DMS Panther Post

DMS October 2021 Newsletter

Principal's Corner

Panther Families,

Welcome back from fall break! I hope everyone had some time to rest and relax.

I am proud to report that Discovery Middle School has been named the #1 middle school in Alabama by NICHE for the second year in a row! Congratulations to ALL DMS faculty, staff, students, parents and MCS leaders for achieving such an honor! Please click the link to view the Niche ranking.

Our PTA will be sponsoring a Charleston Wraps fundraiser beginning October 12th. Please be on the look out for more information regarding this opportunity to help the PTA. They are looking forward to your support.

Our students are involved in many great things here at DMS. Please take a look at the many events and accomplishments of our students. We are proud of them!

As always, thank you for your continued support, understanding and partnership as we serve our students and community.

With Panther Pride,

Kim Stewart

Discovery Middle School: A place for innovation, excellence and discovery.

Upcoming Events

October 14: Championship Football Game @ DMS

October 15: Make-Up Picture Day

October 18-22: Soccer Tryouts

October 19: Cobwebs & Cocoa

October 21: Drama Club Halloween Cabaret

October 29: Half day for students

Space Camp for 7th and 8th Graders

Reminder: Space Camp week for 7th and 8th graders will be here soon! If your child is signed up to attend, please make sure to turn in all paperwork to Mrs. Runnion and register him/her online through the Space Camp link she sent you. Email Mrs. Runnion with any questions.

Tennis Club

Tennis Club will begin this week.

The club will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30p.m.- 4:30p.m.

Pick up a permission form from Mrs. Haselden.

Cobwebs and Cocoa

DMS Fine Arts presents Cobwebs & Cocoa

What: A spooky showcase of Discovery's Fine Arts Programs, hosted by the PTA. Performances from the DMS Concert Band, Discovery Choir and the DMS Drama Club. Featuring original works from the DMS Art and Creative Writing Classes.

When:Tuesday, October 19th 6:00 p.m.

Where:DMS Gym

Hope to see you there!

DMS Band Fun Times and Fundrasier

The DMS Band is selling coffee and cocoa. It is $15 each.

Sale ends on October 25th.

Please see a DMS Band student to order!

The DMS Band has enjoyed playing at our football games this season. They have added a lot excitement and school spirit. We even had a guest musician to join the band for a set - our very own superintendent of schools- Dr. Nichols!

Drama Club - Halloween Cabaret

The Discovery Drama Club is excited to present their Third Annual Halloween Cabaret. The free performance features several short plays written by the students as well as some of our favorite songs for the spooky season. Admission is free, but we welcome the donation of gently-used costumes or decorations from your own previous Halloween celebrations.The performance is October 21 at 6:00 in the Discovery Media Center.

BJHS Junior Varsity Cross Country

We are so proud of the way the Bob Jones Junior Varsity Cross Country teams have been representing our school this season. Both the male and female teams have had a very successful start to their season, placing within the top three teams overall at most meets. Several of our runners have also consistently placed within the top fifteen individuals at most races. Ami Marks, Illene Pour-Biazar, Alexa Skelley, and Bonnie Halter have been leading the pack for our BJXC ladies. Ami Marks has placed within the top five of every race this year, and was recently moved up to run with the varsity team. Jake Bryan, Oscar Nichols, Caleb Cooke, James Holt, Owen Johnston, Connor Nicholson have also been great assets to the guys’ BJXC team this year. Jake Bryan has placed within the top five at many of his races this season. We are so proud of the success these teams have had thus far, and look forward to both teams competing in the Alabama Gold Series State Championships on October 23,2021.

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Students interested in archery should check in with Coach Dawn Wilson in the gym (before school 7:40-8:05) October 11th-15th to sign up and pick up required paperwork. If you are not on the sign up list on the day of tryouts, you will not be able to try out.

Archery tryout dates:

6th Grade - Friday, November 5th 3:45p.m. - 6:00p.m.

7th/8th Grade - Saturday, November 6th 9:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.

Showing School Spirit: Military Night & Color Throw

This year we have celebrated all of our football games with a theme. We honored our veterans with a military night. BJHS ROTC presented the flag during the playing of the national anthem. Before the Sparkman game, we did a color throw and the students had a blast tossing color all over each other and being a part of the spirit tunnel when the players ran out!


Students in our STEM classes completed some amazing projects! They designed and created hydraulic arms and custom mini golf courses!!

ESL Students are Writing!

The Newcomer ESL students in Ms. Whitakers and Ms. Ayers's classes are actively practicing their English skills by learning how to write questions. They will practice their oral English skills by asking their peers questions while learning how to write their responses in English. These students are also learning the difference between singular and plural nouns through hands-on learning. This activity leads to writing a paragraph using correct singular and plural nouns. These students have come a long way in nine weeks! Way to go!
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Artists on Display

We have several student artists from Ms. Abney's class whose artwork is being featured in the Children's Gallery at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The artists are:

Jeremiah Edwards

Robert Nguyen

Sanai Armstead

Laila Boland

Layla Yates

Bayley Cheek

Maria Flores

Parker Harris

Sophia Koukos

We have several student artists from Mrs. Bagwell's class whose artwork is being featured in the Community Gallery at the Huntsville Museum of Art. The artists are:

Victor Diaz

Erin Kim

Melia Mbuko

Gabriellle Allen

Victoria Ware

Christine Wang

Abigail Martin

Kristen Adams

Visitors may access the Community Gallery for free as many times as they like. To do this, enter the gallery by going through the Pane e Vino restaurant located on the lower level of the museum (facing the pond). This entrance only allows access to the Community Gallery, not the entire museum.

We are very proud of these Panthers!!

French Students Communicating with Guest

High School French students test their French with guest speaker, Dr. Emmanuel François; nervous at first, then relaxed as they realized they can communicate effectively in French.

Yearbooks Available for Pre-Order

DMS yearbooks are available for sale. Save money by ordering yours today!

Pre-Order Prices:

Now through November 19 - $40

November 20-January 28 - $45

You can order online or pay by cash or check at the front office.

Our balfour store is up and running at this link: