The Trojan Times

News for September 4 - September 11

Made by Digital Journalism Students

Edited by Holly Yazdi and Joseph Sandefur

Written by Jamie Folds, Jaden Hancin, Will Kell, Jada McCollum, Skyilar Mitchell, Joseph Sandefur, Meadow Stowell, Kate Walden, and Holly Yazdi

School News

Labor Day

Labor Day Holiday is this Monday, September 7th! Make sure you don't come to school. School will resume at normal time on Tuesday.

Message from Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent - September 4, 2015

Book fair!

The annual Daphne Middle School Book Fair is open! They will be selling books, posters, and many cool objects. Be sure to stop by and look at all there is to choose from! It will end on Monday September 14.

Pep rally!

Our first pep rally is this Thursday, September 10 in the gym. There will be entertaining but catchy cheers, funky dances, and football fun! Also band will play some cool tunes! Can't wait!
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Back to school Bookmark contest!

•2015 back to school Bookmark Contest Deadline: September 26 @ 2 PM

•Starts: August 31

•Size: Aprrox. 2.5" x 8"

•Should be made by poster, paper or card stock if possible

•Choose any element of reading, books, the library, characters, or authors.

•Neatness and originality count!

•Your name, grade, school, and home phone number should be written or typed plainly on the back of your entry.

• No digital artwork.

• one entry per student.

- Sponsored by the friends of the Daphne Library

Volleyball Game!

This Tuesday is another Daphne Middle school volleyball game! Come and support your team at home against Perdido Middle School. Also this Thursday is a volleyball game. It is an away game at Central Baldwin. 7th grade starts at 5 and 8th graders start at 6.

Volleyball Schedule

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Football game!

This Thursday the Daphne Middle School Trojans will battle the Fairhope Middle School Pirates! Be sure to come and cheer on our Trojans at home!

Football Schedule

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Cross Country Schedule

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Classroom News

DMS Staff Directory And Email's

This is the list of staff directory and emails at Daphne Middle School.


Nettles- Finishing your goal setting sheets and starting both your global scholar. Vocabulary quiz on Tuesday on Section 1

Duke - Studying Immigration on Tuesday, Webquest on both Wednesday and Thursday, Then Current event due on Friday (topic Immigration)

Lindsey - Scantron Test, Test on Chapter 2 at the end of the week

Smith - Performance Series Test on Tuesday and Wednesday


Holt - Tuesday-Immigration



Friday-Current Event due (topic Immigration)

T. Taylor- Standard- Writing dialogue

Advanced- Study Jamestown in preparation for reading Written in Bones

8th Grade (8A):

Boone: Algebra 1: Working on finishing Ch 2. Test next this Friday

Pre Algebra: Solving equation. Taking test also on Friday

Law: Finishing up Anne Frank

Surrey: Starting on Egypt

8th Grade (8B):

Garafola: Starting multistep equations

Garafola (Alg1): Finishing multistep equations

Madison: Starting Diary of Anne Frank


Peer Helpers (Blake): New Student Get-Together

Developing suicide prevention campaign

Art (Bittinger): Students will learn different styles of drawing during the week, and Participate in the annual daphne book fair contest.

Ms. Bittinger’s Class Quote:

“Make opportunities out of mistakes.”

21st Century Skills (Pearson): Students will present their keynote assignments. Also, students will be beta-testing Words With Friends.

Family & Consumer Science (K. Taylor): Starting child care and development. That will carry through the whole week. Special collaborative reports on computers

Career Technology (Mrs. Schneider): Pizza box solar ovens as part of the agriculture and natural resources career cluster.

Club News

Fleurettes: Teacher evaluations will be going out this week!

FCCLA: Electing officers/ meeting on Thursday.

TSA: applications are due by September 11th!

Yoga: Practice this Wednesday.

Meet Mrs. Laurie Smith

Math Teacher at Daphne Middle School

What inspired you to be a teacher?

She says that she loves both children and math. Mrs. Smith also said that many students don’t understand or get the right explanation when they need it most and she says that she would help the situation by explaining it better.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Mrs. Smith sees herself in the exact same classroom and still teaching 7th grade math in 10 years.

What is your favorite thing about summers?

Mrs. Smith says that the loves going to the beach during the summer.

What has been your biggest challenge from teaching?

Her biggest challenge she said was trying to teach a lesson that will get it out to the students who understand it to the students who are struggling.

What are your hobbies outside of teaching?
Other than going to the beach she loves to watch her children play sports.

In the Mind of a Student....

Student Interviews (Jaden Hancin)

There are many new students this year at Daphne Middle School. We decided that we would interview these students and see how they like the new school and city.

Austin Trent is new to Daphne and Alabama. He is from Pensacola, Florida and says that he likes it here in Alabama but misses his friends from Pensacola. Austin says that there are lots of interesting people in Daphne. He says that he would like to do football in 8th grade but for now he is going to stick with city league.

Jada Gilbert is in 7th grade and is from Smith Station, Georgia. Jada says that it is different here and that the people are kinder in Smith Station,although that the schools are better here.

These are just two of the many students that are new to the city or state.

Coastal cleanup!

The Fleurettes will be participating in the Coastal Cleanup at May Day Park on September 19. Please contact Ms. Schneider or Mrs. Nettles if you would like to help.

Out of the Darkness Walk

October 18th 1-4pm. On Sunday at Daphne City Hall. For more information, got to DMS website, go under activities, click Peer Helpers and click on the left 'Out of the Darkness'.

DMS spirit wear!

Want a cool shirt that everybody will be jealous of? Then buy a sprit shirt.Prices vary from different options. Form due no later than September 12. Go to office for more details
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