The War Cry

Everyone, Everyday; High Standards, High Achievement

Volume 18-19: Friday, April 5, 2019

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Principally Speaking

Welcome back! I hope your spring break was restful. I know the time away gave all of us a break from being cooped up inside. We are so thankful for the break in the weather and look forward to taking students outside as appropriate. We continue to work very hard at providing rigorous, meaningful teaching and learning as we race to the end of the year. Please encourage your students to remain focused and open to learning for the whole year. There is no time to waste.

Have a wonderful weekend. It is a pleasure to serve your students as the principal of Danville Community Middle School.

Does Your 7th Grader Understand Negative Numbers?

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H.A. W. K. Friends Group

Do you have an interest in the outdoors? Growing vegetables? We have good news for you! We are re-establishing the HAWK Friends Group this year and need YOUR help in making our Outdoor Learning Lab a success for students and families of Danville.

The mission of the Danville Community School Corporation Outdoor Learning Lab is to provide students with an opportunity to actively participate in interdisciplinary studies utilizing natural woodlands, wetlands and plant study areas. This year, a school garden is also being added to grow vegetables to donate to local food pantries.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey and share your interests in being a part of the HAWK Friends Group.

Follow us on social media as well to stay up-to-date on all the exciting things occurring at the HAWK Outdoor Lab!

Facebook: HAWK Outdoor Lab

Instagram: @HAWKOutdoorLab

Parent Transition Meeting

Current South Elementary 4th grade students will be making their visit to Danville Community Middle School on the afternoon of Thursday, May 16th. Students will learn pertinent information, ask questions, and get a building tour.

Parents of current South Elementary 4th graders are invited to attend a Parent Transition Meeting on the evening of Monday, May 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Parents will take part in a similar orientation to what students will experience. Our goal is to ease any anxiety on the part of both students and parents.

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Support The DCMS PTO

Come support the DCMS PTO at Two Guys Pies April 9th from 5pm-close! 10% of sales will support your PTO! A great way to have an easy family dinner and give back to your school at the same time!
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Raising Awareness of Alopecia and Olivia's Cause

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease, causing hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes on other areas of the body. In fact, it affects as many as 6.8 million people in the U.S. with a lifetime risk of 2.1%. People of all ages, both sexes, and all ethnic groups can develop alopecia areata. It often first appears during childhood and can be different for everyone who has it.

Danville Community Schools has current students who have developed alopecia and will continue to have students who develop alopecia into the future. Our aim is to provide education and information to students and community members alike. For this reason, DCMS will host a motivational speaker who also has Alopecia, Olivia Rusk, on Friday, April 19th. All students 5 - 8 will have an opportunity to learn her story.

As well, there is a movie called Wig'd Out based on her story that will be played on 4/18/19, 7 PM at the Royal Theatre in Danville. Wig'd Out the Movie is the only feature-length, scripted movie about a teenage girl with alopecia. Wig'd Out was inspired by the real life of Olivia Rusk and her total hair loss due to the medical condition alopecia. See the movie trailer below.


Best Actress Award at the Alhambra Theater Film Festival

Audience Choice Award at the Alhambra Theater Film Festival

Best Actress at the May Day Film Festival

In August of 2016, Olivia's Cause launched a program to bring Wig'd Out the Movie to students in schools throughout the United States. We are pleased to have this program at DCMS.
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Due to our school closure on January 30, school will be in session on Friday, May 24, 2019.


Is your student a Model Attendee?

What is a Model Attendee?

  • A student who attends at least 95% of the time (absent no more than 9 out of 180 days) OR
  • A student who improved their attendance from the previous school year by at least 3%

How can parents help their student have better attendance?

When your child is sick

  • Only let your child stay home if he/she is truly sick. Complaints of a headache or stomach ache might not always be a reason to stay home. Encourage your child to give it a try if they don't have a fever or other apparent symptoms.
  • Please contact the school counselor for support if you believe your child's complaints might be a sign of atypical anxiety.
  • The Sick Day Guidelines for Families may be helpful if you are not sure if you should keep your child at home due to illness.

Appointments and Vacations

  • Make every effort to schedule doctor, dentist and other appointments outside of school hours.
  • If your child must be out of school for an appointment, make every effort to have him or attend school for at least part of the school day.
  • Plan vacations when school is not in session

Remember that you are setting your child up for attendance and perseverance habits that they will carry throughout their adult life.


Reminder to all Parent(s) and Guardian(s): If you have legal documentation or court orders involving legal custody, physical custody, parental rights, restraining orders, guardianship, visitation, adoption, or any other legal settlements that impact your child or children, please provide a copy to school so we can be sure these orders are being carried out. Courts do not provide these documents to schools and we cannot carry out a legal decree without the official documentation to do so. Please note that any and all information provided is shared on a need to know basis and is housed in a secure location. Documents can be brought into the office or sent to school with your child in a sealed envelope addressed to our school counselor, Heather Luce or Laura Tice. Please contact Mrs. Luce or Mrs. Tice at or or at 317- 745-5491 with any questions.


Come work with our great staff and students. DCSC is looking for individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher, bus driver or kitchen help/server. We are also seeking full time members of our housekeeping staff. Job postings are available on our Human Resources page found here. If you have any questions, you may contact Sarah Smith, Human Resources and Benefits Specialist at or at 317-745-2212.

Summer Reading & Writing Skills

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Office of Community Engagement, a non-profit organization, is proud to offer the Summer Reading Skills Program to families throughout Fishers, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Kokomo. Since 2003, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading.

The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction. Since 1970, the Institute has taught more than two million students in partnership with colleges and universities across the United States. The Institute’s inspired instruction encourages a lifelong love of reading in every student.

  • The program features a wonderful novel, effective materials, and fresh activities you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Weekly classes and online lessons ensure that your middle schooler is consistently reading and practicing important skills throughout the summer.
  • Your son or daughter will have an enjoyable experience and make great progress!

Visit this website for more information: or call 1-800-903-0623

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Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College

Learn More Indiana’s Cash for College campaign helps Hoosier of all ages—from kindergartners through adults—pay for education beyond high school. The annual statewide effort continues through Indiana’s April 15th deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the form that qualifies students to receive financial aid from colleges, the State of Indiana, the federal government and other sources. Visit to check out upcoming events and free online resources, including cost calculators, savings plans, scholarship searches and more. And, don’t forget to follow Learn More Indiana on Twitter @learnmorein, Facebook at and Instragram @LearnMoreIndiana for more tips and information.

Follow Us on Social Media!

You are invited to follow us on social media. We are working to improve our communications by layering our messages using Infinite Campus, email, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and our website. Please help us by following us and giving constructive feedback. We want to get better and serve you well.

Instagram - dcmswarriors

Facebook - DCMS Warriors @DanvilleCommunityMSWarriors

Twitter - DCMSPrincipals @DCMS_Warriors

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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 . Call toll free from 7 PM to 10 PM (EDT) Sunday through Thursday.

Upcoming Events


Dairy Judging Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Science Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Floriculture Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

School Board Meeting @South Elementary - 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Track Meet vs Brownsburg East @Home - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

5th Grade Band Information Night - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Track Meet 3-Way @Tri-West - 4:45 PM to 7:45 PM

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

Floriculture Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


Dairy Judging Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Math Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Chess Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

English Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM


Student Council Meeting - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Special Olympics Track - 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Dairy Judging Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Science Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Floriculture Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM


FCA - 7:45 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Builders Club - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Track Meet 3-Way @Chapel Hill - 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM


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

Floriculture Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Track Meet vs Avon South @Home - 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Math Academic Team Practice - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Science Club - 7:30 AM to 8:22 AM

Yearbook - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

English Academic Team Practice - 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM

Track Meet @Northmont HS - 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

8th Grade Choir Concert @HS - 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM


NJHS Meeting - 7:45 AM to 8:22 AM

Track Practice - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


Builders Club Earth Day 5K

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

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