The Trojan Times

News for November 9 - November 13


Edited by Holly Yazdi and Joseph Sandefur

Written by Jamie Folds, Jaden Hancin, Will Kell, Jada McCollum, Skyilar Mitchell, Joseph Sandefur, Meadow Stowell, Kate Walden, and Holly Yazdi

A message from our Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent – Nov. 6, 2015

CLASSROOM NEWS (not all classes listed)


Lindsey- Lab on Cardiovascular System and testing on Chapter 23 at end of the week

Nettles- Check moodle for assignments

Smith- Studying rates, rationals, proportions


Kinard- Test on Tuesday, Look on Moodle and Quizlet on Chapter 22

Holt- Current event due Thursday. Look on moodle for assignments.


Larisey- Starting Rome

Madison- Adv-Final project for Hunger Games, starting Looking Glass Wars

Standard-Hunger Games

Garafola-A1- Unit 2


Benefield- Magnetic Force, Jeopardy, Test Friday.


White- Test Over Ch6

Boone- PrePre- Scientific notation, Test Friday

A1- Start Linear Functions, Quiz Friday

Law- Adv- Spelling Bee, continue Looking Glass Wars

Standard- Continue Rolling of Thunder Hear My Cry

Surrey- Working on India

When we say Daphne, You say Basketball!

Daphne Middle School is having a Basketball game this Monday! It is super exciting for the team because it is their first game. They are going against Bay Minette. It's a home game, so come and support your boy's and girl's basketball players and cheerleaders. Students have been talking non-stop about this game. They believe in our basketball team and they know they will win. It starts at 6. Go Trojans!

Who Did It?? The Library Fire Edition

Last week the Humanities got to participate in solving a simulated crime scene! The Humanities had to take the clues from the scene and figure out who set the library on fire. The Humanities eventually solved the crime and found out 7th Grade Science teacher Mr. Kinard had set the school library on fire. Mrs. Pendley says that she wanted to teach her students about Forensic Science and that she wanted her students to learn how to think creatively and outside of the box by doing this project.

Shark Tank at Daphne Middle School

Shark Tank was happening last week at Daphne Middle School! Students in Ms. Schneider's Career Tech have been working for a month on this entrepreneur project, which combines five of their sixteen clusters: communication, business, marketing, information technology, and finance. They worked in groups to either invent or innovate a product or business. Wednesday through Friday of last week were spent pitching their ideas and asking for loans from special guest "sharks" who are business people of our community who volunteered their time to the project.

Toys for tots

Starting November 4, there will be boxes in each homeroom. Students can bring new, unwrapped toys for the kids who never get toys on Christmas. The class that brings the most toys will get a donut party!
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Red, White, and Blue

This Monday is out of uniform day. $1.00 per person! You can wear red, white, blue, or any military clothing. Support your Veterans and bring some money in! Proceeds will be given to the William F. Green home in Bay Minette.


Daphne Middle School particpates in the Boxtops for Education program, which means we collect Boxtop coupons! Two times in the school year, we will send in our boxtops, and the company sends us a check for the Library! Boxtops can be turned in to the Library, or to the school office. Bring as many as you can!


November 9- Out of uniform Day for $1

November 10- Veteran's Day Program

November 11- Veteran's Day (No school)

November 18- 7th grade Skate Field Trip

November 23-27- Thanksgiving holiday week

*First Priority every Wednesday @ 7:20


Career Tech (Schneider): Students will begin creating their own utopias as part of the Government and Law clusters.

Art (Bittinger): Students are going to start a productive thinking project called "What's In the Blinds?". They will create window blinds with an original character peering through the binds.

21st Century Skills (Pearson): Students will work on STEM podcasting, and continue blogging.

Band (Thomas): 8th Grade will work on Veterans Day Program, and will sign up for tutoring and helping other students.

FACS (K. Taylor): Students will learn to write check, balance checkbooks, and make change.

Choir (Trawick): Students are writing songs, and practicing for the Veterans Day program.

Peer Helpers (Blake): Students are working on can sculptures.

Pizza Party? Ice cream party?

Want to win a pizza party or an ice-cream party? Then listen up! Fleurettes are selling feathers in the gym in the morning. It is $1.00 per feather. Each classroom has a turkey on their door. Buy feathers for the turkey to help your class win a delicious surprise! The homeroom with the most feathers gets a pizza party. The homeroom with the most creative and decorative door wins an ice-cream party! All proceeds go to Prodisee pantry!

Thanks to Blaine Kenny and Mitchell Koser for playing the National Anthem!

Blaine Kenny and Mitchell Koser played the National Anthem at both Daphne Middle School football games! They were beautiful, and the crowd was so impressed! Congratulations!


Fleurettes: They will be selling turkey feathers in the gym every morning for $1.

TSA: Pancake money is due and they will be ordering club shirts.

NJHS: They will continue to make posters for Toys For Tots.

FCCLA: They will make blankets for the severely ill children at local hospitals.

YOGA: Yoga on Wednesdays until 4:00

Thanks To the band for playing at the Games!

Thank you to our band for performing at some middle school football games, especially the Championship Game! The band added a lot of excitement as they cheered and played for our football team. Cheerleaders, parents, and even football players danced to the catchy tunes.

Art of the Week

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Hamilton Baker

Tribal Mask


8th Grade Boys Basketball team

Last Monday, the 8th grade boys tried out for the basketball team. Congratulations to all the young athletes who made the team and good job to everyone who tried out. Hamilton Baker, Cameran Reed, Ty Gandy, Sam Bowman, Mikah Morris, Jon Davis

Gavin Morvant, Spencer Ward, Leland Scott, Victor James, Kolby Valarie, Davis Oliver, Devanty Sharpe, and Terrance Edwards Fleming. They are totally excited for their first basketball game!

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A day with Hamilton

This year Hamilton Baker made the basketball team again! Hamilton is a impressive sports player who has also played for the football team at Daphne Middle School in the past. He says that he thinks that they are going to have a great season because they all know each other from school and last season. Hamilton was the quarterback for the Daphne Middle School. Look below to watch his highlight video.
Hamilton Highlight Video

Congratulations to those who made the DHS Softball Team!

Girls from DMS made both the Varsity and Junior Varsity teams at Daphne High School. Way to go, girls!! We are proud of you and your hard work!! All the 7th and 8th grade girls are super stoked for their practices coming up. All these girls have a passion for softball and can't wait for what's to come in the future for them with this sport. Congrats to our very own Middle Schoolers for making JV: Brianna Combs, Audrey Hillis, Maggie Madison, Presley Williams, Hannah Keel, Grace Gelardin, Anna Turner, Hayley Thompson, Autumn Strasser, Emily Lambert, Madison Jenkins, Jada McCollum, Cameron Hughes, and Mackenzie Hunn. Also congrats to Karsen Pierce- 8th grader- for making the Varsity team!

Swim schedule

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Science Teacher at Daphne Middle School

What inspired you to be a teacher?

Ms. Benefield said it was a second career for her. Her first career was a church choir director. She also likes working with kids, so it was natural for her.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

She said probably doing what she is doing now.

What is your favorite thing about summers?

Mrs. Benefield likes spending time with her kids and teacher workshops.

What has been your biggest challenge from teaching?

She said not getting overwhelmed with what to do and narrowing lessons down.

What are your hobbies outside of teaching?

Ms. Benefield likes to cook, teach piano, play the piano on her worship team, singing, writing, and photography.