DMS Panther Press

March 2019 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 Prowls and DMS Showcase. It is always great to see our students showcasing their talents and sharing their excitement and enthusiasm for their school.

Our spring sports season is off to a great start, so come on out and join us on the softball, baseball and soccer fields.

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.

Important Dates

March 1: Panther Prowl

March 4: Panther Parent University for Rising 7th grade students- 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

March 5: Panther Parent University Rising 8th grade students 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

March 6: Deadline for all registration forms

March 14: Report Cards sent home with students

March 18-22: Spring Break - No School

Registration Deadline

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 6

All DMS registration forms & class requests for the 2019-2020 school year are due! Need help or have a question? Ask a DMS Counselor.

The 2019-2020 Madison City Schools Middle School Course Catalog is available!

The catalog is available on the DMS website or via this link DMS Course Catalog .

Registration forms may be found on the DMS website or via the links provided:

6th Grade Registration Form

7th Grade Registration Form

8th Grade Registration Form

DMS Upcoming Try-Out Opportunities

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.

DMS Football Spring Conditioning Dates

April 16th Parent Meeting in the Cafeteria 5:30 p.m.

  • April 18nd - 26th 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • April 30th & May 2nd 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • May 6th-8th 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • May 9th Spring Game

All forms due by April 12th.

Coach Cedric Jackson

DMS Advanced Theater Tryouts

Auditions for Advanced Theater at Discovery are as follows:

  • Rising 8th graders: Tuesday, March 26
  • Rising 7th graders: Wednesday, March 27
  • Rising 6th graders: Thursday, March 28

Auditions will be held at DMS in room 411 starting at 3:30 p.m. Students will need to be picked up by 4:30 p.m. outside by the gym. Students should prepare a memorized one-minute monologue for the audition. They may also sing sixteen bars of music if they wish, but that is entirely optional.

Applications must be completed and returned to Ms. Wilbanks at DMS by March 15, 2019. The application is available on the DMS website and also if you Click Here. You may complete the form, scan it in as a PDF, and email it, or you can drop it off at the front office.

Questions about DMS auditions? Contact Ms. Wilbanks at

DMS Advanced Chorus Try-Outs

Students must apply and try-out in order to be considered for DMS Advanced Chorus.

Try-Out Expectations:

  • Vocal warm up with Ms. Jenkins to determine range
  • Prepared song - 2 minutes or less (Pick something you love. Any style!)
  • Major Scale and short sight reading passage with Ms. Jenkins Location: Chorus Room #401

Each student must select a time/day for the audition from the link provided:

Students must also complete the Advanced Chorus application and submit it to Ms. Jenkins in order to be considered. The application can be found in the link provided:

Questions regarding DMS Chorus or Advanced Chorus Tryouts may be directed to Ms. Jenkins at

Bob Jones High School Drama Tryouts

Bob Jones High School Drama Announcement

Who: Rising 9th grade students who plan to attend Bob Jones High School during the 2019/2020 school year.

What: BJHS Drama Auditions/Advanced Production and Class Placement Screening.

When: Either March 4, 5, or 7 (Callbacks on March 8)

Begins: 4:00 p.m.

Where: BJHS Room S102

Students Will Need: A 60 second monologue from a movie, play, television show or you may write your own.

• Students do NOT have to audition to take Beginning Drama.
• Students do NOT have to audition for Intermediate Drama if they have already taken Beginning Drama.
• Students can guarantee a spot in at least one of our BJHS drama classes with an audition.
• Students MIGHT audition into a higher level class.

DMS Student Accomplishments

TSA Green Power Team

Discovery Middle School's TSA Green Power Racing took two teams (Panther and SuperNova) to compete this weekend in Georgia.
The track was pretty rough, although fun, and it presented some challenges. Due to the rough track the car endured broken lugs, fuses, nose, body work, stuck accelerators, and bad drivers.
The Panther car came in 3rd Place overall and 1st in Presentation. The SuperNova car placed top 10 with a top 5 in Presentation as well (this was out of 22 cars that were competing). Each student had a great time and an amazing learning experience!
Additionally, each individual that participated in this race received a scholarship worth $2500 to LaGrange College in Georgia.
If you have an opportunity, please congratulate these hard working young people on their accomplishments! Go Panthers!

DMS Math Team

Congratulations to our DMS Math team! This weekend the Math team participated in the Mathcounts Chapter Competition. Our team made up of Justin Pan, Samantha Chan, Ashwin Prabhakar and Constance Wang came in first place and will advance on to the State Competition!

Justin also won the Countdown Round. The countdown round consists of the top 12 individuals based off the other rounds of tests.

Discovery held six of those Countdown Round spots: Justin Pan, Samanta Chan, Ashwin Prabhaka, Neha Chopade, Elaine Bao and Puja Chopade.

Also competing as individuals were Thias Arslanbekov, David Parker and Soorya Ramesh.

These students did an outstanding job representing both themselves and our school!

Destination Imagination

Congratulations to the Discovery Middle School Destination Imagination teams who represented us at the regional tournament on February 16. The team will be advancing to the state tournament in April.

The Service Learning team placed first in its challenge and the Technical and Fine Arts teams both placed second.

Team members include:

  • Service Learning Team - Lauren Bruce, Eva Candia, Kaitlyn Hathaway, Laurel Jackson, Ashlyn Shipley, Kathleen Stephens and Sarah Ewing
  • Technical Team - Abigail Bennett, Patrick Bruce, Hafiyah Mustafa, Alex Myers and Tom Stephens
  • Fine Arts Team - Rebecca Coffey, Drew Crocker, Ben Crouse, Harley Dauma, Anahita Pour-Biazar and Faith Williams


Discovery Middle School had three CyberPatriot Teams that competed during the 2018/2019 school year. All three teams progressed to the State level of competition, and Team Valor progressed to compete in the National Semi-Finals of CyberPatriot XI.

CyberPatriot Team Valor: Joshua Chen , Ashwin Prabhakar, Pranav Ramesh, Evan Gray and Jacob Allen

CyberPatriot Team Instinct: Joseph Macri, Andrew Park, Milind Brijesh, and David Gunasekaran

CyberPatriot Team Integrity: Soorya Ramesh, Noah Beddingfield, Zaylee Rodgers and Prisha Pahwa

Reflections Winners

Congratulations to the following DMS students for placing at the Madison City level for the Reflections Creative Arts Contest. They will now be progressing to the State competition!

  • Drew Crocker, 7th grade - 1st Place, Film Production: "Hero of The Hudson"
  • Aurora Lang, 6th grade - 3rd Place, Literature: "What Is A Hero"
  • Miriam Dotson, 7th grade - 1st Place, Musical Comp: "Firefighters"
  • Joseph Strickland, 7th grade - 1st Place, Photography: "Books In My Bed, Heroes In My Head"
  • Hayden Purser, 8th grade - 1st Place, Photography: "Doctor At Last"
  • John Keane, 7th grade - 2nd Place, Photography: "Home Football Hero"
  • Gibson Purser, 8th grade - 3rd Place, Photography: "Everyone Is A Hero"
  • Sydney Truesdail, 8th grade - 1st Place, Visual Art: "The Apple of My Eye"
  • Elizabeth Newsom, 8th grade - 1st Place, Visual Art: "Anyone Can Be A Hero"
  • Aurora Lang, 6th grade - 2nd Place, Visual Art: "Heroes On The Horizon"
  • Hannah Southward, 8th grade - 3rd Place, Visual Art: "Rainy Days"
  • Cornelius Halliburton, 6th grade - HM, Visual Art: "Heroes Around Me"

Discovery's NJHS Inducts New Members

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

The following students are now proud NJHS members: Abrahiem Khezawi, Ada Colburn, Aleksander Vukosavljevic, Allee Lyons, Alyssa Nance, Anahita Pour-Biazar, Andrew Park, Angel Huang, Anushka Akella, Ashton Worley, Ava Blackmon, Ben Lessmann, Benjamin Lambertson, Caroline Brown, Catherine Curry, Catherine Gagne, Daniel Myatt, Dhara Patel,

Drew Crocker, Ebba Detulleo, Elizabeth Langston, Elizabeth Newsom, Ella Cook, Faith Williams, Gresham Baker, Harley Dauma, Ian McMillan, Jace Howard, Jacob Shaunce,

James Emerson, Jazmine Mello, John Allison, Jonah Moro, Katie Dougherty, Kennedy Harris, Kylie Clark, Joseph Strickland, Lauren Sheehy, Lucy Scarborough, Lynndie Kirby, Maribel Marrero, Mark Drake, Mary Hunt, Mattilyn Smith, Meredith Drummond, Mia VanderWier, Miriam Dotson, Mona Hong, Noah Kyle, Neveu Scott, Parker Cushing, Parker Free, Piper Cornelius, Pranaav Satheesh, Reece Cato, Samantha Chan, Savannah Gaertner, Taylor Turpin, Tessa Tharpe, Tina Wesser and William Lungrin.

Congratulations to these wonderful, hard working students!

Discovery Excels as a School

Discovery Middle School is proud to have been named the #3 best middle school in the state of Alabama for 2019!

Additionally, DMS has been recognized for the second year in a row as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School.

Thank you to all who have contributed to this wonderful rating: hard working students, supportive parents, dedicated teachers and administrators, and a caring community!

Library News

The DMS Library IS the place to be!

Maker Space in Action

Our Maker Space stations are designed to enhance the education of all students by providing a variety of simple to complex activities. One of our stations is Top Knots. Supplies at the station include the book Top Knots, examples of various knots displayed, multiple hooks, and rope. One of our talented DMS students recorded the following video to demonstrate how to tie various knots; he also discusses practical uses.

Online Public Access Catalog 24/7…

Students have online public access to our digital media center. They can conduct searches, manage virtual book bags, reserve books, renew books, and write book reviews. Students can also access eBooks and digital audiobooks with the use of the FREE eHub Reader app by Perma-Bound. For more information and directions regarding these features, visit our DMS library page.

Additionally, the Librista app for Apple and Android devices is FREE and enables students to use ourOnline Public Access Catalog (OPAC) with mobile devices. Students can conduct searches, renew and/or reserve books, check due dates, and check to see if fines are owed. Stay up-to-date with this incredible, convenient resource!

Book Club

Do you enjoy reading and discussing good books? Join our DMS Book Club! We are currently reading individual preferences and then creating book trailers/Book Snaps to share with others. We meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the school's rotating schedule at 7:30 AM in the media center. Join us for our next meeting, Tuesday, February 26th.

THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!! We are truly grateful for your time, assistance, and dedication!

Have suggestions on how to make our media center better? Come and share your ideas!

Visit us in the DMS library to "check out" valuable resources available to you!

DMS Sports

Soccer Schedule

  • 3/1 (Home) vs Catholic/Decatur Jr. High, Girls @ 6:30 p.m. Boys @ 5:00 p.m.
  • 3/2 (Away) vs Monrovia, Girls @ 12:30 p.m. Boys @ 11:00 a.m.
  • 3/4 (Home) Randolph, Girls @ 5:00 p.m. Boys @ 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/9 (Away) Catholic, Boys @ 11:00 a.m.
  • 3/11 (Away) Meridianville, Girls @ 5:00 p.m. Boys @ 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/14 (Home) Westminster, Boys @ 5:00 p.m.
  • 3/25 (Away) Sparkman, Girls @ 5:00 p.m. Boys @ 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/26 (Away) Austin Jr. High, Girls @ 5:00 p.m.
  • 3/29 (Away) vs Liberty (City Cup), Girls @ 5:00 p.m. Boys @ 6:30 p.m.
  • 4/2-4/6 (Away) @ Monrovia (Madison County Tournament), Times TBA

Softball Schedule

  • 3/1 – 3/2 Tournament (Away) Ardmore
  • 3/4 (Away) vs Liberty
  • 3/7 (Home) vs Monrovia
  • 3/8 – 3/9 Tournament (Away) Wilson Morgan Decatur
  • 3/11 (Home) vs Meridianville
  • 3/14 (Home) vs Sparkman
  • 3/25 (Away) vs Athens
  • 3/26 (Home) vs Lincoln County
  • 3/28 (Away) vs Buckhorn
  • 4/1 (Home - BJHS) vs Liberty
  • 4/4 (Home) vs Buckhorn
  • 4/8 (Away) vs Monrovia
  • 4/9 (Home) vs Athens
  • 4/11 (Away) vs Meridianville
  • 4/15 (Away) vs Sparkman
  • 4/18 – 4/22 County Tournament (Away) Monrovia

Baseball Schedule

  • 3/2 (Away) vs Athens @ 11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m.
  • 3/4 (Away) vs Liberty @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/5 (Away) vs Hartselle @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/7 (Home) vs Monrovia @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/9 (Home) vs Muscle Shoals @ 11:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m.
  • 3/11 (Home) vs Meridianville @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/14 (Home) vs Sparkman @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/15 (Away) vs Scottsboro @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/16-3/20 Meridianville Spring Break Tournament, Times TBA
  • 3/25 (Home) vs Scottsboro @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/26 (Home) vs Russellville @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/28 (Away) vs Buckhorn @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 3/30 (Home) vs Athens @ 11:00 a.m. / 1:30 p.m.
  • 4/1 (Home) vs Liberty @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 4/4 (Home) vs Buckhorn @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m.
  • 4/8 (Away) vs Monrovia @ 4:00 p.m.
  • 4/9 (Away) vs Monrovia @ 4:00 p.m.
  • 4/11 (Away) vs Meridianville @ 4:30 p.m. / 6:30 p.m

Discovery Middle School

A place for excellence, innovation and discovery!