The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 19-20: Friday, December 13, 2019

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Principally Speaking

It has been another productive week at DCMS! Our students and teachers are working hard to solidify the learning of the entire semester in preparation for final exams and projects. I have seen some great work on upcycling projects and invasive species presentations in science classes. In math students are being pushed to use academic vocabulary and put words like "the big number" behind them and instead use the word divisor. Ask your students what they are learning each day.

Meaningful teaching and learning will continue through Thursday, December 19. We will be finishing up critical learning before the end of the semester as well as preparing for semester final exams or final projects. The exam schedule has been established and is as follows:

Monday - 12/16 - Science

Tuesday - 12/17 - English/Language Arts

Wednesday - 12/18 - Math

Thursday - 12/19 - Social Studies * Modified Schedule to allow for grade-level semester celebrations in the PM.

If a student should miss a final exam/project, the exam can be made up the week of January 6 - 10. Exams will not be given early. Friday, December 20th is a non-student attendance day. Only teachers and staff will attend.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.


Marsha Webster


A Parent's Survival Guide to Middle School

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Cold Weather & Recess Attire - 5th and 6th Graders

As it gets colder, please make sure your child is dressed for the weather at the bus stop and for going out to recess. Remember that predicted afternoon high temperatures are often much warmer than the actual temperatures at recess time. Please be sure to send your child to school with a coat and maybe a hat and gloves.

PTO Fundraiser!

Check this out: Our school has partnered with the Indiana Pacers to participate in an exciting FUNdraiser opportunity! Sell tickets to select Pacers games, win some really neat Pacers prizes and help raise money for our school! It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or teacher, everyone can participate and have FUN at a Pacers game!

We will have our very own school night at a Pacers game with a check presentation at center court during halftime! Everyone will be together cheering on our hometown Pacers on Friday, January 17th when the Pacers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. On this night, you’ll be able to pick up all of your prizes at the game. You could earn prizes such as:

· VIP Pregame Viewing

· 2 FREE Tickets to our School Night

· Pacers T-Shirt

· Autographed Basketball signed by the entire Pacers team

If you can’t make it to our school night game, we have four alternate games to choose from!

ORDER ONLINE: You have the option to purchase your tickets online. You can even share the offer with family and friends via social media! It will be easier than ever to sell lots of tickets and earn those prizes! Simply go to to purchase your tickets!

Morning Car Riders

As the weather changes, please be aware the building doors (to the unsupervised foyer area only) open at 7:30 AM. School staff are not available for supervision until 8:15 AM. Students will be subject to inclement weather prior to 7:30 AM. If your student does not have a scheduled student activity, he/she should not be dropped off before 8:10 AM. We encourage all students to take advantage of the transportation provided by the school bus.

If your student has not ridden the bus this year, but you would like him or her to do so, please contact 317/745-6875.

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Athletic News

The Athletic Department sells punch passes for ball game admission at a discounted price. The pass costs $20.00 and may be purchased at the games or during school hours. A pass saves you one dollar per person. Your immediate family (husband, wife, children) may use the same pass. There are 10 "punches" per pass. Admission for first grade through age 65 is $3.00 per person. Should you have questions, please call 317-718-2335.

Students attending ball games are to remain at the games until the events are completely over for the night. If a student needs to leave early, we ask that you send a note or make a phone call to Miss Hopkins for them to leave.

Please Call to Report Your Student Absent

If your student is absent or late for any reason, please call 317-718-2331 to report the absence. This number is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.
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New Transportation Policy for Bus Passes

For the 2019-2020 school year, our transportation department will be adopting a new end of day destination policy. Moving forward, families with students riding the bus at the end of the day will be asked to designate two possible addresses to which their child may be dropped off. These two addresses will be the only ones that can be used throughout the year for afternoon drop off.

This policy change can be attributed to safety, capacity and funding. Ensuring the safety of each child in the transportation process is important to us. When a student has fewer changes in their schedule, our building staff can better monitor and safeguard that students are heading to the right place. It also allows our bus drivers to make connections with their riders and to verify that they have delivered them safely.

Additionally, when students change routes often it can cause capacity issues on buses that serve some of our more heavily populated areas. Overcrowding on a school bus may cause safety and behavioral issues.

State funding changes and reduced operational costs have made this policy necessary for our transportation department. If this trend continues, additional measures may include an implemented walking radius, longer drive times or elimination of certain routes.

Nutrition Club

The Nutrition Club provides supplemental weekend food for children at North, South and the Middle School each Friday during the school year. We all struggle at some point. The goal of this program is to ease a bit of the struggle. You are welcome to sign-up at any point during the school year. The food will be sent home in a plastic bag that can fit inside a school backpack or be carried. You only complete one form per family. List all of your children that you would like to participate. Each child in your family will receive their own cinch sack or bag on Fridays throughout the school year. This program is the result of the generosity of the Danville community!

Please contact Chrissy Larkin with any questions. or 317-563-2498. Please click on the link below for the form:

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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


8 Girls Basketball Practice @South - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

7 A & B Boys Basketball Game vs Frankfort @Home - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8 A & B Boys Basketball Game @Frankfort - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


7 Boys Basketball Practice @South - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Yearbook 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

8 Boys Basketball Practice @South - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:20 AM

7/8 Boys Basketball Practice @South - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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


Last Day of Quarter 2/Semester 1

7 A Boys Basketball Game vs Tri-West @Home - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 A Boys Basketball Game vs Tri-West @Home - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM


7 Boys Basketball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


8 Boys Basketball Practice - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

12/20 - 1/3

Christmas Break - No School


8 Boys Basketball Practice - 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

8 Boys Basketball Practice - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM


7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM


7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

8 Boys Basketball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


8 Boys Basketball Practice - 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

7 Boys Basketball Practice - 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Special Olympics - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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