DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of April 27- May 2

PR Volume 34

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

D WEEK is our schedule rotation for Apr. 27 - May 1

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Monday, April 27

  • Math Team (Optional) Practice after school in Mrs. Goldston's Room
  • Football Spring Practice after school until 5:30

Tuesday, April 28

  • Football Spring Practice after school until 5:30
  • Cyber Security Meeting in STEM Academy at 3:15pm

Wednesday, April 29

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Football Weather MakeUp Day if Needed
  • ASPIRE Make Up Test
  • MCS Job Fair @ JCHS Cafeteria 4:30-6:30pm

DMS Girls Basketball Tryouts for Rising 7th and 8th Graders

DMS GIRLS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS will be held on Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1. The tryouts will be in the DMS Gym from 3:30pm until 5:30pm.

All participants must have a current physical and insurance form completed prior to tryouts. Forms may be brought to DMS the first day of tryouts.

Link to Physical Form

Link to Insurance Form

Please contact the school if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Thursday, April 30

    Football Spring Practice after school until 5:30

  • Scholar's Bowl Team Practice at 3:15pm in Mr. Sippel's Room
  • ASPIRE Make Up Test

Washington, DC Trip Medication DROP OFF - April 30

Washington, D.C. trip medication drop off will be April 30th at 4:30. Also, any students who have not yet turned in medication or overnight field trip forms (notarized) must do so by Thursday.

Madison City Spring Arts Festival

Madison City Spring Arts

Thursday, April 30th at 4pm

Bob Jones Media, Commons Area and Auditorium

Art from Madison City Elementary, Discovery and Bob Jones

Elementary chorus -4 pm

Drum Line -6pm

Madison City Honor Chorus- 6:30

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble- 7:30

Friday, May 1

  • Breakfast book club will meet in the Media Center at 7:40am.
  • Football Spring Practice Weather MakeUp If needed

Saturday, May 2

Students leave for Washington DC Trip

DMS Chosen as a Challenge Success School for 2015-16

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I have great news! Discovery Middle School was chosen as one of twelve schools in the nation to partner with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education as a Challenge Success School.. They partner with middle and high schools from across the country to provide practical, research-based solutions to stimulate authentic academic engagement, address rising academic and general stress, and promote academic integrity.

The Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences is part of our work with Challenge Success. The Survey is an online, fully anonymous survey; your child’s privacy will be maintained. This survey measures students’ perspectives on homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, physical health, stress, expectations, academic engagement, academic integrity, and teacher support. Over 15,000 students from more than 40 schools have taken the survey over the past few years, and schools have gained a great deal of information from the results of the survey, including what students see as stressful and challenging as well as sources of support within the school. We are asking our students to participate in this survey so that the results can help to guide our school to make changes in particular areas where there is need. The survey will take approximately 30-45 minutes and will be taken at school in our computer lab. There are no risks to your child’s involvement in the study, and the benefits may be that results from the study will provide insight into decreasing academic stress, increasing student engagement, and fostering greater student voice in school. There will be no payment for participation in this survey. Your decision whether or not to have your child participate in this study will not affect your child’s grades in school. Please understand your child’s participation is voluntary, and your child has the right to refuse to answer particular questions.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Melanie Barkley, at (256)837-3735 or the Protocol Director, Denise Pope at (650) 736-1779 or contact the Stanford Institutional Review Board (IRB) to speak to someone independent of the survey/research toll free at 1-866-680-2906. Thank you for your support with this important initiative. I look forward to sharing more information about our work with Challenge Success in the months to come.

If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the survey, please print this form and return it to Counselor Kelle Moody by Friday, May 1st.


Melanie Barkley




Options Open Zero, Fifth Block, and Online Pilot Information

We have late breaking exciting news about our course offerings for next school year. We now have all of that information condensed into a one-pager and an FAQ posted on the District website:

Options Open is the Madison City Schools name for our 2015-2016 pilot program of online, zero and fifth block course options. You will have the opportunity to ‘open’ up your schedule to new and unique ‘options’ with blended learning, online courses, and an early start (zero block) or late start and end to your school day (5th block)…your ‘options’ are ‘open’! If you are interested in amending your original schedule request to include one of these exciting options, you will have until Monday morning to do so. This is an extension of the original registration deadline which closes today at 5:00pm.

In order to add the registration request, please record the following on a piece of paper and return it to your second block teacher on Monday, April 19th:

Your name

Course requesting

Option (online, zero, fifth)

Student Signature

Parent Signature

**Please keep in mind that space is limited for these courses in the Pilot year.

Thank you!

9th Gr. 4 YR Plans Due NOW

- 4 year plans are due to Mrs. Moody. All plans must be signed by student and parent

- 9th grade course request forms and AP permission forms (if applicable) due to Mrs. Moody. All request forms must be signed by a parent.

BJHS High School Course Catalog and Registration Links

Advanced Placement Agreement Forms from BJHS

Forms are available in Mrs. Moody's Office for those who are requesting AP World History.

Please email Kelle Moody at or call at 256.837.3735, ext. 82126 regarding questions or appointments.

General Information

No Outside Food Allowed to Be Brought in During Lunch

Reminder that outside food from restaurants are not allowed in the lunch room. Students are not allowed to have it dropped off and taken into the lunchroom. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered to any student at the following times during the week.

7th Grade Math

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-8:00am

Brooks - Monday at 3:20-4:20pm

Baragona - Tuesday at 3:20-4:20pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:20-4:20pm

8th Grade Math

Garner - Monday at 3:15 -4:15pm

King - Tuesday at 3:15 -4:15pm

Baragona - Wednesday at 3:20-4:20pm

McGuire - Tuesday at 7:00am - 8:00am

Garner- Thursday at 3:15-4:15pm

8th Grade Algebra

King - Monday at 3:15 - 4:15pm

Maxwell - Tuesday at 3:15-4:15pm

McGuire - Wednesday at 7:00am - 8:00am

Madison Youth Football and Cheer - Knights Registration Open May 1st

Beginning May 1st through July 18th, On - Line Registration available at:

On - Site Registration at Dublin Park Recreation Center available on:

Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6 - 8:00 p.m. - Early w / discount Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Regular Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Late w / fee

Call if you have any questions. 256-289-1398


Lesley Murrah

Assistant to the Board

Madison Youth Football and Cheer - Knights


DMS Choir Brings Home the Golden Mickey

Our Discovery Choir received a SUPERIOR rating & won BEST IN CLASS in Middle School Mixed Choir...and a GOLDEN MICKEY for top score of ALL Middle School Choirs! Way to go Panthers!!!!

DMS Band Brings Home the Golden Mickey

Our Discovery Middle School students represented in great fashion during Festival Disney!

Below are the results of all competitions:

Superior- DMS Choir

Best in Class DMS choir

Superior DMS Symphonic Band

Best in Class DMS Symphonic Band

Superior DMS Jazz Ensemble

Superior DMS Drum Line

Excellent DMS Winter Guard

Best in Class DMS Jazz Ensemble

Gold Mickey Award- DMS Choir

DMS Symphonic Band

DMS Jazz Ensemble


DMS/BJHS Destination Imagination Fundraiser

Our BJHS and DMS Globals-bound Destination Imagination teams will be selling tickets for the Belk Charity Sale on May 2.

As you may know, you buy a $5 ticket from a student, and $5 then comes off your first purchase of the day, plus the ticket allows you a special discount on everything in the store (The ticket buyer will be able to shop on Saturday, May 2 at any Belk location, and save 20%-70% off throughout the store. Charity sale shoppers also receive special savings on rarely discounted merchandise.)

You can buy from me or from any of our Globals-bound team members (listed below):


“Pangiest” Team members: Lael Anderson, Caeden Anderson, Evan Krohn, Dylan Coleman, Jessie Sloan


“Agateophobia” Team members: Jazi Atassi, Samantha Bailey, Paige Bounds, Lili Bowerman, Jessica Hall, Sarah-Grace Tucker

“Whatever Forever” Team members: Kat Cox, Juliette Gurganious, Will Richerson, Sara Turner

“Tainted Tuxedo Squad” – Mountain Brook forfeited their Globals spot, so this team will now get the chance to go!

Team members: Alec Dauma, Turner Dauma, Colby Huskey, Nicholas Nave, C.O. Okafor, Dale Taylor

Thanks for your support!

Last Day to Charge in Lunchroom is May 4, 2015

Parents the last day for charges in the lunch room will be May 4, 2015. Please note that the Lunchroom is still high on charge totals. Please work to get your accounts in orders.

DMS Library Books are DUE BY WED, May 6

ALL DMS Library Books are due on WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015. Any student that does not turn in his/her library books and pay any outstanding fines will NOT receive his/her end of the year Report Card and will not be able to pick up next year’s schedule until these fines are cleared. Please have your student(s) check with Mrs. King or Mrs. Harlow in the Library if he/she has any questions.

NJHS Updates

  • NJHS next meeting will be May 7th.

  • Service hour forms are due May 7th

  • Please see Ms. Garner before or after school if you are not positive how many service hours you owe. If you have missed more than 1 meeting you owe additional hours. Ex. 2 absences=1 extra hour, 3 absences=2 extra hours, etc.

  • If you have not paid for your t-shirt, please bring your $10 to Ms. Dowling in room 527

  • We still need more people to sign up to help the PTA prep for teacher appreciation week. This will be May 5th after school. Sign up at Ms. Garner’s room 530.

  • Sign up for math tutoring at Ms. Garner’s room 530.

  • Check our website later this week, because we may be posting other service opportunities happening this weekend.

DMS Spring Football Game - May 7

DMS will host it's Spring Football Scrimmage 5:30

Award Days for 7th and 8th Grade - May 14 and 15

7th Grade Awards Day will be May 14th at 8:30am in the DMS Gym.

8th Grade Awards Day will be May 15th at 8:30am in the DMS Gym.

Parents are welcome to attend.

DMS Final Exam Schedule

3rd block: Tuesday, 05/19

4th, 5th: Wednesday, 05/20

1st, 2nd: Thursday, 05/21 (1/2 Day for Students - Dismissal at 11:45am)

DMS Band Wants You - Rising 7th Gr and 8th Gr

Become a member of the Discovery Middle School program!!

The Discovery Middle School Band Program offers a variety of programs to suit the needs of the students and the community.

Students are encouraged to come and try some of the instruments to find the right instrument to ensure their success.

Please contact Mr. Monroe Murray Director of Bands

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Discovery Middle School Band

1304 Hughes Rd Madison Al, 35758

Phone: 256-837-3735 ext 545

DMS Library Needs Volunteers for Spring Book Fair

The DMS Library will be hosting its annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair April 27 – May 1, 2015. There will be LOTS of new and exciting books available for all of your summer reading wants and needs!!! Please make plans to come by and check it out!

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Book Fair, please contact our PTA VP of Volunteers, Alisa Henrie at .


Menus for April

Serving Tony's Personal Pan Pizzas at DMS

Tony’s Personal Pan Pizza


Cash in hand or on account no charging snack items

They will be available 4/16 and 4/28 and in May.


BJHS Cheerleader Spirit Night at Rosie's Cantina TONIGHT

Please come out and support the BJ Cheerleaders tonight at Rosie's Cantina from 5pm until 9pm.

BJHS ACT Enrichment Day Information - April 28

School day begins for ALL students: Regular time – 8:15

  • Where do students report by 8:15AM?

ACT- 11th grade: Enter building through Band Room side/Crossing Entrance and immediately report to B-Wing for ACT.

Students will need to bring calculators. (None will be provided by school). No cell phones can be brought in ACT testing rooms.

9, 10, 12 grade: Report to Cafeteria for Enrichment Day instructions

  • School Dismissal Time:

ACT- 11th grade: Whenever the group finishes the ACT – approximately 12:40

9, 10, 12 grade: 11:45

  • What time will buses run?

ACT-11th grade: After the completion of the ACT – approximately 12:40

9,10,12 grade: 11:45

If late registration was submitted, then the student will ride their normal bus home at 12:40.

  • Will there be lunch served in cafeteria?

ACT-11th grade: Will receive a snack at a designated break

For all students who pre-ordered a “Grab N Go” sack lunch, report to cafeteria right before leaving campus to pick up a sack lunch.

  • What is dress code for the day?

ACT 11th grade: Regular school dress code applies (i.e.-no sweats, pajama pants…)

9,10,12 grade: Regular dress code applies. ( School-led Community Service activities – dress accordingly- i.e.-closed toe shoes – no short shorts. Remember you are representing BJHS as well as yourself.)

  • When and where do students need to bring in documentation of independent activities such as Educational or college visit?

9, 10, 12th grade: Turn in to 2nd block teachers on Wednesday, April 29. (Must be turned in on Wed)

BJHS Summer School Program

The Bob Jones High School 2015 Summer School Schedule is now available. You may pick up the forms at the front desk or print them off the BJHS web-site under the Academics Menu.

BJHS Stadium Chairs on Sale by Boys Soccer

Anyone interested in purchasing a Bob Jones Stadium Chair from the Boys Soccer Booster Club can contact Linda Sieja at The chairs are excellent quality, very durable, and look great, too! They are GREAT 'back-savers' compared to sitting on regular bleachers AND they keep you from sitting on cold or wet bleachers as well! $45.00 each.

BJHS/DMS Girls Basketball Workouts

Any 7th or 8th grade girl interested in extra help and workouts in preparation for tryouts may ride the athletic bus beginning this week to BJHS every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:45.

BJHS New Online Spirit Store is NOW OPEN - Official Athletic site of the Bob Jones Patriots

Bob Jones is excited to offer the Sideline Store to all its fans.

BJ Athletic Website

Follow all the BJHS Spring Sports at the BJHS Athletic Website.


Like the DMS PTA Facebook Page

Discovery PTA has a new Facebook page! Please visit the link below and "like" us on Facebook.


Keep those Box Tops and Labels for Education coming in! Box Tops and Labels for Education are accepted year-round and can be turned into your student's first block teacher or to the front office. Visit these sites to view participating products:

Join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form

Parents Contact Forms

Parents each year we like to make sure our contact information is update. This year we have tried to make it easier for you by updating online. Please take the time to go to the following link and update your info. This is a private document that will only be seen by your child's teacher and office staff. Thank you for your help.

7th Grade Parent Contact Form

8th Grade Parent Contact Form


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