Deshler Middle School

September 6, 2022

A Message from Our Principal

It is hard to believe that we are already over a month into this school year and halfway through the first grading period! This is my favorite time of the school year. There is so much going on this time of year, and I encourage you and your student to take the opportunity to be involved in school activities. Football, volleyball, and cross country are all in full swing while the cheerleaders and band are bringing spirit to our stands. The fall provides great opportunities for everyone to support their classmates and school. On October 27, Tuscumbia City Schools will be hosting a Fall Festival in downtown Tuscumbia. There will be booths set up by various clubs and organizations associated with the entire school system. This will be a great event to give back to the community and showcase the many great things going on in our system.

On Thursday, September 8, the first progress report will be available online or through the Parent Portal app. This is a reminder that the school year is already slipping away, and we must make every day count to accomplish the goals of Deshler Middle School. As a district, we are working diligently to make an “A” on the state report card. The middle school administration, faculty, and staff have set out to have the highest score in the district on said report card. In order to accomplish this, it takes all of us: students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administration working together toward these challenging, yet attainable goals.

The team at DMS is dedicated to providing your students with high quality instruction to help them grow academically. This past week we had visitors from throughout our school system in our classrooms to observe our teachers and students in action. These visitors left our school very impressed with what was happening in our building- both instructionally from our staff and behaviorally from our students. The other area that we must improve upon is attendance. We need your help to make sure your student is present at school daily. We realize that sick days and emergency situations occur, but please help us stress the importance in maximizing instructional time through daily attendance. When a student is absent, you must turn in an excuse within three days of returning to school. If the excuse is turned in after the three days, it will remain unexcused per state law. It is also important to remember that each student is only allowed TEN parent notes.

The halls of Deshler Middle School are buzzing with opportunities for every student, every day. We encourage you to join and support us to ensure student success. With our partnership and prioritizing these focus areas of your child’s academic journey, I have no doubt that together we can accomplish this goal.

Scott King


Deshler Middle School

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Washington D.C. Interest Meeting

Tuesday, September 13th - 5:30 p.m. - DMS Cafeteria

This is an interest meeting for parents and students of the 7th grade, that are interested in going on the Washington D.C. trip next Spring.

PEEHIP Flu Vaccine Clinic
Wednesday, September 14th

Only for PEEHIP dependent students. Please contact the school for a permission form.

HNH Flu Vaccine Clinic

Monday, September 19th
Permission slips were given to kids last week. This is for all non-PEEHIP dependent students.


Wednesday, September 7th

Student Council Meeting - 7:30 a.m. - Mrs. Sterling's Classroom

Thursday, September 8th

Progress Reports are available to be viewed on PowerSchool

Tuesday, September 13th

Washington D.C. Interest Meeting - 5:30 p.m. - DMS Cafeteria

Tuesday, September 20th

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 28

Worlds of Work Career Expo - 8th Grade

Thursday, October 27th

Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival - Downtown Tuscumbia


Upcoming Games

Tuesday, September 6th

DMS Football vs Phil Campbell (Home - 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, September 8th

DMS Volleyball vs Russellville (Home - 4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 10th

DMS Volleyball - Muscle Shoals Tournament (Away - TBD)

Monday, September 12th

DMS Football vs Colbert Heights (Away - 5:30 p.m.)

DMS Volleyball vs Wilson (Away - TBD)

Thursday, September 15th

DMS Volleyball vs Florence (Away - 4:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 17th

DMS Volleyball - Russellville Tournament (Away - TBD)

DMS Cross Country - Fairview Invitational (Away - 8:30 a.m.)


DMS Football vs Russellville - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Lexington - L

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Florence - W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Florence - L

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Wilson- L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Brooks- W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Lexington- W

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Lauderdale County- W

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Lauderdale County- W

DMS Volleyball (7th) vs Russellville- L

DMS Volleyball (8th) vs Russellville- W

Worlds of Work Career Expo - 8th Grade

Wednesday, September 28th

The Worlds of Work Career Expo is a fun, educational, interactive, opportunity for students to become familiar with high-demand, high-wage career opportunities. Students will leave DMS at 7:30 am and will return by the end of the school day.

Students need to have permission slips turned in by Friday, September 9th!

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Congratulations - 6th Grade Student Council

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Back to School Dance

Our students had a great time at the DMS Back to School Dance. We hosted a dance off and had 4 WINNERS: Tyler Holmes, Zi Murphy, Brelynn Pickering, & Jackson Walls!

Thank you to our PVO for hosting a great dance and providing our dance off winners with Amazon Gift Cards!

Teacher Spotlight - Madison Sharpston (Business/Yearbook)

We will be including a Teacher Spotlight section each newsletter, so that our parents and community can get to know our teachers a little better. We are spotlighting our newest teachers first.

Hi! My name is Madison Sharpston. This is my first year teaching at Deshler Middle School. I teach Business Skills Essentials, Career Cluster Exploration, and Yearbook. I am also the face behind the DMS Newsletter. I am the 7th grade Volleyball Coach and an Assistant Softball Coach. I have been married to my husband, Wesley, for 2 years and we currently reside in Tuscumbia with our two dogs. I love being a part of the DMS family. I cannot wait to see what all our students accomplish this year. Go Tigers!

Fun Fact: I have a twin sister, but we are not identical!

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Tuscumbia City Schools Fall Festival

Tuscumbia City Schools and the City of Tuscumbia will host a fall festival in downtown on Thursday, October 27th. Please mark your calendar to join us!
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Tuscumbia Education Foundation - Greenery Fundraiser

The Tuscumbia Education Foundation is hosting a Holiday Greenery Fundraiser. These products are truly exceptional and the process is hassle free. TEF will receive 15% of each sale along with 100% of extra donations given at check out.

Lynch Creek Farm Fundraising | PDF to Flipbook

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The Healing Place

The Healing Place offers a monthly grief and loss support group during school hours for interested DMS students. Signed permission forms are required to participate. Forms are available in the DMS office or from Mrs. Lenz. Groups will be starting soon.
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TUNE IN to 107.7 FM

As you approach DMS every morning & afternoon, please tune your radio to 107.7 FM for information concerning morning drop off procedures & important announcements
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Download the TCS App!

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