DMS Panther Post

March 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Panther Families,


Spring break is here and we have come to the end of our third term! It is hard to believe that we are at this point already! This juncture in the school year means we are busy preparing for the excitement that the spring season brings while gearing up for the upcoming school year.


With spring in full bloom upon our return from spring break, I wanted to give you a few reminders to help get us through the season. Please ensure that your students adhere to dress code. All clothing must meet appropriate guidelines as noted in the DMS Student Handbook and MCS Code of Conduct. Also, students may bring a jacket or sweater if they are cold; however, blankets and stuffed animals are not allowed as a cover at school. Attendance is very important for both school-based and virtual students. Please be sure to send absence notes to dmsattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us whenever your student is absent from school-based or virtual classes.


State standardized testing begins Tuesday, March 23. Please note the schedule listed below regarding testing dates for school-based students. Virtual students will test on Friday, April 9 and Friday April 23. As always, please ensure that your students get plenty of rest and proper nourishment in preparation for testing. Additionally, it will be very important for students to bring their MCS device (fully charged) and charger to school daily.


Our spring sports season is off to a great start, so come on out and join us on the softball, baseball and soccer fields. It's always a great day to show your Panther Pride.


Information regarding the course catalogs and registration for the 2021-2022 school year will be forthcoming.


Discovery Middle School is a great place to learn and grow. We are very proud of our students, faculty and staff.


Wishing you a safe, healthy and peaceful spring break!


With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery.

Upcoming Events

  • March 12: End of 3rd Nine Weeks
  • March 15-19: Spring Break - No School
  • March 23: ACAP Testing Begins
  • March 25: Report Cards

DMS Try-Out Opportunities

Advanced Theater Auditions

DMS Advanced Theatre Auditions for next school year will be held March 25th and 26th, from 3:30 to 5:00 after school in the theatre room. Students will be seen individually in the order they arrive. All auditionees will be required to present a memorized monologue 60-seconds in length. Students wishing to participate in a musical may also present a memorized excerpt of any song.


Applications should be filled out prior to auditions at this link: https://forms.gle/A1TPJpB6kUHttxTn6 Those unable to attend in person should contact Miss Emily Lewis or Ms. Debra Davenport for information on submitting a video instead. Contact them at eelewis@madisoncity.k12.al.us or dcdavenport@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

DMS Student Accomplishments

Scholar's Bowl

The Scholar's Bowl team had a great run at the East Lawrence MS Invitational tournament Saturday. In the field of 20 teams, the Discovery A team went undefeated until the finals where they ended up winning 2nd place in a hard-fought match. The Discovery B team made it to the quarter finals. The sixth grade team also placed second. Steven Pan won individual honors with 3rd place in the points scored per round competition. Please congratulate our Panther Scholar's Bowl teams on their accomplishments.

DMS Students Compete in BJHS Track and Field

The Bob Jones Junior High team composed of seventh through ninth graders competed in their first Junior High Meet of the season. Our future Patriots from Discovery played a major role in helping the girls bring home the First Place Trophy while the Boys brought home the Second Place Trophy. Along the way, there were many outstanding performers and several new personal bests.


For the girls, Kalah Christopher won the 100 Meter Dash and the Long Jump. Sloan Williams won the 400 Meter Dash and placed second in the 200 Meter Dash. Joanna Crawford took first place in the Pole Vault and was a member of winning 4 x 400 Meter Relay Team along with Rachel Pennell. Ava Dickow and Madisyn Lambertson took home third place medals; Ava in the High Jump and Madisyn in the Pole Vault.


For the Boys, William Aldridge took home the third place medal in the Long Jump, a first place medal as part of the 4 x 400 Relay, and he teamed with Colt Dixon as part of the 4 x 100 Meter Relay Team that brought home the third place medal.


It was a great day for our future Patriots to showcase their talents and they did so in spectacular fashion!

Hour of Chess

Students participated in the Madison City Schools annual Spring Hour of Chess during the week of February 22-26.

National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members

New 7th Grade Members (Spring 2021):

Mark Allison

Madelyn Averitt

Jake Bryan

Brandon Carter-Kennedy

Aaron Chen

Nathan Chiu

Lily Cook

Brolin Cozzolino

Sophia Evans

Ryan Fedrick

Autumn Glover

Abigail Goodwin

Farah Gouda

Sheldon Graham

Hudson Grisham

Evie Hampson

Lily Harper

Eddie Igiede

Keller Iversen

Hannah Jones

Nathan Justice

Ally Kuang

Mya Lacey

Maddie Lambertson

Elizabeth Lee

Byron Lewis

Arnav Maskey

Melia Mbuko

Alex Milonopoulos

Mila Petersson

Evie Poole

Nick Ragan

Alexa Leigh Skelley

Cole Spanier

Ethan Van

Karsten Wallace

Joshua Wilhide

Sloan Williams

Aaron Wiswesser

Olivia Zimnowski


New 8th Grade Members (Fall 2020):

Allie Avena

Anna Kate Campbell

Kosei Fujita

Molly Halter

Millie Hoksbergen

Danielle Kessler

Sophia Kessler

Ana Lara Lemus

Katari Lucero

Amanda MendezMorales

Adeline Miller

O’Neal Miller

Tru Pitts

Cassie Stellmacher

Antoinette Wooten

Cohen Yates


Congratulations to all of these hard working students!

CyberPatriot

The DMS CyberPatriot teams had a very successful 2020-2021 season.

The Panther 1 team consisting of Zane Breen (team captain), Landon Drummond, Byron Lewis and Neil Mehta finished the season ranked #2 in the state of Alabama.

Congratulations to the CyberPatriot Panther 1 team on their fantastic accomplishment!

STEM

Students in PLTW: Science of Technology this month are working on creating an Aerial Firefighting implement to attach to drones. After learning about wildfires and wildland fires, students will be able to distinguish between different forest types and respond dynamically to the needs of that ecosystem. Seen in these photos are students working on calibration and adjustments to their initial designs. After several attempts, they will get to do a "fires across the world" simulation with a map on the ground with random fires that must be targeted and extinguished correctly.


https://youtu.be/zRBKNq5IIbw

DMS Media Center News

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day took place on Wednesday, February 3. Students connected virtually with Joshua Levy, author of Seventh Grade vs. The Galaxy.

Virtual Book Fair

Discovery Middle School's Media Center will be hosting a Virtual Book Fair for students from March 22-April 4. If you would like to shop the book fair, you can click on the following link beginning on March 22.


https://www.scholastic.com/bf/discoverymiddleschool1

DMS Sports

DMS Soccer Schedule

March 8 (Away) vs Sparkman G/6:00 p.m.

March 10 (Away) vs Liberty (Madison Cup) G/6:30 p.m. & B/5:00 p.m.

March 12 (Home) vs Meridianville G/6:30 p.m. & B/5:00 p.m.

March 23 (Home) vs Randolph G/5:00 p.m. & B/6:30 p.m.

March 27 (Away) vs Athens Middle G/2:00 p.m. & B/3:30 p.m.


County Tournament


April 5-10 (Home) Times TBA

DMS Baseball Schedule

March 6 (Away) Madison Academy 12:00/2:00

March 9 (Away) Buckhorn 4:30/6:45

March 11 (Home) Buckhorn 4:45/7:00

March 13 (Home) Muscle Shoals 11:00/1:15

March 22 (Home) Monrovia 4:45/7:00

March 23 (Away) Monrovia 4:30

March 24 (Away) Monrovia 4:30

March 27 (Away) Athens 11:00/1:15

April 3 (Away) Florence 11:00/1:15

DMS Softball Schedule

March 9 (Home) vs New Hope 4:30 p.m.

March 11 (Home) vs Sparkman 4:30 p.m.

March 23 (Away) vs Central 4:30 p.m.

March 25 (Away) vs Buckhorn 4:30 p.m.

March 29 (Home) vs Liberty 4:30 p.m.

April 1 (Away) vs Liberty 1:30 p.m.

April 6 (Home) vs Monrovia 4:30 p.m.

April 8 (Away) vs New Hope 4:30 p.m.

April 13 (Away) vs Meridianville 4:30 p.m.


County Tournament

April 15-19 (Home) TBA

Reminders

Spring Break Reminder from the Nurses Station

Dear Madison City School Parents and Staff,

With the current decrease in COVID numbers, we are asking for additional help from our MCS families and staff. In order to maintain the health and safety of our students and staff, we need to ask all of you to be extra vigilant during Spring Break and travel during this time. We are aware that many of MCS family members are now being vaccinated, but we still must adhere to the ADPH guidelines until they deem it safe for our communities to return to normal. We know that each of you deserves a break but we also want to ensure we are able to return to an optimal learning and testing environment.

Please keep in mind that many symptoms of COVID and COVID Variant Strains are also symptoms of allergies, flu, strep throat, and many other non- COVID infectious diseases. If your student is prone to increased allergy symptoms during this time, please take the necessary precautions to minimize the effects this season. Please consult your child’s physician if additional information is needed. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them at home and notify your school nurse via Spring Break Notification Form from MCS and/or email your school nurse at kloftin@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

If your student has been placed on quarantine because they have had close contact with a positive COVID case OR an individual who is being tested because of "loss of taste or smell", they must be quarantined for 14 days from the last day of contact. Please contact your school nurse immediately via email and prior to returning to school so we can start the quarantine countdown. Your student MUST be quarantined from all activities in school and outside of school for 14 days. Testing them for COVID and receiving a negative result does NOT permit them to return to school. Please remember to send notes regarding absences to the attendance office at dmsattendance@madisoncity.k12.al.us.

Most importantly, if you, your student, or any member of the family within the household tests positive for COVID or has a loss of taste or smell, you must do the following: isolate from person(s) if possible, quarantine your entire household and notify your school nurse and attendance office ASAP until further directed.

We appreciate the help of our MCS family and staff. Following these recommendations are key to maintaining the health and safety of our staff and students.

Thank you!

Kemi Loftin, BSN, RN

Norvella Wilson,RN

DMS School Nurses

Madison City School

School Phone #: (256)-837-3735

Fax: (256)-837-3735

kloftin@madisoncity.k12.al.us

nnwilson@madisoncity.k12.al.us

ACAP Testing Schedule

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School-Based Students ACAP Testing Information


Each day students should bring 2 sharpened pencils, their MCS device (fully charged) and the device’s charger. (If your student has not been issued a MCS device, then one will be provided on testing days.)


Day 1: Students will take both portions of the math ACAP test. One section allows a calculator and the other does not. Students may use their own four-function or scientific calculator on the subset that allows calculators.


Day 2: Students will take 2 of the 3 subsets of the ELA portion of the ACAP test. The third section will be taken on the following day.


Day 3: Students will take the final section of the ELA portion of the ACAP test. 6th and 8th graders will take both science sections on this day. (7th graders do not take the science portion of the ACAP).


Altered Bell Schedule: Important Note

Discovery Middle School will follow an altered bell schedule from March 23rd until April 1st. This will allow us a longer period of time to complete ACAP testing during B block. Please note B block will run from 9:20-11:35. Please do not check out students during B block on the days they are testing. Students that check in during B block on their testing day will not be admitted to their testing room, and will be scheduled to make up those subsections of the test on a later date. Once a student begins a subtest, they must complete it. There is no ability to pause and return later for completion.


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A place for Excellence, Innovation and Discovery.