DMS Panther Post

March 2020 Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Panther Families,

It is hard to believe that we are just one week away from the end of the third term. We are quite busy preparing for our upcoming sixth graders and have had an amazing time showing our Panther Pride at our Panther Prowl and DMS Showcase. It is always great to see our students showcasing their talents and sharing their excitement and enthusiasm for their school. Additionally, we are preparing our 8th graders to move up to Bob Jones. Our counselors will need some volunteers to help with paperwork. If you are available to help, please click the link below to sign up. Registration Volunteers

We are especially proud of our ELC students, who add so much joy to our school. This month they collaborated with a STEM class on a bridge building project. The bridges they created were fantastic; it was a great learning experience for all (pictured above). To further add to our excitement, our ELC students are beginning a new venture--Panther Perk. It is a coffee and snack cart that ELC students will manage and operate. Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to purchase coffee and/or snacks from the coffee cart weekly. If you would like donate supplies for the Panther Perk please click the link to sign up.

Discovery is the proud recipient of the Attorney General's Safe Schools Initiative Award. Safety is our number one priority and responsibility. We are honored to receive this award. It validates our commitment to ensure that our school is a safe place for students to learn and achieve.

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.

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

With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

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

Panther Perk Coffee Cart

Discovery ELC is excited to launch Panther Perk on February 28th! This will be an incredible opportunity for our ELC students to practice many skills they are learning in the classroom. The Panther Perk will be operating a coffee cart and will be serving drinks and snacks to teachers and staff of Discovery Middle School. Panther Perk Baristas are asking for your help by providing supplies to start their new adventure. Please send in your donations and show your support.

Upcoming Events

  • March 6: Deadline for rising 7th & 8th grade registration
  • March 16: Report Cards sent home with students
  • March 20: DMS rising 9th grade student registration due
  • March 20-27: DMS Book Fair
  • March 30 - April 3: Spring Break - No School

DMS Try-Out Opportunities

Required Athletic Forms

Please note: ALL student athletes who are trying out for a sport must have a current physical, AHSAA Consent form, AHSAA Concussion form and MCS Insurance form on file at the school.

Athletic forms are available on the DMS website at .

Competition Cheer Tryouts

Discovery Middle School's Competition Cheer team will have a parent/student interest meeting on March 26 in the DMS Cafeteria at 5:30 p.m.

The Cheer Clinic/Tryouts will be held April 15, 16, and 17, 2020 in the DMS Gym from 3:30 - 6:00 p.m.

All forms must be submitted by April 10.

Questions about Competition Cheer? Contact Ms. Emily Parker at

Boys Basketball Tryouts

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts will be held April 20, 21, 22 and 23 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryouts will be held April 6, 7, 8 and 9 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

All forms due by March 27.

Questions about Boys Basketball? Contact Coach James Putman

Dance Team Tryouts

Discovery Middle School's Dance Team will conduct tryouts on March 24, 25 and 26 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. each day.

All required forms are due by March 18.

Questions about the Dance Team? Contact Ms. DeAnna Bentley at

Basketball Cheer Tryouts

Discovery's Basketball Cheer team tryouts will be held April 20 - April 22 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

All forms must be submitted by April 15.

Questions about Basketball Cheer? Contact Coach Jackie Willis

Girls Volleyball Tryouts

Discovery's Lady Panthers Volleyball team tryouts will be held May 11, 12, 13 and 14 from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

All forms are due by May 6.

Questions about Volleyball? Contact Coach Abbie Thompson at

Girls Basketball Tryouts

DMS Girls Basketball tryouts will be held May 4, 5, 6 and 7 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m in the school gymnasium.

All forms are due by April by April 29.

Questions? Contact Coach Abbie Thompson

Football Spring Training

DMS Panther Football is holding Spring Training for rising 7th and 8th grade students on the following dates:

  • April 28-30: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 11-13: 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 14: Spring Game (TBA)

All forms are due by April 28.

Questions about DMS football? Contact Coach Cedric Jackson at

Advanced Theater Auditions

Advanced Theater auditions will be held March 24, and 25 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in room 411.

Students auditioning will need to have a one minute monologue prepared. Applications must be submitted by March 24 and can be found on the DMS website under "Registration" or at .

Questions about DMS Advanced Theater auditions? Contact Ms. Wilbanks at

Advanced Chorus Auditions

Advanced Chorus auditions will be held at DMS in room 401 starting at 3:30 p.m. on March 23 - 27, 2020. Sign up for your time slot at Sign Up Genius: .

The Advanced Chorus application must be completed and returned to Ms. Jenkins at DMS. The application can be found on the DMS website under the Registration tab or by following this link: .

Have questions about the Advanced Chorus Auditions? Contact Ms. Jenkins at .

DMS Band Opportunities

Students who have registered to be in the DMS Panther Band for the 2020-2021 school year; we would like to see you at our DMS Petting Zoo on March 26 from 6:00-7:00 p.m and April 14 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the DMS band room.

We can't wait for our SORTING NIGHT, Harry Potter style. Try out all of the instruments - there will be sorting hats and all!

DMS Student Accomplishments

Science Olympiad

The Discovery Middle School Science Olympiad Team earned 4th place at Regionals! They have been invited to the State Science Olympiad competition for a second year in a row. The State Science Olympiad will be held in Auburn.

Awards Earned:

  • Alexander Kulkarni (7th) and Artem Starenki (6th): Placed 2nd in Density Lab
  • Jonah Moro (8th) and Aleksandar Vukosavljevic (8th): Placed 3rd in Circuit Lab
  • Janardhan Vasirreddy (6th) and Max Dunkerley (6th): Placed 2nd in Anatomy and Physiology
  • Shlok Chatterjee (7th) and Milind Brijesh (8th): Placed 2nd in Game On
  • Aubrey McDonald (7th) and Danielle Nguyen (7th): Placed 2nd in Crime Busters
  • Jonah Moro (8th) and Parker Cushing (8th): Placed 3rd in Mission Possible
  • Aleksandar Vukosavljevic (8th) and Ben Lambertson (8th): Placed 4th in Elastic Launched Glider
  • Sarah Miller (8th) and Dhara Patel (8th): Placed 4th in Dynamic Planet
  • Pranaav Satheesh (8th) and Milind Brijesh (8th): Placed 3rd in Road Scholar
  • Pranaav Satheesh (8th) and Alexander Kulkarni (8th): Placed 4th in Heredity
  • Artem Starenki (6th) and Milind Brijesh (8th): Placed 2nd in Food Science

Our students earned medals in 11 out of the 23 events on Saturday. Congratulations DMS Science Olympiad students!

6th Grade Scholars Bowl

Congratulations to the DMS 6th grade Scholars Bowl Team who won 1st place at the Elementary Scholars Bowl State Tournament on Saturday, February 22 at Hoover High School!

The DMS 6th grade Scholars Bowl Team members are: Karsten Wallace, Joeleen Reynolds, Alex Fedoseyev, Owen Bruyns, Mark Allison, and Arnav Maskey. The team was part of 12 elementary (5/6) division teams playing and went undefeated in the tournament. Please congratulate the team on their 1st place victory!

Individually, Karsten Wallace came in 1st place and Arnav Maskey came in 6th place to become a part of the Alabama All-State Tournament Team based on points per game scored. Way to go!

7th/8th Grade Scholars Bowl

Congratulations to the DMS Panther Scholars Bowl Team that earned 2nd place in the State Scholars Bowl Tournament on Saturday, February 22!

There were thirty teams competing representing 12 districts with 118 teams state wide. Our team was undefeated until the hard fought final match.
Please congratulate our hard working team members: Ben Landingham, Elizabeth Orton (captain), Steven Pan, Max Reynolds, Patrick Bruce and Evan Coker on their great accomplishment.

Steven Pan also earned a place on the 12 person All-State team based on points per game scored.


The Discovery Middle School MATHCOUNTS team won first place at the MATHCOUNTS chapter tournament! in February!

The team members are Samantha Chan, Justin Roh, Arnav Maskey, and Ally Kuang. This win qualifies them for the state tournament in Mobile.

Samantha Chan won first place individual, Arnav Maskey won 5th place, and Ally Kuang placed 6th individually. Andrew Park came in 7th and has qualified to compete as an individual at state. Pranaav Satheesh came in 10th place. Our other participants were Milind Brijesh, Rachael Ehrman, Hubert Pan and Katie Nguyen.

Geography Bee

Congratulations to 6th grader Alex Milonopoulos who qualified for the 2020 State Geography Bee!

Alex will represent DMS at the State Geo Bee on Friday, March 27 at Samford University in Birmingham.

The Geography Bee is an annual competition sponsored by the National Geographic Society.

Girls Chess Team

Congratulations to the DMS Girl’s Chess Team for winning 1st place at the Alabama All-Girls Chess Championship 2020!

In addition to the team win, the students also placed well individually:
Caroline Wang - 1st place individual
Nirvana Rajbhandari - tied for 2nd place individual
Christine Wang - tied for 5th place individual

We are very proud of these young ladies and the wonderful way in which they represented our school at the competition!

Competition Cheer

Congratulations to the DMS competition cheerleaders for earning 2nd place in the state this year! The team won Super Regionals and qualified to go to the State Championship. They placed 2nd against the best teams in Alabama.

The team also competed in the National Cheerleading Finals in Orlando, Florida and earned 11th place in the nation. Way to go ladies!

NJHS Inducts New Members

Discovery's National Junior Honor Society chapter inducted new members in February.

The following students are now proud NJHS members (in alphabetical order):

Jasmine Aruta, Jessica Averitt, Drake Barbee, Candace Bardwell, Logan Richard Barrow, Marli Bean, Vivian Bermea, Zane Breen, Milind Brijesh, Joshua Bryce, Austin Carter, Evan Coker, Benjamin Crouse, Mable Danh, Cleon E. Davis, Jr., Colt Dixon, John Logan Faris IV, Katerina Fedoseyev, Katelyn Fu, Caitlyn Gilchrist, Lucy Halter, Ian M. Harbour, Mariyah Hendricks, Catrina Holschen, Frank Matthew Huffman II, Christopher Hurley, Swetha Jakka, Ashley Jennings, Kaitlyn Johnson, Olivia Jose, Shruti Kadam, Anisha Katoch, Jenna Khezawi, Nadda Khezawi, Emily Koontz, Alexander Kulkarni, Alya Landingham, Benjamin Landingham, Aurora Lang, Owen Lang, Cindy Liao, Lila Lindsey, Anna Claire Lyons, Joseph Marshall, Aubrey McDonald, Ian McIntosh, Benjamin Mitchell, Logan Mooney, Mallory Morgan, Jonah Moro, Alexander Myers, Danielle Nguyen. Michael Nguyen, Elizabeth Orton, Elizabeth Owens, Gedion Oxley, Prisha Pahwa, Jordan Parker, Lucy Phillips, Sarah Pierce, Sarah Preston, Caroline Pugh, Anousha Raman, Kate Ramsey, Corey E. Robinson, Jr., Tevin Sheehy, Jacob Sigler, Thomas Sigler, Claire Singley, Aniya Smith, Caroline Streling, Isabelle Thomasy, Zachary Thornton, Marissa Tuggle, Drayton E. Walker, Amara Waninger, Gracie West, Zoe Widman, Kennedy Williams, Aaron R. Young

Congratulations to all of these hard working students!

DMS Media Center News

World Read Aloud Day

World Read Aloud Day took place on Wednesday, February 5. Students in grades 6-8 participated in a Google Meet with fifth grade students from Madison Elementary.

The students from DMS read Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein and then answered questions about middle school. It was a great way to promote literacy and collaboration!

DMS Book Fair

Discovery Middle School's Media Center will be hosting a Book Fair for students from March 20-27. If you would like to shop the book fair online, it is available at:

DMS Sports

DMS Soccer Schedule

March 2 (Home) vs Meridianville G/5:00 p.m. & B/6:30 p.m.

March 4 (Away) vs Liberty G/6:30 p.m. & B/5:00 p.m.

March 7 (Away) vs Meridianville G/12:30 p.m. & B/11:00 a.m.

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

March 19 (Away) vs Randolph G/5:00 p.m. & B/6:30 p.m.

March 20 (Away) vs Thompson G/4:00 p.m.

March 21 (Home) vs Monrovia G/12:30 p.m. & B/11:00 a.m.

March 23 (Away) vs Westminster B/5:00 p.m.

County Tournament

April 12-18 (Away) @ Sparkman Middle School Times TBA

DMS Baseball Schedule

March 2 (Home) vs Madison Academy 4:45/6:45 p.m.

March 3 (Away) vs Sparkman 4:30/6:30 p.m.

March 5 (Home) vs Sparkman 4:45/6:45 p.m.

March 6 (Home) vs Muscle Shoals 4:45/6:45 p.m.

March 10 (Away) vs Buckhorn 4:30/6:30 p.m.

March 12 (Home) vs Buckhorn 4:45/6:45 p.m.

March 13 (Away) vs Athens 4:45/6:45 p.m.

March 17 (Home) vs Liberty 1:30/3:30 p.m.

March 20 (Away) vs Liberty 1:30/3:30 p.m.

March 21 (Away) vs Madison Academy 11:00 a.m.

March 21 (Away) vs Hartselle at Madison Academy 1:00 p.m.

March 24 (Home) vs Monrovia 4:45/6:45 p.m.

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

March 26 (Away) vs Monrovia 4:30 p.m.

March 27 (Away) vs Muscle Shoals 4:30/6:30 p.m.

March 28 (Home) Athens/Austin

* DMS A vs Austin A - 9:00 a.m.

* Athens A vs Austin A – 11:00 a.m.

* DMS A vs Athens A – 1:00 p.m.

* Athens B vs Austin B – 3:00 p.m.

* Athens B vs DMS B – 5:00 p.m.

* DMS B vs Austin B – 7:00 p.m.

County Tournament

April 10-14 (Away) @ Sparkman Middle

DMS Softball Schedule

March 3 (Home) vs Buckhorn 4:30 p.m.

March 5 (Home) vs Monrovia 4:30 p.m.

March 6-7 Discovery Tournament @ Palmer Park Times TBA

March 10 (Home) vs New Hope 4:00 p.m.

March 12 (Home) Sparkman 4:00 p.m.

March 13-14 (Away) Calhoun Tournament @ Wilson Morgan Park Times TBA

March 17 (Home) vs Liberty 1:30 p.m.

March 19 (Away) vs Meridianville 4:30 p.m.

March 20 (Away) vs Liberty 1:30 p.m.

March 24 (Away) vs Central

March 26 (Away) vs Buckhorn

April 7 (Away) vs Monrovia

April 9 (Away) vs New Hope

County Tournament

April 16-23 (Away) @ Sparkman Times TBA


Student Health and the Flu

Madison City Schools is starting to see an increase in flu cases throughout the school district. We continue to do our part by cleaning the schools. You can help us slow the spread by keeping your child home if they are sick. The following information explains symptoms of the flu and guidelines for returning to school following the flu:
Symptoms: Can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. Some people with the flu will not have a fever.
Incubation period: People with the flu are contagious 1 day before getting sick to 5-7 days after. The flu virus is spread by tiny droplets emitted on others when infected people cough. The germs can spread by touching a surface that the droplets landed on and then touching one’s own mouth, eyes, or, nose.
If your child is diagnosed with the flu or has flu-like symptoms, please keep them home from school. If he/she has a fever, he/she must be fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medicine) before returning to school. Students must also be free of vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. Do not be tempted to send your child back to school too soon. Children with the flu need time to recover.

Lost and Found

Please have your student check the Lost and Found bin for any lost or misplaced items.

All unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each month.

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