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Welcome back to our 2017-2018 Davis Middle School students! DMS is "The Place To Be!"
Mr. Brown addressing students at our 9/11 tribute assembly on the front lawn of the school
3 of our DMS students preparing for their choir concert
Principal Brown dancing on stage with a professional ballroom dance group that came to our school for an assembly

Principal Brown "boogy-ing" on stage with the ballroom dancers

Some boy scouts from our school gathered around our visiting veterans, Benjamin and Burt.

Veteran's Day Tribute to Benjamin Beach

Our 8th grade teachers dressed up as referees for Twin Day of Homecoming Week.

DMS 8th Grade Team on Twin Day

Left to right, Mary Bown, Chris Brown and Lindsay Welling standing in the Davis Middle School office

Davis Middle School front office crew

Four DMS young men dressed nicely for their choir concert
Left to right, Mindi Tollefson, Kellie Welling and Mary Bown standing on the hydrolic lift to hang vinyl in the commons area

Our wonderful Davis staff hanging our new Davis Middle School entrance sign

Boys Basketball Practice - Coach Randy Barker giving the boys a pep talk in the DMS gym

Boys Basketball Practice - Coach Randy Barker giving the boys a pep talk

Left to right, Kate McMahan, Doreen Platt, Kellie Welling and Cindy Ellsworth standing outside all dressed in peaches and pinks. We call them the peach sisters!

The Peach Sisters at Davis Middle School

Our first Davis 200 Club winner, Savanna Hatch, standing in front of the Davis 200 trophy case with her prize

Demon 200 Club Winner - Savanna Hatch

Mr. Brown reading a book to the 6th grade students during principal power in the auditorium

Principal Power

5 young women from the Select Choir dressed nice for their performance
Mindi Tollefson and Mary Bown up on the hydrolic lift hanging vinyl lettering in our commons area

Quality time on the man-lift hanging "Our Goals"

The Student Council members gathered around for a photo in the Davis Media Center

Student Council 

Mr. Brown addressing students in the front of the school for our 9/11 tribute assembly

September 11th Tribute - 2016

Spotlight

Principal’s Message
October 2017
 
Last Friday the Davis Student Body met with me in the Auditorium.  We drew out nine names of students who were Advanced, Proficient or grew levels of proficiency on the PAWS last spring. Each of these students we awarded a $100 bill with Benjamin Franklin smiling at them.  We are proud of all our students and the effort they gave to be their very best.  Please encourage your children to work hard and give their very best.
 
At Davis we just gave all of our students a reading comprehension screener.  The screener initially shows us that 20% of our students are at risk readers.  On our end of year summative assessments (PAWS) we have 54% of our students scoring Proficient or Advanced.  I have a strong suspicion that the majority of our students who are at risk,  are not reading at home.  I randomly selected five students from each grade level who are at risk readers and asked them if they are reading at home every night. Of the 15 students, only three indicated that they are reading at home.  I am pleading with every Davis parent to do whatever it takes to ensure that your children are reading at home every night.  We all want to close this gap and what will make the single greatest impact is the amount of reading that our students are doing every day.  This daily reading at home, should be a book that they enjoy and that is on, or above their reading level.  If you build the habit in your children of reading something enjoyable at home every night, you will enrich their lives forever.
 
Remember we are offering Study Tables on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of every week from 3:00-4:00.  Snacks are provided.  We encourage you to have your children stay.  They can complete their homework, get support, and then only have to read at home.  This is a real Win/Win for students, parents and teachers.  Any students who have a grade below a “C” are expected to be staying for Study Tables.  If there are any students who can’t attend Study Tables because we no longer run busses, let me know and we will do what we can to get these students a ride home.
 
WE NEED PARENTS!   Each day from 9:30-10:00 we run our Enrichment Program.  This program provides reading and math instruction at the point that students need it.  We would love parents to help us with this program. Every Friday we have TGI-Friday and would love some parents to help us by teaching a fun class.  We had one parent last year who taught a cooking class that the students loved. Please contact Principal Chris Brown if you can help.
 
Another reminder  that our Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences are different this year.  Our first conference will be held on October 12, next Thursday.  We will hold conferences arena style in the gym from 5:00-7:00, and then have scheduled conferences from 7:00-8:00.  This conference is held two weeks before the end of the quarter, allowing for time to fix any concerns.  We will also hold conferences on November 3rd.  8:00-9:00 will be for parents to drop in and 9:00-12:00 will be for scheduled conferences.
 
Davis Middle School is working to become High Reliability School.  As part of this process there is a parent survey that needs to be completed by our wonderful and supportive parents.  I will be emailing this survey to you ASAP.  We will also post this survey on our Facebook page and school website.  Please take the time to give us this valuable feedback.
 
Our PTA is off to a super start and hoping to have the highest membership in the state.  I encourage our parents to join the Davis PTA.  You can call Terra Brown at 679-5890 if you want to join.
 
We had a great September!  I love the students at Davis Middle School and feel fortunate to work with your children.  We have an amazing staff at Davis who are working hard every day to give your students a great education.
 
Thanks,
Chris Brown
Principal
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