The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 19-20: Friday, August 16, 2019

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Principally Speaking

Check! Week two is in the books! We have been working very hard at explicitly teaching The Warrior Way and the classroom and school procedures that will help students to be successful both inside and outside of the classroom. Teachers are always encouraged to "go slow" to "go fast", which means take your time in teaching how to be successful at the beginning of the year in order to make the rest of the school year run smoothly.


We have also been working to teach students the processes for school safety. In addition to safety drills, we are delivering presentations to the students on bullying and student behavior in conjunction with our positive behavior support program, PBIS Rewards. Parents should have received an email inviting them to download the parent app on their cell phones, desktops, or other electronic devices. This way parents can monitor how students are doing in regard to the important character traits of respect, responsibility, readiness to learn, reliability, and safety in the school environment. Students may also download the student app to see their total earnings. Students will then be able to purchase desired items from our Wampum Store.


If you feel led, we are always accepting donations to keep our Wampum Store stocked with items that students will enjoy. Even small donations are helpful to our effort to improve our school culture.


Thank you,

David Rector

Assistant Principal

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DCMS PBIS: What it it?

What is PBIS?

PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports. It is an evidence-based framework used by schools to improve school culture and student behavior, promoting a safe environment for learning. PBIS is based on several decades of research by major universities across the country. A key aspect of PBIS is focusing on more positive behaviors and less on negative behaviors. You can learn more about PBIS on our “What is PBIS” resource page.


What is PBIS Rewards?

PBIS Rewards is a Software-as-a-Service solution that provides an automated schoolwide PBIS management system. Our system simplifies the implementation and tracking of the PBIS framework within a school. With PBIS Rewards, school administration can clearly see how teachers are utilizing PBIS and how PBIS is improving school culture.

PBIS Rewards is easy-to-use, fun for both students and staff and provides accountability for everyone in the school. Our suite of PBIS Apps includes a Parent App that gives parents a view of how their child is doing with respect to the PBIS program.

Chromebooks

Our one to one deployment went very smoothly. All students should have received a functioning device. If for some reason your students devise is not working we will have technical support available here at the school every morning from 8:15 - 8:30 and during student lunches. Chromebooks will be used in the classroom and for student homework. Next week our students will be taking the NWEA test on them, so please help us by ensuring they come to school charged and ready to go.


For more information on Chromebooks please see the district website.

Student Health

Medication

If your son or daughter needs to take medication at school, including but not limited to over-the-counter pain relievers, cold medicines, and CBD oil, you must abide by the following guidelines:

1. Written instructions from a doctor. Current prescription bottle with label is ok.

2. Written permission from the parent.

3. All medicine should be brought directly to the nurse to be safely stored and administered under adult supervision. The medication should be in the original container and labeled with student’s name, grade and dosage instructions.

4. No medication will be sent home with a student. Parent/guardian will need to pick up any medication that needs to be returned to the student. Releasing medication to a student requires written parental permission.

5. Students will be allowed to carry emergency prn medications such as inhalers and epi-pens as long as a note from the doctor, as well as the parent, has been provided to the school.

This plan is in compliance with Indiana Code – Legal Reference: IC34-4-16.5-3.5; IC20-1-1-6; IC 34-30-14; IC 20-8.1-7-22; 511 IAC 7-21-8.



Attention parents of 6th grade students:

All 6th grade students MUST have documentation of the following vaccinations ON OR BEFORE September 30, 2019:


  • (Tdap) Tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis
  • Meningococcal Conjugate (MCV4-Menactra)
  • 2 doses of Hepatitis A (HepA) – minimum interval between 1st and 2nd dose is 6 calendar months


If documentation of these vaccines is not received by this date, the student will be excluded from school beginning October 1, 2019, until:


  • The vaccinations are received and documentation provided to the school OR
  • A confirmation of an appointment to receive these vaccinations is received from the office where the vaccinations will be given. This can be dropped off at the school or faxed to (317)745-3949.


Most physicians’ offices and pharmacies offer these vaccines. The Hendricks County Health Department also offers them by appointment during normal scheduled clinic hours. For questions, please contact the Hendricks County Health Department at (317)745-9222.

For further assistance or questions, please contact the school nurse at (317)745-5491 or email: khawk@danville.k12.in.us

August Character Trait of the Month: Kindness

noun

1.the state or quality of being kind : kindness to animals.


2.a kind act; favor: his many kindnesses to me.


3.kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.


Majority of messages from media in today's world encourage one to look out for oneself; do what feels good or makes one happy. We are not reminded to be kind or to think of others better than yourself. At DCMS, we promote and directly teach about kindness and what it looks like.


Please join us in talking with your student this weekend about kindness. Some conversation starters you might use are the following:


  • What did you do this week that was kind/unkind to someone else?
  • When was someone kind/unkind to you this week?
  • How could we be kind this weekend?

Expectations for Home Football Games

In an effort to maintain a safe and orderly environment at our home football games, so that ALL fans can enjoy the games, DCMS is asking parents to please help us in our effort by reviewing these expectations with their middle school and elementary students before they attending.


  • Students are encouraged to enter the game with an adult.
  • Students are to sit in the designated home bleachers. They can also sit with their parents.
  • Students are to be seated during the game to watch the game. Do not wander around stadium.
  • Concessions are available at the concession stand.
  • Students should return to their seats after going to the concession stand or using the restrooms.
  • For safety reasons, please leave footballs, soccer balls, kick balls, etc. at home. Ball playing and/or tag games are best saved for home.
  • Always exhibit good sportsmanship by...


  1. Being respectful during the National Anthem, school songs, and player introductions.
  2. Never booing or yelling at officials or opposing players.
  3. Cheering for the players.
  4. Representing Danville in a positive manner.
  5. Being respectful of other students and adults attending the game.

Athletic News

The Athletic Department sells punch passes for ball game admission at a discounted price. The pass costs $20.00 and may be purchased at the games or during school hours. A pass saves you one dollar per person. Your immediate family (husband, wife, children) may use the same pass. There are 10 "punches" per pass. Admission for first grade through age 65 is $3.00 per person. Should you have questions, please call 317-718-2335.


Students attending ball games are to remain at the games until the events are completely over for the night. If a student needs to leave early, we ask that you send a note or make a phone call to Miss Hopkins for them to leave.

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.

New Transportation Policy for Bus Passes

For the 2019-2020 school year, our transportation department will be adopting a new end of day destination policy. Moving forward, families with students riding the bus at the end of the day will be asked to designate two possible addresses to which their child may be dropped off. These two addresses will be the only ones that can be used throughout the year for afternoon drop off.


This policy change can be attributed to safety, capacity and funding. Ensuring the safety of each child in the transportation process is important to us. When a student has fewer changes in their schedule, our building staff can better monitor and safeguard that students are heading to the right place. It also allows our bus drivers to make connections with their riders and to verify that they have delivered them safely.


Additionally, when students change routes often it can cause capacity issues on buses that serve some of our more heavily populated areas. Overcrowding on a school bus may cause safety and behavioral issues.


State funding changes and reduced operational costs have made this policy necessary for our transportation department. If this trend continues, additional measures may include an implemented walking radius, longer drive times or elimination of certain routes.

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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. clarkin9893@aol.com or 317-563-2498. Please click on the link below for the form:


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1p4TylOt_YDg1w6Q2g9pZmGacD3DCN_8s/view?usp=sharing

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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.


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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 www.AskRose.org . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events

8/19

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

7/8 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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

7 Volleyball Parent Meeting - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8/20

7 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

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

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

8/21

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

8 Volleyball Game vs Cascade @ Home - 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

Cheer Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8/22

7/8 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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

7 Football Game @Cascade - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Football Game @Cascade - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8/23

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

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

7/8 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

8/26

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

7/8 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

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

8/27

7 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

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

Girls on the Run - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

8 Football Game vs Northridge @Home - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

8/28

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

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

7 Volleyball Game @Avon South - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Volleyball Game @Avon South - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

8/29

Cheer Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Girls on the Run - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

7 Volleyball Game @Avon North - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Volleyball Game @Avon North - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cross Country Meet vs Avon North @Home - 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

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

8/30

NJHS Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

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

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

7 Volleyball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 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