News for January 15 - January 22


Edited by Holly Yazdi and Joseph Sandefur

Written by Jaden Hancin, Will Kell, Jada McCollum, Skyilar Mitchell, Anna Claire Nolfe, Joseph Sandefur, Meadow Stowell, Kate Walden, Holly Yazdi, and Lillie Yazdi.

A Message from the Superintendent

Message from the Superintendent – Jan. 15, 2016

Mardi Gras Parades

  • January 16- Island Mystics Parade 1 p.m. (Dauphin Island).
  • January 16- Order of the Rolling River 2 p.m. (DIP).
  • January 22- Conde Cavaliers 6:30 p.m. (Mobile, AL, Route A)

Classroom News

(not all classes listed)



Reg- Reading the play Monsters are due on Maple Street

Adv- Test on A Wrinkle in Time

Lindsey: Testing on Reproduction

Duke/Holt: Chapter 1 intro- Looking at Earth. Working on vocabulary technique, Map Test US 3 Friday. Extra credit project state cake. Tuesday 26open book Chapter 1 test.


Majewski: Check Moodle

Kinard: Starting Chapter 25 on Nervous system

Duke/Holt: Chapter 1 intro- Looking at Earth. Working on vocabulary technique, Map Test US 3 Friday. Extra credit project state cake. Tuesday 26open book Chapter 1 test.


Boone - Global Scholars Tuesday and Wednesday

A1- Finishing Systems

Pre Algebra- Beginning Functions

White - Test on Ch 11 then start Ch 12.

Surrey -

Law -


Garafola -

A1- Finishing Systems

Pre Algebra- Beginning Linear Equations

Benefield - Ch 2 review Tuesday, Performance Based Lab Wednesday, Ch 2 Test Thursday, Station Rotation Friday,

Larisey - The Fall of Rome

Madison - Advaced- Start Enders Games

Regular- Freak the Mighty Web-quest


Career Tech (Schneider): Students are working on their Dream Vacation project, as part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster.

Art (Bittinger): Students will collect a variety of images, such as magazine clippings, photos, song lyrics, etc. to create a personal collage.

21 Century Skills (Pearson): Working on keynote presentations, weekly blogs.

Peer Helpers (Blake): Working on kindness.

Choir (Trawick): Working on "Honk Jr" musical.

Peer Helpers

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Quote of the Week

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Must see Movies!!!

  • Norm of the North
  • Ride Along 2
  • Point Break
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Alvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip
  • Creed
  • The Forest


1-16-16: All-State Band auditions, Davidson HS

1-18-16: Holiday- MLK/Lee

1-21-16: Basketball vs. Fairhope

1-26-16: Scholars' Bowl Meet @ DMS

2-8-16 - 2-9-16: Mardi Gras Holiday

Club News

The Fleurettes: Planning their next service project.

Preparing for County Competition.

Yoga: Yoga on Wednesday until 4

Art Club: If you want to sign up for art club, forms are in Mrs. Bittinger's room. The first meeting is: January 26th from 3:15-5 P.M.

Art of the Week

Great News!

The following 8th grade DMS students art work has been selected to participate in the State Superintendent’s Art Contest in Montgomery!

Abbie Taylor

Jasmine Morrison

Katherine McKee

Olivia Clark

Kayla Covington

Congratulations guys! Have fun!


  • What? The First Ever Daphne Middle School Winter Dance
  • When? Saturday January 23, 2015 6 p.m - 9 p.m
  • Where? Daphne Civic Center
  • Dress code? Semi-formal party dresses for ladies and Sunday best for the gentlemen
  • Cost is $25 per student, which includes dinner and all refreshments.
  • Tickets will be sold January 7th - January 15th
  • Cost includes admission, professional DJ for your entertainment, door prizes, and a full dinner to include but not limited to: pulled pork sliders, mac and cheese cups, loaded mashed potatoes, chicken tenders, mini subs, fruit, veggies, cheese, dessert table, tea, punch, water and a hot chocolate bar.
  • TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! Ticket sales ends Friday, January 15.
  • Tickets will be given out in homeroom on Friday, January 22.
  • Please send money in with the bottom of letter in a sealed envelope labeled DMS PTSO WINTER DANCE!


Daphne Middle School particpates in the Boxtops for Education program, which means we collect Boxtop coupons! Two times in the school year, we will send in our boxtops, and the company sends us a check for the Library! Boxtops can be turned in to the Library, or to the school office. Bring as many as you can!

Song of the Week

Trending Music!

There is one song that has suddenly gone viral, and it is Me, Myself, and I by G-Eazy,and Bebe Rexha! This song has gone viral everywhere suddenly. Be sure to check it out, the link is below.
G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha - Me, Myself & I

What's trending?

This past Tuesday was the start of season 7 of Pretty Little Liars. It’s been months since a new “Pretty Little Liars” episode aired, but we've got a recap of Tuesday's episode. Sadly, Charlotte was found dead in the front lawn of the church in Rosewood. And while it was initially thought to be a suicide, police later discovered that she was dead before her body was even thrown from the bell tower. And unfortunately for Hanna, Aria , Spencer and Emily — who only came to town to help Alison release Charlotte from the hospital — they’re the prime suspects. Alison actually wrote the girls letters in an effort to get them to come home and help her free Charlotte. In order to do so, they had to sit in front of a judge and admit they’re no longer scared of the person they used to call “A.” While hesitant at first, everyone agreed to go along with Alison. However, when the time actually came, Aria was the one who said exactly how we felt — Charlotte can NEVER get out. Sadly, Aria’s fear wasn’t enough to keep Charlotte locked up, as the judge sent her home. Alison, of course, was instantaneously happy, but that didn’t last very long because the next morning, Charlotte went missing. That is, until police found her dead body. So who killed her? There’s the heartbroken Ezra, who is already angry because his wife may or may not have been killed overseas. Plus, he has a motive — to protect Aria (he witnessed her plea with the judge not to release Charlotte out of fear for her own life). There’s also Sara Harvey, who made a dramatic return at Charlotte’s funeral. What was she doing there? Your guess is as good as ours, but she looked pissed and like she was on a path for vengeance. Mona also seems sketchy, but when does she not? And, of course, Jason is mysteriously missing. Alison told the girls that he didn’t want Charlotte released, so perhaps he felt the need to end her life once she got out? Whoever did kill Charlotte, will likely be revealed as the season progresses. And it’s possible this person is the new “A” we’ve been warned to be nervous about.
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Recipe of the week

Crispy Fried Chicken

8 servings

489 calories


  • 1 (4 pound) chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour for coating
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 quarts vegetable oil for frying


  1. Take your cut up chicken pieces and skin them if you prefer. Put the flour in a large plastic bag (let the amount of chicken you are cooking dictate the amount of flour you use). Season the flour with paprika, salt and pepper to taste (paprika helps to brown the chicken).
  2. Dip chicken pieces in buttermilk then, a few at a time, put them in the bag with the flour, seal the bag and shake to coat well. Place the coated chicken on a cookie sheet or tray, and cover with a clean dish towel or waxed paper. LET SIT UNTIL THE FLOUR IS OF A PASTE-LIKE CONSISTENCY. THIS IS CRUCIAL!
  3. Fill a large skillet (cast iron is best) about 1/3 to 1/2 full with vegetable oil. Heat until VERY hot. Put in as many chicken pieces as the skillet can hold. Brown the chicken in HOT oil on both sides. When browned, reduce heat and cover skillet; let cook for 30 minutes (the chicken will be cooked through but not crispy). Remove cover, raise heat again and continue to fry until crispy.
  4. Drain the fried chicken on paper towels. Depending on how much chicken you have, you may have to fry in a few shifts. Keep the finished chicken in a slightly warm oven while preparing the rest.

Fashion Trends

One of the new fashion trends are UGG boots. These boots come in many different styles and colors. They will be sure to keep you warm in this cold weather due to the furry inside.


Week 2 - Character

  • Be yourself, the hardest thing to do is to be someone ELSE.
  • True character is shown when adversity comes…adversity is a key component in life, how you handle it will show your true colors
  • When someone shows you their true self, believe them the first time.
  • Your true character is SHOWN through the choices you make, or through the choice of your actions.


Basketball Game

This week Daphne Middle played CBMS on Tuesday. 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, and 8th grade girls all won against Central Baldwin. Another victory for the Daphne Trojans when they played Spanish Fort. 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, and 8th grade girls all won. GREAT JOB TROJANS.

Athlete of the Week

Ethan Rowe

Our DMS Athlete of the Week is 8th grader Ethan Rowe. He was part of the track team and cross country. He also just made the Daphne Middle School boys Soccer team and he is one of are best runners! Ethan is very talented at the sport and thinks that the soccer team is going to do very well this year. He will help the soccer team tremendously and can't wait until the season begins.

Track and Field schedule

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Soccer Schedule

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DMS Soccer Team is Announced!!

Congratulations to these young athletes!!

8th Grade : Spencer Ward, Ty Turne , Esteban Morrow-Reece, Joseph Marshall, Mitchell Koser, Thomas Gulledge, Blaine Kenny, Ethan Rowe, Gavin Neyhart, Alex Lambert, Matthew Boxx, Jaden Hancin, and Conner Gresham.

7th Grade:

Blake Ward, Caleb Greenwood, Carson Williams, Cash Hines, Jackson Lowe, Myles Jenkins, William Wilson, Jonathan Carvaja, and Jason Quebedeaux .

Good Luck Guys!!!

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Above is a picture of Coach Woodham's rotation for who goes into the Health room for the whole month of January.


Science Teacher at Daphne Middle School

Why did you choose to teach at DMS?

DMS was the first place he was hired after one year at Spanish Fort. He chose to teach and coach because he loves working with kids.

What is your expectation for your students?

Mr. Kinard always tells kids not to let a single day go by without learning something new!

Have you ever taught or worked at a different school? How long have you been at DMS?

He worked one year at Spanish Fort, and this is his 16th year at DMS.

Why did you choose to teach 7th grade science?

Mr. Kinard loves teaching 7th grade science because biology is his favorite subject. He said he likes teaching 7th graders also because middle school is new for them.

What makes you unique as a teacher?

He says that he says a very unique ability to explain difficult science topics in a way that his 7th graders really understand and can compare to real things they have experienced in life.

Spelling Bee

Last Thursday was the school spelling bee…..

Congratulations to all 20 students who participated in the DMS Spelling Bee today! Our top 3 spellers were as follows: Bella Bowman, Lewis Bruce, Bella Lochrico. Coming in second place was Lewis Bruce, and the 2015-2016 DMS Spelling Bee Champion is Bella Lochrico. Bella will go on to compete in the county Spelling Bee on February 4th. Good Luck Bella!

The Social List

Your weekly hand-picked Twitter and Instagram accounts to follow!

Instagram: One of the cutest Instagram accounts to follow is @ginny_jrt! It's an account for, you guessed it! A Jack Russell Terrier. Everyday she posts very cute pictures that Ginny posted and it will just melt your heart.

Twitter: @musicnews_facts is the account for you if you love music. They post updates about where/what is happening with your favorite musicians. A lot of the times they post facts about them and/or records broken and other interesting things like that!

DIY project of the week!

January Career Explorations

We welcomed Dr. Robbie Robichaux (cardiologist), Tonya Clark (pharmacist), and Tricia Huey (Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) to Daphne Middle School last Friday, January 8. They spoke to our enrichment classes about their careers in the Health Science cluster.

Story of the Week

By: Ryann Sellers

Setting: New York

Time: April, 2016

Main Characters: Violet & Keith

Extras: Mr. Tony, Violet’s Mom, and “Violet’s friend”

It all started when Keith and I were devouring our food at a local Chinese restaurant that we go to often. It was pretty much a normal day; Mr. Tony greeted us and told us a cheesy joke, we sat down at a table near the back, and we ordered the usual. That is, up until we were heading home and I looked at a puddle, it wasn’t me. There was a strange, demonic-looking young girl staring back at me. I didn’t understand what was happening and I didn’t want Keith thinking that I was any crazier than he already thinks I am. So I just kept walking and tried to avoid looking at any puddles. Then I finally got home. My mom was trembling, and not acting right. “What’s wrong?” I questioned. She shook and gestured towards our bathroom, but I refused to leave her. Not for her sake, but I was afraid to look at my reflection again. She stared at me in befuddlement and expected me to head straight towards the bathroom because she thinks I’m courageous. She walked me to our bathroom and shoved me through the doorway. She then jerked my head towards the mirror and turned off the lights. “What is Wrong with you! Let me out of here!” I squealed. I turned the lights back on and there she was. The little eerie girl was just staring at me, and she produced a blood curdling shriek. After that it was a little fuzzy, but I remember escaping the bathroom, leaving my apartment, and sleeping over at a friend’s house.

I woke up the next day and left my friend’s house to go talk to Keith, and tell him all of the odd things that were happening to me. The only thing was, I couldn’t find him. I texted him, but there was no answer. So, I did the only thing that my delusional self thought would be right, and go to the police and tell them everything that’s been happening and then file a missing person report. Of course, they thought I was insane and called my mom. I decided that it was a bad idea and ran away from the precinct. So now, a little girl is after me, my insane mother is after me, and the police are after me. Better yet, the only person that would actually know what to do in this kind of situation is missing. I am alone and scared, and I don’t know what to do. Just when I think I’ve escaped my ever waiting doom the eerie girl appears again. I tried to run, but I couldn’t move anywhere. She walked towards me, slowly, and I couldn’t scream for help. It’s almost as if she was controlling my body. She was right in front of me then, and that was it for me. I was slaughtered and thrown across the park I was in. Not many people have heard of me since, but when they do they are cursed with the same unavoidable death I had.