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updated 4/2014
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Driving Directions
: take Exit #19 off of Interstate 81. If you are coming from the north, turn left at the end of the ramp, (if you are coming from the south, turn right at end of ramp) onto Rt. 11. Keep straight at the traffic light and stay on Rt. 58 (Jeb Stuart Hwy). Travel approximately 8 miles making a right turn onto Rt.757 (Government Rd). Damascus Middle School will be on the right.                     

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entrance to the
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office upon entrance. A video/buzzer
entrance system is used, and all visitors
must identify themselves and the reason for
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              at the exciting events ahead!
August 25.......8th gr. Football vs. Glade Spring - 5:30 p.m.  AWAY
August 25.......Girls basketball open gym - 5:30 p.m. @ HHS
August 27.......Picture Day
August 28.......8th gr. Volleyball vs. Northwood - 4:30 p.m. @ HHS
August 28.......DARE - 7th grade
August 29.......Life Skills - 6th grade
September 1....LABOR DAY -  Schools Closed
September 2....8th gr. Volleyball vs. EB Stanley - 4:30 p.m. AWAY
September 3....DARE - 7th grade
September 4....8th gr. Football vs. Bland - 5:30 p.m. AWAY
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6th grade student
National Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Justin H., 6th gr. for winning the Igniting Creative Energy Contest, which was opened nationally to students in K -12th grades. Justin's winning video showcased his design for a creative way to make a difference in the environment through energy efficiency. He was the national grand prize winner in the 6-8th grade division, he will receive a $500 Apple gift card along with an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C for he and his family to present his project. He is a science student in Mrs. Donna Musick's class.

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Muffins w/Mom

Sierra G. and her mother are pictured above at the Mother's Day breakfast

Damascus Middle School celebrated Mother's Day by hosting "Muffins w/Mom" on Friday, May 9th. Students were able to invite their mother's for a breakfast of assorted homemade muffins prepared by the cafeteria staff. Students and moms enjoyed the time together, and Damascus Middle is always happy to have parents visit! We hope all of our mothers had a Happy Mother's Day!
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Skull Lady Visits DMS Life Science Classes

Ally M. and Ethan G. examine the animal skulls

Jude Colt, aka the "Skull Lady" brought her extensive collection of animal skulls for the 7th grade Life Science students to see and handle.She is a former research scientist from MIT and during her career she performed research surgery on many animals.Over the years she began to collect skulls of several animal groups as she viewed the bones as works of art. The animal skulls ranged in size from the hummingbird to horses and lions. The students were amazed at the large variety of  bones and being able to examine and compare the different species.
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GATE Students Visit St. Louis

Students and parents pose in front of the Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher Riverboat before their dinner cruise along the Mississippi River.

The DMS GATE program recently took a trip to St.Louis, Missouri after studying a unit on Westward Expansion. Students visited the Old Courthouse, the site of the famous Dred Scott Case for freedom, the Westward Expansion Museum, St.Louis Arch, the Science Museum, City Museum and they attended a Cardinals vs Cubs baseball game. Rhonda Mossholder is the GATE Coordinator.
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Catilyn C.,7th grade pictured with Gary Paulsen books

DMS is proud to announce that Catilyn C. is the nationwide winner of Scholastic Magazines Scopes Fabulous First-Line Contest from October. As the winner of this contest, Gary Paulsen, a popular writer of adventure, survival, mystery and historical fiction books, will write a story inspired by Catilyn's first line "People call me crazy, I call it having a sense of adventure". Gary Paulsen personally chose her entry, and his story will be published in the Scope May 2014 issue. Catilyn will have her name and picture in the magazine, her class will receive copies of Gary Paulsen's novel Road Trip, and her teacher will receive a free one-year subscription to Scope.
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                                              his essay !
Carson B., 6th grade District DAR Essay Winner

DMS is proud to announce that Carson B., has been chosen as the 6th grade district winner in this year's DAR American History essay contest. His essay " Eston Cambridge - My Life" Carson's has been submitted for state competition. His essay is seen through the eyes of young 12 yr. old Eston, the oldest child in his family and the only one allowed to attend school. His life is changed forever when he and his dad travel to Richmond to listen to Patrick Henry. His father then joins the militia leaving Eston home to be the man of the house, run the farm and help his mother and siblings. Carson has done a wonderful job using his words to reflect life during the American Revolution.

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