Diplomat ROAR

December 1, 2022

A Note from the Principal


I am so proud of you. This year started off very well and then Hurricane Ian made an appearance in our lives and jumbled up our school year. Because of the damage to our buildings, we could not return to Diplomat as soon as most other students were able to return to their schools. BUT…..you persevered. You began taking classes through Florida Virtual School from home and even for several days after coming back into the building.

You have done everything expected of you, even though the expectations were high and, at times, felt unfair. As we work through these fifteen school days of December, before break, I hope that you will keep your dedicated and determined focus on your school work. Finish strong this semester.

When we see each other again, after the 21st, it will be a new year and a new semester. Take advantage of this holiday season and show those around you that you care about them and that they are special in your eyes.

Proud to be in the Pride,

Maura Bennington, Principal

Revised 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

Due to the closure for Hurricane Ian, the SDLC has revised the instructional calendar for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. This link will take you to the overall calendar and the odd/even day calendar.

Students of the Month

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Sixth Grade Field Trip

Thursday, Feb. 16th 2023 at 7:45am-3:30pm

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota, FL

Attention 6th Grade Parents: The 6th grade field trip will be to the Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium on Thursday, February 16, 2023. Permission slips and details were sent home on Nov. 14th. If you and/or your child are interested in attending please fill out the forms and send them back to school with your child by Dec. 2, 2022. Thank you!

7th Grade Field Trip

Thursday, Feb. 16th 2023 at 6:30am-7:45pm

10165 McKinley Drive

Tampa, FL

Permission slips and money must be turned in by December 2.

Diplomat Spirit Night

Join us at Jeremiah's Ice on Thursday, December 1 for Spirit Night. Mention that you are supporting Diplomat Middle School and proceeds from your purchase go directly to DMS.

Every Monday is Pizza Night at Iragazzi Pizza!

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Theater Department Performance

Friday, Dec. 9th, 6pm

DMS Stage

Join us for a night of fun theater performances. There will be a variety of performances to showcase our students' talents.

Contact Barbara Chiofalo with questions.

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Orchestra and Winter Concert

Thursday, Dec. 15th, 6pm

Diplomat Middle School

This a date change from December 1. More information on rehearsals will be sent to orchestra members later this month.

Focus Parent Portal

Focus is the district's platform for all grades, student information, attendance and test history. Creating a parent portal gives you 24/7 access. In the portal, there are required forms that we need in order to ensure you are receiving the most current information. There is also a required form for your child to receive care in the clinic. Without this clinic form, we cannot assist your child. If you have not already completed these online forms, please create an account and complete them.

Counselor's Corner

Happy Holidays from your School Counselors!

We hope you can take the time this season to enjoy your loved ones and get some much needed rest. During December the counselors will be reaching out to the 8th graders to talk about High School Choice - yes, it is time to start making some decisions 8th graders. We will continue to work with all grade levels but especially our 8th graders in encouraging their academic success. We are putting together small groups for different needs such as: social skills, self esteem and choice making. Also if you are interested in the Resilient Lee groups for post hurricane support - please reach out to our school counseling secretary, Janice Chrapla.

Happy Holidays - Caroline Toadvine and Emily Evenson.

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Diplomat's Business Partners


Jeremiah's Ice

Iragazzi Pizza

Two Meatballs in the Kitchen


Iguana Mia

Super Target

Garden Club of Cape Coral

Sam's Club

Stuff A Bagel

Publix Supermarket Charities


Rosales Flowers


Jason's Deli


Yucatan Grill

El Rio Golf Club

Farmer Joe’s

Walmart Market

Sylwia's Ice Cream Parlor

Headpinz of Cape Coral

School Board of Lee County

Armor Persons, District 5, Chair

Sam Fisher, District 1, Vice Chair

Debbie Jordan, District 4

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Jada Langford-Fleming, District 6
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Christopher S. Bernier