!

Justin Bieber - Sorry (PURPOSE : The Movement)

Justin Bieber's PURPOSE. Track List.

Everyone is obsessing over this!

These are the songs on his album:

1) Mark My Words
2) I’ll Show You
3) What Do You Mean?
4) Sorry
5) Love Yourself (this is the one with Ed!)
6) Company
7) No Pressure featuring Big Sean
8) No Sense featuring Travi$ Scott
9) The Feeling featuring Halsey
10) Life Is Worth Living
11) Where Are Ü Now featuring Jack Ü
12) Children
13) Purpose
14) Been You
15) Get Used To Me
16) We Are featuring Nas
17) Trust
18) All In It
19) What Do You Mean (Remix)


Science Teacher at Daphne Middle School

What else would you like to see with the stakeholders?

She would like to see them in the school more.

If you weren't a teacher what would you want to be?

Mrs. Lindsey would like to be a pharmacist.

If you could go anywhere on summer break where would you go?

She says she would like to go to Europe.

Where did you go to college? What degrees do you have?

She got her Bachelor's and Master's at South Alabama. She got her Associate's degree at the University of Mobile.

How old were you when you decided to be a teacher?

Mrs. Lindsey was 22 years old when she decided to be a teacher.

Wings of Glory

By: Audra Holton

Once upon a time on earth there was an angel named Gabe. Now, I know what you may be thinking "Wasn't Gabriel an angel of God?" Also "Isn't this about the the angel who has the horn?" Well, let me answer that question. No, this story is not about Gabriel the angel, its about his son, Gabe. Gabe liked to call himself an angel, but he hadn't earned his wings. Once you earned your wings you went to Heaven. Also his instrument wasn't made of brass. It was a wind wood instrument called the oboe. Before you played brass instruments, you had to learn fingerings on the wind wood instrument because in he town Gabe came from, brass instruments were better. He practiced and practiced all the time, but couldn't get the right pitches. His father helped him sometimes, but it was hard to transition the notes. All Gabe could do was practice to get his wings. Everyone wanted wings while they were still on earth because if you didn't have them, you would have to wait 16 more years. The only way for him to be with his father was for him to pass his test on the oboe and get his wings. He was so nervous he failed it. He had to wait 16 more years to finally get his wings and be with his father.

(To be continued)