Davidsen Monthly

January 2022

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Happy New Year Davidsen Families!

As we enter 2022 and the second half of the school year, please take a moment to read about what’s come this month for our Dragons and some wrap ups from December.

Gearing up for Semester Two

Students have received their second semester schedules and are adjusting to their new classes. We are looking forward to a lot of activities in 2022, including field trips, competitions, and more.

Math League

Math League registration begins this month for the district tournament which will take place on February 9th. Fifteen students will be selected to participate by invitation. Math teams are lead by Ms. Degusipe in 8th grade, Ms. Martz in 7th Grade, and Ms. Fernandez in 6th Grade. Check for information from your teacher if your student has been invited to Math League. Go Dragons!!

2022 Black History Brain Bowl

Mr Prier is excited to have assembled a team of students that will compete in the Hillsborough County Black History Brain Bowl this February.

Congratulations to our Davidsen Black History Brain Bowl team:

Evangelina Bennett, Allie Lewis, Keira Collins, Jack Herman, and Camren Banks.

This year’s Black History Bowl will take place at Blake High School in February, and the team will meet each week before the competition to study and gain knowledge. We are so proud of our great team and wish them the best of luck in the contest!

Field Trips

Jan 31-Feb 2: 6th Grade Field Trip to Nature's Classroom

Feb 3-4: 8th Grade Field trip to Junior Achievement Finance Park

If you are interested in chaperoning either of these trips please contact

Ms. Kane for Nature's Classroom, or Mr Perez for JA Finance Park


6th Grade Electives

Arts and electives teachers are excited to welcome their newest 6th grade students. If you have a student who has chosen a performing arts elective, please make sure to check for important information posted on Canvas, and follow music and/or dance classes on social media to stay informed:

Davidsen Music on Facebook Davidsen Music on Instagram

Davidsen Dance on Facebook Davidsen Dance on Instagram

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s chosen electives, email Mrs Williams.

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Now Reading

6th Graders have created these fun projects based on the Greek mythology featured in Percy Jackson Lightning Thief. This month 6th Graders will begin reading Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. 7th Graders will be reading Hidden Girl, by Shyima Hall; a true story about the author's harrowing experiences as a child slave in Egypt. 8th Graders will begin reading the American classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
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Computer Technology: CAB and Coding Fundamentals

Congratulations to Ms. Moumne's Computer Technology students who have completed their ICT CyberSecurity Essentials Certificates. Over 50 CAB students earned their ICT Certificates in December.

Beginning in January, DIT students will test for their CIW ICT Social Media Strategist Industry Certification. Also in January, Coding Fundamentals begins. Through a partnership with Code.org, students will learn the basics of problem solving, HTML, and JavaScript. Students will be able to choose their own topic for their webpage and can share with family and friends.

Visual Arts

In Ms. Hall’s class, art students explored tempera paint and pastels while creating a final project on Henri Rousseau’s “The Sleeping Gypsy”. The group project involved the original image being divided into 4 pieces, with group members making decisions on how their composition would be handled collectively. While each piece was individually rendered, it may be displayed together as one image. In keeping with Rousseau’s background as an self- taught artist, students were given the opportunity to experiment with the media before being given a formal demonstration. This project highlights and celebrates the personal style of each student.

Ms. Smith's classes are also busy with several projects, many of which are now on display at various locations on campus.

Celebrate Literacy Week: January 24-28

Reading Coach Ms. Makholm and Media Specialist Ms. Suits team up with Language Arts this week to promote reading with all students. Be on the look out for more on how Dragons will recognize Celebrate Literacy Week this month.

Semester Make up Exams continue through January

Students who were absent for any of the semester exams in December will have make up exams throughout the month of January.

Some study tips for students:

Create time to study for each exam.

Find a quiet place to study with no distractions.

Ask for help if you need it-before the test

Go to bed early the night before each exam day

For exam days:

Eat breakfast (and lunch) each exam day.

Have supplies: Paper, pencils, pen, highlighter, calculator as needed.

Stay hydrated, bring a water bottle.

Be present for each exam every day.

OAR (extra help) Schedule

Teachers offer OAR for our students who would like to receive extra help in a subject. Students who have questions or need extra help outside of regular class time should plan to attend their teacher’s OAR during lunch.

OAR Schedule by subject:

Reading/Language Arts: Tuesday

Math: Wednesday

Science: Thursday

History: Friday

Extracurricular Clubs

Our teachers are reopening some before school clubs that had been put on hold in 2020.

We will announce clubs as they become available.

Gamers Club

One sure-to-be favorite is Mr. Perez's new Gamers Club. Gamers Club meets Wednesdays from 9:05-9:20 in Mr. Perez's room. Students will start off the day with positive interactions playing both board games and video games. Any student who maintains a B average and an A in conduct is welcome to join.


Also meeting on Wednesdays is FCA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Students meet Mr. Pusateri at 8am at the bus circle before heading back to the PE field or Gym. Contact Coach Pusateri if you have questions about FCA.


Beginning January 10, each morning and during lunch, the MakerSpace Club will be open in the Media Center. Students may ask any teacher for a MakerSpace pass during lunch or stop into the Media Center in the morning before school.

Culinary Club

Also returning in February is Chef Toner's Culinary Club. Culinary Club is open to all students, stay tuned for meeting times.

Yearbook 2022

DMS Yearbook 2022 Dedications

Remember to pre-order your copy of the 2021-22 Davidsen Yearbook at www.yearbookordercenter.com using school code 21848. Also on sale at the site are Student Dedications. Purchase space to send a special message to your graduating student to celebrate their achievements. If you would like to submit pictures to the yearbook, you may upload them at www.HJeShare.com using the same school code.



Congratulations to Cole W., Ryson D., Jackson L, Nathan C, who qualified for the district meet in December, and special congrats goes out to Jamira who finished 1st place in the 800m for the West Cluster!

Soccer and Flag Football will begin this semester, stay tuned for updates.


General Meeting: Jan 11, 7pm

All Davidsen families are invited to the PTSA General Meeting on January 11th, at 7pm.

This meeting will take place on Zoom, just click here to join!

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January Stock the Teachers' Lounge

The PTSA continues our ongoing program to Stock the Teacher’s lounge with treats each week sponsored by Davidsen families. A huge thank you goes out to those who have already donated to help "Stock the Teachers' Lounge" in the first semester! Teachers have been treated to various snacks including whole fruit, grab and go chips and crackers, nuts, sparkling water, coffee, and more.

If you would like to help the PTSA "Stock the Teachers' Lounge", just click here! Select an amount and let the PTSA take care of the shopping. Your name (and/or student's name) will be listed as a sponsor on a sign displayed in the lounge each month. If you would like to donate something else, or if you have a business who would like to participate, please contact our PTSA President, Scott.

Let's help keep our teachers energized for our students!

Stock the Lounge Fundraiser

Thank you to our December Stock the Lounge sponsors:

The Galentine Family, The Kwoka Family, The Anderson Family, The Gabonay Family, The Gonzalez Family, The Webb Family, The Guerrero Family, the Luddy Family, the Worme Family, the Grilli Famili, and the Di Guisto Family.

Special thanks also goes to everyone who contributed snacks and goods to our Holiday snack buffet for teachers and staff. Thank you!

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Discount PDQ Cards: Get 33% off!

The PTSA has discount cards for local favorite PDQ. Help raise funds for 8th Grade activities like the 8th Grade Dance by purchasing a PDQ gift card: Spend just $7 and get $10 worth of great PDQ food! Helps make a dinner easy and also makes a great gift! https://davidsenmiddleschool.memberhub.com/store


13 Days of Holidays

Exam weeks were made a little more fun thanks to NJHS’s plans for 13 days of holiday spirit!

Winter Concerts and Showcases

Performing arts classes had a chance to to perform for live audiences last month during their Winter concerts. We loved all of the performances given by Band, Chorus, Dance, and Orchestra! Bravo! You can see more pictures and video on Instagram by following @Davidsenmusicrocks and @Davidsendance
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Jan 4: First day of Third Quarter

Jan 11: PTSA General Meeting 7pm (zoom link)

Jan 17: MLK Day No School

Jan 18: 8th Grade Tee Day

Jan 19: Practice Writing Assessments (all grades)

Jan 21: 8th Grade N.O.P.E. Assembly

Jan 24-28: Celebrate Literacy Week

Jan 25: Principals Honor Roll Breakfast

Jan 27: Honor Roll Cookies at lunch

Jan 28: Krispy Kreme Sales before school

Jan 28: Honor Roll Jeans and Patio Day

Jan 28: 8th Grade Tee Day

Jan 31-Feb 2: Nature’s Classroom Field Trip


Join Davidsen Dragons on Facebook

Click here to join the private group for important reminders, updates, and pictures!

Canvas Grades

Parents please make sure to log in to Canvas regularly to supervise your student's progress. Some students may need help in uploading assignments from home or navigating the platform in other ways. Please make time to understand how to see your student's grades and assignments. This is great tool that can alert you to any areas in which your student might be struggling.


For more information on setting up Canvas, click here

College Readiness and AVID

We want our Dragons not only prepared for college, but excited for it too! Every first Friday, Ms. Wilton's AVID program sponsors College T-shirt Day as a way to help kids get excited for college.

Ms. Wilton also keeps a collection of gently worn college tees to give out as prizes, and for students who would like to wear, but do not have the means to purchase one. If you have college apparel that you would like to donate to our AVID sponsored college readiness initiative, please contact Ms Wilton or drop off a bag labeled "Wilton, room 407"

Cell Phone Policy

Cell phones should be put away in backpacks and used only when teachers allow them for instructional or other educational purposes. This rule also applies during lunch. Phones may be temporarily confiscated if students do not follow our cell phone policy.

School Hours and lunch times

Every Monday students are released one hour early.

Bell Schedule and Lunch times

Davidsen PTSA

The Davidsen PTSA brings parents together with teachers and staff to support all students at Davidsen. By joining the PTSA you can help support important activities, classroom enhancements, and be among the first to hear about news and opportunities.

Join the PTSA

You can also sign up to volunteer with the PTSA by emailing dmsvols@gmail.com

Volunteers must also complete the district volunteer form.