DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Mar. 9- Mar. 14

PR Volume 28

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

B WEEK is our schedule rotation for Mar. 9-Mar. 13

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District Accreditation - March 9, 10, 11

Welcome to the AdvancEd Accreditation Team.
Madison City Schools will be participating in accreditation, which occurs every 5 years. Discovery MS will host the visiting team on Tuesday afternoon (March 10).

New 4th 9 Week Classes will not begin until Wednesday, Mar. 11

Due to winter weather and school cancellation on Thursday and Friday last week, the end of the 9 week's was to be Friday, Mar. 6. We will have students continue to meet in the 3rd 9 week classes until Wednesday, Mar. 11 so that they may conclude their 9 week classes.

Monday, March 9

  • DMS Baseball moved to @ Meridianville MS A Team 4:30/B Team 6:30
  • DMS Soccer @ Monrovia CANCELLED
  • DMS Soccer @ Whitesburg Boys 7th Gr at 4:00
  • DMS Softball vs Meridianville @ DMS 4:00pm
  • Math Team (Optional) Practice after school in Mrs. Goldston's Room

DMS Spring Boys Basketball Tryouts for Rising 7th Gr Begins March 9

Tryouts for the 2015-16 7th Grade Boys Team will be March 9, 11, 12 (1st cuts made), 16 (final cuts made), 18 (Practice Day) at the DMS Gym 3:30pm until 5pm. All will need to have the following forms: current physical, concussion form, participant form and insurance info.
See detailed tryout information here.

Tuesday, March 10

  • FCA at 7:15am in the DMS Library
  • Current 7th Gr Boys Football Weight Room Workouts 3:30-4:30
  • Cyber Security Meeting in STEM Academy at 3:15pm
  • DMS Soccer @ Hartselle 7th Gr Boys at 5:00 Girls at 6:30

DMS Cheerleading Tryout Parent Info Meeting - March 10

Interest Meeting for Parents, Rising 6th Gr and Current 7th Grade Girls will be Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:00 in the DMS Library

Tryouts will be April 1st -3rd in the DMS Gym at Beginning at 4:00

For more information, contact Coach Parker at or Coach Elrod at

Wednesday, March 11

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Art Club will meet in Mrs. Spiegel's Room after school
  • DMS Soccer @ Monrovia MS Boys at 4:30pm

Thursday, March 12

  • NJHS Meeting at 7:15am in the DMS Library. Please don't forget to bring your $15 Dues
  • Scholar's Bowl Team Practice at 3:15pm in Mr. Sippel's Room
  • Show Choir Rehearsal - 6:15-8:30 - Drop off and pick up at south end nearest Choir Room)
  • Current 7th Gr Boys Football Weight Room Workouts 3:30-4:30
  • DMS Baseball @ Sparkman MS A Team @ 4:30 and B Team @ 6:30
  • DMS Soccer at Home vs Monrovia Girls @ 4:30pm & Boys @ 6pm
  • DMS Softball vs Sparkman MS @ DMS 4:00pm

Band MPA - March 12 and 13

Concert Band MPA cancelled!
Due to the weather, the concert band did not get the practice in they needed to get ready for MPA, so their performance has been cancelled. Symphonic will still perform as scheduled on Friday, March 13.

Friday, March 13

  • DMS Chess Team Practice 5:30-7pm at the MCS Central Office
  • DMS vs Arab @ DMS 4:30/7pm

Saturday, March 14

  • DMS Baseball @ Central 10am and 12pm
  • Chess Team competes in State Competition

NA Regional Destination Imagination Tournament - March 14

DMS is excited to host the NA Regional Destination Imagination T'ment on Saturday, March 14.

General 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 7:15-8:00am

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


Thursday, March 19 (Corrected Date)

- Curriculum Fair: 5-7 p.m. in BJHS Central Commons Area (This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the course offerings!)

- Advanced Placement (AP) information meetings in the Media Center from 5:30 – 6:00 and 6:30 – 7:00. If your student is interested in taking an AP course next year, you will not want to miss this meeting.

- Rising 9th grade informational meetings in BJHS Auditorium from 5:30-6:00 and 6:30-7:00 (New students are also welcome to come to this meeting.)

Tuesday, March 31

- 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.

April 1st through 3rd

- Rising 9th graders will enter course requests in iNow from DMS.

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


Panthers in the News

Madison Record Article on Art Students Winning Black History Awards
Madison Record Article on STEM Academy Open House


7th Gr Field Trip Rescheduled for Monday, March 16

Due to the winter weather last Thursday, the 7th grade field trip has been rescheduled for Monday, March 16th.

Reports Card will be sent home Tuesday, March 17

NEW DATE - DMS Registration Info Parent Meeting for Rising 7th Gr & 8th Gr - March 30

Mrs. Barkley (Principal) and Mrs. Moody (Counselor) will host a Registration Information Parent Meeting for rising 7th Graders and 8th Graders, MONDAY, MARCH 30 at BJHS Zoppa Auditorium beginning at 7pm.
Attention all 6th Grade Soon to be Panther Parents:
This meeting will provide information about the MS Schedule, course catalog, and the spring registration process.

Band Dance Cancellation Info- March 7

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the Band dance scheduled for last Saturday. If we cannot get it rescheduled, arrangements will be made to refund ticket money.

HSV Literary Assoc. Young Writer's Contest due by March 18

Any 7th or 8th grade student entering the Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers Contest please turn your entry in to Mrs. Dahlke by March 18th. Please see Mrs. Dahlke in room 522 if you have any questions. Thanks

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 .


Spring Sport Schedules

Menus for March


BJHS Volleyball Tryouts for 2015

Attention 8th Gr Girls: BJHS Volleyball tryouts will continue on March 11-12 from 3:45-6pm at the BJHS Gym. If you make the team there will be a mandatory parent meeting on March 12 at 6pm in the BJHS AV Room. Any girl interested should pick up an informational packet in the front office with Mrs. Sanders.

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 Dance Team Tryouts for 2015-16

Attention 8th Grade Girls: BJHS Dance team will host tryouts on April 2 and 3 from 5-7pm in the BJHS gym. Any girl interested should pick up a packet in the front office with Mrs. Sanders.

BJHS 2015 Football Registration Going On Now

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.



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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