Diplomat ROAR

January 18/ February 1, 2023

A Note from the Principal

Hello Wildcats,

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to Semester Two. You have 18 weeks remaining to demonstrate all of your learning.

Goodness! Eighth graders, you are about to choose which high school you want to attend. We will miss you when you are gone. Sixth and seventh graders, we hope you stay here with us and continue your educational career.

Let’s all work together to ensure the best learning and teaching is happening in all classrooms within the building. Let’s all do our part in being dedicated to learning for all. Students, this actually requires the most work from you. Take your education seriously, get assignments done on time and with 100% work ethic. Make the choice to be your best learning self.

I am happy to be on this second semester journey with each of you.

Proud to be a part of the Pride,

Maura Bennington, Principal

Focus Parent Portal

Focus is the district's platform for all grades, student information, attendance and test history. Creating a parent portal gives you 24/7 access. In the portal, there are required forms that we need in order to ensure you are receiving the most current information. There is also a required form for your child to receive care in the clinic. Without this clinic form, we cannot assist your child. If you have not already completed these online forms, please create an account and complete them.
Revised 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

Due to the closure for Hurricane Ian, the SDLC has revised the instructional calendar for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. This link will take you to the overall calendar and the odd/even day calendar.

Safety First

Students are not to be on campus before 9:15 without being enrolled in our before school program.

When dropping students off in the morning, the safest way is through our parent drop off loop. Stopping along the roadway to drop off students creates a safety issue for you and those travelling the roadway. No drop offs should occur in the faculty lot or the elementary school parking lot.

Students of the Month

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Teacher and Staff Member of the Month- December

Scholastic Book Fair

February 3 February 10, 2023

Dear Parents and Families:

Get ready! This year's Book Fair is going to be epic!

We've turned up the volume with more fun, more choices, and more excitement—so kids will arrive curious and leave bolder, prouder, and stronger than ever before.

Here's what you need to know about our upcoming Fair:

Every dollar you spend will benefit our school directly.

You can sign up for Book Fair eWallet—a convenient digital payment account, so your child can shop the Fair cash-free.

Grandparents, friends, and others can contribute to the eWallet to help build your home library. Book Fair Homepage: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/diplomatmiddleschool

We can’t wait to see your child at the Fair!

Ashley Figueroa

Diplomat Middle School’s Book Fair Chair

Phone: 239-574-5257

Email: Ashleymi@Leeschools.net

HOSA Competition

On January 28th, students will compete in the HOSA Sunset Region Winter Conference. Diplomat Middle school is the ONLY middle school in the tri-county area. Good luck to Daniella Cuevas, Brielle Christiano, Lacy Crane, Martin Garcia, Nick Garcia, Avril Gonzalez Alarcon, Ivan Langaney, Nhu Nguyen, Destinee Rollins, Ashleigh Russell, Andrea Santos, Leslie Nichols, Carrie Senna, Ella Spencer, Grace Wheeler and Nathan Zukowski. We are also looking for judges for the day on the Jan 28th. If interested and available, please message Jamie Gross, jamiesgr@leeschools.net. Good Luck HOSA Wildcats!
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Diplomat Spirit Night

Join us at Jeremiah's Ice on Thursday, February 2 for Spirit Night. Mention that you are supporting Diplomat Middle School and proceeds from your purchase go directly to DMS.

Every Monday is Pizza Night at Iragazzi Pizza!

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Counselor's Corner

Student last names A-L: Ms. Evenson

Student last names M-Z: Mrs. Toadvine

Out of Field Notification to Parents

Florida State Statute 1012.42 recognizes that teachers at times must be assigned duties in a class outside the field in which the teacher is certified. The following teachers at Diplomat Middle School are certified, but may be assigned one or more classes outside their areas of certification and are required to take appropriate steps to comply with the statutory regulation.


Kelly Denney

Holli Floetker

Abalyn McMullen

Mathematics Grades 5-9

Jennifer Kurth

Elementary Ed K-6

Holli Floetker

School Board of Lee County

Armor Persons, District 5 (Chair)
Samuel Fisher, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Debbie Jordan, District 4
Jada Langford Fleming, District 6
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Christopher S. Bernier