The DMS 5
Weekly News for March 22-28
Superintendent Robbie Owen
Here’s a brief video message from Superintendent Robbie Owen and a video feature that spotlights some outstanding work being done by students who are really good with hammer, nails and saw. We hope you have a great weekend!
Road Construction on Intersection of County Road 64 and 13
Build Baldwin Now Fact #4
Facts that voters need to know on March 31.
Incorrect information is being circulated about our school system. We are supplying a link to CORRECT INFORMATION.
The numbers prove it. Baldwin County school employees have been "doing more with less" for years.
"Doing more with what we have" -- how much would it really cost?
- Today there are almost 4,000 more students enrolled in the Baldwin County Public Schools than there were in 2007.
- Yet the district now operates with 561 fewer teachers, counselors, nurses and support professionals.
- Think about it! That's a 13 percent increase in enrollment and a simultaneous 13 percent decrease in local school staff.
- Add the fact that 53 percent of our schools are already over-capacity and 5000 additional new students are expected to enroll by 2024. Clearly, school system employees are "doing more with less" every day.
- The larger, long-term issue of "too many children / not enough seats" is a brick-and-mortar problem that only Baldwin County citizens can solve. Additional belt-tightening or a "pay-as-you-go" remedy will never produce the schools we need.
Go to buildbaldwinnow.com and learn the facts about school funding and needed facilities in Baldwin County.
Art of the Week
The annual themed mural for the 2015 Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival "Spring in the South" designed and created by Art Club students.
Choir Students Present Hairspray Jr.
The Daphne Middle School production of “Hairspray, Jr.” will be performed at Trojan Hall on March 26th and 27th. Thursday March 26 at 12:45 Daphne Middle School 7th grade will watch the performance. Later that night at 6:30 will be the night show for the parents. The next day at 9:00 a.m, Daphne East Elementary and W. J. Carroll Elementary sixth graders go watch the show. At 12:45 that day, Dahpne Middle School 8th grade will go to watch the show. All chorus students will be out March 26th and 27th.
Spring Plant Sale
- Geraniums “Double Take White” and “Fantasia Dark Red”
- Sun Patiens “Compact White Improved” and “Compact Orange”
- Superbells “Cherry Star” and “Lemon Slice”
Peer Helpers Challenge Students to Complete 21 Days of Kindness
Each day the Peer Helpers are challenging students to complete five acts of kindness, continuing for 21 days. Students should document completion of their activities here. Share what you are doing by using the hashtag #21daysDMS; tag the Peer Helpers @DMSPeerHelpers.
Day 16-March 23 “Be Honest”
Catch yourself before telling a lie, keep the truth
Go to someone you have lied to and ask forgiveness
Do not spread rumors
Make and keep a legitimate promise
Be honest, but don’t hurt anyones feelings
Day 17-March 24 “Be Thoughtful”
Hold the door for someone
Give a thoughtful opinion
Think before you speak
Think about what you’ve said about somebody, if it’s bad, go make up with them
Think for yourself too (Like if you forgot to do something you were suppose to do for someone or for yourself)
Day 18 -March 25 “Smiley Day”
“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” Mother Teresa
Smile all day long
Smile no matter what
Do everything with a smile
Smile at other people
Smile with any emotions
Day 19-March 26 “Compliments”
Give a compliment
Give a compliment to one of your teachers
Give a compliment to one of your friends
Give a compliment to a family member
Give a compliment to anyone who looks like they're having a bad day
Day 20-March 27 “Say thank you”
Say thank you to adults
Say thank you to your peers
Say thank you to your family (older or younger members)
Give thanks to service members (military, firemen, police, etc.)
Rejoice for what you have
DMS Students Rock the SEEDS Race
New Cheer Squad
7th Grade Cheerleaders
Abigail Cox, Alex Reeves, Alexandra Dyess, Alexis Webster, Ava Sullivan, Bailey McNeil,
Brooklyn Strevel, Cheney Pratt, Delaney Goldman, Emma Puckett, Kylee AgeeLily Dupuis, Liz Burt, Reagan Coleman, and Madison Wood
8th Grade CheerleadersAleah Thomas, Amiah Davis, Britney Luke, Holly Yazdi, Khamia Lacey, Lauren Jones, Madison Boutries, Mya Jo Williams, Taylor McKenzie, Mallori Sanders, and Miranda Ulrich
Track and Field To Compete This Week
Practices will be held from 3:15 until 4:30 on Monday, March 30; Wednesday, April 1; Monday, April 13; Wednesday, April 15; and Monday April 20. Monday practices are held at Daphne Middle School and Wednesday practices are held at Daphne High School. The first Track Meet will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at Volanta Park in Fairhope. Meets following are April 14 at Spanish Fort High School and April 16 at Foley High School. The County Championship will be held on April 21at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex.
Units of Study and Important Dates
All students should complete their Istation learning path per their March tier group to help develop their reading skills. Tier 1 students scored at grade level and should do 30 minutes of reading practice. Tier 2 students scored slightly below grade level and should do 60 minutes of practice weekly. Tier 3 students scored below grade level and are considered in need of intervention; these students should complete 90 minutes of reading practice each week. Istation learning path reading practice is done for homework weekly, but may be done in elective class if there is time in the schedule. Students will be re-tested April 1-3.
3/23 Nettles library
3/24 T. Taylor library
3/25 Bowling field trip
3/25 Pendley library
3/26-3/27 Hairspray Jr., the choir spring musical
3/26 Law library3/27 Madison library
- Boone Algebra 1: Chapter 10 test
- Boone Pre Algebra: Volume test
- Law: Research paper due
- Art: I movie with research on artist of choice with reproduction of famous work.
- Peer Helpers: 21 days of kindness
- Choir: Hairspray
- Band: “Speed scales” and Memorizing National Anthem
- Enrichment (Law): Study hall
- Enrichment (Benefield): Study Hall
- Enrichment (Madison): Study hall
- Reading Extension: Word Analysis Unit 9
- Lindsey: binder check Tuesday 3/23
- Smith:Quiz Tuesday 3/23
- Majewski: Chapter 9 review ACT
- Majewski (advanced): presentations on exponents
- Holt: Board Builder Presentation
- Career Tech: Health Sciences, Education cluster plans based on Alabama
- Teen Discovery: Continuing child development
- Peer Helpers: 21 days of kindness
- Choir: Hairspray play
- Band: Speed scales and memorizing National Anthem
- Enrichment (Taylor): Habits 6
- Enrichment (Bittinger): Creating original tessellations based on M.C. Esher
- Reading Extension: Word Analysis Unit 9
Save the Date
Vote YES to build the schools we need.
Tuesday, March 31st, 7am-7pm
Baldwin County, Poll Locations
Build Baldwin Now is an initiative of the citizens of Baldwin County to secure long-term public support for building the schools we need. In order for this initiative to be successful and for our children to have adequate facilities now and in the future, we need everyone’s vote.
If you are not registered to vote you will need to follow the link below:
- Download and complete the form.
- Mail or deliver to your county Board of Registrar Office.
Baldwin County Board of Registrar
PO Box 1507
Bay Minette, AL 36507-1507
Voting Day for the Funding Referendum: March 31, 2015.
ACT Aspire Standardized Test Dates
April 20, 2015: ACT Aspire Science (Grades 3-8)
April 21, 2015: ACT Aspire Reading (Grades 3-8)
April 22, 2015: ACT Aspire Math (Grades 3-8)
- April 23, 2015: Make-Up Test Day