Davidsen Middle School

November Newsletter

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Greetings Davidsen Families,

We hope you enjoy our November newsletter; we will catch up on some of the highlights from last month, and share what to be prepared for and look forward to in November.


Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast: Monday Nov 1st

Congratulations to our studious Dragons who made all A's in the first quarter! As a reward for their hard work, Principal's Honor Roll students enjoyed a sweet treat prepared by our newest Dragon Partner Whit's Frozen Custard and will receive the Principal's Honor Roll T-shirt which may be worn any Friday. All Honor Roll students will receive recognition for their hard work, and remember, students still have another chance to make Principals Honor Roll this quarter. Please continue to support your child's efforts by checking in often via Canvas and encouraging them to complete assignments and ask for help if needed. Our teachers offer tutoring hours during OAR lunch hours (schedule listed at the end of this newsletter). Also available for extra help is our free virtual tutor, PAPER.

National Jr Honor Society Induction Oct 4, 2021

Congratulations new NJHS members. Ms. Velez welcomed over 30 new members to the Davidsen Chapter of National Jr Honor Society in an Induction Ceremony this past month. If you would like to learn more about the DMS National Jr Honor Society, click here. For general information about NJHS click here.
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Earth Dragons Science classes had fun learning about electrical conductivity last month and tested the circuit boards they created. They will also evaluate ways to dispose of the waste created during manufacturing.

Ice Dragons Civics classes studied the Constitution in October and will begin learning about the Bill of Rights. The entire Ice Team is also pleased to be seeing a large turnout for O.A.R during school lunches. Students seem eager to take advantage of the extra time for learning opportunities. Parent communication has also increased with more parents taking an active role in their children's academic and behavioral progress. Thank you!

Air and Water Dragons In 6th grade math, students have been exploring percentage by using restaurant menus to help understand how to calculate percentages like tip and tax.

In History, students are learning about the Egyptian pharaohs and ancient Egypt's influence on the modern world. In Science, students are exploring gizmos (computer simulations) for building Pangea and plate tectonics. In Language Arts and Reading, students are learning to use marking and annotating to help understand new material. Please help make sure your student is regularly completing his or her weekly Achieve assignment.

On Friday Oct 29th, 6th Grade students who received high academic grades and behavior marks were invited to a 6th grade Extravaganza. Congrats to those who got to participate!

6th Graders celebrate good grades and conduct

On Friday Oct 29th, 6th Grade students who are earning high academic grades and behavior marks were invited to a 6th grade Extravaganza where they had a chance to relax with friends, enjoy snacks, and watch a movie. We are so proud of our youngest Dragons!

Metal Dragons In AVID, 7th and 8th grade students are learning about the Tutoring Process. Starting the first week in November, they will bring a question from one core class to OUR class and learn to help each other by using the Tutoring Process.

In Ms. Hesson and Ms Suits have teamed up for a project with students taking Spanish on the Wheel in which students record a video lesson to teach international students how to say their favorite fruits in Spanish. Beginning Spanish classes are creating real estate advertisements in Spanish, and Spanish One classes have just finished a challenging project speaking about schedules and descriptions of their classes.

In dance, guest Hip Hop Choreographer and student favorite Ms. Dreama, visited Davidsen Dance Department to teach some challenging new choreography. Dance students of all levels were invited to take her class last week.

Ms. Pilkington is getting her Chorus students ready to go caroling at Westchase and other elementary schools in our area. Band and Orchestra students are rehearsing for the Winter Concert season.

The Business Technology Department is excited about our Newline 75” Monitor being mounted this past month! The monitor was purchased with money received for Industry Certifications earned by previous Davidsen students. Students who earn certifications this year will help fund other improvements going forward.

Sweets & Strings with Orchestra and Culinary

Davidsen Orchestra had a great time entertaining friends and family at the Sweets & Strings concert with the help of Chef Toner's Culinary classes on October 26. Mr. Donataccio would like to give a very special thank you to all the families who made generous donations to our Orchestra program. We are grateful to have your support!

Visual Arts

Ms. Hall's students are learning to create the illusion of three dimensional space using techniques like perspective and overlapping to trick the eye. This month students will begin to study how light and shadow affect the appearance of different objects and learn to utilize shading techniques to create the illusion of depth.

Ms Smith's Advanced Art students are working on "Silly Self-portraits" in the style of Henri Matisse and "Les Fauves," while her 7th graders are learning about Picasso and Cubism, creating works based on musical instruments. 6th grade Art students are learning art hacks that will help them think outside of the box and feel confident about creating art.

Some of our amazing Visual Arts students were also busy working with ink for the spooky month of October:

Davidsen News and DTV Morning Show

A group of Yearbook students are working on creating segments for the DTV Morning show by conducting on campus interviews with fellow students on topics of interest. Last month they spoke to 8th graders about the PSATs, asked 7th graders about what they are looking forward to, and asked 6th graders about how they are adjusting to middle school.

Ida S. Baker Award: Camila Velez

Ms. Velez is one of our youngest faculty members having Graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018. Ms. Velez began her teaching career at Davidsen in 2016 as an AVID tutor, and has since found a new focus as an invaluable resource for our Spanish speaking families and their students as the head of the English as a Second Language (ESOL) Department. You may also know Ms. Velez as the sponsor for the National Jr Honor Society at Davidsen. Her devotion to and connection with her students makes her a stand out educator that we could not be more happy to have at Davidsen. Congratulations Camila Velez!

Looking Ahead: November dates

Parent Information Night: Wednesday, Nov 3rd

Parents have received invitations to Parent Information Night on Wednesday, November 3rd, from 5:00pm-6:00pm. The goal of this session will be to discuss and provide tools that will help parents and family members best support their student(s)' success both in school and at home.
Presenters and topics:
Reading Coach Monica Makholm will speak on reading expectations and offer recommendations for reading at home. Student Success Coach Matthew Galime will discuss his objectives in shaping student culture via positive interventions and encouragement of positive behavior.
Our presenters will also discuss how to best support your student on Canvas.
For our families who need assistance in learning English as a second language, faculty member Camila Veléz will also provide information about our English as a Second Language (ESOL) Program.

If you would like to attend but have not registered, please do so by Nov 2nd.

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Fall Dance: Nov 12

We are finally ready to dance! The PTSA invites all students to the Fall Dance on Friday Nov 12th. This will be the first dance since the pandemic put a hold on social events, so we are especially happy to be able to do this for our students this year. Admission is free to PTSA members, tickets for non members are $7 and will be sold at school. Stay tuned for more information. You can join the PTSA and get free admission to the dance HERE

Conference Night: Nov 15

Please mark your calendar for parent teacher conference night November 15th from 4:30pm to 7pm. Conferences will be held in person, so please make sure to arrange to be here to discuss your student's progress with their teachers.

The Great American Teach-In: Nov 18

After a virtual event last year, we are looking forward to bringing back some of our favorite speakers and presenters in-person this year. Kids' favorite the K-9 team will be making an appearance along with several other fun presenters.

If you would like to share your career or hobby with students at the Great American Teach-In, please contact Media Specialist Ms. Suits.

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New Items available

The Dragon Gear Spirit Shop

IS NOW OPEN November 1st- Nov 15th.

All items in the store will be available for purchase, so stock up! You can also buy PDQ cards and the new DMS car magnet at the PTSA Shop. Other questions about Dragon Gear may be directed to Carrie Garmendia spiritline@davidsenptsa.org


Volleyball season is underway; come out and support the Dragons! Our next game is Monday Nov 1st, Davidsen hosts Smith Middle. Game tickets can be purchased online at https://hillsborough.hometownticketing.com/embed/all?es=51c0lu8vr7s86oigo4ijbmt7a2

2021-22 Yearbook

Remember to pre-order your copy of the 2021-22 Davidsen Yearbook at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 21848. If you would like to submit pictures to the yearbook, you may upload them at www.HJeShare.com using the same school code.

Fall Break: Nov 22-26

Enjoy the break and have a happy Thanksgiving Holiday! Students return Monday, November 29.

Stock the Teachers' Lounge

A huge thank you goes out to our generous families who have donated to help "Stock the Teachers' Lounge" in October! Teachers have been treated each week to various snacks including whole fruit, grab and go chips and crackers, nuts, sparkling water, coffee, and more.

Our sponsors for the month of October:

The Correa Family, The Jones Family, the Lewandowski Family, the di Giusto Family, the Lossius Family, the Gothard Family, the Grilli Family, the Zeitlin Family, the Luddy Family, and the Siler Family.

A special thanks also goes out to DMS mom and "Pampered Chef" Amber Johnson for her donation of freshly baked cookies and school supplies.

If you would like to help the PTSA "Stock the Teachers' Lounge" this month, just click here! Select an amount and let the PTSA take care of the shopping. Your name (and/or student's name) will be listed as a sponsor on a sign displayed in the lounge each month. If you would like to donate something else, or if you have a business who would like to participate, please contact our PTSA President, Scott.

Let's help keep our teachers energized for our students!

Stock the Lounge Fundraiser


Nov 1: Principal's Honor Roll Breakfast

Nov 3: Parent Information Night

Nov 8 & 18: 8th Grade Tee Days

Nov 11: Veterans Day No School

Nov 12: Fall Dance

Nov 15: Conference Night

Nov 18- Great American Teach-In

Nov 19- Krispy Kreme Donut sales before school

Nov 22-26- FALL BREAK- no school

Nov 29 - Return to school -early release

click here for Volleyball Schedule

Dragons Go Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

On Friday Oct 15, students wore pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Thank you to our PTSA who handed out pink lollipops for students who participated.

Red Ribbon Week

Dragons took the drug and bully-free pledge this week and got into the spirit by dressing in different themes each day. Make sure to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages @DavidsenDragons to see more pics!

Outsiders Day

7th Graders who were reading The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton dressed up as one of the two groups: Greasers or Socs! Which side did you choose?


Thank you for participating in this year's Reflections Arts competition! We are happy to see so many wonderful submissions. The PTSA awards prizes for winners who go on to district or state level competition, as well as prizes of recognition for all who participate. We look forward to announcing the winners!


Canvas Grades

Parents please make sure to log in to Canvas regularly to supervise your student's progress. Some students may need help in uploading assignments from home or navigating the platform in other ways. Please make time to understand how to see your student's grades and assignments. This is great tool that can alert you to any areas in which your student might be struggling.


For more information on setting up Canvas, click here

OAR (extra help) Schedule

Teachers offer OAR for our students who would like to receive extra help in a subject. Students who have questions or need extra help outside of regular class time should plan to attend their teacher’s OAR during lunch.

OAR Schedule by subject:

Reading/Language Arts: Tuesday

Math: Wednesday

Science: Thursday

History: Friday

College Readiness and AVID

We want our Dragons not only prepared for college, but excited for it too! Every first Friday, Ms. Wilton's AVID program sponsors College T-shirt Day as a way to help kids get excited for college.

Ms. Wilton also keeps a collection of gently worn college tees to give out as prizes, and for students who would like to wear, but do not have the means to purchase one. If you have college apparel that you would like to donate to our AVID sponsored college readiness initiative, please contact Ms Wilton or drop off a bag labeled "Wilton, room 407"

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones should be put away in backpacks and used only when teachers allow them for instructional or other educational purposes. This rule also applies during lunch. Phones may be temporarily confiscated if students do not follow our cell phone policy.

School Hours and lunch times

Every Monday students are released one hour early.

Bell Schedule and Lunch times

Davidsen PTSA

The Davidsen PTSA brings parents together with teachers and staff to support all students at Davidsen. By joining the PTSA you can help support important activities, classroom enhancements.

Join the PTSA

You can also sign up to volunteer with the PTSA by emailing dmsvols@gmail.com

Volunteers must also complete the district volunteer form.