DMS Panther Report
Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community
Week of Nov. 17-23
DMS is One of the Top 10 Best Public Middle Schools in AL
Discovery MS is #11 in the 2015 Niche Rankings: Best Academic Middle Schools in AL. Best Academics ranks 19,712 public middle schools based on key achievement statistics and more than 1.4 million opinions on academics from 265,000 students and parents. A high ranking indicates that the school has a diverse set of smart, high-achieving students, the teachers are intelligent and engaging, and the students are very happy with the quality of education.
Discovery MS is #7 in the 2015 Niche Rankings: Best Middle School Teachers in AL. Best Middle School Teachers ranks 23,200 public middle schools based on key teaching statistics and district teacher ratings from students and parents. A high ranking indicates that teachers are intelligent and engaging, the school is invested in its teachers and provides a good educational environment, and students and parents rate district teachers favorably.
This Week's Schedule Rotation
C WEEK is our schedule rotation for Nov. 17-21
HAPPENING AT DMS THIS WEEK
Monday, Nov. 17
- TSA - Technology Student Association meets from 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy Bldg
- Math Team (7th/8th) Optional Practice in Mrs. Goldston's Room from 3:15 until 5pm.
- DMS Basketball at Monrovia MS: 7th Gr Girls - 4:30, 8th Gr Girls - 5:30, 7th Gr Boys - 6:30pm, 8th Gr Boys - 7:30pm
Tuesday, Nov. 18
- FCA Meeting at 7:15am in Library
- Band Parent Meeting at 6pm in the Band Room
- DMS Cheer Spirit Night from 5-8pm at Which Wich Sandwich in Madison Target Shopping Center
DMS November General PTA Meeting - Nov. 18
The November PTA General Meeting will be Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 6pm in the cafeteria. Along with the regular PTA business, the Discovery chorus groups will be performing and the Discovery art department will have a selection of student art on display. We would love to have as many of them in attendance as possible.
Wednesday, Nov. 19
- 7th Grade Girls Sci-Quest Field Trip
- First Priority Meeting in Coach Brewers Room at 7:30am.
- Future City Competition Team meets at 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy.
- ART Club will meet in Mrs. Spiegel's Room from 3:15 until 4:15.
- ASPIRE Student Reports and Parent Guides Go Home with Students
Thursday, Nov. 20
Spanish Club will meet before school at 7:30am or 3:15pm in Mrs. Davis's Room. Students may choose a time that is convenient for them.
Cyber Security Club will be 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy (Behind the school).
Scholar's Bowl team practices in Mr. Sippel's Room from 3:15 to 4:15pm. If you are interested in joining please see Mr. Sippel.
DMS Basketball at Home vs Sparkman MS - 7th Gr. Boys @ 4:00pm, 8th Gr Boys @ 5:15pm, 8th Gr Girls @ 6:30pm (SMS Does not have a 7th Gr Girl Team)
New Parent English Classes Thursday, Nov. 20
The classes are free and open to an English Language parent in the district. This class will be fun and will provide an easy way to connect with other parents. Topics include: Survival English, School Communications, Grocery Shopping and How to Fill Out Forms.
The will begin Thursday, Nov. 6 and will continue until Dec. 11. They will be held from 3:30-4:30pm at the Liberty Middle School Library.
Friday, Nov. 21
- Breakfast Book Club will meet in the Library at 7:40am. Any student interested in joining should see Mrs. King or Mrs. Harlow for a pass.
- Chess Team will practice from 5:30-6:30pm at the Madison City Central Office
DMS Band Tour de Franks Fundraiser Nov. 22
Saturday, Nov. 22
DMS Needs YOUR HELP in Supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
DMS will be joining Madison City Schools to help raise money to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital! A challenge has been made by Mr. Golliver at LMS and my competitive side has kicked in and I have accepted this challenge!!! (He thinks they can raise more money for St. Jude than Discovery!) We would like to raise at least $2,500 to help the children of St. Jude and beat Liberty!
Mrs. Missy King, Media Specialist, and Mrs. Kelle Moody, Counselor, will be running in the St. Jude Memphis Marathon, representing DMS, on December 6, 2014 with the Madison City Schools District Team! Help show your support by donating to St. Jude! No amount is too small!!! Just click the link to make a Tax Deductible Donation and help us help all the children of St. Jude!!! http://heroes.stjude.org/MissyKingDMS
Did you know?
- Many students from Madison City Schools have received treatment from St. Jude and some are receiving treatment NOW...ALL without having to pay a single penny!!! You can check out stories of local Madison City Students that have received or are currently receiving treatment on the “District News” page at www.madisoncity.k12.al.us .
- Families NEVER receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.
- Because the majority of St. Jude funding comes from people like you, St. Jude has the freedom to focus on what matters most – saving kids regardless of their financial situation. (That means your donation, no matter what the size, will help!)
- St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90% by 2020.
St. Jude won't stop until no child dies of cancer, and neither will I. Will you join us and be a Hero, too?
Thank you so much for your help!!!
Discovery Middle School
If you would like to make a donation please click on the link below to help all the children of St. Jude. ☺
DMS Stockings of Hope Charity
DMS Cheer Fundraiser
Washington DC 7th Grade TRIP Information
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 7:15-7:55am
Brooks - Monday at 3:15-4:00pm
Baragona - Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm
Grayson - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm
8th Grade Math
Garner - Monday at 3:15 -4:00pm
King - Tuesday at 3:15 -4:00pm
Baragona - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm
McGuire - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm
8th Grade Algebra
King - Monday at 3:15 - 4:00pm
Maxwell - Tuesday at 3:15-4:00pm
McGuire - Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm
PANTHERS IN THE NEWS
WAY TO GO PANTHERS
DMS Cyber Security Team Moves On to Next Competition
DMS LEGO Robotic Teams Came Home with Awards
Congratulations to our LEGO Robotics teams they competed last Saturday at UAH. Team Robo Sapiens came home with the Programming Award! Team Lucid Dreamers came home with the Teamwork Award.
All these students have worked diligently to accomplish their goals.
DMS Math Team Does Well at the Rocket City Junior Math Mania T'ment
There were 114 8th graders, and individual awards were given to the top fifteen. Discovery had six of the top fifteen 8th graders.
2nd - David Li
3rd - Aditi Limaye
7th - Tony Tian
8th - Corey Tolbert
10th - Justin Byers
14th - Joshua Byers
We had two teams in the top five. With 114 individual competitors, I assume there were at least 29 teams, so having two in the top five is quite an accomplishment.
2nd - David Li, Aditi Limaye, Tony Tian, and Corey Tolbert
4th - Joshua Byers, Justin Byers, Ange Long, and Chima Ugwuegbulam
Our 7th graders also did very well. There were 131 7th graders at this competition, and we had five of the top fifteen.
4th - Victoria Lee
5th - Joy Duan
6th - Lynne Clark
14th - Sherry Lee
15th - David Teng
Our 7th graders also had two teams in the top five, out of at least 33 teams.
2nd - Joy Duan, Victoria Lee, Shreyas Pant, and David Teng
4th - Lynne Clark, Erin Kueck, Juanita Monteiro Pai, and Helen Wu
Congratulations to all of our competitors.
BJHS/DMS Wrestlers Finish 1st in 2014 FALL Brawl T'ment
1. Bob Jones BJ 237.5
2. Buckhorn BH 118.5
3. Huntsville HSV 109.0
4. Hartselle HA 106.0
5. McCallie MC 77.0
6. James Clemens JC 69.0
7. Westminster Christian Academy WCA 65.0
8. JO Johnson JO 59.0
9. Sparkman SP 53.0
10. New Hope NH 48.0
11. Scottsboro SC 47.0
12. Columbia CO 6.0
Fall Brawl 2014 Results for Bob Jones (Champions in BOLD/Discovery Underlined)
7-9th 75-85 - Brantley Griffin's place is 1st and has scored 7.00 team points.
7-9th 95 - Zaveian Toney's place is 3rd and has scored 12.00 team points.
7-9th 125 - Jordan Whalen's place is 1st and has scored 28.00 team points.
7-9th 103 - Kevin McGhaw's place is 2nd and has scored 16.00 team points.
7-9th 103 - Noah Freeman's place is 4th and has scored 12.00 team points.
7-9th 103 - Blake Scott's place is 3rd and has scored 14.00 team points.
7-9th 112 - Cameron Cantrell's place is 2nd and has scored 24.00 team points.
7-9th 112 - Parker Snyder's place is 1st and has scored 28.00 team points.
7-9th 119 - Cal Francovitch's place is 2nd and has scored 14.00 team points.
7-9th 130 - Riley Zepp's place is 3rd and has scored 14.00 team points.
7-9th 145 - Austin Dabbs's place is 3rd and has scored 20.00 team points.
7-9th 155 - George Francovitch's place is 2nd and has scored 22.00 team points.
7-9th 165 - Jalen Williams's place is 2nd and has scored 16.00 team points.
7-9th 175 - Nick Mothersele's place is 2nd and has scored 22.00 team points.
7-9th 189 - Harold Gillmore's place is 3rd and has scored 15.00 team points.
7-9th 220A - Seth Dupree's place is 1st and has scored 21.50 team points.
7-9th 220B - Jordan Aycock's place is 2nd and has scored 12.00 team points.
DMS Art Student Winners of Native American Indian Heritage Contest
Winners of Native American Indian Heritage Month Art Contest:
1st Place Winner: Victoria Lee
2nd Place Winner: Shiyeon Ku
3rd Place Winner: Anna Mitchell
Each winner will be recognized in a ceremony on Redstone Arsenal, Nov. 24.
DMS Class Spelling Bees to be Held Tuesday, Nov. 25
DMS will hold all Class Spelling Bees on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 through the Language Arts classes. Each teacher’s block will have a winner!
The School Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 in the Library. All class/block winners will participate in the School Wide Spelling Bee!
If your child would like to compete in the Class Spelling Bee, please have him/her study the spelling words in the list that corresponds to his/her grade level listed below.
The Spelling Bee is voluntary and participation is not required.
Good Luck and Have Fun Studying!!!
Please note that you need the latest version of the FREE Adobe Reader software to open the PDFs available on this page.
Password for ALL Lists
Seventh Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Study List
Eighth Grade Classroom Spelling Bee Study List
Complete Set of Study Words for Grades 1-8 (classroom)
2015 SCHOOL Spelling Bee Study List
BOB JONES HS EVENTS AND NEWS
BJHS Basketball this Week
Friday, Nov. 21 vs Huntsville @ Home
FB and JVG @ 4:30 - JVB @ 6:00 - VG @ 6 - VB @ 7:30 Tickets will be $6 for Adults and $3 for Students
New BJ Athletic Website Launches
Per Mr. Parker,
We are very excited to launch our new Athletic Website. Please note the web address has changed from bobjonessports.com to bobjonesathletics.com. The new website is even more user friendly. You can get real time updates and notifications by following us on twitter and Facebook. The website has icons for each.
In the coming weeks, we will have a full photo gallery with complete pictures of all of our facilities. I hope you will all take a look at it…I’m a little biased, but I think it looks great.
BJHS Boys Basketball Fundraiser at Smoothie King
During the month of November Smoothie King (6290 University Dr. Huntsville, Al 35806) will be teaming up with the Bob Jones Basketball program.
Every Saturday in November Smoothie King will donate a portion of their daily sales to the Bob Jones Basketball team.
Come to Smoothie King and enjoy a variety of healthy smoothies and make sure to tell your server "I support Bob Jones Basketball"
To review all the different smoothie options available please go to the following website www.smoothieking.com
BJHS Tennis Fundraiser
Please help support the BJHS Tennis Team. We are selling Apple Lane Hams and Turkeys. Certificates will be delivered for you to pick up your Ham or Turkey at the Apple Lane Farm Restaurant in Madison or Decatur for your convenience and to insure quality of the product. These certificates never expire, so they are good for any holiday or special occasion. If you are interested, please contact Krystine Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or any BJHS tennis player. Thank you for your support!
Honey Glazed Spiral Sliced Ham
7-8 lb. Serves 14 to 16 people.
Our hams are never frozen, fully cooked, and ready to serve.
Hams will last 7 – 10 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
Honey Glazed Spiral Cut Smoked Turkey Breast
4-5 lb. Serves 14 to 16 people.
Our turkeys are never frozen, fully cooked, and ready to serve.
Turkeys will last 7 – 10 days in the refrigerator and 3 months in the freezer.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
DMS Fall T'Shirts For Sale
DMS Khaki Long Sleeve $25
BJHS Red Long Sleeve $25
Bobscovery Gray Long Sleeve $25
Come by the front office and see Mrs. Sanders or Mrs. Parker
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.
DMS PTA INFORMATION
PTA Reflections Contest
The Theme this year will be "The World Would be a Better Place if ...”
The National PTA encourages all students to pursue artistic expression through participation in its annual arts “Reflections” program. The Reflections’ theme for this year is “The World Would be a Better Place if ...”. Your child may submit entries in any or all six of the art categories: visual art, literature, film production, musical composition, photography, and dance choreography. Each entry will be judged on interpretation of the theme with special attention paid to creativity and artistic merit. Only NEW pieces of artwork inspired by the national theme, “The World Would be a Better Place if ...”” are acceptable. All entries must be original. Adults should not alter or influence the creative integrity of the child’s work. The top five entries for each category and each age division from our school will go on to compete at the city level. The grade divisions are: Primary Preschool-2, Intermediate 3-5, Middle School 6-8, High School 9-12, Special Artist -ungraded.
DEADLINE EXTENDED - PTA Family School Partnership Surveys for National PTA School of Excellance Program
The deadline has been extended for our Family-School Partnership Surveys. If you have already taken them, thank you. If not, please take a few minutes of your day to add to our project. It should only take 5-10 minutes of your time and would be greatly appreciated!
The Discovery PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders, and community is important for the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which celebrates partnerships between PTA and schools to enrich the educational experience for all students.
We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families at the beginning and the end of the school year.. Your feedback now will help to generate a customized Roadmap to Excellence, which will provide specific recommendations for improving our family-school partnership and achieving excellence in our school.
Family-School Partnership Survey Part 1
Family-School Partnership Survey Part 2
Thank you for your help!
President, Discovery PTA
KEEP THOSE BOX TOPS COMING FOR DMS
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: