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: 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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School Safety

All visitors to DMS are required to use the front
entrance to the
building and must report to the
school
office upon entrance. A video/buzzer
entrance system is used, and all visitors
must identify themselves and the reason for
their visit.
                            
Family Life Video Public Review
For Washington County Virginia Schools

Family Life Education videos to be used during the 2014-2015 school year will be available for public review on Thursday, September 25 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in
Abingdon High School Library.
              at the exciting events ahead!
                                          
Sept. 16.....Volleyball vs Chilhowie - 4:30 p.m. HOME
Sept. 16.....Volleyball Pictures
Sept. 17.....7th DARE
Sept. 17.....Constitution Day
Sept. 17.....TEAM INTENSE assembly - 2:00 p.m. Gym
Sept. 18.....Volleyball vs. Wallace - 5:00 p.m. HOME
Sept. 19.....6th Life Skills
Sept. 22.....Football vs Chilhowie - 5:30 p.m. HOME
Sept. 22.....Volleyball vs E. B. Stanley - 4:30 p.m. HOME
Sept. 22.....6th Music Program - 12:23 p.m. - DMS Forum
Sept. 23.....Volleyball vs Glade Spring MS - 4:30 p.m. @ HHS
Sept. 23.....Picture re-takes
Sept. 24.....7th Rivers Way
Sept. 25.....Volleyball vs Northwood - 4:30 p.m. AWAY
Sept. 25.....7th Health Screenings - 9:00 a.m.
Sept. 26.....6th Life Skills
Sept. 29.....Football vs Rural Retreat - 5:30 p.m. AWAY
Sept. 29.....Volleyball vs Rural Retreat - 5:00 p.m. AWAY
Sept. 30.....Volleyball vs Rural Retreat - 5:00 p.m. HOME
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     boxtops 

Just look for pink Box Tops on products,
clip them, tape or glue them to the collection
sheet and send to school.
Our school will be sending in the Box Tops we've   collected by November 3.

For more information on the BTFE program,
including a list of participating products and
our school’s progress,  click on the Box Tops
logo above.           

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Click on the logo above to register your Food
City Value Card for Damascus Middle School. 

Or, at the checkout counter, just give the DMS number                        40890.
                          
  

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CarsonHali
Two Damascus Middle School Students
Win Writing Contest!


Two seventh-grade students at Damascus Middle School were selected as winners in the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest!  Sponsored by the Smyth-Bland Regional Library each year to honor the birth of Sherwood Anderson, a writer who lived near Troutdale, Virginia, the contest encourages short story writing about rural or small-town America.  First-place winner Carson B. wrote about a boy from New York who, against his will, visits family in Damascus, Virginia one summer.  After watching the Hiker Parade during Trail Days and enjoying other activities in his grandparents’ small town, he decides he wants to visit every summer!  Second-place winner Hali R. wrote what she describes as, “a sad story” about the death of the main character’s mother and how the young lady copes during difficult times.  Sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Renee Sanders helped her students enter their stories in the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest at the end of the school year.  Both students were thrilled to learn their stories were winners, and each was excited to receive a monetary prize for his/her work!

Spanish
Spanish I Students Discover Purpose for Learning Spanish

Seńor Austin Holmes, son of Glade Spring Middle School principal, Mr. Kelly Holmes, and Damascus Middle School teacher, Mrs. Robin Holmes, recently visited Spanish I students at both schools to share lessons he learned from his study abroad in Peru.  In addition to his complete immersion in the Spanish language, he gained knowledge of the culture, climate, and people that supplemented the knowledge acquired through his Spanish classes at Virginia Military Institute.  Holmes shared the amazing parts of his trip, like the magnificent examples of architecture, the beauty of the landscape, and the ingenuity of the people.  He also shared the parts of his trip that made him more appreciative of the amenities we enjoy in the United States, like flushing toilet paper, heating and cooling systems, and trash collection.  To conclude his presentation, Holmes encouraged the students to learn Spanish as a means to communicate and develop peaceful relationships with people from other cultures in order to work together to better our world!  Holmes’s presentation provided a wonderful example of the point of learning other languages; a lesson Ms. Obregon hopes her Spanish I students take to heart!

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Damascus Middle School Cafeteria
Hosts a "Grand" Breakfast!

(8th grader Ethan P. enjoys breakfast with his Papaw T!)

In honor of National Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 7, the Damascus Middle School Cafeteria gave students the opportunity to treat their grandparents to breakfast at “Grits ‘n Gravy with Gramps ‘n Gran” on Friday, September 5!  Breakfast included grits and gravy, of course, as well as biscuits, chicken, sausage, French toast sticks, fruit, yogurt, and cereal.  Thirty-five grandparents joined their grandchildren for good food and a special time of celebrating the important role many grandparents play in the development of their grandchildren!  This event was made possible by our wonderful cafeteria staff, consisting of Cafeteria Manager Darlene French, Daisy Hawthorne, Joyce Tester, Roberta Walls, and Eula Widener.  Breakfast with “Gramps ‘n Gran” was certainly a grand way for students to begin their day!





News
Damascus Middle School News Crew
Gets the Day Started

The 2014-2015 Damascus Middle School News Crew began work this week!  Composed of anchors Caleb C., Gracie S., Jake S., and Drew W.; cameraman Ethan G.; technician Hanna D.; and weatherwoman Jenna G., the crew is responsible for everything required to run a news show.  After leading the school in observing the Moment of Silence and saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the crew puts together a lively show of important morning announcements, including the lunch menu, birthdays, the word of the day, school events, and the daily weather forecast.  The process of becoming a member of the News Crew began while these eighth-graders were still in seventh grade and consisted of their submission of an application, which included three references from teachers.  Principal Dixie Hunter then looked at the students’ grades, attendance, and discipline records to select the seven members of the Damascus Middle School News Crew.  We look forward to beginning each day with them!  


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Our mission, in partnership with our community, is to develop lifelong learners and responsible citizens who will become positive contributors to our society. Our goal is for each student to reach success through the development of his/her fullest potential.

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