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Thinking of Becoming a DDMS Volunteer?

All DDMS school volunteers must sign up through the WCPSS volunteer system.  Sign up is easy!  Just come to the DDMS Media Center on any Monday from
November 3, 2014 through May 18, 2015 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  However, during this time period, the volunteer system will be closed on the following Mondays:  December 22, 2014, December 29, 2014, and January 19, 2015.  Not sure if you are a volunteer?  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Nelson in Student Services at 919-387-3040.  DDMS thanks all its parent volunteers for their amazing support of our school, staff and students. 

Toys for Tots

From December 1-4, the Davis Drive Dance Company will be sponsoring a toy drive for Toys for Tots.  Please consider donating new, wrapped toys which will be distributed to children within Wake County who will not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season.   A donation box will be located by the Front Office.  There will also be a donation box at the Dance Show on December 3 & 4.  Thanks for supporting our toy drive.

 

Posted: November 21, 2014

DDMS Giving Tree

During this holiday season, please help with the DDMS Giving Tree. The Giving Tree provides holiday gifts to DDMS students and families in need. Please help make the holidays special for these families by donating "wish list" items.

 

Please go to the link at: DDMS Giving Tree to donate requested items. All items are due by Wednesday, December 10th. Thank you!

 

Posted: November 20, 2014

STEAM Project

Help Ms. Frazer and Ms. Croom get a 3D Printer & Mini iPads (iPad goal achieved) for the TED & Visual Arts classrooms! (Click the links to view the pages!)

 

Any amount that you can give would be greatly appreciated! If you donate by November 23rd, your donation will be doubled thanks to DonorsChoose.org. Just enter the promo code "SPARK" on the payment page and you'll be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100)!

 

In less than 24 hrs.  we got our first donations from Audrey Shelly with matching donations from her company & SPARK!!  Hoping our Davis Drive families will continue the support and share with others.

 

Posted: November 18, 2014

Time is Runnng Out for the 2014-15 Panthology Yearbook

Time is ticking down to get your Panthology Yearbook for $35 and for 8th grade Personal Ads!

 

Ads are due by December 19th. Don't lose track of time and miss your opportunities!

 

Posted: November 6, 2014

SMILE Camp

SMILE (Science & Math Interactive Learning Experience) Camp registration is now open.  Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) students interested in hands-on experiments and unique experiences are encouraged to explore more information on the smilecamp.org website.  Students who do not have access to the smilecamp.org website may pick up a flyer outside the AIG Office.

 

Posted: October 30, 2014

Project Tomorrow SpeakUp

Davis Drive Middle School is partnering with Project Tomorrow SpeakUp, an online survey for teachers, parents, students and community supporters to provide input around learning, and specifically the use of technology in our school. We want to hear from you so we can provide our students with the best instruction possible. Please take a few moments to go to our school’s website and click on the Project Tomorrow SpeakUp button (right side of page), and complete the survey. Students taking the survey will need a password, which is wake2014.

 

Posted: October 30, 2014

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

All it takes is AN IDEA to get started.  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers students the opportunity to STEM principles to solve community or societal problems through the creation of mobile technology.  No app building experience is required!!!  Just submit a great idea and you could win!  

 

Are you interested??  Speak to Mrs. Frazer (room 111, or email kfrazer@wcpss.net).  

 

We are hoping to put together a couple of teams to participate in this competition.  Meeting times to be determined. ALL students are welcome to join.

 

Posted: October 6, 2014

International Trips - Australia, Ecuador, Italy, and Greece

Mrs. Echols is taking students on a 20-day adventure to Australia in June of 2015 through the People to People Ambassador Program!

 

Additional details and trip itinerary is available at:

 

    • AUSTRALIA: http://www.peopletopeople.com
      • Interest Meeting is on Tuesday, September 23rd directly after school in Mrs. Echols' room (142).  This is the preliminary info meeting, so if you cannot attend, please email Sarah Echols at sechols@wcpss.net to get the important information.  This trip is open to students in 6th - 8th grades.

Please contact sechols@wcpss.net if you have any questions! 

 

Ms. Lennox is taking students and families on two exciting educational tours to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in March of 2015 and Italy and Greece in June of 2015!

 

Additional details and trip itinerary is available at:

 

Please contact klennox@wcpss.net if you have any questions! 

 

Updated: September 16, 2014

WCPSS Parent Academy

The Wake County Public Schools System is excited to announce their first Parent Academy Catalog (see attachment). The catalog contains a series of free skill-building classes, workshops, and educational events aimed at helping families learn to engage with the school system and contribute positively to their child’s academic and social success.

The Parent Academy is a Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) initiative designed to strengthen the relationship between parents/guardians and schools and to help parents navigate the school system. Research shows that students achieve more when parents are involved in their child’s education.

This is a partnership with a diverse team of WCPSS educators and local community agencies, organizations, businesses, schools, and faith-based institutions.

 

For more information, please click on the Parent Academy banner on the right side of the page.

 

Posted: September 10, 2014

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) District Resources

State Board of Education policy requires school districts to implement Credit by Demonstrated Master (CDM) - a process by which students can show mastery in a high school credit course without actually taking the course.  The District has scheduled multiple parent information sessions to address questions and concerns.  The Parent Session Flyer lists the dates, times, and locations for each event.  The District has also created a CDM Resource Website and email address for parents considering CDM.

 

Posted: September 3, 2014

North Carolina Virtual Public School

Is your child interested in accelerating their education?  North Carolina Virtual Public Schools and WCPSS are offering several online high school courses for middle school students to take during the 2014-2015 school year. The online courses offered will be in an addition to your child’s current classes at DDMS and will not replace any classes your child is currently enrolled in at DDMS.

Posted: July 31, 2014