The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 15-16: September 4, 2015

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Principally Speaking

Parents, Guardians, and Community,

We had another great week at DCMS with students learning both academic content and character through class lessons and working together with peers. This week students did an excellent job of getting to first period on time...even if they eat breakfast at school. I have been working on them to budget their time and to understand that eating breakfast is not and excuse for being tardy. I have been pleased with their efforts and response to my coaching.

If you would like to hear about many of our DCMS events follow us on Twitter @DCMS_Warriors. I do my best to tweet out results or news from athletic contests, academic contests, visual arts or performing arts performances. As well, I am happy to accept any pictures taken from events that you may want to send to me via email. Often times, parents and guardians have a higher quality camera and can capture great shots that I am unable to get.

As always, I am so honored and privileged to serve the students, staff, and families of the community of Danville. Thank you for the opportunity. Have an excellent weekend.

Marsha Webster


Danville Community Middle School

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Focus on Character - September/October is About Responsibility

Being responsibility is being accountable for what you say and do. At school we define being responsible for our students in our Be Warrior - Ready to Learn Behavior Matrix as shown below.

Teachers explicitly taught lessons for each portion of the matrix below. Please help us by asking your student about how he or she can demonstrate responsibility in each setting. Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

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New Partnership with Cummins Behavioral Health Systems

We are excited to announce that the DCMS has developed a partnership with Cummins Behavioral Health Systems to provide a variety of services for students and families.

How Can the Partnership Benefit Students and Families

  • School personnel and Cummin's staff are able to quickly identify needs that students may have.
  • Cummins staff are located at the school and work hand in hand with teachers, school counselors, parents, and students.
  • Parents/guardians are consulted each step along the way and are active participants in planning and carrying out treatment.
  • Most services can be provided at the school or in the home, making it more convenient - and they are available year round.
  • Services are strictly confidential and no care will be provided unless the parent/guardian gives permission.

All we ask is that you become actively involved in your child's care. When parents, school, and behavioral health professionals combine their knowledge, amazing things can happen!

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Athletic News

The athletic department sells punch passes for the ball games to get in at a discounted price. It costs $20.00 and may be purchased at the games or during school hours. A pass saves you a dollar per person. Your immediate family (husband, wife, children) may use the same pass. There are 10 "punches" per pass. Admission without a punch pass is $3.00 per person. Should you have questions, please call 718-2335.

Students attending ball games are to remain at the games until the events are completely over for the night. If a student needs to leave early, we ask that you send a note or make a phone call to Miss Hopkins for them to leave.

In the DCMS SPOTLIGHT: Janet Cummings

Look up work ethic in the dictionary and you will see a picture of Janet Cummings. Mrs. Cummings serves Danville Community Middle School in the role of Head Custodian. When she isn't taking care of daily cleaning tasks, she can be found pulling weeds, running mail between building, cleaning up body spills, and lugging heavy boxes of paper around the building to the appropriate places. She has a heart of gold and will work tirelessly to help make our school clean, safe, and nice looking for our students, staff, and community. Mrs. Cummings is a true utility player that we are lucky to have on our team.

Book Rental Payment

Your student's book rental is now due. You may view your book rental statement in Harmony. To access Harmony, go to and click on the quick links for Harmony.

  • Life Skills - $100.00
  • 5th Grade - $118.00
  • 6th Grade - $119.00
  • 7th & 8th Grade - Determined by each student's schedule the second week of school.

Opt-In for Weather Delays, Cancellations, and Big New

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Automated Attendance Calls Start

DCMS is using SchoolMessenger to communicate with parents and guardians if their student is not at school and we have not had a communication from you by 10:15 AM. These calls used to be made by SchoolReach which we are not using this year. The intent of this communication is to be sure all students are safe and where you intend them to be.

Boy Scout Troop 301 Ham Stand

Boy Scout Troop 301 would like to remind you of the 57th Annual Ham Stand this Labor Day weekend. The Stand is open 8 AM – midnight Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and is located at the Mower Zone. The menu includes sliced smoked ham or chopped BBQ ham sandwiches, a variety of sides, delicious homemade desserts and drinks. Bring the whole family over to support the Scouts, enjoy a delicious ham meal for breakfast, lunch OR dinner, and order your hams for Christmas and Easter!

HEAT - Hendricks Elite Aquatics Team

Looking for a Swim Team that offers a Club Program or Conditioning for your School Team? Check out our program by visiting our website at: Set up an appointment to meet with us at the DHS pool for an evaluation and bring: Forms on the website and swim suit. Children must be 5 yrs of age to participate. Register for HEAT swim lessons at DHS pool. Lessons begin September 8th at 6pm. Please see for registration information.

Drive One 4UR School -TONIGHT!

DCHS Band program invites you to come out and support them by test driving a new Ford. The annual Drive One 4UR School event is running in conjunction with the First Friday Cruise In on Friday, September 4 between 5 - 9 PM on Marion Street (just off the square). For every drive, Ford Corporation will donate $20 towards our program! Only one drive per household so invite your friends, family and neighbors too!

Builders Club


Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. Members learn to work together and develop servant-leader skills as they serve their school and community. Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. The Kiwanis Club of Danville, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serve as the club’s sponsor and will have a club advisor at each meeting. Mrs. Staigl from Danville Middle School will act as the Builders Club faculty advisor and will be in attendance at all Builders Club meetings.


Motto: Building leaders

Vision: To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.

Mission: Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.


 Character building: The ability to do the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice.

 Leadership: The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others.

 Inclusiveness: Accepting and welcoming differences in other people.

 Caring: The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations.

Pledge: "I pledge on my honor to uphold the objects of Builders Club. To better my school, my community, my nation, and myself. To aid those in need while enhancing leadership capabilities, and to encourage the fellowship of all mankind."

If you are interested in your child participating in this club, please fill out the following information and return to the Middle School office by Friday, September 4th.

Meetings will take place on the following dates after school until 4:30. Dates as follows: September 15, 29, Oct. 20, Nov. 10, 24, Dec. 15, Jan. 12, 26, Feb. 9, 23, Mar. 15, Apr. 12, 26, May 17. Dues of $15.00 per student will be collected at the first meeting payable to Danville Middle School. Dues go toward the cost of T-shirts and club expenses. Transportation will not be provided.

Danville Parents Supporting Students

The DPSS – Middle School PTO meeting will be held on September 28th at 6:30 PM. Everyone is welcome.

Upcoming Events


  • NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday


  • FCA Mtg @ 7:30 AM
  • VB @ Northridge - 5:30 PM
  • CC @ Plainfield Swinford Park - 5:00 PM


  • FB vs Southmont @ HOME - 5:30 PM


  • CC vs Webo & Northridge @ Home - 5:00 PM


  • CC Invitational @ Cascade - 9:00 AM


  • CC vs Tri-West & B. Burg @ HOME - 4:30 PM
  • School Board Meeting @South Elementary


  • FCA Mtg @ 7:30 AM
  • FB vs Northridge @ HOME - 5:30 PM
  • VB vs Crawfordsville @ HOME - 5:30 PM


  • CC vs Avon South @ HOME - 4:15 PM
  • VB @ Plainfield - 5:30 PM


  • Fundraiser Pick-Up - 3:30 PM -7:00 PM


  • Fundraiser Pick -Up - 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

About Us

Attendance Line - 317-718-2331 (Available 24 hours a Day)

Please call by 8 AM if your child will be late to school or absent all day.

Student Hours

  • Doors Open - 8:15 AM
  • Locker/Breakfast - 8:22 AM
  • Warning Bell - 8:31 AM
  • Classes Start - 8:33 AM Be in your seat, please.
  • Bus Rider Dismissal - 3:24 PM
  • Car Riders/Walkers - 3:29 PM

Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875