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All Past and Future DDMS Volunteers - IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

Reactivation for Continuing Volunteers


    • All continuing volunteers approved for the 2013-2014 school year MUST reactivate as a volunteer no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2014. Volunteers may go to any WCPSS site and register through the intranet.  Access to the volunteer system is:  WCPSS Intranet – Business Applications – Volunteer Registration.
    • After October 31, 2014, individuals previously approved may not volunteer without a new criminal record check.  To avoid unnecessary costs to the school system, principals and their staff should encourage continuing volunteers to reactivate early in the school year – and no later than October 31, 2014.
    • The volunteer system will be open daily for reactivation/registration through October 31, 2014.
    • From November 3, 2014 through May 18, 2015, the volunteer system will be open on Mondays only, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 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

Red Ribbon Week

Middle school is a time of change.  Students in this age group are struggling to make the transition from child to adolescent and from dependency on parents/teachers to independence.  Temptation to take risks and experiment with drugs and forbidden substances at this age can be very strong.  In addition, teens at this stage are susceptible to an assortment of common myths and misunderstandings about drugs and teenage drug use.


In order to help bring light to drug awareness and drug prevention efforts, schools across the nation will celebrate Red Ribbon Week from October 23rd through 31st.  Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the National Family Partnership, is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.


Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated from October 23rd – 31st at DDMS.  Students will watch videos throughout Red Ribbon Week to inform them of the dangers, the truths, and the myths about drugs.  Red ribbons will hang throughout campus during Red Ribbon Week to remind students to lead a drug-free life, and students and staff members are encouraged to wear RED on Thursday, October 23rd to help kick-off Red Ribbon Week.


Although Red Ribbon Week is only one week of the year, please continue to talk about and emphasize to your child the importance of leading a drug-free life!  Parents, please read the following Parents' Pledge.  Parents can recite this pledge, sign/post it in their home as a reminder of their pledge to be drug-free, and/or speak to their children about the importance of living a drug-free life!


Parents' Pledge

    • We will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse.
    • We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
    • We will monitor our children's behavior and enforce appropriate consequences so that our rules are respected.
    • We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs, medicine without a prescription, or abusing prescription drugs.
    • We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep our children safe from substance abuse.
    • I pledge to set guidelines to help our children grow up safe, healthy, and drug-free.

Thank you for your support and participation in Red Ribbon Week!  For more information about Red Ribbon Week and the Red Ribbon Campaign, please visit and

Posted: October 23, 2014

Boys and Girls Basketball - Important Dates

All students interested in trying out for basketball, must sign-up in the gym lobby by Tuesday, October 28 and have all WCPSS Participation and Physical forms completed and submitted to Mrs. Swanger by Friday, October 31. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS!!


Posted: October 22, 2014

Red Ribbon Poster Winners

Congratulations to our Red Ribbon Poster design contest winners:


    • Sophie Sun
    • Tanvi Musale
    • Sophia Mariano
    • Emily Suh
    • Sophie Sternkopf

Their posters have been taken to the Town of Cary for the final judging.


Job Well Done and Good Luck on the next judging!


Posted: October 22, 2014

Spirit Week Fun Days

Thursday, October 23, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Wear Red and be Drug Free
    • Food Drive - Spaghetti Sauce & Pasta/Noodles

Friday, October 24, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Wacky Tacky Friday & Hat Day
    • Food Drive - Canned Vegetables & Fruit Cups

Monday, October 27, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Comfy Monday PJ Bottoms
    • Food Drive - Peanut Butter & Jelly

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Twin Day Tuesday
    • Food Drive - Macaroni & Cheese

Thursday, October 30, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Get Your Geek On!!
    • Food Drive - Canned Soup

Friday, October 31, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Character Day (Book, Movie, TV)
    • Food Drive - Breakfast/Granola Bars & Cereal

Posted: October 21, 2014

Meeting Social and Emotional Needs of Gifted Students

Dr. Cartwright, a gifted education specialist for Duke TIP, will be holding three parent sessions in October regarding the social and emotional needs of gifted students.  Please see the attached flyer for dates, times, locations and registration information.


Posted: October 21, 2014

Athletic Events - Week of October 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Posted: October 20, 2014

Movie Night Under the Stars

Feature Film: The Lego Movie


Friday, November 7th, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Doors will open at 5:45.


    • $10 includes popcorn and drink. 
    • Tickets sales during all lunches on Tuesday Oct. 21st, Oct 27th and 28th.
    • $10 checks to DDMS-PTA.

StuCo will be collecting Thanksgiving themed canned goods during this event.  If you bring 2 items you will receive a free candy.  Novelties (LED) and concessions will be available at the event for $1-$5.


This will be an outdoor event located behind the gym on the blacktop.


Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair!


Parent Volunteers are needed...your help is greatly appreciated.


Posted: October 20, 2014

DDMS Art Displayed at NC State Fair

Congratulations to the following artists who will have art work displayed at the State Fair:


    • Kaitlyn Golden
    • Abby Gorman
    • Madison Gorman
    • Claire Miller
    • Myles Morgan
    • Kaylie Penland
    • Lauren Rogers
    • Sophie Sternkopf

Their artwork is displayed at the Kerr Scott Building.


Posted: October 15, 2014

Upcoming event for AIG or Gifted Students

PAGE of Wake County Fall 2014 Super Saturday Event


    • When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Where: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC

      • 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

For more information regarding PAGE of Wake County, please see the link under the AIG section of the DDMS website.


Posted: October 8, 2014

After School Tutoring

After School Tutoring Will begin on Tuesday, October 14.  Tuesdays will be dedicated to Homework Help, and Thursdays will be for math.  Math tutoring will be available for students taking Math 6, 6+. 6/7+, 7, 7+, & 8.  Thursday Math tutoring is not available for students who are currently taking CCM1 or CCM2; but these students are welcome to seek help on Tuesdays.  Sign-up for after school tutoring must be done onlline, and can be accessed from the tutoring website (  Registration will open on Monday each week, and will close at the start of school on the morning of the session.  Please see the tutoring website or follow us on twitter (@ddmstutoring) for more info.


Posted: October 6, 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  


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

ACT EXPLORE Test - 8th Grade Students

Parents, 8th grade students will take the ACT EXPLORE test in school on October 23.  The EXPLORE test is designed to assist students determine possible career paths which might impact the types of classes they plan to take in high school.  More details will be coming closer to the exam date.  At this point, we ask parents to try and avoid scheduling appointments that will cause students to miss school on October 23. 


Updated: September 24, 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:


      • 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 to get the important information.  This trip is open to students in 6th - 8th grades.

Please contact 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:


    • ECUADOR:
      • Interest Meeting has not been rescheduled as of September 15, 2014
    • ITALY and GREECE:
      • If you were planning on attending the Italy and Greece interest meeting this week, there has been a change: the interest meeting will now be at Mills Park Middle School on  Wednesday, September 17th, at 6:00.  It will be in room 3303. This trip is open to everyone!

Please contact 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

Town of Cary Red Ribbon Poster Contest

Demonstrate your commitment to a healthy, drug-free lifestyle by creating a poster with the theme “iTune Out Drugs” during Red Ribbon Week – October 23-31.  Red Ribbons are worn during the week each year to remind us of the importance of a drug-free life-style and to show those needing support we are there for them.


Posted: September 9, 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