The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 17-18: Friday, May 18, 2018

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Principally Speaking: Learning All the Way to the End

Lucky me! I have won the most student votes in the form of submitted box tops. My prize is to receive a "pie in the face" on the last day of school. The only thing still left to be determined is who gets to pie me. Students will have the opportunity to enter wampums into a drawing to pie me the last day of school. Wampums are earned for good student behavior. The more wampums that are submitted by an individual student the more his or her probability of being selected goes up! There will also be a few $10 - $15 gift cards to be drawn for in addition to being named the pie-master. Our goal is to incentivize our students into finishing the year out in a focused, positive manner. Wish me luck!

We will continue to be purposeful and intent on using our learning time well through the very last day of school. Teachers and students are preparing for the administration of final exams and/or final projects or performance tasks as we speak. The exam schedule is as follows:

o Thursday, May 17 – Science

o Friday, May 18 – Social Studies

o Monday, May 21 – Math

o Tuesday, May 22 – ELA

o Wednesday, May 23 - Red Related Arts
o Thursday, May 24 – White Related Arts

Please help us to continue to maintain a safe environment that is conducive to student learning and free from distraction. You can help us by monitoring your student's dress for modesty and asking him or her to keep the cell phone in the locker. Cell phones are going to be the death of us. They are to be in the lockers during the school day.

Thank you for your help, and as always, I am blessed to serve your students, this community, and you in the role of principal.

NEW! DCMS Will Host a Meet the Teachers Night on Tuesday, August 6 to Open the 18-19 School Year

At the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, DCMS is hosting a Meet the Teachers Night for the first time. This event will take the place of the traditional Open House that used to occur the second week of school.

The Meet the Teachers Night will take place in two shifts on Tuesday, August 6th. The first shift will take place from 1 to 4 PM and the second shift will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Students and Parents...

  • Will have an opportunity to "meet the teacher" and put a name and face together before school starts
  • Will allow students to drop off supplies to teachers and in their lockers

Please mark your calendars. Again, we will not have Open House. This event will take the place of Open House for the 2018-2019 school year.

4th to 5th Grade Student and Parent Transition Meetings are Coming Soon

Current South Elementary 4th grade students will be making their visit to Danville Community Middle School on the afternoon of Thursday, May 17th. Students will learn pertinent information, ask questions, and get a building tour.

Parents of current South Elementary 4th graders are invited to attend a Parent Transition Meeting on the evening of Tuesday, May 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. Parents will take part in a similar orientation to what students will experience. Our goal is to ease any anxiety on the part of both students and parents.

Are You Moving?

It is that time of year when we begin to turn our sights toward next year. To that end, we are asking that parents who know you will be moving out of the Danville district next year to please contact Mrs. Horan. This helps us to create class lists and also prepare records at the end of the year to forward to your child's new school. We hate to see you go but want to make your move as easy as possible so your child has a smooth transition.

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Please Call to Report Your Student Absent

If your student is absent or late for any reason, please call 317-718-2331 to report the absence. This number is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Lunch Money!

The food service department would like to remind parents to pay any negative meal balances before going into next school year. Also, students are allowed to charge up to $10 per the corporation's charging policy.

Order Your Yearbook!

Yearbooks can still be purchased during Goal on Tuesday, May 22 in front of Mrs. Gillock's Art room (D104) for $30 and during the yearbook signing party on Wednesday, May 23.

Yearbooks will be passed out on Tuesday, May 22nd during GOAL period.

Yearbook signing party will be Wednesday, May 23rd.

Contact Mrs. Gillock if you have any questions.

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Wanting to Play Tennis This Summer?

Join Mr. Kellum and other middle schoolers this July for the Danville Middle School Tennis Camp. You will learn the basic strokes, how to score, and play many fun tennis games. Each participant also receives a tennis camp t-shirt. Any boy or girl interested can get a registration form from the main office or by the concession stand."

Click below for the registration forms.

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Follow Us on Twitter

You are invited to follow us on Twitter at @DCMS_Warriors. We are working to improve our communications by layering our messages using Infinite Campus, email, Twitter, and our website. Please help us by following us and giving constructive feedback. We want to get better and serve you well.

PTO News

It’s that time again to order school supply packs for your Middle School students. This not only saves you time and money but also makes money for our schools! Sale ends June 18, 2018. Use the link: (School ID: DAN091)

On the website, Junior High = 5th & 6th and Middle School = 7th & 8th

7th & 8th Graders will need a Scientific Calculator. You are welcome to purchase in addition to your supply packs or at the store of your choosing.

The Middle School PTO will be at Welcoming Day in August so be on the lookout for us!

Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Please check your student's Immunization Compliance in Infinite Campus (under the Health tab). Infinite Campus has been updated to show which immunizations your student will need prior to the start of the 2018-19 school year, which is August 8, 2018.

Most physicians’ and pharmacies offer these vaccines. The Hendricks County Health Department also offers them by appointment during normally scheduled clinic hours.

For questions, please contact the Hendricks County Health Department at 317-745-9222.

For further assistance or questions, please contact the school nurse, Diane Petersen, at 317-745-5491 or email:

Brooke's Place

Brooke's Place has expanded their on-going grief support group reach to the west side of Indianapolis.

Grief profoundly impacts families and individuals of all ages. Brooke’s Place is available as a resource to offer ongoing care and support for young people grieving the death of a loved one in your school or community.

Please review the website at or contact the office at 317-705-9650 for more information.

Free Summer Meals!

The food service department will be providing free summer meals to any children 18 and under. Children do not have to be a student at Danville schools to participate. Meals will be served from both Danville High School cafeteria and Ellis Park from 12:00 PM noon- 1:00 PM. Dates served are May 30th- August 2nd. New this year, the food service department is partnering with the Summer Lunch Bunch to provide their lunch meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays . At Ellis Park, meals will be served out of the train station on Tuesday and Thursday while meals will be served out of shelter 1 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Dominos pizza will be served every Thursday. Adult meals will be sold for $3 each. Contact Stephanie Stuemke at 317-745-0366 or with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Click the following links to view the menus:

Summer Reading Program

Reading is an essential skill—one that opens the door to a lifetime of learning and advancement. We are proud to partner with the Institute of Reading Development to offer the Summer Reading and Writing Program. The program consists of five weeks of classroom learning paired with online instruction materials to help people of all ages advance their skills.

For more information about the program, or to register for the summer reading program by phone, call 800-964-9974.

21st Century Scholars Indiana

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.

Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.

Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.

Apply online only. Eligible 7th and 8th grade students and their parents or legal guardians can access the online application at . Please review income eligibility requirements online before applying by visiting .

New to ScholarTrack or have questions about completing the Scholar Success Program? Watch this online presentation to view how to register an account and record your progress as you complete the Scholar Success Program through ScholarTrack.

Indiana Sherriffs' Association Youth Leadership Camp

Please see the link below for camp information and the application.

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FREE Math & Science Help!

Tutors are available to help students in grades 6-12 through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by calling the Homework Hotline @ 1.877.275.7673 or by accessing the website via . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events


Cheer Try-Outs - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Color Guard Practice - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Boys Basketball Open Gym - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Cheer Final Try-Outs - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

4th - 5th Grade Parent Orientation Meeting - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


Student's Last Day of Semester 2


Special Olympics - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


High School Graduation

Report Cards Available to Parents via Infinite Campus

About Us

Attendance Line - 317-718-2331 (Available 24 hours a Day)

Please call by 8 AM if your child will be late to school or absent all day.

Student Hours

  • Doors Open - 8:15 AM
  • Locker/Breakfast - 8:22 AM
  • Warning Bell - 8:31 AM
  • Classes Start - 8:33 AM Be in your seat, please.
  • Bus Rider Dismissal - 3:24 PM
  • Car Riders/Walkers - 3:30 PM

Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875