The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 18-19: Friday, February 8, 2019

Principally Speaking

The week went well at DCMS! Students and staff continue to work hard at teaching and learning. We are making great progress in terms of academic achievement and progress. Midterm grades are available for viewing today through Infinite Campus. Midterm grades are just a snapshot of a student's performance at the midway point of the current 9 weeks.


I wanted to share some information about one of the factors that go into determining our federal school grade as outlined by ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). This particular factor is one that we struggle to affect as a school, and I am looking to parents for help and support; it is chronic absenteeism.


Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, there is a new indicator that addresses chronic absenteeism as demonstrated through excellent or improved attendance rates of students. Schools will receive points based on the percentage of students that meet one of two definitions of a “model attendee:” (a) persistent attendee (i.e., attended at least 95% of days enrolled during school year); or (b) improving attendee (increases at least 3% in days attended based on the student’s enrollment from the previous school year).


The statewide goal is that at least 80% of students in kindergarten through 8th grade will be model attendees, demonstrating that schools are adequately addressing chronic absenteeism. This metric was chosen based on the research demonstrating the importance of regular school attendance to the academic and social and emotional advancement of students. Further, attendance/chronic absenteeism is an early warning indicator for identifying students at risk of dropping out of school in the future.


Last year, we just eeked out an A despite the fact that we did not meet the goal of 80% of our students being model attendees. Our model attendee percent was 72.6%. That is 7.4% below the defined standard. We are thankful that our achievement and progress carried us to still achieve the A grade. The tough part for us as a school is that we don't want to encourage sick kids to come to school. We want all our students to be healthy and not expose anyone to unnecessary illness. Yet, we do want those suffering from minor discomfort to tough it out and come to school to learn. Just as employers want their employees to show up for work if at all possible, we want our students here to learn.

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How Can Parents Help Us with Attendance?

When your child is sick

  • Only let your child stay home if he/she is truly sick. Sometimes complaints of a headache or stomach ache might be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home. Contact the school counselor for support if you think this might be happening.
  • The Sick Day Guidelines for Families may be helpful if you are not sure if you should keep your child at home due to illness. See the guideline using the link below.


Appointments and vacations

  • Make every effort to schedule doctor, dentist, and other appointments after school hours.
  • If your child must be out of school for an appointment, get him/her back to school for at least part of the school day.
  • Plan vacations when school is not in session.

ESSA Accountability

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See the Full ESSA Accountability Summary Below

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Top 3 Mistakes Parents Make When Talking to Middle School Kids

To get the conversational ball rolling, avoid these common conversational pitfalls.


by: Valle Dwight | July 23, 2018

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Danville Community Education Foundation BINGO

Sunday, March 17th, 1pm

1245 East Main Street

Danville, IN

Come support the Danville Community Education Foundation! DCEF is an organization committed to supporting our school through annual scholarships for graduating seniors and grants for teachers throughout the district. Doors open at 1 PM; Games 2-5 PM.

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School Delays and Cancellations

Notification of school cancellation or delay will be sent by phone call and/or text message through our Infinite Campus system. The information will also be available on our district social media pages (Facebook and Twitter @DCSCWarriors), on our district website (www.danville.k12.in.us), and on the local television news stations and their websites.


If you do not receive a phone call or text in the event of a cancellation or delay, please take a moment to check your communication settings on your Infinite Campus parent portal.

Snow Make Up Day - School is in Session on Monday, February 18

Due to our school closure on November 16, we will be in session on Presidents' Day which is February 18, 2019. Please make sure to adjust your calendars to indicate that school is in session on this day.

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 LearnMoreIndiana.org/cost 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 Facebook.com/learnmorein 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

Webpage - https://www.danville.k12.in.us/Domain/9

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 www.AskRose.org . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events

2/11

Science Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

FFA Leadership Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

7 AB Girls Basketball Game vs Southmont @Home - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8 AB Girls Basketball Game @Southmont - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Practice - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

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

2/12

FCA - 7:45 AM

Volleydigs - 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Builder's Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

7 Girls Basketball Game @Western Boone – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game @Western Boone – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling 4-Way Meet @Avon North - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Swim Meet @Northridge HS - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

2/13

Social Studies Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

7 Girls A Basketball Game vs North Putnam @Home – 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls A Basketball Game vs North Putnam @Home – 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Meet @Crawfordsville HS - 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/14

Math Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

FFA Leadership Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

English Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM

Swim - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Cheer Workshop - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Wrestling 3-Way Meet @Western Boone - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

2/15

FFA Leadership Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

NJHS Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Swim Practice - 5:20 PM to 6:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/16

Volleydigs - 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Special Olympics - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Kiwanis Daddy Daughter Dance

2/18

Science Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

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

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Volleydigs - 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

2/19

FFA Leadership Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

FCA - 7:45 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 AB Girls Basketball Game @Plainfield – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8 AB Girls Basketball Game vs Plainfield @Home – 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Meet vs Tri-West @Home - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

2/20

Cheer Workshop - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Social Studies Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Swim Practice - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling 4-Way Meet @Home - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/21

Math Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

FFA Leadership Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:15 AM

7 Girls Basketball Practice – 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 A Girls Basketball Sagamore Conference @Western Boone – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

English Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM

Swim Meet vs Southmont @Home - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Volleydigs - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Wrestling Meet @Southmont - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/22

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

Swim Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @HS - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/23

Swim Practice - 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

8 A Girls Basketball Sagamore Conference @Western Boone – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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

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