The DMS 5

Weekly News for March 9-13

Superintendent Robbie Owen's Weekly Video

Here is a brief video message from Superintendent Robbie Owen – who this week answers: How does your garden grow? It may surprise you when you find out what is in this group of elementary students’ garden and how the whole idea bloomed. Have a great weekend!

What voters need to know on March 31.

Fact #2

Since 2008, Alabama has cut annual funding for students in Baldwin County by $1,128 per child.

That's nearly twice the reduction in neighboring Mississippi.

  • The resulting $34.5 million loss to Baldwin County represents 10% of our annual budget.
  • THIS is the reason the PENNY Sales Tax has been so critically important.
  • It is also one of the reasons we have not been able to open a new school since 2009-10. Some of our local ad valorem revenues have been needed to cover operating costs previously addressed by state funds.
  • Only long-term ad valorem revenue can be used to secure construction bonds.

Go to and learn the facts about school funding and needed facilities in Baldwin County.

Last week students were assessed on reading skills using the Istation program. All students should complete their Istation learning path per their March tier group to help develop their reading skills. This is done for homework weekly, but may be done in elective classes.

3/10 Spring Picture Day (out of uniform with paid picture packet)

3/10 Scholars Bowl tournament at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette

3/13 End of 3rd quarter

3/13 Noon dismissal for students

Student art iInspired by Louisiana artist, George Rodrigue, and his Blue Dog series

Peer Helpers Challenge Students to Complete 21 Days of Kindness

Each day the Peer Helpers will challenge students to complete five acts of kindness, continuing for 21 days. Students should document completion of their activities here. Share what you are doing by using the hashtag #21daysDMS; tag the Peer Helpers @DMSPeerHelpers.

Day 6- March 9 “Use Nonverbal Cues”

  1. Give someone a high five

  2. Pat someone on the back

  3. Wink at someone

  4. Smile at five people in the hall

  5. Give a free hug

Day 7- March 10 “Share”

  1. Pack extra snacks offer them to your friends

  2. Share with others

  3. Give someone something they need for class

  4. Give a pencil to someone

  5. Give an unexpected gift to someone

Day 8 -March 11 “Compassion”

  1. Tell someone that you appreciate them

  2. Leave a encouraging/inspirational note in someone's locker

  3. Show someone that you care about them

  4. Let your teacher know that you appreciate him or her

  5. Tell your friends how much they mean to you

Day 9- March 12 “Friendship”

  1. Talk to someone new

  2. Invite someone new to hang out

  3. Introduce people to each other

  4. Sit by someone new in class or at lunch

  5. Tell your friends how grateful you are for them

Day 10-March 13 “Write”

  1. Write a letter to yourself - and there's only one rule: Instead of focusing on the negatives, only write down the positive things about yourself

  2. Write a thank you note, and send it

  3. Write a letter to a family member to tell them how much you love them

  4. Write something positive about someone else

  5. Write a letter to a teacher and tell them how thankful you are for them

Get to Know Mrs.White

by Abby Glen and Julian White

Mrs.White is the 8th grade science teacher on Team A here at Daphne Middle School. She chose to teach science because she had been teaching chemistry in Tennessee and thought physical science was a good fit for her. She’s taught at a middle school and high school in Tennessee for about 10 years before joining the faculty at DMS! One of the things that makes her unique as a teacher is that she can explain things in a way students can understand better. Her academic expectation for her students are that they will be more independent, and she would also like to see them take more responsibility with their learning and behavior. She says that one of her biggest challenges from teaching is learning patience. In the next ten years, she sees herself retiring and enjoying her grandchildren. She was inspired to be a teacher by her mother, who was also a teacher; and she realized she could have summers and holidays to spend with her family. In her free time she likes to go out on a boat, fish, and watch movies. During the summer she likes to spend more time with her grandkids.


3/9 DHS Dance Team Fees and Application Forms due @ 3:15 to Daphne High School's Main Office (see the front office for information packets)

3/9 Soccer game @ Bay Minette (4:30 girls and 5:30 boys)

3/10 DHS Tennis @ Gulf Shores 3:30

3/10 Cheer Tryout Clinic @3:15-5:00 in the DMS gym

3/11 DHS Tennis vs. Robertsdale @ home 4:00

3/11 Soccer game @ Fairhope

3/11 Cheer Tryout Clinic @3:15-5:00 in the DMS gym

3/12 Cheer Tryout clinic @3:15-5:00 in the DMS gym

3/13 Official Cheer Tryouts 4-6 P.M. in the DMS gym

Cheer Tryouts

by Alyssa DuCote and Samuel Speer

This week, Daphne Middle School will be holding their cheerleading squad tryouts. A mandatory interest meeting was held on March 3 in the DMS cafeteria at 6. The tryout clinic will be Monday, March 10th through Thursday, March 12th from 3:15 until 5 after school in the DMS gymnasium. The official tryout will be Friday, March 13 from 4:00 until finished in the DMS gym. Attendees of the tryouts will be judged on the following: cheer and dance, tumbling, jumps, loudness, sharpness, facial expressions, good attitude and sportsmanship, and ability to remember the dance and follow the cheer squad rules. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Coach Godwin at

Daphne High School JV Softball Roster

by Madison Haas

8th Graders:

Lexi Adams, Natalie Hodge, Liberty Lejeune, Savanna Kitts , and Maura Miles

7th Graders:

Cameron Hughes, Jada McCullum, Madison Jenkins, Emily Lambert, Carson Pierce, Autumn Strasser, Hayley Thompson, and Anna Turner

8th Grade

  • Pendley: presenting independent novel projects
  • 21st Century Skills: 8th- Istation, tutorials due 3/13 before they leave school
  • Art: Africa Unit- tribal masks due 3/13
  • Peer Helpers: Peer Helper skill choice books are due 3/12
  • Choir: Hairspray practices Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, State Assessments
  • Spanish: Starting Module 7
  • Enrichment (Law): Researching Careers
  • Enrichment (Benefield): Colors of Bullying Video
  • Enrichment (Madison) : Persuasive Papers and Debate
  • Reading Extension: Working on Word Analysis and Text Fluency


  • Boone Algebra 1: Pythagorean Theorum
  • Boone Pre Algebra: Chapter 10
  • Law: Career Research Paper
  • Surrey: Islamic Empire
  • White: Balancing Equations, test 3/12


  • Garafola Algebra 1: Radical Equations, Schedule Requests
  • Garafola Pre Algebra: Pythagorean Theorem, high school placement tests, Schedule Requests
  • Madison: Continuing "It's Not Fair", student teacher
  • Larisey: Test Friday, Medieval
  • Waites: Chemical Formulas, Ions, Balancing Configuration

Is It Too Early To Think of Our Careers?

by Anna Glass

The 8th grade English Language Arts classes have been assigned a research paper. The main topic for this paper was careers they would most likely be interested in when they were older. The students figured out what career they might enjoy by taking a test on the Career Cruising website. After taking the test, a list of jobs that fit their interests popped up. Once they picked their job, they were ready to start the research paper. Teachers wanted them to keep up with note cards that contained facts about their job from the three sources they got them from. The three sources were: Career Cruising, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Alabama Virtual Library. After they completed their outline for their paper, students were shown the correct way to site their information in MLA format, and how to cite the source in the paper itself. They wrote their rough draft, and then added onto it for their final draft. “Even though I think it is too early to be thinking about our careers, I learned a lot throughout this project,” says Mary Crigler, one of Mrs. Madison’s students. Through this project, students learned what options they had for their future careers, and how they could work to achieve them.

Humanities Adventures Unlimited Trip

By Jack Mulkerne

On the weekend of March 13-15, the Humanities class will be going on a field trip to Adventures Unlimited on the Blackwater River in Florida. Students will be camping, exploring the high and low ropes courses, and over 900 feet of zip-lining courses. About 70 seventh and eighth graders will be going on this trip. For more information on the trip click here.

7th Grade

  • Pendley: presenting independent novel projects
  • Career Tech: Health Sciences
  • Teen Discovery: Start on Exploring Careers unit
  • Enrichment (Nettles): "I Do" projects due
  • Enrichment (Taylor): Work on Habit 4, Istation practice
  • Enrichment (Pearson): Istation reading path, tutorials due Friday before
  • dismissal
  • Peer Helpers: Peer Helper skill choice books are due 3/12
  • Reading Extension: Working on Word Analysis and Text Fluency


  • Smith: Quiz Friday
  • Smith Advanced: Quiz Friday
  • Nettles: Project due Monday
  • Duke: Africa 2 map tests, Asia Travel Brochure due Friday
  • Lindsay: Make up work on bacterial viruses


  • Majewski: Chapter 8, 3/9
  • Majewski Advanced: Chapter 8, 3/9
  • T.Taylor: Practice standard testing, Sentence Structures
  • Holt: Africa map test part 2, Middle East current event due 3/12, Middle East brochure due 3/9

Save the Date

Vote YES to build the schools we need.

Tuesday, March 31st, 7am-7pm

Baldwin County, Poll Locations


Voting Information

Build Baldwin Now is an initiative of the citizens of Baldwin County to secure long-term public support for building the schools we need. In order for this initiative to be successful and for our children to have adequate facilities now and in the future, we need everyone’s vote.

>> Download a sample ballot

If you are not registered to vote you will need to follow the link below:

>> Voter Registration

  • Download and complete the form.
  • Mail or deliver to your county Board of Registrar Office.

Baldwin County Board of Registrar
PO Box 1507
Bay Minette, AL 36507-1507

Voting Day for the Funding Referendum: March 31, 2015.

ACT Aspire Standardized Test Dates

  • April 20, 2015: ACT Aspire Science (Grades 3-8)

  • April 21, 2015: ACT Aspire Reading (Grades 3-8)

  • April 22, 2015: ACT Aspire Math (Grades 3-8)

  • April 23, 2015: Make-Up Test Day
Official 2015-2016 BCBE Calendar

This is the newly approved calendar option for the 2015-2016 school year. The first calendar to be approved was determined not a good fit for the business of Baldwin County. This is the option that has been approved since the second vote took place.