The DCMS Bat Signal: 5/20/19

Super me, super you, everyday heroes make dreams come true.

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Good Morning Team DCMS Superheroes!


Good morning! We've got this!

You are probably sick of me saying this, but SUPERVISE, SUPERVISE, SUPERVISE, THEN SWIVEL, AND THEN SUPERVISE SOME MORE! Use zone defense. Use the divide and conquer method by developing a rotation if needed. Check the bathrooms periodically. Be where you can see your classrooms and the hall. Our tweens can be quite wily when there is a will. We need to be mentally prepared and intentional about each and every activity that we do with the students.

Who among your team is the healthy skeptic who sees every possible thing that may go wrong? Listen to that person and prevent predictable problems before going into an activity. We have had a great year! Let's keep it that way.

Here is the list of folks who have signed up to canoe on June 12th:

  • Taylor Gibbs
  • Alexandra McKinney
  • Susan Hill
  • Angie Smith
  • Kim Hayse
  • Kelly Lacey
  • Kelsey Scott
  • Brandon Gleason
  • Dave Rector
  • Laura Tice
  • Laura Crosby
  • Marsha Webster

The more the merrier! Please join us. We've got this!

Marsha Webster

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  • Turn in any iPads to Stacy Artis in A129. There is a box on the table to place your iPads in.
  • Update your SLOs in SFS if you have your data.
  • Don't forget to update your PGP hours by using the document below. If you get them in, we can get your certificates for you by the last day of teacher attendance.

Sharing Our Summer Fun

Send pics of your adventures and summer fun!

The message below was in the May (and will be in the summer) Parent Newsletter. I hope you will all join in too!!

Each May, we say goodbye to our students and their families knowing that there will be lots of fun had in the months before school doors open again in August. I would LOVE it if you would share pictures of your family enjoying the days of summer with me. Whether it's a family vacation, a trip to a local museum or park, or an ordinary day in the summer sun, send me a photo or two along with a brief explanation of what's going on, and I will share it on our school social media.

Watch for #DCMSSummer to pop up throughout the summer to see what your fellow families are up to!

Send your photos to, and I will post them as they come in.

(note: Per DCSC policy, names will not be included in posts)

Senior Walk 2019

The Senior Walk, which was originally scheduled for May 14th, has been moved to May 22nd.

The seniors will arrive at approx. 9:45 and we will get you all out into the halls, and then queue the music. If we have any inside recess days between now and then, feel free to ask the kids to make signs for the graduating class of 2019.

Please talk with your students about the purpose of the Senior Walk. It truly is a celebration and an event to look forward to for our students as they matriculate through school. It is a way for seniors to remember their past, see teachers they've previously had, and to celebrate the ending of their time as a Danville Warrior. Remind students that they are to show respect for the graduating students - clapping, cheering, or simply standing as they walk by is appropriate.

Once the seniors have completed their walk, they will exit through the cafeteria door #11.

8:50 – Seniors released to get caps and gowns

8:55 – All seniors report to Commons dressed and ready to depart

9:00 – Depart for North Elementary

9:05-9:20 – Walk through North (Enter Door 11 and exit main doors)

9:20-9:25 – Travel to South Elementary

9:25-9:40 – Walk through South (enter door 3 and exit door 3)

9:40-9:45 – Travel to DCMS

9:45-10:00 – Walk through DCMS (Enter door 1 and exit door 11)

10:05 – Return to DCHS and report to class

5 Days Left with Students

Upcoming Events

  • 4th to 5th Parent Transition Meeting - Monday, 5/20
  • MS Band Concert - Tuesday, 5/21, at 7 PM in the MS gym
  • Senior Walk @ DCMS - Wednesday, 5/22 @ ~9:55 AM; all classes to line the hallways
  • Last Student Day - Friday, 5/24
  • Last Teacher Day - Tuesday, 5/28

No Meetings This Week!

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Stop the Bleed Training for MS Staff - May 28 from 11 - 12

House Bill 1063 mandates that school staff are trained to Stop the Bleed. Below is the training schedule for district employees.

Friday, May 10th- High School Certified Staff 7:25-8:25

Stop The Bleed Training: (Sessions to be held in the Middle School Gym)

Tuesday, May 28th-

  • 9-10:00 CNC, Technology, Preschool, North Teachers, & South Teachers
  • 10-11:00 Food Service, Housekeeping (Except Middle School), & Transportation
  • 11-12:00 Middle School Housekeepers, Middle School Teachers & Maintenance
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Finals Schedule for S2

Grades 5 & 6 are expected to give a "finals" experience in the form of a performance task, project, or test. The purpose is to prepare students for finals in grades 7 & 8 without the serious grade implications.

The grades 7 & 8 finals schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, 5/20 - Red Related Arts
  • Tuesday, 5/21 - Math
  • Wednesday, 5/22 - ELA
  • Thursday, 5/23 - SCI
  • Friday, 5/24 - SS

No final exams are to be given early.

Yearbook Signing

Yearbook Signing time for students will be on Thursday, 5/23, starting at ~2:30 PM.

Yearbooks will be delivered to GOAL or last period (for 5th) prior to yearbook signing. Do not distribute to students until 2:30 PM the day of signing. If it rains, we will do 5th and 6th in their respective hallways; 7 and 8 in the café.

Last Day Schedule for 7/8

Grades 5 & 6 may make their schedules as they see fit as long as lunch occurs from 12:30 - 1 PM and all students and teachers attend the Awards Program from 1:30 - 3:00 PM.

Thank you to Amanda Birkey who helped to me revise and correct the schedule below.

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Awards Program

All teachers are expected to attend. If you do not have an assigned class at that time that you are taking to the gym, sit with one of the related arts teachers who has your students to assist him or her in supervision. It is likely that one or all of them will be getting up to present an award. Please spread yourselves around. Department Heads/Presenters, please be poised and ready to give your awards prior to the previous presenter finishing. The goal is to complete our program in an hour or less. When you finish presenting your award please introduce the next presenter. For example, Mrs. Hayse will say, "and now Mrs. Smith will present the Math Department awards." Mrs. Smith will say, "and now Mr. Gleason will present the Science Department awards." and so on.

Department Awards

Please begin completing the Department Awards form below in preparation for the Awards Ceremony on the last student day. Directions for completing the form are at the top. If you wish to look back at who earned awards last year, click the 17-18 tab at the bottom.

About Us: Mission & Collective Commitments

We are a collaborative group of educators committed to ensuring high student achievement.

We commit to…

  1. Focusing on student proficiency of Indiana College & Career Readiness standards, not just coverage of material.
  2. Working collaboratively to benefit all students with a focus on results.
  3. Join forces to learn by doing on a daily basis.
  4. Using frequent common assessments that inform and drive our instruction.
  5. Providing intervention and enrichment based upon the formative data.
  6. Furthering a culture that uses value-added language, encourages one another, and celebrates successes.