DMS Panther Post
March 2021 Newsletter
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 email@example.com 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,
Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
DMS Student Accomplishments
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.
7th/8th Grade Team
Pictured (left to right): Back - Karsten Wallace, Steven Pan, Ben Landingham, Patrick Bruce. Front - Owen Bruyns, Mark Alllison
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6th Grade Team
Abigail Chan , Roman Hanson, Arham Muhammed, Landon Drummond, John Hymas, Charlie Huang
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
National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Members
New 7th Grade Members (Spring 2021):
Alexa Leigh Skelley
New 8th Grade Members (Fall 2020):
Anna Kate Campbell
Ana Lara Lemus
Congratulations to all of these hard working students!
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!
DMS Media Center News
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.
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.
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.
April 15-19 (Home) TBA
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
Kemi Loftin, BSN, RN
DMS School Nurses
Madison City School
School Phone #: (256)-837-3735
ACAP Testing Schedule
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.