The DMS 5

Weekly News for March 15-21

Produced by Digital Journalism students

Edited by Dustin Lowe, Jack Mulkerne, and Julian White

Superintendent Robbie Owen

Here is a brief video message from Robbie Owen, Superintendent, who turns the spotlight on another outstanding school. Have a great weekend!


Facts that voters need to know on March 31.

Fact #3

The school system's comprehensive Capital Construction Plan will provide more than 750 jobs annually and a much-needed boost to local businesses county-wide throughout the coming decade.

How big a boost?

According to Dr. Semoon Chang of the Gulf Coast Center for Impact Studies, the new construction expenditures will generate the following economic benefit to Baldwin County:

  • New pre-tax wage or earning impact of $25.6 million per year or $256 million for 10 years;
  • 769 jobs each year continuing for 10 years;
  • New spending on groceries of $1.9 million per year or $18.9 million over 10 years;
  • New spending on automobiles of $1.4 million per year or $14 million over 10 years;
  • New spending at restaurants of $1.3 million per year or $13.3 million over 10 years;

Because the Center for Impact Studies chose to use only 50 percent of projected construction spending to calculate this impact, these numbers represent a conservative estimate of total economic benefit. Clearly,

this 10-year Capital Construction Plan is an investment in community infrastructure that will pay dividends for thousands of children, families and business owners across Baldwin County for many years to come.

Go to and learn the facts about school funding and needed facilities in Baldwin County.

Art of the Week

Students used plaster gauze to layer on a drape mold. Caitlyn Collier designed a pig mask based on her pet pig, Bacon. They next planned a design and color scheme before painting the mask with acrylics. Lastly, they used 3D materials such as raffia, feathers, and fabric to decorate their masks. Students worked in groups to complete a WebQuest on the types, materials, and purposes of tribal masks in places such as the Congo in Africa.

Peer Helpers Challenge Students to Complete 21 Days of Kindness

Each day the Peer Helpers will challenge 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 11- March 16 “Encouragement”

  1. Cheer on your team in P.E. or after school.

  2. Tell someone who is doubting themselves that they can do it

  3. Pick up someone who is having a bad day

  4. Help someone with schoolwork/homework

  5. Give good encouraging advice to people to do better in life and school

Day 12 - March 17 “Donate”

  1. Give a dollar to someone who might need it

  2. Try and donate to the poor

  3. Give away old clothes

  4. Offer to donate your time to help

  5. Give to your library- collect and bring in Box Tops for Education

Day 13- March 18 “Stay on Trail”

  1. Turn in any missed assignments

  2. Organize your computer files

  3. Clean up before leaving class

  4. Organize your bookbag/binder

  5. Start or update a calendar/agenda

Day 14-March 19 “Close Your Mouth”

  1. Let someone else have their way without putting up a fight

  2. Keep your bad attitudes to yourself

  3. Don't complain, even when you want to

  4. Don't talk about other people

  5. Listen when no one else wants too

Day 15-March 20 “Your Story”

  1. Tell someone a story about yourself

  2. Listen to another story

  3. Encourage someone to tell their story

  4. Take time to build a relationship with someone in person

  5. Write your story down and keep it in a safe place to read later


Golf Tournament: 3/17

Pride Time- Football: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Volleyball Conditioning- Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Girls Basketball Conditioning: Tuesdays and Thursdays until 4:30pm

Soccer Roster

2015 Girls Soccer Roster

8th grade

Zoe Brooks, Carianne Brown, Lauren Corte, Stella Callister, Alyssa DuCote, Mhairi Hannah, Natalia Lopez, Nicole Luther, Sarah Martin Santa Cruz, Marley Smith, Blakely Taylor, and Mandline Thomas

7th grade

Zoey Bembry, Emily Corte, Shannon Hough

2015 Boys Soccer Roster

8th grade

Caleb Allen, Will Allen, James Comerford, Hunter Flynn, Douglas Gough, Diego Guajardo, Aaron Jones, Kole Powell, Sammy Segui, Hunter Sessions, Nick Thompson, Sutton Sylvester, Leith Waldrop, Rocky Woodard, and Carnelius Walton

7th Grade

Matthew Boxx, Benton Brown, Thomas Gulledge, Gavin Neyhart, Esteban Reece-Morrow, Ethan Rowe

8th Grade


Boone Aglebra 1: Global Scholar testing & CH.10

Boone Pre Algebra: Global Schloar Testing

Law: Finishing Research Project

Surrey: Studying Africa


Garafola Algebra 1: Radicals

Garafola Pre Algebra: Pythagorean Theorem

Larisey: Medieval Europe

Waites: Chemical Bodies

Madison: Poetry Unit


Reading Extension: Reading Comprehension Unit 9

21st Century: Presenting Tutorials & Blogging

Choir: Practicing "Motets"

Band: Memorize National Anthem, 12 Scales, "Under the Sea"

Spanish: Module 7

Benefield Enrichment: Presentation/ 12 Powerful Words

Madison Enrichment: Debates

Reading Extension: Reading Comprehension

Math Exstension: Working on Math

7th Grade


Duke: Africa 2, Middle East, Board Builder

Lindsey: Test on Chapter 10, Folders due

Nettles: New SSR project

Smith: Scantron Test

Smith Advanced: Scantron Test


Holt: Africa 2, MIddle East, Board Builder

Kinard: Chapter 5- DNA

T. Taylor: Elements of Argument, Book Report, Clauses & Sentence Types

Majewski: Chapter 9- Circles & Geometry.

Schneider: Education Cluster

Save the Date

Vote YES to build the schools we need.

Tuesday, March 31st, 7am-7pm

Baldwin County, Poll Locations


Voting Information

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.

>> Download a sample ballot

If you are not registered to vote you will need to follow the link below:

>> Voter Registration

  • 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
Official 2015-2016 BCBE Calendar

This is the newly approved calendar option for the 2015-2016 school year. The first calendar to be approved was determined not a good fit for the business of Baldwin County. This is the option that has been approved since the second vote took place.