Davies Dragon Pride Newsletter


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Tween Tech Conference

On Friday, January 8th, 2016, 15 girls were selected from the William Davies Middle School to attend Tween Tech, a conference at Stockton University that offers girls an opportunity to acquire more knowledge about STEM opportunities. Stockton and the American Association of University of Women (AAUW), hosted the event and it included many interactive, hands-on activities, and women presenters who work in the STEM field.

The conference offered hands-on workshops for middle school girls. Due to anticipated demand of the event, we were limited in selecting 15 students. Sample workshop titles included Mystery Diagnosis, Solve a Murder with Forensics, Chemistry of Modern Cuisine, Science of Clay, and What’s the Chance of That? All of the workshops were engaging, hands-on STEM focused. The workshops that the students from the William Davies Middle School enjoyed the most were Brain Games, Little Bits, Lissajous Figures, the Chemistry of Modern Cuisine, and Build a Robotic Hand.

The day started with the students creating their own name badges, and using a sticker to symbolize the session of their choice. All of the students were split up into their workshop, forcing them to collaborate with other students from different schools. Once in their session, they were paired up to complete the task at hand. The workshops lasted for an hour, and the students attended two workshops. They were offered lunch and the opportunity to hear motivational women speakers who work in the STEM field. They were truly amazed, engaged, and excited to hear their stories and experiences.

While the students were in workshops, the teachers attended a presentation on Solving the Equation: The Variable for Women’s Success in Engineering and Computing from the AAUW, as well as discussion on STEM majors. The presentation was about empowering women to pursue STEM careers. According to the report, the number of women in computer and mathematical occupations declined by 9% over the last 13 years. By the end of high school, fewer girls plan to pursue STEM in college.

When the presentation was over, we went into the Little Bits workshop, where students use electronic building blocks to invent large and small automated devices. Another workshop we attended was Build a Robotic Hand, which demonstrated hand function by using simple supplies such as, string, cardboard, straw, and glue.

In conclusion, all of our students had a great experience attending Tween Tech. It was a very successful and rewarding day for us. The students enjoyed the field trip the minute we stepped onto the bus to go to Stockton University. It made them realize the importance of an education, and the opportunities that are offered in STEM careers.

Here are a few quotes from our students:

“I am very happy I got the opportunity to participate in Tween Tech! This program has opened my eyes and exposed me to the different jobs and careers in STEM.” ~Alexa

“Today, I learned a lot!” ~Nina

“I had a fun learning experience. All of the volunteers were really helpful and the food was good!” ~Nathalia

“I had a lot of fun!” ~Hannah

“I learned a lot about Engineering and Technology. My favorite activity was building a robotic hand.” ~Megan

by Mrs. Malika Green and Mrs. Kim Mattina

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Davies Got Talent

Davies Got Talent went off without a hitch (well maybe a couple) on Friday, January 29, 2016. Selling close to 250 tickets, Davies Got Talent once again was a huge success! A large amount of appreciation needs to be extended to all of the staff volunteers who helped make this night a huge success: Maria Santilli, Toni Ricelli, Rachel Kaczmarski, Debbie Conrad, Dorothy Gildiner, Carla Yutzy, Charlotte Hopkins, Jennifer Laning, Ed Aleszcyk, Kim Mathis, Laura Rosenberger, Lisa Jones, Jamie Hayden, Beth Steinen, Gay Laubert, Nancy Arsenault, Joelle Voelker, Kathy Watkins, Stephanie Wroniuk, and Ashley Winkler. We would also like to wish all of our 8th graders who performed the very best of luck next year as they enter high school: Colin Luderitz, Emily Tunney, Makayla Baggstrom, Katrina Arroyo, Kristin Siebert, Alix Cavileer, and Emma Benkovic. A huge shout- out also needs to be given for the wonderful dance job by the Davies Field Hockey team! Thank you, also, to SWAT for taking the photos in the slideshow below. This event was sponsored by the Hamilton Township Education Association (HTEA); thank you for your support!

Culinary Arts and Science Together. Perfect.

Science smelled yummy in Ms. Gay Laubert’s seventh grade science classes the day Chef Kelly McClay came to visit. Dean of the Academy of Culinary Arts at Atlantic Cape Community College, Chef McClay had students add cream of tartar to baking soda and baking powder as she explained leavening agents that work in making bread rise.

Ms. Laubert realized that food and cooking easily relate to each of her science units and everyone loves food. Combining those two thoughts led her to invited Chef McClay to add her culinary expertise to her science classes. Students saw how proteins react when eggs are scrambled. The best part was tasting the freshly made caramel as they dipped apple slices into the warm sauce. Seeing the sugar change when heated was an example of chemical change.

Students learned that a new career possibility is open to them called culinology. It is the combination of learning to cook like a chef and applying science to the process. Culinary Arts and science together. Perfect!

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Principal Kafele Visits Students and Staff

William Davies Middle School was lucky to have a visit from Principal Baruti Kafele on January 15th. First he spoke to students about making choices that can help you succeed in school and in life. He mentioned how middle school can be a turning point in one's life: we can either take right turns or wrong turns, but we can always find our way back from a wrong turn if we focus on the future and try hard at everything we do. Principal Kafele has 100s of videos on You Tube that can benefit students, parents, and teachers. Check them out when you can.

South Jersey Junior High Band

On Jan. 30th, 12 members of the Davies Band auditioned for the SJ Jr. High Band. The students have been preparing their music since the summer. A required solo was presented by each student. Each student also prepared nine diatonic and one chromatic scale for the audition. Along with those studies, each musician must be able to sight-read music at first glance with a 15 second prep limit.

Students accepted will perform in a special regional band concert this spring at Lower Cape May Regional High School. We wish the best of luck to the following students: Katelyn Diaz - flute; Matt Barrera - trombone; Rachel Bustard - clarinet; Justine Haye - mallets, battery, tympani; Grant Johnson - Ten. Sax; Vivek Kolli - Mallet Percussion; Lexi Phommathep - Clarinet; Abigail Harvie - clarinet; Sarah Brosman - trumpet; Andy Nguyen - Alto Sax; Max Tran - Alto Sax; Christopher Dib - mallet percussion; Alexa Rosario-Torres - flute.

South Jersey Junior High Chorus

Congratulations to Jenna Miller and Katie Compton, both eighth grade students, who were accepted to the S.J. Jr. High Chorus. They rehearsed each weekend with over 600 students for their Choral Concert, which was held at Eastern High School on January 30th and Feb. 1st. With the regional high school chorus also performing, there were over 1000 students singing in the two-day concert.
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Interactive Library

Keep your eyes out for books with QR codes on the covers. Mrs. Steinen's 8th grade LMT students created book trailers of their favorite books. You can download a QR reader app and view the videos in seconds. If anyone is interested in making a book trailer for their favorite book, please see Mrs. Steinen and she will add your QR code so others can see what makes your favorite so special.
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Mrs. Berchtold's Mallet Percussion Class

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The 2015-16 Yearbook is on sale NOW!

Check out the cover of the Davies Yearbook! We THANK YOU for your support if you have already ordered your copy. If you have not, please click below to order your yearbook. You can also check out lots of ideas for icons and add-ons. You have until March 4th to personalize your book. After that date, only the basic book will be available for purchase. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Carter or Ms. Pickering. #WeAreDavies

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Springboard is an after school program that provides students with homework help, as well as a curriculum including SPARK (physical education), Read Alouds, and Team Building Skills. You can sign up at http://www.springboardafterschool.com/.

All South Jersey Elementary Honors Chorus

The Wm. Davies Middle School Music Department is proud to announce the selection of six of our middle school choir members to the All South Jersey Elementary Honors Chorus. The following students will be performing a concert on Saturday, March 5th, at the TD Bank Arts Center in Sewell, New Jersey.

Alexia Bey

Joshua Lively

Alivia Mullery

Hannah Derringer

Evelyn Husta

Amelia Pullano

These six outstanding singers will be members of the 160 voice Elementary Honors Chorus, representing the best young singers in the 8 county Southern New Jersey region.

Davies Dragon Dodgeball Challenge

The Davies Dragons 8th Annual Dodgeball Challenge is on Friday, February 26th; prepare to cheer on your favorite staff member and 8th grade students. Tickets are $5.00; get them early, it's a sell-out night. Get ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge again and again! Hope to see you there! This event was sponsored by the Hamilton Township Education Association (HTEA); thank you for your support!
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7th Annual "Ricky McAvaddy" Blood Drive

Joseph C. Shaner School

Monday, March 14


Register at: http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation Sponsor Code: Ricky

Sponsored by Hamilton Township Education Association

Questions? Contact Dorothy Gildiner at gildinerd@hamiltonschools.org or call 625-6600 x3028.

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National Junior Honor Society

More than sixty members of the William Davies chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, along with a few of their friends, made more than 800 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches after school on January 14th. After putting the sandwiches together, they bagged, boxed, and delivered them to the Atlantic City Rescue Mission in Atlantic City to help feed the homeless. Mr. Wood, Mr. Diorio, and Mrs. Swan and her Spanish club all came down to the cafeteria to help in the process, and all involved had a great time while servicing our community. The NJHS would like to thank all those who assisted by donating items or making sandwiches, and would especially like to thank the Shulby family for delivering the ten boxes of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the rescue mission.


Mr. Beck and Mr. Robinson's team is currently 5-0. They have defeated Millville, EHT-Fernwood, Middle Twp, Ocean City and Mainland.

The Davies Wrestling Team had an awesome showing at the annual Middle School Tournament. We had more than half of our wrestlers place, including 1st Place (5), 2nd Place (4), 3rd Place (2), and one 4th Place.

1st Place – Hogan Horsey, Hunter Horsey, Hayden Horsey, Frankie Gabriel and Jonah Telesca

2nd Place – Sal Palmeri, Josh Mensah, Trevon Holland and Vance Arroyo

3rd Place – Ethan Rowley and Gunner Angier

4th Place – Dennis Forbes

For a video of the Davies v. Ocean City match from January 29th, click here.

Environmental Club

Our Davies Environmental Club loves to be outdoors! For our Winter Solstice party, we made natural bird feeders and placed them around the school grounds for the birds to enjoy over winter break. They’re easy and fun--because they’re messy! We collected pine cones from all around. Then we tied string around the pine cones on one end, and made a loop on the other. This loop is to hang them on a tree. Then we melted peanut butter and rolled the pine cones in it! Gooky fun! Then, we rolled the peanut butter-covered pine cones in birdseed. When we finished we hung the finished natural bird feeders all around. You should try this too! Instead of peanut butter, so can also use a cooking product called Crisco or even honey to roll the birdseed on! If you’re interested in joining the Environmental Club, please see Ms. Conrad (our Teacher of the Year!) in A100.

National Junior Honor Society

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SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology)

SWAT club has been meeting for the last two months and working on some fun and exciting the projects. The students are creating, filming, and editing video shorts to share with one another. Most recently, some 8th grade members filmed and photographed "Davies Got Talent" with the intention of making a video montage!

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12 Best Sellers of 2015

For those of you, that go to the library and just cannot find a book, here is a list of 2015 top selling books, along with a short description of them. Just click the name of the book to go to the full description.

1.) The 5th Wave series- A desperate teen tries to save her younger brother as increasingly deadly attacks destroy most of the Earth. If you like reading a series of books with the same characters, give this set a try.

2.)Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs. The book tells the tale of a boy who, following a horrific family tragedy, follows clues that take him to an abandoned orphanage on a Welsh island.

3.)Looking for Alaska- Miles Halter leaves his home in Florida to attend Culver Creek Preparatory High School in Alabama for his junior year. He uses François Rabelais’s last words—"I go to seek a Great Perhaps"—as his argument for choosing boarding school at such a late age. Miles is fond of reading biographies, and particularly of memorizing the last words of famous people.

4.)Since you've been gone- If you like books that are about a mystery and trying to find out what happened to a missing character, definitely read this one.

5.)Red Queen- This book is in a dystopian society, when a man’s world completely changes, if you like dystopian, this is a great choice.

6.)Girl Jacked- This book is about a man, who had a fait to be violent, but is finally letting that fate come true. It sounds really good.

7.)The Path- This book is about a boy getting lost on a path and meeting himself at different time in his life, read this, and find out what secrets he may learn.

8.)The Secret Fire- French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. Taylor Montclair is an English bookworm and it is up to her to save Sacha from something terribly horrible.

9.)The Program- The only solution to a teen epidemic of suicide is The Program. They erase your illness, but also your memories. This “dystopian romance” will grab you.

10.)Fangirl- If you are into realistic fiction, read this book about a girl going away to college and her sister wondering if she can make it without her.

11.)Every Last Word- Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But, hidden beneath all of her perfection is the truth: she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off. Until, she meets Caroline...

12.)Divergent Series- This dystopian series is perfect for fans of The Hunger Games and Maze Runner.

I hope you try out at least one of these books, and remember… Keep reading!!

~Alexis Cabrera

Movie Reviews (Spoiler Alerts)

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J Abrams, but this time for Walt Disney, not LucasFilm, and is the seventh installment in the Star Wars saga. The story takes place thirty years after the events of Episode 6: Return of the Jedi, and from the ashes of the Empire, comes the First Order, lead by a mysterious masked figure named Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). But if a dark side exists, so does the light side, this time, being the resistance, lead by former princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). The planet of Jakku (not Tatooine) is being attacked by Kylo Ren and his Storm Troopers, when one of the protagonists, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) sends his droid, BB-8 with a piece of a map leading to the last of the Jedi knights, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who has been missing for years. Among the Storm Troopers, Finn, or FN-2817 (John Boyega), rebels with Poe but crash lands on Jakku where he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley). They go on to meet Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), and end up fighting against the First Order alongside with the Resistance. The ending I will not spoil, but I will say that it has an unexpected twist. DEFINITELY a must-see!

~Jake Burnett

Holiday Dance

The annual holiday dance was held the week before Christmas to celebrate the happy holidays to come. There were refreshments such as drinks, pizza, candy, and water. Chill areas and DJ’s brought excitement like dance competitions and sing-a-longs.

Dances are fun because you can chat with friends or dance until you drop. Or both!

~Deondre Davis

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Winter Door Decorating Contest

Holiday door decorating is always a huge deal throughout William Davies. All of the staff and students were super excited to spread holiday cheer all over the school. Everyone was eager and ready to break out the lights and decorations, with the hope of beating their fellow classmates and co-workers. The fierce competition heated up, as everyone tried to impress the judges. There could only be three winners, though.

~Haley Duffy and Savannah Masker

New Year's Resolutions

Did you know that only 45 percent of Americans make a New Year’s resolution? Well, I went around the school and asked some of William Davies' very own teachers and students what their New Year’s resolution is for 2016. Here are the top 5 things William Davies' staff and students said were...

  1. Get in shape or eat healthier.

  2. Spend more time with family.

  3. Get involved with more activities.

  4. Get good grades.

  5. Be a better person overall.

Now that you’ve read what some of Davies staff and students' New Year's resolutions are, what is your resolution for the new year of 2016?

~Alexa Goode