Diplomat ROAR

April 6, 2023

Quarter 4 Information and Dates

Incoming 6th grade registration- April 26 A-L; April 27 M-Z. Information will be sent to new 6th grade students.

7th grade awards- Wednesday, May 17 during 1st period- invitation only

8th grade awards- May 19, 6:00 pm. Invitation only

6th grade awards- Tuesday, May 23 during 1st period- invitation only

4th Quarter Interim date: April 27

Early Dismissal Days: June 5 and June 6 (Dismissal for students is 2:00 pm)

Last Day of School: June 6

Friday Fun Night

Friday, April 14th, 4-8pm

1039 Northeast 16th Terrace

Cape Coral, FL

Students are eligible to attend as long as they have no referrals or F’s on their 3rd quarter report card.

School Messenger Emergency Alerts and Notifications

SchoolMessenger® Communicate is a program that enables administration from the District and schools to send families important messages, emergency broadcasts, attendance alerts and event reminders.

There is also a way to receive text messages, however under a rule by the Federal Communications Commission, you must opt in for that service. The process is easy and only takes a few seconds to complete. Simply text any one of these words subscribe, optin or yes to the number 67587.

You will know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:

You are registered 4 School Messenger notifications. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq. varies. schoolmessenger.com/txt

You will want to repeat the opt-in process for any wireless numbers that you wish to include:

Please note, although the district does not charge you for this service, it does not pay for text or phone message charges that may be incurred by you for sending or receiving text messages or receiving phone calls. Check with your wireless carrier for possible charges.

In addition to performing the opt-in process above, you will want to ensure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you have not already provided that information to your school, please contact them directly.

Families may sign up for a free account at go.schoolmessenger.com to set communication preferences for calls and emails.

There is a companion app that schools may or may not choose to use that will allow teachers to communicate directly with you. Please check with your child's school to see if the school is using the app.

Focus Parent Portal

Focus is the district's platform for all grades, student information, attendance and test history. Creating a parent portal gives you 24/7 access. In the portal, there are required forms that we need in order to ensure you are receiving the most current information. There is also a required form for your child to receive care in the clinic. Without this clinic form, we cannot assist your child. If you have not already completed these online forms, please create an account and complete them.
Revised 2022-2023 Instructional Calendar

Due to the closure for Hurricane Ian, the SDLC has revised the instructional calendar for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year. This link will take you to the overall calendar and the odd/even day calendar.

Safety First

Students are not to be on campus before 9:15 without being enrolled in our before school program.

When dropping students off in the morning, the safest way is through our parent drop off loop. Stopping along the roadway to drop off students creates a safety issue for you and those travelling the roadway. No drop offs should occur in the DMS faculty lot or the elementary school parking lot.

When picking up students in the afternoon, the safest way is through our parent pick up loop. Our parent pick up line moves quickly and clear by 4:20 each afternoon. As a reminder, school dismisses at 4:00 and students need to be picked up from school 4:30, if they are normally a parent pick up student.

JA Inspire Field Trip Information for 8th Graders

On April 27, 2023, our 8th graders have the opportunity to attend JA Inspire- a career exploration experience at Alico Arena. There is no cost to parents or students to attend this trip. Students will be transported to and from Alico Arena by the School District of Lee County Transportation on school buses. Students will leave the school by 10:00 a.m. and will return by 1:00 p.m. This trip will occur during the regular school day.

Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of careers through hands-on activities, inspiring all to find interest in a specific career path. All students will receive a student workbook sent directly to schools with curriculum that will be introduced by their history teacher. More information about JA inspires can be found at: https://southwestflorida.JA.org/events/2023-JA-inspire

Grab-and-go lunches will be provided by Nutrition Services. Our 8th grade teachers and electives teachers will be attending as chaperones. We will send out a reminder with additional information as the date of the trip comes closer.

Please fill out the attached permission form and return by April 11, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Quinn Schnabel- quinnms@leeschools.net or Andrea Lowther- andreall@leeschools.net.

8th Grade Awards Information

Diplomat Middle 8th Grade Awards Ceremony and Dance

Our 8th grade Awards Ceremony will be held on May 19th at 6:00 P.M. in the DMS cafeteria. A dance to celebrate our 8th graders will be held immediately following the ceremony.

Invitations will be sent out prior to the Awards Ceremony for those students that will be receiving an award. This is not a graduation ceremony, as that is reserved for high school, but is a way to recognize our 8th graders’ achievements during the 2022-2023 school year.

All DMS 8th graders are invited to attend the dance with the exception of those that are noted below.

Dance Information:

· Dance will be held in the DMS Gym on Friday, May 19, 2023 from 7:00 P.M. to

9:30 P.M.

· Only Diplomat Middle 8th graders are invited to the dance

*Students are not eligible if they receive a referral during 4th Quarter or if they have an F for 4th Quarter by May 12th.

*After May 12th, students can still turn work in to raise their grade, but will still be ineligible to attend the dance.

*All fees and fines must be paid

*Books and other school issued materials must be returned

· The dance and refreshments will be free of charge (pizza, soda, water, candy)

· Drop off and pickup will be at the DMS Bus Ramp – No limos

· Parents please be at the bus ramp by 9:20 for pickup

· Information regarding the dress code for the dance is below

Dress Code for the Dance


  • Dresses/skirts no shorter than 3" above the knee (Must touch fingertips when standing)

  • No exposed stomachs or side cut outs

  • No low-cut front or back (No strapless dresses, but you can sew clear straps into a strapless dress) Halter dresses or dresses that come over one shoulder are fine as well

  • No visible undergarments

  • No heels on the gym floor (Options - wear heels and bring flats, wear flats, or wear wedges)


  • Properly fitting pants or slacks with a belt (no sagging/ visible undergarments & no jeans)

  • Oxford cloth shirt or dress shirt with a collar (tie, vest, bow tie, jacket are optional)

Failure to comply with the above dress code will result in being sent home.

Permission slips to attend may be obtained from the school and must be returned by May 5, 2023.

Students of the Month

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Reporting Student Absences

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason, please email 0772.Attendance@leeschools.net with the student name, date of absence, reason for absence and a doctor's note for illness.

Every Monday is Pizza Night at Iragazzi Pizza!

Counselor's Corner

Student last names A-L: Ms. Evenson

Student last names M-Z: Mrs. Toadvine

News from the Music Department

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Thank you to our business partner- Hooters of Cape Coral

Thank you to all our families and faculty who attending our culinary fundraiser at Hooters of Cape Coral. You helped to raise $750 that will go directly to our culinary program!

School Board of Lee County

Armor Persons, District 5 (Chair)
Samuel Fisher, District 1 (Vice Chair)

Melisa W. Giovannelli, District 2
Chris N. Patricca, District 3
Debbie Jordan, District 4
Jada Langford Fleming, District 6
Cathleen O'Daniel Morgan, District 7

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Christopher S. Bernier