DMS Panther Report

Newletter for Parents, Students, Teachers & the Community

Week of Sept. 22 to 26

PR Volume 7

DMS Administration Team

Principal: Melanie J. Barkley

Asst. Principal: Ryan Foy

Asst. Principal: Kevin Wilson

Counselor: Kelle Moody

This Week's Schedule Rotation

D WEEK is our schedule rotation for Sept. 22-26

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What's Happening This Week

Monday, Sept. 22

  • DMS Volleyball @ Liberty MS beginning 4pm
  • Lego Robotics - Team Robo Sapians (Coach Garrison) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg
  • Math Team (7th/8th) Optional Practice in Mrs. Goldston's Room from 3:15 until 5pm.

Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 22 and 23

This year we are working with Liberty MS to raise money for the Liz Hurley Foundation and we are working to PINK OUT the LMS vs DMS Football Game, Oct. 2. There will be students pre-selling t-shirts at a table in the lunchroom. The shirts cost $10 and all proceeds will be given to the foundation.

Tuesday, Sept. 23 - DMS Spirit Night at 32 Degrees

The DMS PTA will have a DMS Spirit Night at 32 Degrees from 3:30 until 6:30pm. Start time is perfect for a quick afterschool treat. The PTA will receive 20% of the proceeds from customers that say they are there supporting DMS.

Tuesday, Sept. 23

  • Progress Reports will go home
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet at 7:15am in the library
  • DMS Volleyball @ Monrovia MS at Home 4:30pm
  • Cyber Security Club will be 3:30-4:30pm in the STEM Academy (Behind the school).

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - See You At The Pole

FCA and First Priority will be sponsoring See You At the Pole at 7:30am at the flag pole in the front of the office entrance.

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Impact Aide Surveys DUE

More than one in four students in the Madison City School system qualify the district for extra federal money because a parent or guardian works on federal property. Parents and guardians play a crucial role in securing that money. Today, federal impact aid forms went home with students. Please take a few minutes to fill them out and return to the school as soon as possible.

Madison schools received more than $2 million from this fund in the last 10 years. It is essentially money the federal government pays in lieu of taxes to schools that educate the children of federal workers. The form asks parents to list their job and where they work. Simply working on federal property like on Redstone Arsenal, a federal courthouse or for TVA, will qualify the district for this money no matter if it is a military, civil service or private contractor job. One form per child is required.

Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler and two Madison parents explain the program in this brief video

Dr. Fowler joined Col. Bill Marks of Redstone Arsenal and Huntsville and Madison County school leaders today to urge completion of the forms.

The three school systems in Madison County alone received more than $1 million in federal impact aid money in 2013-14. In Madison City Schools, 2,443 of its approximately 9,500 students last year qualified the district for federal impact aid. That number could be larger this year from a boost in enrollment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24

  • Lego Robotics - Team Lucid Dreamers (Coach Horowitz) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg.

Thursday, Sept. 25

  • DMS Football vs Monrovia MS played at Sparkman MS - 7th at 5pm and 8th at 7pm.


In order for teachers to have collaboration time the Board of Education has worked student half day schedule. Friday, Sept. 26 students will be released at 11:45am. Carline and buses will run as normal at that time.

Scholastic Book Fair Begins September 26, 2014 in DMS Library

The DMS Library will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 2014. All students will visit the Book Fair with their Language Arts teacher.

We will also have our ONLINE Scholastic Book Fair available to you from Sept. 21-Oct. 11, 2014!!!

Please visit to place an order through the Online Fair. All books ordered through the Online Book Fair are delivered to DMS and will be labeled with your child’s name. The Online Book Fair is a Great way to allow family members that live out of town or state to purchase books for your child!!!

Friday, Sept. 26

  • Breakfast Book Club will meet in the Library at 7:40am. Any student interested in joining should see Mrs. King or Mrs. Harlow for a pass.
  • Chess Team will practice from 5:30-6:30pm at the Madison City Central Office
  • Lego Robotics - Team Robo Sapians (Coach Garrison) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg
  • Lego Robotics - Team Lucid Dreamers (Coach Horowitz) practice from 5:30-7 at STEM Academy Bldg.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 -27

DMS Volleyball at Madison Academy Tournament

Physical Fitness Testing in the PE Dept. Begins this Week

The PE department will be starting fitness testing on Monday, September 22-October 3rd. Testing will be done during your child’s PE class this term and next term. All students will be tested twice a year(Fall and Spring). Please make sure your child brings the appropriate clothes and shoes for the testing. The students will be tested on cardiovascular endurance (PACER), muscular endurance (push ups), Flexibility (v-sit), and curl-ups.

Math Tutoring Available to Students

Math tutoring is offered at the following times during the week.

Graham - Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday at 7:15-7:55am

Brooks - Monday at 3:15-4:00pm

Baragona - Tuesday and Wednesday at 3:15-4:00pm

Grayson - Thursday at 3:15-4:00pm


Box Tops and Labels for Education: Help support your school by clipping labels from grocery items you have at home! Box Tops and Labels for Education are accepted year-round and can be turned into your student's first block teacher or to the front office. Visit these sites to view participating products: and .


2014-2015 Yearbooks are on sale now. Cost is $45.

Cash or Checks (include Driver's License number and 2 phone numbers) can be turned into Mr. Brewer.

Washington DC 7th Grade TRIP Information

The D.C. Trip will be from May 2nd-6th this year. Registration is available online at the Education Travel website . Our trip ID# is 106193. This is a great trip and registration fills up fast. Cost per student is $975/ Cost per Adult is $1121

Boston, MA 8th Grade TRIP Information

The Boston Trip will be from April 13th-17th this year. Registration is available online at the EF Tour website or you may call 1-617-619-2134. Our trip ID# is 1525987XP. This is a great trip for our 8th Graders.

Spotlight - Costa Rica Students Visit DMS

This week we are highlighting our visitors from Costa Rica.

We were privileged to host 34 students and 8 teachers that were here attending Space Camp last week. They were from 3 schools in Costa Rica:

  • New Hope in Heredia
  • New Generation in Heredia
  • West College in San Jose

They were here with Crosslands Education. Students ages were 9- 14 years old. They walked through numerous DMS classrooms and visited with our students. They had a great time in Huntsville at Space Camp and visiting DMS.

Teachers Take Time for Professional Development

Time Out for Teachers: Reflection and Growth @ DMS

This month we had our first instructional meetings. All teachers at DMS joined together in vertical teams to collaborate and learn. Our first meeting focused on our school culture, dialogue, and being an informed educator about data. Dr. Coman (our Instructional Partner) and Mrs. Barkley co-facilitated the meetings where we met in teams in a small group setting.

Our meetings were successful filled with learning, conversation, and ending with a product of collected data for our One-Page Instructional Target. We re-visited the target to keep our alignment with the teacher stakeholders, stay current with our collected philosophy and commitments for DMS, as well as decided which statements need to be considered for further discussion. Our goal is to continue this process at our next meeting on Sept. 26th for our Collaboration Day at DMS….stay tuned for more to come after that meeting.


DMS Football Teams have BIG wins vs Buckhorn MS

Congratulations to our DMS 7th and 8th Football Teams. 7th Grade won 27 to 8 and the 8th Grade won 8-0 last Thursday!

Congratulations to Hispanic Heritage Month Art Winners

1st Place - Victoria Lee

2nd Place - Ange Long

3rd Place - Meredith Martin

They will be recognized in a Heritage Month Program on Oct. 7 at the NASA Activities Center on Redstone Arsenal.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We had a very successful sheet fundraiser!

Our students raised over $7000 dollars!

7th Grade Class Winner – Sippel – 45
8th Grade Class Winner – West – 35
Combined (7th and 8th) Class Winner – Humes – 46 – Overall Winner!
7TH Grade—
Ellie Brown - 21
Erin Kueck-20
Parker Shewell – 19
Layia King – 15
Jacob Garrison - 10

8th Grade—
Michael Marenka – 13
Austin Ponder – 11
Laura Lewis – 10
Ashton Jah – 7
Saniya Jones - 7


Softball Tryouts for 7th and 8th Grade Girls

Softball tryouts will be held on October 16th and 17th from 3:30-5:30. Please come see Coach Wilson this week for a tryout packet. In order to be eligible to tryout, all students must turn in the following:

· a physical filled out on an AHSAA physical form

· insurance form

· a student release form

· concussion form

All these forms will be included in the packet along with a cover letter explaining each form and tryout details.


BJHS Homecoming Week

Thursday, Sept. 25 - Homecoming Parade on Celtic Drive (Location Change from Hughes Rd.) It will begin at 5:30pm

Friday, Sept. 26 - Homecoming Game at 7pm - During halftime Hall of Fame will be recognized and Homecoming Court will be announced. The Class of 1974 and 1994 will be the special guest.

Saturday, Sept. 27- Homecoming Dance at BJHS at 8pm until 11pm.

BJHS Volleyball This Week

Tuesday, Sept. 23 - BJHS Varsity at Home vs Sparkman HS (Area Game) 4:00pm

Thursday, Sept. 25 - BJHS Varsity vs James Clemens (Area Game) at Home 4:00pm

Saturday, Sept. 27 - BJHS JV at Rebel Rumble Tournament at Vestavia Hills

BJ Cross Country This Week

Saturday, Sept. 27- BJHS Cross County will host the Bob Jones Invite.

Friday, Sept. 26

  • Bob Jones plays Florence HS at Madison City Stadium for the Homecoming Game - 7pm is kickoff.

BJHS Band Fundraiser with Schwan Foods

The BJHS band is partnering with Schwan's this month and next month for fundraising. If you visit you can see the variety of frozen foods delivered straight to your door. If you search:

#13511 and click "BUY NOW" for an e-certificate or "SHOP NOW" to place an order, the band will get a portion of the sales (20% for products and 40% for e-certificates). We will also get %5 of all sales for the next year!! So if you're in the market of buying frozen foods, this is a great opportunity to get great food without having to go to the grocery store AND to support our band. Thanks for your time! Any questions: Contact Lou Justice (

BJHS Girls Soccer Team Fundraiser with Enjoy the City Coupon Books

Bob Jones Girl's Soccer Team is selling Enjoy the City Coupon Books. This year's book features $60 off in Publix/Star Market, $20 off in Fresh Market coupons, Zen Beri, Bruegger's, Dairy Queen, Fulins, Honeybaked Ham, Jack's, Mei Wei, Papa Murphy's, Smokeys BBQ, Which Wich, and many other restaurants. There are even coupons for Sam's Club renewal or new membership. You can see the complete listing athere:

You can buy a book from any player or Dotty Miller in the Registrar's Office or email Maura Wroblewski at


Menus for September

Still have time to join Discovery Middle School PTA

DMS PTA Website

President: Brandi Nance

Membership is $7

DMS Membership Form

Parents Contact Forms

Parents each year we like to make sure our contact information is update. This year we have tried to make it easier for you by updating online. Please take the time to go to the following link and update your info. This is a private document that will only be seen by your child's teacher and office staff. Thank you for your help.

7th Grade Parent Contact Form

8th Grade Parent Contact Form


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