The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 18-19: Friday, November 30, 2018

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Principally Speaking

December is here! We are almost at the end of 2018. As the calendar year comes to a close we will also be ending the academic semester one. With that comes final exams and/or culminating projects and Christmas Spirit Dress-Up week! The schedule for final exams is as follows:


  • Thursday, 12/13 - Red Related Arts
  • Friday, 12/14 - White Related Arts
  • Monday, 12/17 - Science
  • Tuesday, 12/18 - Social Studies
  • Wednesday, 12/19 - English
  • Thursday, 12/20 - Math * Modified Schedule to allow for grade level semester celebrations in the PM.


No finals will be given early. Any finals missed will be made up within one week of the start of Semester 2.


The Christmas Spirit Dress-Up week schedule is the following:


· Monday, 12/17 – “No Sweat Day” – Wear your favorite sweats!

· Tuesday, 12/118 – “Red and Green Day” – Wear your favorite red and green outfit.

· Wednesday, 12/19 – “Christmas/Holiday Hat Day” – Wear your Santa hats, elf hats, etc.

· Thursday, 12/20 – “Santa Day” – Wear your Santa gear to feel festive; beards, hats, etc.

· Friday, 12/21 - “Ugly Sweater Day” – Does this need an explanation?


Within reason, hats and other Christmas/holiday spirit wear are acceptable this week only providing the items are not a distraction to the learning environment. Should any item prevent teaching or learning, adults have the right to confiscate the items. Any confiscated items will be turned into the office to be picked up at the end of the school day.


Please have a great weekend, and thank you for allowing me to serve your students.


Marsha Webster

Principal

Dewey’s X-mas Treat and Toy Drive

Does your child have overdue fines in the media center? Would you like to see those fines disappear? The media center will be giving students an opportunity to do this with “Dewey's X-mas Treat and Toy Drive". Students who donate items for this drive will have their overdue book fines deleted in the media center. Those students who do not have overdue fines can still donate items to help out with this drive. All of our donations will be given to Hendricks County Animal Control/Shelter. Please help us give something special to the animals for Christmas by encouraging your child to donate.

The following items are needed: cat litter, dog & puppy food, cat food, cleaning materials, and towels.
Also if students would like to donate a special Christmas gift for one of the animals at the shelter they may bring in one of the following: dog & cat treats, dog & cat toys, collars and/or leashes. All items must be new.
Donation boxes will be in the media center. We will be taking money donations as well to purchase these products for the animals. Please contact Miss Seegers if you have questions about this program or how you can help. eseegers@danville.k12.in.us

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Current 8th Graders!

The Danville Community High School Guidance Department will be hosting a meeting for current 8th graders and their parents on Monday, December 17th at 6:00 P.M. in the cafeteria at Danville Community High School. The focus of this meeting will be academic scheduling for the 2019-20 school year. In addition, the new Indiana graduation requirements will be presented. This meeting will be informational only; therefore, we will not be completing specific student schedule requests. Enter at the main entrance of the school near the flag poles and you will be directed to the cafeteria. Registration is not required.
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Character Focus for November & December: Compassion

At DCMS we are focusing our character lessons on the trait of compassion. We define compassion ss “helping those who are hurting.”


Compassion begins with sympathy, which is seeing someone’s pain. It is noticing a student who skins his knee or a friend who hurts her arm. It is being alert to a weary co-worker or a stranger who needs assistance.


Compassion also includes empathy, which is feeling someone’s pain. Once you notice an injury, empathy means you imagine how much it hurts. This creates a feeling of duty, responsibility, and sometimes urgency to help find a remedy.

This brings us to the full meaning of compassion, which is doing something to relieve someone’s pain. It is not enough to see needs and feel badly for those who are hurting. Compassion means getting involved, investing in others, and finding ways to “bear someone’s burden” in order for healing to occur.


I WILL:

  1. Notice when others are hurting.
  2. Stop to help.
  3. Take time to listen.
  4. Do what I can.
  5. Be kind, regardless of differences.


Please take the time to discuss your beliefs about compassion with your student today.

DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • When have you been sick or injured?
  • How did others help you?
  • What does it mean to be a "good neighbor" when you see someone in need?
  • How can you show compassion to someone who is being picked on, teased, bullied, or harassed by other students?
  • Sometimes compassion means showing "tough love." What do you think this means? Can you think of an example?


(Permission granted to reproduce this lesson for educational use. Credit: CharacterFirstEd.com)

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Scholastic Book Fair

The media center will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair next week December 3 through December 7). This fair is being held to specifically support our language arts classrooms in the building.



Students will visit the book fair with their class one day next week.


Thank you so much for all of your help in making our Scholastic Book Fair a success!

Background Checks Required for Volunteers: See Details Below

Individuals who may have direct, ongoing contact with children at DCMS must complete our volunteer application which includes a Level 1 Criminal History Check. This is for activities such as chaperoning a field trip or working with individual students or small groups of students. This is not necessary for anyone wanting to have lunch with their student or to make copies for teachers.


  • The background check will cost $12.95 for most of our volunteers. There may be an additional cost if records must be checked in another state.
  • DO NOT SEND MONEY into SCHOOL.
  • This check is good for two years.


STEPS TO COMPLETE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION:

  1. Complete a Volunteer Application Form

    and turn it into the school office (required annually). If you have multiple children, turn the form in at youngest child’s school.

  2. The school will then send you the link for submitting your background check application via email along with further instruction. (Please be prepared to pay online for your application fee, as you will be responsible for cost at the time of online submission.)
  3. You will receive an email notification once the background check has been returned. At that time you will either be cleared and approved by the administration to volunteer or you will be notified that there is an issue that prevents you from volunteering.
  4. Results will be maintained and tracked at a district level. All schools will have access to the volunteer database and will be able to verify a cleared background check.
  5. Volunteer Application Form must be completed annually, but Level I Volunteer Background Check is good for two years.

Cold Weather & Recess Attire - 5th and 6th Graders

As it gets colder, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather on the bus stop and for going out to recess. Remember that predicted afternoon high temperatures are often much warmer than the actual temperatures at recess time. Please be sure to send your child to school with a coat and maybe a hat and gloves.

Follow Us on Social Media!

You are invited to follow us on social media. We are working to improve our communications by layering our messages using Infinite Campus, email, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our website. Please help us by following us and giving constructive feedback. We want to get better and serve you well.


Instagram - dcmswarriors

Facebook - DCMS Warriors @DanvilleCommunityMSWarriors

Twitter - DCMSPrincipals @DCMS_Warriors

Webpage - https://www.danville.k12.in.us/Domain/9

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FREE Math & Science Help!

Tutors are available to help students in grades 6-12 through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by calling the Homework Hotline @ 1.877.275.7673 or by accessing the website via www.AskRose.org . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events

12/3

Scholastic Book Fair

Parliament Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Girls Basketball Practice @South – 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

7 Boys Basketball Game vs Brownsburg West @Home– 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Boys Basketball Game vs Brownsburg West @Home – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

12/4

Scholastic Book Fair

FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

7 Boys Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Yearbook Club - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

8 Boys Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

12/5

Scholastic Book Fair

7 Boys Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8 Boys Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

12/6

Scholastic Book Fair

FFA Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Girls Basketball Practice @South – 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Yearbook Club - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 A Boys Basketball Game vs Brownsburg East @Home – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 A Boys Basketball Game vs Brownsburg East @Home – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

12/7

Scholastic Book Fair

Parliament Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

NJHS Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Boys Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

12/8

7/8 Boys Basketball Cascade Tourney Invitational - 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Special Olympics - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

12/10

Chess Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Parliament Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM

7 Boys AB Basketball Game @Frankfort – 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

8 Boys AB Basketball Game vs Frankfort @Home – 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

School Board Meeting @South - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

12/11

FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Boys Basketball Practice @South – 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Yearbook Club - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Builders Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Band Concert - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

12/12

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Boys Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8 Boys Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

12/13

Science Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Yearbook Club - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Girls Basketball Practice– 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

7 A Boys Basketball Game @ Tri-West – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 A Boys Basketball Game @ Tri-West – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8th Grade Choir Concert @High School - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

12/14

Student Council - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Boys Basketball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

12/15

7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Special Olympics 12:30 PM to 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 - 3:30 PM



Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875

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