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Proctors Needed for Explore Exam

23 Proctors are needed to assist with the EXPLORE Exam which will be given to 8th grade students on Thursday, October 23rd.  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. 


If you have any questions about proctoring for this exam, please contact Teri Nelson at 919-387-3040.  Thank you so much for your support of our DDMS students and staff.


Spirit Week Fun Days

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

    • Spirit Day - Wear Orange for Unity Day

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