The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 15-16: April 29, 2016

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Principally Speaking

ISTEP testing has been going along very smoothly. We will continue testing through May 6th. Comments from students and teachers have been positive with statements like, "That is the most prepared I have ever felt!" to "The students put forth a lot of effort!" Both of which make me very pleased. The teachers have worked incredibly hard to increase student confidence and experience in solving or answering the rigorous questions found on the new ISTEP+ assessment, and the students have muscled through the more challenging content to their betterment. I am confident that we will see a positive increase to our student achievement on the state exam this year.

Teacher Appreciation Week is going to be celebrated at DCMS on Wednesday, May 4th through Wednesday, May 11th. We hope you will join us in showing our teachers how much they mean to us. A simple way you can show your appreciation is to write a positive note or an encouraging email to a teacher. This type of communication does wonders for the educator's soul and can carry a teacher for years to come.

The last days of school will soon be approaching. On Monday, we will have only 19 school days left to work with your students. Please emphasize to your students that we will be learning all the way up until the last day of school. Lessons will be meaningful and will push students appropriately toward the next year's grade level. No more are the full days of movies or game days. I promise you the learning will be fun and engaging. We will have some short periods of time for yearbook signing on the last day of school.

Have a wonderful and restful weekend in preparation for our sprint to the end of the school year! As always, I am honored and thankful to serve you and your students as the principal of Danville Community Middle School.


Marsha Webster


Fourth to Fifth Grade Orientation is Coming Soon!

Danville Community Middle School is pleased to announce that all 4th graders who will be attending DCMS will be attending 5th Grade Orientation on Thursday, May 19th, during the school day. Fourth grade teachers will walk their classes of students over to DCMS that afternoon. We look forward to meeting the students, introducing your son or daughter to DCMS staff, and communicating important information for a smooth transition and success at middle school. Students will attend a rotation of presentations on the following: General Presentation by Mrs. Webster, Teacher Presentation, Counselor Presentation, Student Panel Presentation, and a Building Tour.

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Choir Concert

The DCMS 6th, 7th, and 8th grade choirs will be presenting their final
concert of the year on Thursday, May 19th in the DCMS Gymnasium. Admission
is $3 per person, or $10 per immediate family. Pre-school aged children
and senior citizens will be admitted free of charge. Please enter the
school using Door 11 on the west side of the building.

The 6th grade concert will begin at 6:00 (students will need to be in the
band room at 5:40 for warm up). Students should wear a nice shirt and
jeans or pants. The concert will last approximately 25 minutes. Sixth grade
students and parents are welcome to stay for the 7th and 8th grade concert,
as well.

The 7th and 8th grade concert will begin at 7:00. 8th grade students will
need to be in the band room ready to go (choir polo, JEANS, comfortable
shoes) at 6:20 for warm up. 7th grade students will need to be in the band
room ready to go (choir polo, JEANS, comfortable shoes) at 6:40 for warm
up. The concert will last approximately 45 minutes.

Please contact me at if you have questions.

Thank you!
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Track News! Twelve-Year-Old Records Fall!

The middle school track team has broken two school records, so far this year. Shaye Noe broke the 200 Hurdle Record with a time of :30.8. Brock Wilsey, Cameron Hill, Perry Jackson, and Joseph Oliver broke the 4 x 400 relay record with a time of 3:55.88. Congratulations !
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Online Summer Reading Skills Program

This summer, the folks at the Community Learning Network at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) are offering reading skills and speed reading programs for preschoolers through 10th graders. These individualized programs include online instruction, independent reading and support from a reading teacher. The program design and instruction are provided by the Institute of Reading Development.

Interested? Call 800-964-9974 for more information or to register.

Summer STEM Program

Carel Associates, Inc. is hosting a conference to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Careers to 8th and 9th grade students. The 2-day conference will be at Trine University in Avon, in July. (boys 7/18-19; girls 7/20-21). There are applications in the office; seating is limited, so if you are interested, return your application to Mrs. Luce as soon as possible.

Middle School PTO News


It is election time once again at Danville Community Middle School for our 2016-2017 board for PTO (formerly known as DPSS). Elections has been moved to Monday August 29th at 3:30PM.

in the Middle School Conference Room. Please plan to attend to vote! We also need YOU on the board. Please send your nominations for yourself or your friend, to to have the name added to the ballot. We need to elect a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. PTO is an excellent way to get involved in your child's school. Email if you need more details on the positions or what PTO does or speak to a current board member. We NEED YOU in order for PTO to continue to be successful in helping our teachers help our kiddos. Don't wait for someone else to step up and take action. YOU step up and make it happen for your kiddos school.


DCMS PTO is also running their spring box tops and labels contest. Send the box tops and labels into school in a ziplock bag with your child's name and their teachers name. 5th and 6th will use their 1st period teacher and 7th and 8th will use their 3rd period teacher. The winning class with the MOST box tops and labels submitted by Friday May 13th will receive a coupon for a free Dilly Bar from the Dairy Queen AND their teacher will receive a $15 gift card to Target! Start clipping and saving!! Who will have the winning class?


PTO will need a new box tops/labels coordinator for the 2016-2017 school year. Great way to volunteer for your child's school in the comfort of your own home! Great job for stay at home moms, aunts, grandmas, anyone with a few extra hours a couple times a year. Box tops/labels has 2 contests a year so you will be adding up those labels and submitting them to Box Tops and Campbell's two times a year. Not to hard! Email if interested.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for 2016-2017

PTO is pleased to announce that your school supplies for next school year can be pre-purchased through us! We will be selling prepackaged school supply kits for $45! No need to shop in the stores any longer! We can make it very simple for you! The supply kits can be ordered online or with an order form. Order form orders will be due May 20and online orders are due June 10. Kits will be picked up at the school registration night. Order forms will be coming home soon! Watch the Way Cry for details too.


PTO is planning a soup/salad luncheon for teacher appreciation week. The date will be Monday May 9th. All donated items will need to be dropped off at school prior to11:15am. If you are interested in helping set, tear down, or make food, either email and we will get you added to the list and will email you the details or sign up through volunteerSpot.

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Let's make our teachers feel special! They deserve it!

The 2015-2016 PTO Board

Beth Walliser Vice-President

Kelly DiBenedetto Treasurer

Kirsten Simon Secretary

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

Upcoming Events


Track Meet vs. Southmont @Home - 4:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Boys Basketball Open Gym (Grades 5-7) - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

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

Track Pitures - 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Cheer Tryouts - 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Middle School Fundraiser @Firehouse Subs (Avon) - 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM


Track County Meet @Plainfield - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Boys Basketball Open Gym (Grades 5-7) - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Science Club - 7:50 AM to 8:22 AM

Girls Basketball Clinic (3rd - 7th Graders) - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Track County Meet Rain Date @Plainfield - 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM


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


Track Meet vs. Clinton Prairie @Western Boone - 4:45 PM to 8:15 PM

Boys Basketball Open Gym (Grades 5-7) - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

School Board Meeting @South - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

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

Cheer Tryouts - 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Girls Basketball Clinic (3rd - 7th Graders) - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Track Meet vs Monrovia @Home - 4:45 PM to 8:15 PM

Boys Basketball Open Gym (Grades 5-7) - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Track SagamoreConference Field Events Only @Northmont HS - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM


NJHS Breakfast - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice (for those in Sag. Conference) - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Girls Basketball Clinic (3rd - 7th Graders) - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

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