The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 18-19: Friday, May 3, 2019

Principally Speaking

We have fifteen school days left with your children. Can you believe that? It really has flown by. I have been working hard to keep spirits up and minds focused because something about the warm weather makes some students lose their minds!

I made an announcement to all the students this morning reminding them that we are about learning. We would like it to be enjoyable, but learning is the focus. We don't exist to make their lives miserable. Please help us by talking with your student about the importance of finishing strong and making good decisions as the year winds up. Below is the announcement I made to the student body.

"Recently, we’ve had an increase in poor student decision-making. Most students are doing their job of coming to school to learn and get a job done. However, a small population of students is beginning to lose focus. Some are acting in a manner that will only get them in trouble as individuals and potentially ruin the rest of their school year. This is unacceptable.

The rules we have in place at school are for a purpose. Most are to ensure the safety of all and to preserve the quality of the learning environment. Contrary to popular belief, we do not try to make students unhappy.

With that said, we only have 15 days of school to go. I am asking that you do your part as individual students to make the rest of the school year smooth for yourself, other students, and staff.

Some key areas that need your attention are:

  • Keep hands to yourselves. What may seem funny or necessary in your head, may turn out to hurt someone or result in a suspension.
  • Make good decisions. Think about what could potentially happen before you act.
  • Avoid spreading rumors and creating drama. Some things; whether true or not, are really better off not said.
  • Complete assignments and homework. It all counts and makes a difference in how you perform on tests and other assessments.
  • Put your best effort forward when taking final tests and course exams.

Focus on finishing the last 15 days with purpose. We have many fun and rewarding activities planned for students over the last few days, please don’t lose the opportunity to participate by making a decision you will regret.

Teachers, please take the time to reinforce or add any items that need coverage. Students, let’s make this year end on a good note."

Please add in your own thoughts and encouragement as you feel led. Let's crush the end of this year! Thank you for trusting us with your children. Have a blessed weekend!

Marsha Webster


Thank a Teacher: Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5 - 10

Take a minute to thank a teacher. Praise and appreciation are rare in our profession. Even the smallest of gestures can make an educator's year and carry him or her for months. We don't teach for praise or appreciation; we teach because we love; we teach because we want to make a positive difference; we teach because we know that our students can be anything they want to be; we teach to help them discover their passions; we teach to hopefully be a small part of making a student's life fulfilling and fruitful.

Teacher Appreciation Luncheon

Here is an EASY way to say 'Thank you' to your teachers and staff! Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th-10th! We are going to host a Mexican themed lunch on Friday, May 10th. We have a signup for parents to bring in items below. Please have items to Danville Middle School by 10:00 AM on Friday the 10th. THANK YOU for helping in this way!

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ILearn Schedule for Next Week

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Getting Kids to Count Their Blessings

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Book Fair!

Did you know that reading 20 minutes a day with your child is the best investment your family can make in their future? Research shows that children who read just 20 minutes per day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Come to the Book Fair to stock up on the books your child will love reading and ignite your home reading habits.

Please mark your calendars for our building’s Buy One Get One Free Book Fair! For every book or item purchased during the fair, your child will receive a free item of equal or lesser value. This is a great opportunity to stock up on books for summer reading.

Save the date!

Book Fair dates: May 6 - 10

Introducing Book Fair eWallet! Let your child shop the Fair cash-free with our NEW digital payment option. Learn more on our Book Fair homepage and get started creating an account:

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H.A. W. K. Friends Group

Do you have an interest in the outdoors? Growing vegetables? We have good news for you! We are re-establishing the HAWK Friends Group this year and need YOUR help in making our Outdoor Learning Lab a success for students and families of Danville.

The mission of the Danville Community School Corporation Outdoor Learning Lab is to provide students with an opportunity to actively participate in interdisciplinary studies utilizing natural woodlands, wetlands and plant study areas. This year, a school garden is also being added to grow vegetables to donate to local food pantries.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey and share your interests in being a part of the HAWK Friends Group.

Follow us on social media as well to stay up-to-date on all the exciting things occurring at the HAWK Outdoor Lab!

Facebook: HAWK Outdoor Lab

Instagram: @HAWKOutdoorLab

Parent Transition Meeting

Current South Elementary 4th grade students will be making their visit to Danville Community Middle School on the afternoon of Thursday, May 16th. Students will learn pertinent information, ask questions, and get a building tour.

Parents of current South Elementary 4th graders are invited to attend a Parent Transition Meeting on the evening of Monday, May 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Parents will take part in a similar orientation to what students will experience. Our goal is to ease any anxiety on the part of both students and parents.

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Come work with our great staff and students. DCSC is looking for individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher, bus driver or kitchen help/server. We are also seeking full time members of our housekeeping staff. Job postings are available on our Human Resources page found here. If you have any questions, you may contact Sarah Smith, Human Resources and Benefits Specialist at or at 317-745-2212.

Youth Leadership Summer Camp

The Indiana Sheriffs' Association will again be sponsoring two sessions of their Youth Leadership Summer Camps. The camp is a program provided for boys and girls who are currently in 7th or 8th grade and are interested in learning more about a possible career in law enforcement. The camp session dates and locations are: June 25-28 at Pine Creed Camp in Pine Village, IN (Warren County) or July 9-11 at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Morgantown, IN (Brown County).

Applications are available in the DCMS office or you may contact Heather Luce, DCMS Counselor, for an electronic copy.

Summer Reading & Writing Skills

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of Community Engagement, a non-profit organization, is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program to families throughout Fishers, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Kokomo. Since 2003, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading.

The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Since 1970, the Institute has taught more than two million students in partnership with colleges and universities across the United States. The Institute’s inspired instruction encourages a lifelong love of reading in every student.

  • The program features a wonderful novel, effective materials, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Weekly classes and online lessons ensure that your middle schooler is consistently reading and practicing important skills throughout the summer.
  • Your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience and make great progress!

Visit this website for more information: or call 1-800-903-0623

Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College

Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College campaign helps Hoosier of all ages—from kindergartners through adults—pay for education beyond high school. The annual statewide effort continues through Indiana’s April 15th deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that qualifies students to receive financial aid from colleges, the State of Indiana, the federal government and other sources. Visit to check out upcoming events and free online resources, including cost calculators, savings plans, scholarship searches and more. And, don’t forget to follow Learn More Indiana on Twitter @learnmorein, Facebook at and Instragram @LearnMoreIndiana for more tips and information.

Follow Us on Social Media!

You are invited to follow us on social media. We are working to improve our communications by layering our messages using Infinite Campus, email, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our website. Please help us by following us and giving constructive feedback. We want to get better and serve you well.

Instagram - dcmswarriors

Facebook - DCMS Warriors @DanvilleCommunityMSWarriors

Twitter - DCMSPrincipals @DCMS_Warriors

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Time to order your school supplies for next year!

This helps you save time and money when back-to-school shopping. Parents that use EPI school packs save up to 40% compared to the same supplies from a national retailer.

Online order deadline is 6/12/19. Paper forms must be returned by 5/24/19.

To order online:

  • Go to:
  • Enter our school code: DAN091
  • Supplies will be delivered before school starts and you can pick them up at Warrior Welcome Day.

If you prefer to order by check or cash, use the Order Form sent home with your student. Make your check payable to DCMS PTO and return it by 5/24/19 (last day of school) with the completed order form.

For questions, contact Abby Bickel at

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


ILEARN Testing Window

Scholastic Book Fair

Teacher Appreciation Week

Track Meet vs Western Boone @Home - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Scholastic Book Fair

Teacher Appreciation Week

FCA - 7:45 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

Builders Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Scholastic Book Fair

Teacher Appreciation Week

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

Girls Basketball (Incoming 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) Open Gym - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Scholastic Book Fair

Teacher Appreciation Week

Chess Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

Track Sagamore Conf. Field Events Meet @Northmont HS - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Scholastic Book Fair

Teacher Appreciation Week

Student Council Meeting - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

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


ILEARN Testing Window

Track Sagamore Conf. Running Events Meet @Northmont HS - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

School Board Meeting - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

FCA - 7:45 AM

Senior Walk

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Track Sagamore Conf. Rain Date @Northridge - 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM

6/7 Choir Concert - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Cheer Try-Outs - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Girls Basketball (Incoming 6th, 7th, & 8th Grades) Open Gym - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

Science Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Cheer Try-Outs - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Track Pizza Party- 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


ILEARN Testing Window

About Us

Attendance Line - 317-718-2331 (Available 24 hours a Day)

Please call by 8 AM if your child will be late to school or absent all day.

Student Hours

  • Doors Open - 8:15 AM
  • Locker/Breakfast - 8:22 AM
  • Warning Bell - 8:31 AM
  • Classes Start - 8:33 AM Be in your seat, please.
  • Bus Rider Dismissal - 3:24 PM
  • Car Riders/Walkers - 3:30 PM

Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875