DMS Panther Report

Newsletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of April 20-April 25

PR Volume 33

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

C WEEK is our schedule rotation for Apr. 18-Apr. 24

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Monday, April 20

  • Math Team (Optional) Practice after school in Mrs. Goldston's Room

Tuesday, April 21

  • Current 7th Gr Boys Football Weight Room Workouts 3:30-4:30
  • Cyber Security Meeting in STEM Academy at 3:15pm
  • Show Choir Rehearsal - 6:15-8:30 - Drop off and pick up at south end nearest Choir Room)

Wednesday, April 22

  • First Priority will meet in Coach Brewer's Room at 7:15am
  • Band Leaves for DISNEY Competition

DMS Volleyball Tryouts for the 2015-16 Season

Tryouts will be at the DMS gym on April 21-22 from 3:30-5:30 for upcoming 7th graders and April 23-24 for upcoming 8th graders from 3:45-5:45.

For upcoming seventh graders you may pick up a packet at the DMS front desk.

Thursday, April 23

  • Current 7th Gr Boys Football Weight Room Workouts 3:30-4:30
  • Scholar's Bowl Team Practice at 3:15pm in Mr. Sippel's Room

Friday, April 24

  • Breakfast book club will meet in the Media Center at 7:40am.
  • National Jr. High Chess Tournament in Louisville, KY
  • All DMS Registration forms are due to 6th grade teachers or 7th grade Language Arts Teachers.

FCA Meeting - Friday, Apr. 24 at 6:30am

Friday, April 24 at 6:30 am, we are going to Asbury to hear this phenomenal speaker. See Mrs. Brooks for more information.

Saturday, April 25

  • National Jr. High Chess Tournament in Louisville, KY



Options Open Zero, Fifth Block, and Online Pilot Information

We have late breaking exciting news about our course offerings for next school year. We now have all of that information condensed into a one-pager and an FAQ posted on the District website:

Options Open is the Madison City Schools name for our 2015-2016 pilot program of online, zero and fifth block course options. You will have the opportunity to ‘open’ up your schedule to new and unique ‘options’ with blended learning, online courses, and an early start (zero block) or late start and end to your school day (5th block)…your ‘options’ are ‘open’! If you are interested in amending your original schedule request to include one of these exciting options, you will have until Monday morning to do so. This is an extension of the original registration deadline which closes today at 5:00pm.

In order to add the registration request, please record the following on a piece of paper and return it to your second block teacher on Monday, April 19th:

Your name

Course requesting

Option (online, zero, fifth)

Student Signature

Parent Signature

**Please keep in mind that space is limited for these courses in the Pilot year.

Thank you!

9th Gr. 4 YR Plans Due NOW

- 4 year plans are due to Mrs. Moody. All plans must be signed by student and parent

- 9th grade course request forms and AP permission forms (if applicable) due to Mrs. Moody. All request forms must be signed by a parent.

BJHS High School Course Catalog and Registration Links

Advanced Placement Agreement Forms from BJHS

Forms are available in Mrs. Moody's Office for those who are requesting AP World History.

Please email Kelle Moody at or call at 256.837.3735, ext. 82126 regarding questions or appointments.

General Information

No Outside Food Allowed to Be Brought in During Lunch

Reminder that outside food from restaurants are not allowed in the lunch room. Students are not allowed to have it dropped off and taken into the lunchroom. Thank you for your attention in this matter.

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered to any student at the following times during the week.

7th Grade Math

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-8:00am

Brooks - Monday at 3:20-4:20pm

Baragona - Tuesday at 3:20-4:20pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:20-4:20pm

8th Grade Math

Garner - Monday at 3:15 -4:15pm

King - Tuesday at 3:15 -4:15pm

Baragona - Wednesday at 3:20-4:20pm

McGuire - Tuesday at 7:00am - 8:00am

Garner- Thursday at 3:15-4:15pm

8th Grade Algebra

King - Monday at 3:15 - 4:15pm

Maxwell - Tuesday at 3:15-4:15pm

McGuire - Wednesday at 7:00am - 8:00am

Madison Youth Football and Cheer - Knights Registration Open May 1st

Beginning May 1st through July 18th, On - Line Registration available at:

On - Site Registration at Dublin Park Recreation Center available on:

Thursday, May 14, 2015 from 6 - 8:00 p.m. - Early w / discount Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Regular Saturday, July 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Late w / fee

Call if you have any questions. 256-289-1398


Lesley Murrah

Assistant to the Board

Madison Youth Football and Cheer - Knights


Congratulations to Jonathan Hampton

Jonathan Hampton won the Huntsville Literary Association's Young Writers Contest!!!! He will receive his award and prize money at a May 3rd ceremony on the UAH campus. We are so proud and happy for this outstanding young man.

Congratulations to our Panoply Artists

Congratulations to the following artists on having their artwork selected for exhibit in Panoply 2015, the exhibit will run from April 24 - 26 located in downtown Huntsville at Big Spring Park.

Victoria Lee

Ange Long

Sabrina Yee

Maredith Martin

Sherry Lee

William Spanier

Tiffany Wu

Leslie Chu

Joy onawola

Josie Manthey

Shiyeon Ku

John Dipietro

Tasnim Altubuh

Alabama Pharmacy Announces Winners of the 5th Annual Poison Prevention Art Contest

DMS has four State Winners! Congratulations to the artists listed below, they achieved a clean sweep for ALL winning positions! Ange long was our National winner last year and now Victoria Lee’s art work is on its way to compete at National level. J

Sixth - Eighth Grade Winners

Grand Prize: Victoria Lee, Discovery Middle School, Madison, AL

Second Place: Ange Long, Discovery Middle School, Madison, AL

Third Place: Sabrina Yee, Discovery Middle School, Madison, AL

Honorable Mention: Gracie Shivers, Gulf Shores Middle School, Gulf Shores, AL

Honorable Mention: Sherry Lee, Discovery Middle School, Madison, AL

Honorable Mention: Veronica Brock, Robersdale Elementary School, Loxley, AL

MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Pharmacy Association (APA) held a Poison Prevention Art Contest in an effort to increase medication safety and poison prevention awareness among children. “Poisonings Span A Lifetime” was the theme of the art contest. APA members posted contest flyers in their workplaces and APA staff emailed the contest flyer to teachers across the state of Alabama to encourage participation.

Over 188 entries from public and private schools all over the state, including home-schooled students, were submitted for consideration. Grand Prize winners will receive a $100 gift certificate, Second Place winners will receive a $60 gift certificate, and Third Place winners will receive a $40 gift certificate. Those Finalists who did not place in the top three will receive honorable mentions. The Grand Prize winners will also be entered in the National Poison Prevention Art Contest.

Asian Pacific Amerian Art Contest Winners from DMS

Congratulations to!!!!!

1st Place Winner - Maddy Moe
2nd Place Winner - Isabella Guerra

3rd Place Winner - Luke Allison

Honorable Mentioned - Dylan Sanchez

Students will be recognized in a ceremony at Redstone Arsenal.

Rosie's International Services strives to promote diversity and inclusion within the community and one way we achieve this goal is through Ethnic Observance Programs. This month, we are conducting the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Program on May 18, 2015 from 10:00-11:30 in the Bob Jones Auditorium of the Sparkman Center Complex, Building #5304, on Redstone Arsenal.

DI State Champions at DMS

Discovery was well-represented at the Destination Imagination state tournament Saturday at UAHuntsville!

In addition to the first place winners, we also had a team win third place, and a third team that had a bobble in the Instant Challenge portion of the competition, bringing them down to fifth place in a very competitive field of eight teams in Middle Level Fine Arts Challenge.

1st place in “Making Waves” (Scientific Challenge) – “Pangiest”

Team members: Lael Anderson, Caeden Anderson, Evan Krohn, Dylan Coleman, Jessie Sloan

3rd place in “The Improv Games” (Improvisational Challenge) – “Definitely Pineapple”

Team members: Andrew Cox, Alec Dauma, Jenna Foyer, Chenoa Gentle, Thomas Oliver, Kafui Sakyi-Addo

5th place in “Feary Tales” (Fine Arts Challenge) – “Yes! Maybe?...No”

Team members: Kauryn Datcher, Ella Harlow, Emilee Lamps, Jenny Shaver, Madeline Shrode

Pangeist will be traveling to Knoxville May 19-24 for Global Finals.

Way to Go Panthers!!!


Madison City Spring Arts Festival

Madison City Spring Arts

Thursday, April 30th at 4pm

Bob Jones Media, Commons Area and Auditorium

Art from Madison City Elementary, Discovery and Bob Jones

Elementary chorus -4 pm

Drum Line -6pm

Madison City Honor Chorus- 6:30

Concert Band and Wind Ensemble- 7:30

Last Day to Charge in Lunchroom is May 4, 2015

Parents the last day for charges in the lunch room will be May 4, 2015. Please note that the Lunchroom is still high on charge totals. Please work to get your accounts in orders.

DMS Library Books are DUE BY WED, May 6

ALL DMS Library Books are due on WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015. Any student that does not turn in his/her library books and pay any outstanding fines will NOT receive his/her end of the year Report Card and will not be able to pick up next year’s schedule until these fines are cleared. Please have your student(s) check with Mrs. King or Mrs. Harlow in the Library if he/she has any questions.

Award Days for 7th and 8th Grade - May 14 and 15

7th Grade Awards Day will be May 14th at 8:30am in the DMS Gym.

8th Grade Awards Day will be May 15th at 8:30am in the DMS Gym.

Parents are welcome to attend.

DMS Band Wants You - Rising 7th Gr and 8th Gr

Become a member of the Discovery Middle School program!!

The Discovery Middle School Band Program offers a variety of programs to suit the needs of the students and the community.

Students are encouraged to come and try some of the instruments to find the right instrument to ensure their success.

Please contact Mr. Monroe Murray Director of Bands

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Discovery Middle School Band

1304 Hughes Rd Madison Al, 35758

Phone: 256-837-3735 ext 545

DMS Library Needs Volunteers for Spring Book Fair

The DMS Library will be hosting its annual Spring Scholastic Book Fair April 27 – May 1, 2015. There will be LOTS of new and exciting books available for all of your summer reading wants and needs!!! Please make plans to come by and check it out!

If you would like to volunteer to help at the Book Fair, please contact our PTA VP of Volunteers, Alisa Henrie at .


Menus for April

Serving Tony's Personal Pan Pizzas at DMS

Tony’s Personal Pan Pizza


Cash in hand or on account no charging snack items

They will be available 4/16 and 4/28 and in May.


BJHS Freshman Boys Basketball Parent Meeting Today - April 20

There will be a mandatory Parent Meeting for those that made the Summer Team tonight - Monday, April 20 at 6pm in the BJ Harvard Room. Enter through the Aux Gym, walk into the school from the gym, enter into the new commons area and follow the stairs up to the 2nd floor. The Harvard Room will be located in an all glass classroom as you come up the stairs.

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BJHS Summer School Program

The Bob Jones High School 2015 Summer School Schedule is now available. You may pick up the forms at the front desk or print them off the BJHS web-site under the Academics Menu.

BJHS Stadium Chairs on Sale by Boys Soccer

Anyone interested in purchasing a Bob Jones Stadium Chair from the Boys Soccer Booster Club can contact Linda Sieja at The chairs are excellent quality, very durable, and look great, too! They are GREAT 'back-savers' compared to sitting on regular bleachers AND they keep you from sitting on cold or wet bleachers as well! $45.00 each.

BJHS/DMS Girls Basketball Workouts

Any 7th or 8th grade girl interested in extra help and workouts in preparation for tryouts may ride the athletic bus beginning this week to BJHS every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:45.

BJHS 2015 Football Registration Going On Now

BJHS New Online Spirit Store is NOW OPEN - Official Athletic site of the Bob Jones Patriots

Bob Jones is excited to offer the Sideline Store to all its fans.

BJ Athletic Website

Follow all the BJHS Spring Sports at the BJHS Athletic Website.


Like the DMS PTA Facebook Page

Discovery PTA has a new Facebook page! Please visit the link below and "like" us on Facebook.


Keep those Box Tops and Labels for Education coming in! Box Tops and Labels for Education are accepted year-round and can be turned into your student's first block teacher or to the front office. Visit these sites to view participating products:

Join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form

Parents Contact Forms

Parents each year we like to make sure our contact information is update. This year we have tried to make it easier for you by updating online. Please take the time to go to the following link and update your info. This is a private document that will only be seen by your child's teacher and office staff. Thank you for your help.

7th Grade Parent Contact Form

8th Grade Parent Contact Form


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