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Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 18-19: Friday, September 14, 2018

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Vote NOW and Every Day for DCMS to win Tools for Schools Grant!

This is a social media promotion that awards $1000 grant to the school in EACH region with the most votes. Please vote for our school. We would love to provide our students and teachers with more learning materials with this $1000. Help us to win by going to the following website and voting for Danville Community Middle School!

As well, if 25,000 people have liked Old National Bank's Facebook page by September 30, 2018 the grant award will increase to $5,000 for the top vote getting school. Limit one vote per person per day. Please vote for DCMS today, tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day and the next day, etc.

Principally Speaking

Today marks the midterm of quarter 1. You can view your student's midterm progress in each course by logging into the IC parent portal. Midterm grades are not a part of the student's permanent record. They are meant to give the student and parent an indication of a student's progress midway through the quarter. Should you have questions, praises, or concerns about your student's progress at this time, please contact the teacher. Our teachers are happy to help and give specific feedback in order for our students to become their best. There is plenty of time for students to make improvements.

Please vote for our school to win the Tools for Schools grant sponsored by Old National Bank. See the article above and click the link to vote. You may vote one time per day! Vote for us every day! We could do so much for our students and staff with $1000 - $5000.

Thank you for your help, and as always, I am blessed to serve your students, this community, and you in the role of principal.

Parent-Teacher Conferences - November 1 & November 8

Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on the evenings of November 1 and November 8. As those dates approach more closely, you will be contacted with an opportunity to sign up for a time slot with your child's teachers. Parents do not need to attend both nights. We are simply offering two evenings so that parents have options within their schedules. We encourage all parents to meet with at least one teacher.

Character Focus for September/October - Responsibility

noun, plural responsibilities.

  1. the state or fact of being responsible, answerable, or accountable for something within one's power, control, or management: We must accept responsibility for the decisions we make.
  2. an instance of being responsible: The responsibility for this mess is yours.
  3. a person or thing for which one is responsible: A student has a responsibility to take care of his or her cell phone.
  4. reliability or dependability: Bill exercised responsibility when completed his assignment on time.

Have You Checked Your Student's Character Progress on PBIS Rewards?

Students are earning wampums, a school currency, for demonstrating responsibility, respectfulness, realiability, readiness to learn, and safe behavior. While these are expected behaviors, our goal is to reward and reinforce students in these areas on the front end rather than having to issue consequences on the back end for misbehavior.

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. It seeks to reduce or eliminate poor behavior schoolwide through the encouragement of positive behaviors. PBIS decreases office discipline referrals, increases instructional time, and improves student achievement. This intentional focus on positive reinforcement is creating and maintaining a positive school climate for the students and teachers.

Now, how does PBIS Rewards help with that?

PBIS Rewards is a digital platform that allows our staff members to recognize any student, anywhere for meeting behavior expectations. These behavior expectations are defined by the school then communicated and taught. So, when your child displays the behavior that is expected, they are recognized for it. The points earned through that recognition may be used to purchase items from the school’s PBIS store.

How does that benefit you, the parent?

As a parent, you can monitor your child’s progress and stay engaged with the PBIS Rewards Parent App! Download it for free on Google Play, the App Store, or Amazon Apps. Adding your child is simple. You’ll receive an email or letter with a QR code from your school. Open the PBIS Rewards Parent App and scan this QR code. If you have multiple children using PBIS Rewards at their school, you will be able to add each one separately.

Once your child is added to your PBIS Rewards Parent App, you will be able to see how many points they have earned, which the teacher rewarded them, and how they’re spending their points. The App also has a convenient way to respond to messages sent by your child’s teachers.

PBIS Rewards is helping us create a positive climate in which every student can learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. The PBIS Rewards Parent App is a great tool for you to stay connected and engaged with the PBIS initiative.

New Transportation Policy for Bus Passes

In order to be sure parents know about transportation changes, all requests to ride a bus other than a student's assigned bus must now be requested using the DCSC Bus Change Form. The form is available on the website and is located here for you to download:
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Midterm Grades are Available for Viewing Today

Midterm grades will be posted by the end of the school day on Friday, 9/14/18 and be available for viewing through Monday, 9/17. Teachers will begin adding in additional grades on Monday afternoon.

Midterm grades are a snapshot of your student's grades at the time and are not report card grades. To locate the electronic Midterm Quarter 1 report, log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. In the left column click on "Reports." The Midterm Quarter 1 report can be found as one document in this list.

If you have questions regarding logging into the Parent Portal, please contact a DCMS Secretary. If you have questions about your child's grades, please contact the classroom teachers. If you have concerns about your student, feel free to contact a DCMS Counselor: Heather Luce 7/8 Counselor or Laura Tice 5/6 Counselor.

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.

Are You a Middle Level Student Who's Making a Difference Through Volunteering?

In each state and Washington D.C., the top middle and high school youth volunteer will be named State Honorees and will receive an award of $1000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May. Runners-up will also be selected in each state and named Distinguished Finalists, receiving a bronze medallion. Other state-level winners will receive Certificates of Excellence. All state-level honorees will be announced in February.

During the trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers of the year. These National Honorees will receive $5000 awards, engraved gold medallions, trophies for their schools or organizations, and $5000 grants from the Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice.

Students that have participated in community service activities over the past year are eligible to apply for this award. Students may apply online at by November 6, 2018.

Who is eligible?

Any student who:

  • is in grades 5-12 as of November 6, 2018, and is a legal resident of one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia.
  • has engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2017.
  • completes an application and submits it to a school principal or the head of an officially designated organization by November 6, 2018.

Designated organizations include:

  • A middle level or high school
  • A Girl Scout Council
  • A county 4-H organization
  • An American Red Cross chapter
  • A YMCA
  • An Affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network

The 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:

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 -

Builders Club

Meetings Dates will take place on the following dates after school until 4:30.

Dates as follows:

Aug 28

Sept. 11, 25

Oct. 23

Nov. 13, 27

Dec. 11

Jan. 15, 29

Feb. 12, 26

Mar. 12

Apr. 2, 16

May 7

Our Earth Day 5K will be on Saturday Morning, April 20, 2019.

Dues of $15.00 per student will be collected at the first meeting payable to Danville Middle School Builders Club. Dues go toward the t-shirt and club expenses. Transportation will not be provided.

DCSC Hiring Substitutes!

DCSC is hiring substitutes for the 2018-2019 school year. A non-certified application can be printed off of our website or picked up at the Administration Office.

We expect to have openings for substitute teachers, aides, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, and nurses. These positions are very flexible and follow the school calendar with breaks and summers off! For further information, contact Charlotte Binkley at 745-2212.

21st Century Scholars Indiana

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars is a needs- and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.

Hoosier students who meet income criteria can enroll during their 7th- or 8th-grade year of middle school. Students commit to maintaining academic success, remaining drug and alcohol free, and completing college-preparation activities.

Scholars are provided resources and assistance to help them plan and prepare for college and pay for expenses not covered by their scholarship.

Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.

Apply online only. Eligible 7th and 8th grade students and their parents or legal guardians can access the online application at . Please review income eligibility requirements online before applying by visiting .

New to ScholarTrack or have questions about completing the Scholar Success Program? Watch this online presentation to view how to register an account and record your progress as you complete the Scholar Success Program through ScholarTrack.

Cummins Behavioral Health Partnership for School Based Services

We continue our partnership with Cummins Behavioral Health Systems to provide a variety of services for students and families. We are excited to introduce our new school based therapist, Taylor Gibbs.

How Can the Partnership Benefit Students and Families

  • School personnel and Cummin's staff are able to quickly identify needs that students may have.
  • Cummins staff are located at the school and work hand in hand with teachers, school counselors, parents, and students.
  • Parents/guardians are consulted each step along the way and are active participants in planning and carrying out treatment.
  • Most services can be provided at the school or in the home, making it more convenient - and they are available year round.
  • Services are strictly confidential and no care will be provided unless the parent/guardian gives permission.

All we ask is that you become actively involved in your child's care. When parents, school, and behavioral health professionals combine their knowledge, amazing things can happen!

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


Horticulture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Volleyball Game @Tri-West - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Volleyball Game @Tri-West - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Floriculture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Heart & Soul - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Volleyball Practice - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Football Game vs Frankfort @Home - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Football Game vs Frankfort @Home - 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM


7 Volleyball Game @North Putnam - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Volleyball Game @North Putnam - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


FFA Chapter Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Heart & Soul - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Volleyball Game @Frankfort - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

8 Volleyball Game @Frankfort - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Horticulture Practice - 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Cross Country Dave Landes Invitational Meet @Home - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM


Lifetouch Student Picture Retakes

Fundraiser Money Due

Horticulture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


Horticulture Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Chess Club - 7:45AM to 8:22 AM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

7 Volleyball Game vs Brownsburg East @Home - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Volleyball Game vs Brownsburg East @Home - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Cross Country 3-Way Meet @Home - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


Heart & Soul - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Volleyball Practice - 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Builders Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

7 Football Game vs Crawfordsville @Home - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

8 Football Game vs Crawfordsville @Home - 7:15 PM to 8:45 PM


7 Volleyball County Tourney @Plainfield - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Volleyball County Tourney @Plainfield - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


Science Club - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Heart & Soul - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Volleyball County Tourney @TBA - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Volleyball County Tourney @TBA - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Horticulture Practice - 3:45 PM to 5:00 PM

Cross Country Sagamore Conference Meet @Tri-West H.S. - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM


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

Cross Country Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

MS Football Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

High School Homecoming - 7:30 PM to 9:30 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