Davidsen Middle School
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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
IN THE CLASSROOM
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
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
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
Ida S. Baker Award: 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.
Fall Dance: Nov 12
The Great American Teach-In: Nov 18
If you would like to share your career or hobby with students at the Great American Teach-In, please contact Media Specialist Ms. Suits.
New Items available
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
Stock the Teachers' Lounge
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!
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
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
College Readiness and AVID
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"
You can also sign up to volunteer with the PTSA by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteers must also complete the district volunteer form.