The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 17-18: Friday, April 6, 2018

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Principally Speaking

Next week, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators have designated this week to specially honor assistant principals and acknowledge their key role in the achievements of schools and students nationwide. Please take a moment to send Mr. Rector a note of appreciation. Being an assistant principal is often a thankless job, as protecting the building climate can be an unpopular job. Mr. Rector cares about students and gives his all each and every day.

Please do all you can to be sure your students are in attendance at school every day and on time. A day missed can never really be made up to the quality that a student would receive if he or she was present to participate and learn from the teacher and classmates.

The next round of ISTEP+ testing will take place "on-line", so this means that not all students can test at the same time. Students will have to cycle through the available computer labs over the three-week testing window. The testing window opens on Monday, April 16 and closes on Friday, May 4th. As always, I am honored and thankful to serve you and your students as the principal of Danville Community Middle School.

Marsha Webster


April is College Readiness Month

For 5th graders college seems like a long way off, doesn’t it? In a way, it is. But there are some simple things you can do to help make the journey easier. Just follow these easy steps. You’ll learn all about different jobs and colleges — and have fun along the way! Get a high school head start. Click here -

For 6th to 8th graders, high school is right around the corner. Once you get there, you’ll be getting everything in order to go to college, but you can start now. Just follow the steps for middle schoolers, and get to know more about the colleges in Indiana — and the careers they lead to. Click here -

To celebrate College Readiness Month, students and staff are invited to participate in the following Career Dress Up Days:

  • Thursday (4/12)-Dress for or as your future career!
  • Friday (4/13)-Wear your favorite College Gear!

Celebrate Assistant Principals Week Next Week

The week of April 9 is National Assistant Principals Week. NASSP, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators have designated this week to specially honor assistant principals and acknowledge their key role in the achievements of schools and students nationwide. As in years past, NASSP is offering activities and services to recognize these school leaders, including e-cards, a Twitter chat, and more. Visit for additional activity ideas and more information.

Please help us recognize the hard work and dedication of Mr. Dave Rector, DCMS Assistant Principal. Mr. Rector gives his all to DCMS and works tirelessly to help our students become the best versions of themselves.

Are You Moving?

It is that time of year when we begin to turn our sights toward next year. To that end, we are asking that parents who know you will be moving out of the Danville district next year to please contact Mrs. Horan. This helps us to create class lists and also prepare records at the end of the year to forward to your child's new school. We hate to see you go but want to make your move as easy as possible so your child has a smooth transition.

Parents, Be On the Lookout! Juuling: The Modern Way to Smoke in School

Parents, be on the lookout! A new trend has begun among students across the nation and even here at Danville Community Middle School. Some students have learned a new way to get access to nicotine without smoking a cigarette or using the typical e-cigarette. It is called juuling. The devices used look like USB drives and can be overlooked by parents, guardians, and others attempting to maintain the safety and health of our teens. Please watch the following segment from the Today show to educate yourself.

Possessing or using a JUUL at school is prohibited. Students who use or possess a JUUL will be subject to disciplinary consequences. Please help us to keep our school safe and healthy for our students by talking with your child about the dangers of using this product.

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Please Call to Report Your Student Absent

If your student is absent or late for any reason, please call 317-718-2331 to report the absence. This number is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

Dodgeball Tourney 2018

The Annual DCMS Dodgeball Tourney will be on Thursday, April 12th at 5:30 P.M. This will be our 14th year to host this fun event!

It is a fun-filled night with lots of action. We will have music going between games and as usual the concession stand will be open.

Entry deadline is Friday, April 6th (after Spring Break) so please ask your son and/or
daughter if they plan on playing. Teams can have 7th & 8th grade players, but no co-ed teams are allowed. All teams can have no more than six players, but may list up to two coaches on their roster.

The kids usually get excited to plan their team uniforms, but please remember all team names need to be approved by Mrs. McGovern. Please do not order shirts unless the team name has been approved.

We typically need 20 teams to pull this off. In the past, we have always exceeded our goal, but right at the deadline - so talk it up so we can have another successful tourney!

Students may pick up forms upstairs in Mrs. McGovern's room.
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Order Your Yearbook!

You can order your 2017-2018 yearbook now!

Order forms are available in the office.

The yearbook cost is $30.00.

Follow Us on Twitter

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

The Builders Club

The Builders Club at Danville Community Middle School will host its 2nd annual “Earth Day 5K” on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Danville South Elementary School. All proceeds from this event will be donated by the Builders Club to Riley Hospital for Children.

The run/walk event will take place on a natural grass trail and is open to all ages. Come join us for a good time and great cause! Check in will begin at 8:00 AM, and the race will begin at 9:00 AM with awards at 10:30 AM. There will be awards for best times in various age groups.

Registration forms and online registration can be found online at: . Register by April 6th online for $20 to receive a free t-shirt and gift bag at event; registrations after April 6th will not be guaranteed a shirt, and registrations the day of the race will be $25.

Businesses, groups or individuals, interested in sponsoring this event can email: for more information.

Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership. Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide and is supported by Kiwanis International.

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Brooke's Place

Brooke's Place has expanded their on-going grief support group reach to the west side of Indianapolis.

Grief profoundly impacts families and individuals of all ages. Brooke’s Place is available as a resource to offer ongoing care and support for young people grieving the death of a loved one in your school or community.

Please review the website at or contact the office at 317-705-9650 for more information.

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Summer Reading Program

Reading is an essential skill—one that opens the door to a lifetime of learning and advancement. We are proud to partner with the Institute of Reading Development to offer the Summer Reading and Writing Program. The program consists of five weeks of classroom learning paired with online instruction materials to help people of all ages advance their skills.

For more information about the program, or to register for the summer reading program by phone, call 800-964-9974.

PTO News

Start collecting BOXTOPS again! We are going to be starting a really fun contest in the next couple of weeks. Each box top will count for a vote for something your kids will want to vote for! More details to come!


This year we have an opportunity to PROVIDE SNACKS for our wonderful teachers during their professional development sessions! This is a perfect way for busy parents to help out! Please visit this link to sign up to provide snacks:

We still have some Tuesdays in April and May open for COPY HELP. It’s very easy and a huge help to the teachers. Come anytime during the school day that works for you. Sign up to volunteer at

Make sure you follow us on Facebook: to stay up-to-date with any volunteering opportunities and how you can support your DCMS PTO! PTO Membership Forms can be turned in at any time. If you need a new copy please email

21st Century Scholars Indiana

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.

Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.

Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.

Apply online only. Eligible 7th and 8th grade students and their parents or legal guardians can access the online application at . Please review income eligibility requirements online before applying by visiting .

New to ScholarTrack or have questions about completing the Scholar Success Program? Watch this online presentation to view how to register an account and record your progress as you complete the Scholar Success Program through ScholarTrack.

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 . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events


FFA Floriculture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Color Guard Practice - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

FFA Dairy Practice - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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


FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

FFA Dairy Practice - 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Track Meet @Brownsburg East - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Track 3-Way Meet @Lebanon - 4:45 PM to 7:15 PM


FFA Floriculture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

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

Social Studies Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Dodgeball Tourney - 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Student Council Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


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


Science Academic Team Meeting - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

FFA Floriculture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Color Guard Practice - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Builder's Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Track Meet w/ Chapel Hill @Avon North - 5:15 PM to 7:45 PM


Track Meet @Avon South - 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM


FFA Floriculture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

Social Studies Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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


NJHS Meeting - 8:00 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Builder's Club Earth Day 5K

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