The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 15-16: February 5, 2016

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Principally Speaking

Parents, Guardians, and Community,


Most of our students make good choices and demonstrate high character day in and day out. However, even the best of people can get caught up in a moment and make an off the cuff comment that may be a cause for regret. Some students may not understand the weight of their words or actions. In my experience, most students think that they are just "joking" with the other student. It is at this point, where we need to be educating our students. I usually ask, "Did the other person seem to enjoy the joke? Was the joke about a topic you should be talking about?" I also explain that if the other person is laughing, it is not a clear indicator that he or she thinks the situation is funny. I explain that laughter is often a cover people use to hide their hurt. Together, we need to reinforce our collective belief that all students deserve to come to school and feel safe and to learn without fear. In this instance I am speaking specifically of bullying.


Most of us have experienced this issue either personally by being a victim of a bully, bullying someone, or seeing one or the other happen to another person at some point in our lives. But I believe that the more we talk about what we expect from students in any of the aforementioned situations, we can impact our school for the positive. The purpose of this communication is to partner with all parents and guardians to put a stop to this ugly problem...to help our students know what is an appropriate joke and what is not. It is clear that we must work together to be successful in this matter. Let's start with a definition of bullying.


According to HEA 1423, "bullying" means overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically), physical acts committed, aggression, or any other behaviors, that are committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student and create for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:


  1. Places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to the targeted student's person or property;
  2. Has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student's physical or mental health;
  3. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's academic performance; or
  4. Has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student's ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, and privileges provided by the school.


Students may be suspended or expelled for threats (whether specific or general in nature) of damage or injury to persons or property, regardless of whether there is a present ability to commit the act. Our DCMS Student-Parent Handbook outlines specifically our Bullying policy on page 16 of the print handbook and page 19 of the digital website version.


With that said, we are committed to communicating better with parents about any complaints or allegations this office receives whereby your student is named as acting in such a manner that, if repeated, could be considered bullying. The communication will come in the form of a written letter (link to the letter below) that will outline the complaint made against the student, document the administrative response taken, and serve as documentation that the student has been given an opportunity to correct his or her behavior preventing a re-occurrence with any future students.


Please view this communication as an opportunity to partner with the school in teaching our students how to respond when and if mistakes are made. The letter is not a condemnation or a blot on a student's record. The letter is not a confirmation that bullying occurred. It is a communication indicating that the words or actions of your student were perceived as meant to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm, or create a hostile school environment by another student.


Receipt of this letter will not be included in a student's disciplinary record. It is simply providing an opportunity to help the school by discussing the matter at home. All of us can learn how to get better each day, and this communication serves as a means to allow parents to reinforce your family beliefs with your student and to learn from our missteps before they become more serious.


The administrative response for any student who has acted in such a manner for the first time will be in providing the student empathy training, giving clear instructions as to what is expected if he/she is in a future similar situation, and educating him/her as to the potential consequences if future, substantiated complaints are made again constituting "repeated behavior" or bullying (even if the behavior occurs with a different student).


At DCMS, no student may engage in any harassing behavior. We do ask that students who experience an unkind exchange with another student to clearly tell the person who is being unkind that the conversation is not okay, you want it to stop, and to let an adult know. Students or parents of students who feel the student has been unlawfully harassed should file a formal complaint with Mr. Rector or me.


As always, I am so honored and privileged to serve the students, staff, and families of the community of Danville. Thank you for the opportunity.


Marsha Webster

Principal

Danville Community Middle School

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Indiana State School Music Association's District Solo and Ensemble Contest

On Saturday, January 30, several of our middle school students participated in the Indiana State School Music Association's District Solo and Ensemble Contest. Here are the results:

Lauren Townsend, Melanie Fougerousse, Charity Oliver, Madelyn LeTourneau, Aly Nelson, and Amanda Myers received golds on their piano solos, and Lucy McRoberts received a silver on her piano solo. Grace Catney, Charity Oliver, Hannah Vivace, Lucy McRoberts, Madison Deckard, Shelby Simpson, Sierra Shelton, Abi Walker, Audrey O'Neal, Madelyn Galliher, Makenzie McClain, and Ryan Grundman received golds on their vocal solos, with Madison Deckard receiving a perfect score.


Hollie Boeck and Jenna Conrad received silvers on their vocal solos. Lucy Kult, Mara Lynch, Paige Reiderer, Sophia King, and Jasmine McGovern were in an ensemble that received a silver. Paige Waters, Amanda Myers, Alantis Butrum, and Sara Koske were in an ensemble that received a silver.


Sierra Shelton, Sydney Thurston, Grace Catney, Rylee Phillips, Toby Kult, Autumn Greathouse, Beth Walker, Chloe Fulk, Charity Oliver, Natalie Dayharsh, and Delanie Joines were in an ensemble that received a silver.


Macie Barker, Audrey O'Neal, Alyson Staley, and Ellen Halfaker were in an ensemble that received a gold.


We are very proud of all of these talented musicians!

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Yearbook Ordering Details

Cost per book: $25.00

Type of book: Hardback with color photos and pages throughout the yearbook


It will be filled with many memories of the 2015 – 2016 school year. To order, you may call 24 hours 1-866-282-1516 or ORDER ONLINE @ jostensyearbooks.com using the following information.


Danville Middle School

School ID 47263

Middle School War Tribe Softball Club

Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th

Tryouts: Friday, February 19 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

Where: Danville High School Gym

Bring: Glove, Helmet and Bat

Games will start the week of April 4 through May 19

(12 games scheduled)

Cost: $75.00-$100

For more information, please call, Robin Wambach at 317-432-1175

DPSS News

DPSS has a new email address! Anytime you need to contact a board member with a question, want to order spirit wear, sign up to sell spirit wear, have any comments, or want to get more involved, send us an email at danvillepss@yahoo.com


We have a box top/labels class winner!! Mrs. Bolton's class submitted 579 labels and box tops!! Mrs. Bolton's class rocks!! Her students have received a $4 voucher to the Royal Movie Theater in Danville. It can be used for movie tickets or concession stand purchases. Please present your voucher to the Royal to redeem. Thank you Royal Movie Theater for your support on this contest!!! Keep sending in your box tops and labels too!!


Book store featured items for the next two weeks will be pink pens and Valentine Items. Reminder, the book store is open before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Have your kiddos bring in their loose change and see what fun items they want to purchase.


Help our school raise money all year long with Burgers for Better Schools™! It’s free to join and easy to participate. All you have to do is become a Red Robin Royalty member, select our school, and Red Robin will donate 1% of all purchases you make at participating locations. Learn more at redrobin.com/betterschools.


What is “Burgers for Better Schools"?
If you are a Red Robin Royalty Member, and you join the “Burgers for Better Schools” program, Red Robin will donate one percent of your purchases at participating Red Robin®and Red Robin Burger Works® restaurants to local schools (excluding tax, gratuity and gift card sales), provided you use your Red Robin Royalty Member number when you pay for your purchases.

How do I get started? It's Easy!

  1. Sign up for the Red Robin Royalty Program at royalty.redrobin.com or if you are already a RR Royalty Member, sign in to your Red Robin Royalty account dashboard.
  2. Select “Burgers for Better Schools” on the Red Robin Royalty Rewards account dashboard and select your school.
  3. Present your Red Robin Royalty Member card or alternate ID at the time of payment at participating Red Robin and Red Robin Burger Works locations.
  4. Follow your progress on your Red Robin Royalty account dashboard.

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Congratulations to Mrs. Bolton's class who won the DPSS Box Tops Contest. Her class won a visit from the Royal Popcorn Person and tickets to the Royal Theater sponsored by the DPSS.

Hendricks County Community Youth Fair

Macaroni Kid Hendricks and They’re Our Kids will be hosting their second annual Hendricks County Community Youth Fair on Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Convention Center in Danville! This event will feature a wide array of informational booths about programs, activities, organizations and services that are available to Hendricks County parents and children, plus there will be activities for kids, food available for purchase, and a visit from the Indiana Pacers Fan Van! The fair is FREE for the public to attend, so get the whole family out of the house for a little bit and come join the fun!

Girls Conference

Curiosity, Confidence, Challenge: A conference for girls on careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Saturday, March 12, 2016. Conference for girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades only. Register online at sycamoreschool.org Information in DCMS office, Judith Mills at 317-202-2543, jmills@sycamoreschool.org

Daddy/Daughter Dance

The Kiwanis Club of Danville will host its seventh annual Daddy / Daughter Dance on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 from 6pm to 8pm at the Danville Community Middle School. This event is for girls ages 3-12 to attend with dads, granddads or other important adult figures in their lives. Registration for this event is $25.00, plus $5.00 per additional daughter. Register online at http://www.danvillekiwanis.org/daddydaughter-dance.html or contact Nola Crouch at (317) 358-6895 or at nolacrouch@yahoo.com.

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FREE Math & Science Help!

Tutors are available to help students in grades 6-12 through Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology by calling the Homework Hotline @ 1.877.275.7673 or by accessing the website via www.AskRose.org . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events

2/8

7 Girls Basketball Game @Avon North - 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game @Avon North - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

English Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Wrestling Meet vs Avon South @HOME - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

School Board Meeting @South Elementary - 7:00 PM

2/9

FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Builder's Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Rembrandt Society - 3:30 PM to 5:00PM

7 Girls Basketball Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Practice - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Science Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Cadet Guard - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Wrestling Meet @ Crawfordsville High School - 6:15 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Meet vs Lebanon @ High School - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

2/10

Social Studies Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM

7 Girls Basketball Game vs Crawfordsville @HOME - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game vs Crawfordsville @HOME - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Meet @Plainfield High School - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

2/11

Circle the State w/Song Practice - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

7 Girls Basketball Game vs Brownsburg East @ Home Pack the House Night - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game vs Brownsburg East @ Home Pack the House Night - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Math Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Cadet Guard - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Swim Practice @High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @ High school - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/12

Wrestling Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/13

Swim Practice @ High School - 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

High School Guard Practice - 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

High School Boys Basketball Practice - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

Special Olympics Basketball Practice - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Volleydigs - 3:00PM to 7:00 PM

2/15

President's Day - No School

Wrestling Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

2/16

FCA - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Drama Club - 3:30 PM to 5:00PM

7 Girls Basketball Game @Western Boone - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game @Western Boone - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Science Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Cadet Guard - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Wrestling 4-Way Meet @ HOME - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Swim Meet vs Northridge @ High School - 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

2/17

Social Studies Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM

7 Girls Basketball Game @North Putnam - 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM

8 Girls Basketball Game @North Putnam - 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Wrestling Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Meet @Crawfordsville High School - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

2/18

Science Club - 7:50 AM to 8:22 AM

7/8 Girls Basketball Practice @ South Elementary - 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Math Academic Team - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Cadet Guard - 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Swim Practice @High School - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Wrestling Meet @ HOME - 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

2/19

7/8 Student Council Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Choir and Band Pictures

Wrestling Practice @ High School - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Swim Practice @ High School - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

2/20

Swim Practice @ High School - 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Special Olympics Basketball Practice - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Volleydigs - 3:00PM to 7:00 PM

About Us

Attendance Line - 317-718-2331 (Available 24 hours a Day)

Please call by 8 AM if your child will be late to school or absent all day.


Student Hours


  • Doors Open - 8:15 AM
  • Locker/Breakfast - 8:22 AM
  • Warning Bell - 8:31 AM
  • Classes Start - 8:33 AM Be in your seat, please.
  • Bus Rider Dismissal - 3:24 PM
  • Car Riders/Walkers - 3:30 PM



Bus Transportation Line - 317-745-6875