DMS Newsletter

April 26-30

Dates to Remember

May 3-7--FSA Testing

May 3-7--Teacher Appreciation Week

From the principals banner

Ms. Newton's Notes

Hello DMS Families!


Florida Standards Assessment begins on Monday. Here is the calendar for testing. Please be sure your child is in school on the testing dates. We are excited for students to show all they have learned this year. 6th and 7th graders can bring headphones that are not bluetooth.

End of Year Activities

Be on the look out for information from teachers and from the office on end of year activities. Please reach out if you have any questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3-7th is teacher appreciation week. It's a great time to send an email letting teachers know how much they are appreciated for all they do. You can send in small gifts with your students or write cards together this weekend. It's the thoughtfulness that counts!

Karen Newton

Assistant Principal

A Note from the Principal: Angela Saunders

Happy Friday Deaf Department Families,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. The first Friday in May is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. We have been providing our required instruction in the schools, that includes bringing an awareness to Mental Health and resources for support. Taking time to talk about Mental Health issues with struggles with depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses is the first step to breaking the stigma and forming support networks for those times that are overwhelming. We are teaching our students to recognize distress in themselves and others and who are the people and resources they can go to for help.

Mark your calendars for a few upcoming events. This coming week is teacher appreciation week. We are so thankful for our educational staff who dedicate their time and love to our students. Monday, May 3rd is the very last day for our students to bring in their forms for the free sports physicals that will take place after school on May 11th and 12th. Sunday, May 9th is Mother’s Day. We want our students to be with family over the weekend. There is no school on the 10th.

Have a restful weekend and week!

Angela Saunders

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Dear Parent/Guardian:

On Tuesday, May 11th and 25th, 2021, Dr. Jennifer Maynard and her team from the Mayo Clinic will offer FREE sports physical screenings to our students who wish to try out for an athletic team for the 2021 - 2022 school year. The physicals will take place after school and is required for all students who wish to participate in Athletics at FSDB. Please take a moment to fill out this paperwork and return it to the FSDB Athletic Department c/o Donna Johnson. This is required for all students wanting to participate in sports/athletics at FSDB during the 2021 - 2022 school year.

Even if your child/ren has a current sports physical on file, we are preparing for the 2021-2022 School year.

Please return this paperwork to the Athletic Department before Friday April 23rd, 2021 in order for your child to receive their FREE sports physical screenings! You do not need to take your child to the doctor, all you need to do is complete Part 1. Student Information and Part 2. Medical History page and sign it.


For any questions regarding this FREE sports physical screening you may contact Donna Johnson, Athletic Director, at 904-827-2570 or email Thank you,

Donna Johnson

Athletic Director

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8th graders were learning about chemical reactions. We did two different labs to understand how chemical reactions work. Elephant toothpaste is a classic example of a chemical reaction. Elephant toothpaste had hydrogen peroxide, yeast and dish soap. Yeast and hydrogen peroxide reacted with each other. It released carbon dioxide which helped the dish soap to create the foam. The students told me that the foam became warm due to the reaction. The students also made slime! They learned that it is possible to change a state of matter to another state of matter.

8th Grade Builders

Student in Mr. Hancock's career and tech education course, helped construct some Harry Potter themed items for 8th grade's end of year celebration!
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Gregg Hall girls were awarded for having the best "Spring" decorated dorm. We had a competition between all the dorms in the Deaf Department. Wish we thought to take picture of the dorm, but we were so enthralled with the decorations we forgot. They did an awesome job! Congratulations to Gregg Hall! They were reward with dinner being served by the Director of Student Life office staff, Mel Goodall, Director of Student Life, Mathew Ward, Assistant Director of Student life, and Kim Moore, Administrative Assistant. We asked the girls and the staff what they wanted.They were debating between spaghetti dinner or pizza. They ended up with pizza along with a beautiful cake from Publix. The girls had fun! They played games after eating outside, enjoying the beautiful weather. Speaking of warm weather, the staff are taking students in small groups off campus to Dunkin Donuts, Subway, and Vinny's place. The groups will walk around town and students will have the chance to practice their skills with ordering food in person. We will still be practicing social distancing and safety guidelines. If you would like your child to participate, please send some money with them so they can start making small purchases when needed.

Contact Us

DMS Office

PH: 904-827-2530

VP: 904-201-4600

Health Care Center

PH: 904-827-2410

VP: 904-201-3910


PH: 800-992-8747

Gregg Hall (Girls Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2628

VP: 904-201-4506

McLane Hall (Boys Dorm)

PH: 904-827-2624

VP: 904-201-4562

Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2212

VP: 904-201-4527

Campus Police

PH: 904-827-2315