Discovery Middle School

Newsletter - May 2019

Building a Foundation for Success!

Dear Discovery Families

I’m still in shock that the month of May is here. The school year has flown by quite fast. This year, Discovery has experienced both structural and personnel changes. The construction project, which included a renovation of classroom pods and the additions of an administrative wing, band and drama wing, and cafeteria are nearing completion. The light is at the end of the tunnel! Staff and students have done a remarkable job adjusting to the work being completed inside and outside of our school.

When students return next year, they will notice that teacher teams have been changed. As was stated in earlier communication, students will have the opportunity to participate in naming their teams for 2019 – 2020 school year. Discovery will also offer an Advanced English course for students in grades 7 and 8. One of my goals as principal is to provide students with the opportunity to earn as many high school credits as they can at the middle level before they enter high school. Although this won’t happen next year regarding Advanced English, but we are on the right path.

I am so honored to serve as the principal at Discovery Middle School! I am excited to see what the future holds for our students and staff! Go Eagles!

Principal Williams

Upcoming Events

May 10: School will be in session.Make-up day from the February 7th storm. It will be a “C” day

May 16: FM All-City Track Meet (7th/8th Grade) @ Moorhead High School

May 27: No School, Memorial Day

May 30: Last Day of Classes


All lunch account balances left at the end of the school year will be carried over to each student's new school, next year. Any refund requests must be made by parents to FPS Nutrition Services at 446-1132. Refunds will be mailed to the student’s home in one to two weeks. Please contact the Discovery kitchen at 446-3409 if you have any questions. Thank you and have a great summer!

BOGO Scholastic BOOK FAIR April 30 - May 3!

8 AM - 3:45 PM in the Discovery Library

For every item purchased, students will get another item for equal or lesser value FREE! Every customer gets twice as many books, trinkets, pens, pencils, etc! View the Discovery Scholastic Book Fair webpage for more information.

Summer Reading Ideas

Read aloud to younger kiddos! 6th grade students enjoyed reading E for Everyone books after reviewing read-aloud techniques. The reader and listener benefit in this great summer activity!

Summer Reading Program

Join a summer reading program; earn incentive prizes!

OverDrive eBooks and Audiobooks for FREE!

Read or listen to OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks for FREE!

Remember that even though the Discovery Library is closing for the summer, your child still has access to checking out books for free from Discovery’s electronic book collection in OverDrive. Directions are listed below:

Use OverDrive to read or listen in your browser on any device that has Internet access. Visit the FPS website to get started:

  • FPS website:

  • Learning Portal/login

    • Username: student ID#

    • Password: locker combination (ex: 01-12-06).

  • Middle School Resources

    • OverDrive/Login

Lunch Number: student ID#

Password: locker combination (Ex: 01-12-06)

Borrow the book and choose to read in your browser. (There is an offline access option if you would like to download the book onto your device. Then you can read the book without Internet access. Click on the menu once you are in the book for simple directions under “offline access.”)

Remember OverDrive has audiobooks to check out, too. Choose to listen in your browser.

OPTION: USE THE FREE APP for personal devices!

  1. Search “OverDrive” in your app store, download, and follow the directions.

  2. Need help? This website will get you started.

  3. Once you are set up, you can borrow and download books from Fargo Public School’s library (using your FPS username and password) or the Fargo Public Library (using your library card number).

More Help!

Library books due Wednesday, May 22

All library books are due Wednesday, May 22nd.

PLD, Power Cord, and Case Turn-In

PLD, Power Cord, and Cases will be turned in May 28-29.

Note to Parents/Guardians from Library Staff

Your DMS students used 21st Century Skills this year as they created, communicated, collaborated, and thought critically. We enjoyed working with your children in a large variety of activities both in the library as well as in classrooms. Students explored and read a wide variety of print books and electronic materials, created podcasts, researched topics of their choice, used the Green Screen to explain weather patterns, traveled virtually to places like the Holocaust Museum, created videos to showcase learning, practiced read-aloud techniques for babysitting, put together MakeBots, learned digital citizenship name just a few! We are excited to facilitate new learning experiences for your children and continue to provide a safe, peaceful, and creative atmosphere for students to learn, grow, and perhaps best of all...relax with a great book. Thanks for a fantastic year!

Discovery Library Staff: Mrs. Donat, Mrs. Hyde, Mrs. Franzen, Mrs. Westby, and Mrs. Schultz

Girls Cross Country Team

The Fargo Davies Girls Cross Country team is hosting a spring athlete/parent meeting on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Discovery Auditorium. This is for any incoming 7th grade girl runner, anyone new to our team, or anyone that wants to get the information on summer running from our coaches in any grade. If your daughter is interested in joining this fun, character building team, please come in and meet the coaches and captains of the Eagles! If you can not attend the meeting but would like the informational handout, please contact Coach Edwards ( We hope to see you there!


The Discovery Bands participated in Discovery’s fourth annual Big Floody Band/Jazz Band festival on April 11th. The Honor Band performance earned a rating of a Gold Award as well as an Outstanding Percussion Section Award, Outstanding Low Brass Section Award, and Outstanding Low Woodwind Section Award. The 8th grade band earned a Gold Award as well as an Outstanding Bassoon Award. The 7th grade bands also participated: The 7th grade Gold Band earned a Gold Award as well as an Outstanding Trumpet Section Award. The 7th grade Cardinal Band received a Silver Award as well as an Outstanding Saxophone Section Award. The Stage Band received a Silver Award and the Jazz Band received a Gold Award with an Outstanding Bass Solo award for Eva Heller.

The Discovery Art and Jazz Departments hosted the second annual “Bluestem Ball” in the pavilion at Trollwood on Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:30 to 8:00. Both 2D and 3D works of art from over 100 students were displayed all around the lobby and concourse, and the two jazz bands performed throughout the evening. The Discovery PTA, Eckroth Music, Schmitt Music, and Lucht/Salzer LLC provided funding for the catered goodies on hand.

The Discovery PRIMO! group will do a performance tour on May 15th. Their tour will give them an opportunity to perform at Bethany on 42nd at 10:30 a.m., and another venue at 1:00 PM.

There is a Summer Band opportunity from June 4 – June 24 for any band student who has completed 6th or 7th grade. Check the Summer School Booklet or the Summer School Website and sign up for Intermediate Summer Band. E-mail or call us at 446-3405 with any questions.

If you would like to rent a school instrument over the summer, please email one of the band directors so we can get you the necessary information. Have a great summer!

Adventures For Teens

View the online middle school newsletter for teens.


August 15: 8th grade Football uniforms handout (tentative)

August 19: 8th grade Football

August 19: 7th & 8th grade Volleyball

TBD: 6th Grade Cross Country

TBD: 6th Grade Volleyball

All fall coaches for Discovery's 7th & 8th grade activities will be sending out a letter before the above August starting dates. Please follow the information in the letters in case of possible schedule changes.


August 5: 7th-12th grade Girls Golf

August 12: 7th-12th grade Boys & Girls Cross Country

August 19: 7th-12th grade Boys Tennis

August 12: 7th-12th grade Boys & Girls Cross Country

August 19: 7th-12th grade Girls Swimming

The North Dakota High School Activities Association determines starting dates for practice to begin. If you have further questions regarding starting dates, you may call the Discovery Activities Office at 446-3306 or Davies Activities office at 446-5608.


All Athletes in grades 7-12 will need a physical EVERY year. Only physicals that were given ON or AFTER April 15th, 2019, will count for the 2019-2020 school year.


Middle School activity fees are $30 (7th & 8th graders) unless the athlete is participating at the varsity level at Davies (high school is $50). These fees must be collected before the students can participate. Discovery’s Activity fees can be paid online through SchoolPay or turned in to our Main Office.


The swimming and diving team is open to 7th through 12th graders. Swimming and diving is one of the only sports that does not make cuts! All athletes will get to participate at meets. The season will start on Monday, August 19th at 4:00 p.m. In order to practice the first day, all athletes must have a physical, co-curricular form and the $50 activity fee.

If you would like additional information, check out the team website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Coach Leidholm

Nurse Corner

With the measles outbreak, thought I’d pass along some information.

Division of Disease Control What Do I Need To Know?

MEASLES (Rubeola)

What is measles?

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease with an abrupt onset. Measles causes fever, rash and flu like symptoms which may cause serious complications and result in pneumonia, swelling of the brain, convulsions, deafness or intellectual disabilities. Measles is also known as rubeola, which should not be confused with rubella, another vaccine-preventable viral rash illness.

Who is at risk for measles?

Anyone who has not been vaccinated or has not previously had measles is at risk for developing the disease. Cases of measles occur infrequently in the United States due to high vaccination rates, but outbreaks can occur among people who have not been immunized.

What are the symptoms of measles?

• Fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes

• Small, blue-red spots in mouth (called Koplik spots)

• Rash that starts at the head or neck and then spreads to the trunk, back, and finally the arms and legs

• Possible diarrhea or ear infection

How soon do symptoms appear?

Symptoms usually appear eight to 12 days after exposure but can occur as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

How is measles spread?

Measles is spread through the air when someone who is infected sneezes or coughs.

When and for how long is a person able to spread the disease?

A person is able to spread measles from four days before the first signs or symptoms appear to four days after the appearance of the rash.

How is a person diagnosed?

A health care provider will confirm a positive diagnosis by laboratory testing.

Should children or others be excluded from child care, school, work or other activities if they have measles?

Yes. Children or staff who are infected with the measles virus should be excluded until four days after the rash appears. Unvaccinated people who have been exempted from measles immunization for religious, moral or philosophical reasons must be immunized within 72 hours of exposure. Vaccination within 72 hours of exposure may provide some protection. If exposed, unvaccinated people are not vaccinated within 72 hours, they should be excluded from all activities until the North Dakota Department of Health determines it is safe for them to return.

What can be done to prevent the spread of measles disease?

Children are required to be age-appropriately immunized against measles in order to attend early childhood facilities, schools and colleges in North Dakota.

During measles outbreaks, exposed children and staff who have not been immunized should be excluded until they are vaccinated, or, if they refuse, they should continue to be excluded until the North Dakota Department of Health determines it is safe for them to return. The vaccine may provide some protection if given within 72 hours of exposure.

Additional Information:

Additional information is available at or by calling the North Dakota Department of Health at 800.472.2180.

This disease is a reportable condition. As mandated by North Dakota

Please see your provider or Public Health to get immunizations. Later this summer FCPH is providing new clinic offerings:

Discovery Middle School

Vince Williams, Principal

Amy Herrick, Assistant Principal

Dan Shultis, Assistant Principal