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OCTOBER 27, 2016 Volume 15 • Issue 1

Dear Marlins, What a superb start to this school year! It’s exciting to walk into DMS each morning seeing the eagerness of each and every Marlin. Thank you to Mrs. Stephanie Geary our SAC chair. We appreciate you and all the other parents involved in SAC for your support. I feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, our wonderful students, and all of the supportive parents at DMS. We are holding strong to our Vision and Mission, and that is to inspire a lifelong passion for learning and prepare all of our students to achieve excellence by providing the highest quality education possible. Please know that we care about your children and will continue to do everything in our power to fill their school days with learning that is creative, engaging, and challenging. We also encourage you to talk with your child’s teachers so that you have real knowledge of their performance. Students, continue to enjoy this school year and work hard along the way. And remember, always take pride in being a Marlin! Mr. Meyer Principal

Notes from the Resource Officer

Okaloosa County Sheriff Department Technology is pretty cool. It lets you connect with friends in lots of fun ways. But not everyone uses it for the right reasons. Some people use the internet, cell phones or other technology to try to hurt others. This is a type of bullying called cyber bullying. Cyber bullying occurs when someone sends hurtful messages online or by cell phone. It can take many forms, such as writing rude comments, spreading rumors, and posting embarrassing pictures. Cyber bullies can use e-mail or instant messages, blogs or chat rooms, text or photo messages, or any other form of electronic communication. Your children can discourage cyber bullying by giving personal information (name, e-mail address, cell phone number, name of school) to only friends. If they receive nasty e-mails or text messages, they should not respond. Replying just gives the cyber bully the satisfaction of having upset their target. A good thing to do is simply to log off the computer or turn off the cell phone. Children should tell an adult if they experience cyber bullying. Problems can be reported to your Internet provider, school authorities, and law enforcement.

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Destin Middle School School Uniform Shirts

Remember, all students are required to wear uniform shirts on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Order forms for DMS uniform shirts are available at the school office. The Destin Middle School Phys. Ed Dept. sells DMS uniform dress code shirts. Order forms are available in the front office or student services. PE uniforms will be manditory the beginning of the 2nd nine weeks. You may purchase the PE uniforms from Coach Pridgen. Order forms are available in the school office. For more information please contact Coach Daniel Griffin at 850-833-7655 or The Eagles Nest offers easy ordering at Online orders will be delivered to DMS campus for pick up. For your convenience in store shopping is available at the Eagles Nest located in the Publix Shopping Center in Niceville, on Hwy 20. For more information or directions to the store, please call (850) 279-4775. TSP located at 968 W. John Sims Pkwy, Niceville offers easy online ordering or in store purchase. On-line orders will be delivered to DMS campus for pick up. Donations of DMS uniform dress code shirts are welcome. If you would like to donate shirts, please bring them to Ms. Nichols or Mrs. Stanford in the school office.

For the Parents, Staff, Students & Community of Destin Middle School To download a PDF version of this newsletter, go to

2 DMS Would Like to Thank the Following Adopt-A-Class Sponsors for Generously Supporting this Year’s Teachers Karen Lyerly Hudson Cook and Family Chun and Julia Chen Lyn Sprenkle CC Ousley Building Company Inc Corbin and Brenda Ousley Mark Tenholder Fuchsia McInerney Caroline Wasson Jennifer Hewitt Patty McWhorter Barrett and Suzann Cieutat Kathy Bartlett Dana & Brent Chandler Glenn Scharf Rodney Olsen Richard Corley Joannie Cobb Kathy Dwyer Community Bank Keith and Tammie O’Leary Integrity Boat and Yacht Services Tony Martin Sally Harris Michael Sherwood Stevens Company Dr. Robert and Ellen Blanchard Glenn and Nancy Gillyard James & Ruth Stevens Emerald Coast Tile Service Pete & Cathy DeSimone Mindy Whitehead & Carrie Plasier Real Estate Team AJ’s Emerald Coast Design ReMax Coastal Properties

We are a little over halfway to our goal of having all the teachers at DMS classroom’s adopted. If you would like to support your child’s teacher and adopt their class, please call Dwana at 850.833.7655.


*All dates and times are subject to change November 3, 2016 SAC Meeting – Media Center – 7:30 am November 11, 2016 Veterans Day Holiday November 14, 2016 Progress Reports go home November 21-25, 2016 Thanksgiving Holiday December 2, 2016 Pep Rally – Winter Sports December 3, 2016 SAC Meeting – Media Center – 7:30 am December 8, 2016 8th Grade Sparkle Dance at the Community Center December 9, 2016 Band Concert/Silent Auction 6:00 p.m. at Village Baptist Church December 16, 2016 End of the 2nd Nine Weeks/1st Semester Dec. 19, 2016-Jan. 2, 2017 Winter Break Holidays January 3, 2017 Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday January 4, 2017 Student’s First Day Back to School after Winter Break January 5, 2017 SAC Meeting – Media Center – 7:30 am January 11, 2017 Report Cards go home -Grades 6, 7 & 8 January 12, 2017 Report Cards go home-Grade 5 January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Holiday February 20, 2017 Washington’s Birthday Holiday March 9, 2017 End of 3rd Nine Weeks March 10, 2017 Teacher Work Day/Student Holiday March 13-17, 2017 Spring Break Holidays March 28, 2017 Reports go home – Grades 6, 7, & 8 March 29, 2017 Reports go home – Grade 5 March 31, 2017 Mrs. Pittman’s 5th Gr. Dance class to see ‘To Russia with Love’ April 10, 2017 Progress Reports go home May 26, 2017 Report Cards go home – Grade 5 May 26, 2017 End of Second Semester/Last Day for Students June 2, 2017 Last Day for Teachers

Media Center News

WOW! It’s hard to believe we are already nearing the end of October! It is exciting to see all the new students coming in to get acquainted and begin checking out books. Take the bite out of research projects by using on-line databases from the Media Center web page Two favorites are Proquest and Thompson-Gale, both of which can be accessed with the password and user name Okaloosa. Want to know if we have book in the media center? Visit SUNLINK@http://www.sunlink. Students can find books available in our collection or search the other schools throughout the state to be sent to Destin Middle School for check out. Please come visit any time…. our doors are open from 7:30-3:00. “There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” - Jacqueline Kennedy

3 2016-2017 Lunch Information

2016-2017 School Year Meal Prices: Elementary & Secondary Breakfast: $1.80 Adult Breakfast: $2.25 Elementary & Secondary Lunch: $2.55 Adult Lunch: $3.75 Free & Reduced Lunch Applications: Applications are available in English and Spanish at all schools. Parents need to turn in one (1) application per household. Free and Reduced meal applications are available online at the district’s nutrition website: Entering applications online is quick, easy and more accurate than filling out a paper application. The website is totally secure. There is no fee for using the ApplyforLunch website to submit your application. You will need to provide certain information during the application process. Examples: Household Members Names and Income, SNAP/TANF Case Numbers, Social Security Numbers, Student ID Number, etc. When you have all this information together, Go to the Food Service district web page at and then click the ApplyforLunch link or go to: Pay for lunch on line: Parents can add money to lunch accounts on line, receive notifications about account balances and stay up to date with student spending. Go to and create an account. The site accepts credit cards as payment. Once an online payment is made, money is added to your student’s account within 24 hours. The payment amount and a small transaction fee are charged to your credit card. The information needed to add a student to your account is: school district, school name, student identification number, street address, student date of birth, and a valid e-mail address. If you have any questions about lunch prices, free and reduced lunch applications, or on-line payments please contact Food Services at 301-3020.

Cell Phone Reminder

Cell Phones will be put away and are not permitted to be used by students at school. Any phone that is in use will be confiscated and sent to the Assistant Principal. Infractions will be handled in the following manner: 1st Offense: Phone confiscated and logged into the Electronic Device Violation Book in the office. Parent notified. Student can pick up the device at the end of the school day. 2nd Offense: Phone confiscated and logged into the Electronic Device Violation Book in the office. The phone will only be released to a parent/guardian and not before the end of the school day. Student assigned Lunch Detention. 3rd Offense: Phone confiscated and logged into the Electronic Device Violation Book in the office. The phone will only be released to a parent/guardian and not before the end of the school day. Student assigned STP.


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4 Yearbooks are Now for Sale ONLINE!!!

It’s never too soon to buy your 20162017 DMS Yearbook! Yearbooks are $65.00. Deadline to order your yearbook will be December 16, 2016! You can order online at w w w. b a l f o u r. c o m or pick up your order form in the front office or student services. After December 16th, yearbooks will not be available to order online or at the school. Information regarding 8th grade baby picture and tributes will be coming soon. Thanks for supporting DMS!

OCSD Attendance Policy

Okaloosa School Board Policy requires each school to notify the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of a child who accumulates five (5) absences (excused or unexcused) during a semester. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the number of absences your child has accumulated since the start of the semester and to reiterate the attendance policy for Okaloosa County Schools. The following is the attendance policy for the Okaloosa County School District concerning absences five (5) days or greater: • Students will have five (5) school days. including the day they return, to bring in written verification for an excused absence. The absence will be considered unexcused if the school does not receive written verification for the excused absence within that time frame. • After the fifth (5th) absence, but before the eighth (8th) absence (excused or unexcused) per semester, the parent or legal guardian will be notified of the absences in writing. • For every absence after the 9th (excused or unexcused), in any class during a semester, the student must have a note from a doctor or official agency in order for those absences to be excused. A middle school student enrolled in a high school course can still pass the course if, at the end of the semester, he/she passes a comprehensive exam and earns a passing grade. • After the 15th absence, no make-up work will be allowed. The student can still pass the class if at the end of the semester he/she has a passing grade. A middle school student enrolled in a high school course can still pass the course if, at the end of the semester, he/she passes a comprehensive exam and earns a passing grade. The student’s parent or legal guardian can appeal to the school’s attendance review committee for permission to make up work. Each absence after 15 days must be appealed by the parent or guardian within 5 days after the absence. In order for a student to ‘Hook, Line & Thinker’ be considered for make-up work, the reason for the absence must be due to an Mailed October 27, 2016 insurmountable or extraordinary situation or event that placed an undue hardship Published Four Times Per Year on the student. No consideration will be made of an appeal without the student Okaloosa School District 120 Lowery Place SE and parent/guardian present. Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548 If you have any questions concerning your child’s attendance, please phone Destin Issue # 1 Middle School at (850) 833-7655 and ask for the attendance office.

2016-2017Tutoring Hours

5th Grade Anderson By Appointment Gulledge Weds / Friday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Goodson Wed/ Thursday 8:15-8:40 a.m. (Students should check white board for dates) Kersey By Appointment 7:30-8:35 a.m. LaSalle Monday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Markey Wednesday 7:40-8:10 a.m. McGill By Appointment 8:15-8:45 a.m. Miller Wednesday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Pack By Appointment Pittman By Appointment 8:15-8:45 a.m. Stevens Tues-Friday 8:00-8:45a.m. 6th Grade Bettinger Wed./By Appt. 8:15-8:45 a.m. Bevino Tues. 8:15-8:45 a.m. Giraldo By Appointment Kelly By Appointment/Wed. 8:15-8:45 a.m. Murie Mon./Wed.-Fri. 8:15-8:55 a.m./3:30-4:00 p.m. Noah By Appointment/Wed. 8:00-8:30 a.m. Pridgen By Appointment Pool Wed. 3:30-4:00 p.m. Reeder By Appointment Soltis By Appointment Willis Wednesday 8:10-8:40 a.m. 7th Grade Acker By Appointment Barron Wed. 8:15-8:40 a.m. Carty Thurs. 8:10-8:40 a.m. Farland Wed. 7:30-8 :00a.m. Kroeger Tues. 7:30-8:10 a.m. Malpass Mon.-Friday 7:30-8:10 a.m. Richbourg Wed. 8:00-8:30 a.m. Sansom Wednesday 8:15-8:45 a.m. Weinacker By Appointment 8th Grade Cole Tues./Thurs. 3:35-4:05 p.m. Ellsworth By Appointment Foley Wednesday 8:15- 8:45a.m. Heyse Wed. /Thurs. 8:20-8:45 a.m. Hinterthan Tues/ Thursday 8:15-8:40a.m. Nibert Mon./ Wed. 3:30-4:45p.m. Soltis By Appointment Tuthill By Appointment

5 Grades On-Line with “Parent Portal”

1. Go to 2. Go to “Parent Portal” (scroll down, look for orange box titled “Parent Portal”). 3. Use your child’s school ID number for the username. Parents can find the student ID number on your child’s report card or progress report. The last 4 digits of the username is (student ID number) the PIN. Follow directions on “Parent Portal” for various parent options, including sign-up for automatic email notification of grades by the “Parent Portal” program.

DMS Class Work and Homework Policy

Destin Middle School strives to make sure all students are successful. To that end we will be doing daily checks on all students to make sure they are turning in all of their assignments. Please note the following: • Parents will be notified of any missing assignments. • Students will not participate in team sports, club activities, or pep rallies until class work/homework is complete. • The Media Center is open from 7:45 to 8:55 a.m. to allow students extra time to finish homework. • Tutoring times are available for students. DMS teachers have set up specific days and times for tutoring or may choose to set a time for students by appointment.

Hints for Homework

Your child has the evening planned. Math homework will be finished before dinner, then follow up dessert with English and science, afterward unwind from a busy day. Sound impossible? It’s not. Help your child make homework go like clockwork with these strategies. • Think it through – Before your youngster begins, make a to-do list. Example: write a poem, read a chapter of History, solve math problems. Then suggest that the tasks are numbered from the toughest to the easiest, and start with the hard stuff. This “save the easiest for last” strategy will help your child finish on a high note, perhaps inspiring getting in some extra studying. • Think about time – Ask your child to consider different time slots that can be used to get work done. For instance, maybe time could be set aside on a weekend morning or Sunday night. • Think positive - Help your student see homework as a chance to prove independence by getting work done on time. Boost confidence by telling your child, “Homework gives you a chance to show all that you know.” And give a thumbs-up when your child does just that.

6 The 5th Grade Marlins Have Been Working Hard in Their Academic Classes!

Clip Box Tops and Earn Money for DMS.

Earn cash every time you buy groceries. Just clip, collect, and turn in. You may drop off box tops with your AA teacher or the front office. Please put in a plastic baggy labeled with your name and grade level. Visit for more great ideas to earn $$$$ for our school. Please feel free to contact the box top coordinator, Mrs. Judy at with any questions or suggestions. Start Clipping! Destin Middle School’s October submission was over $300.00. Thank you parents/grandparents for taking the time to clip and send in your box tops. We will do another submission in March. Congratulations Mrs. Pack’s 5th Grade AA class for bringing in the most box tops during the month of September. They were treated to donuts during AA.

Most recently, math classes have been working on multiplication and division using two and three digit factors and division with up to five digit dividends. Students have just begun their unit of adding and subtracting decimals. Students will participate in a math spiraling center day on October 14 in the Media Center. Additionally, “Marlin Math” lessons have begun in 4th period classes. In science, students are finishing up studies of mixtures and solutions and how to separate them based on physical properties, as well as experimenting with temperature’s effect on the rate at which substances dissolve. Our next unit focuses on physical and chemical changes and states of matter. For ELA, students participated in the Destin Writes practice assessment to prepare for the FSA Writing component. Individual teachers will host writing workshops and conference with students over their essay submission for this practice writing assessment. Teachers have been working with students on reading strategies through the use of novels, such as Old Yeller and Where the Red Fern Grows, as well as through stories in the Journey’s textbook. Also, in SS, students have enjoyed learning about our “founding father” presidents during weekly lessons. They have studied the “Big Idea - Location affects the way people live” with the study of Unit 1 on Geography, as well as the “Big Idea - Culture influences the way people live” with their study of Unit 2 on the Native Americans. Also, Field trip permission forms and $10 fee for The Lightning Thief production at Mattie Kelly Arts Center are due on or before October 28th.


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7 Destin Middle School Club Schedule 2016-2017 Name of Club Builders Club Interact Club NJHS Club

Grade Level 5th/6th 7th/8th 7th/8th

Academic Team

School Advisor/Sponsor Amy Giraldo, Pam Martin Mary Lynn Bettinger Patti Kroeger Tricia Sansom JV/V – Glenda Nibert

FCA Girls FCA Boys Math Counts

5th-8th 5th-8th 6th-8th

Terry Gulledge Brent Acker Jennifer Kelly Merri Willis Jennifer Kelly, Merri Willis Brent Acker Becky Heyse

Archery Club


Karl Tuthill

5th/6th 7th/8th Fishing Club 5th FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) 5th-8th

It’s Time to Join Builder’s Club!!!

FCA will be collecting items (personal care, school supplies, accessories, small toys, and activities) for Operation Christmas Child through November 4th. There are three drop off boxes on campus – Mrs. Kelly’s classroom, Student Services, and the cafeteria. The items will be organized into shoe boxes to be dropped off at a local Operation Christmas Child donation drop. If you would like more information on the purpose of this mission or instructions on packing your own shoebox please visit . Thank you for helping to bless a needy child this Christmas with your gift.

Date/Time of Meeting Fridays at 8:10 a.m. 2nd Friday 8:15 a.m. 2nd/4th Monday 8:15 a.m. Monday 8:15 a.m. Friday 3:40 p.m. Varies 1st Monday of the Month 8:10-8:45 a.m.

Location RM 140 RM 307 Media Center RM 212

Every Tuesday 8:15 a.m. Every Thursday 8:15 a.m. Every Wednesday 8:15 a.m. Varies

Media Center RM 403 RM 205

Builder’s Club, sponsored by Kiwanis, is a club for any 5th and 6th grade student at Destin Middle School. Builder’s Club is focused on participating in service projects to help our school and community. We meet at 8:10 on Friday mornings in Room 140 with our community sponsor, Ms. Martin; and our school sponsor, Ms. Giraldo. Come join us for a great time!

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All interested student athletes must have a 2.0 grade point average for the previous nine weeks, and must have the required paperwork on file with the school (the Front Office) in order to participate in tryouts. Required paperwork includes physical, parent release / permission form, and MSAC rules compliance form. Required information can be picked up at Destin Middle School student services office or online at All documents must be completely filled out and notarized (notary services are available in the school office). Players should bring proper tryout clothes (shorts, t-shirt, shoes or cleats, shin guards, etc.) during the tryout days. Duffle bags can be kept in the storage rooms next to the boys and girls locker rooms. These doors will be open at 8:15 until 9:00 each day during tryout week.

Soccer Tryouts

• Girl’s Tryouts will be November 7-8 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. • Boy’s Tryouts will be November 9-10 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Tryouts will be held on the soccer field at DMS. Any questions, please contact Coach Stevens at If your student makes the team, there will be a $75 fee to offset the cost of uniforms, officials and other program related costs. GOOD LUCK MARLINS!!!

Boy’s Basketball

Tryouts will be November 4th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and November 5th 9:0010:30 a.m. tryouts will be in the DMS gym. There will be a $75 fee that will cover shoes and a t-shirt. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Acker at

Girl’s Basketball

Tryouts will be November 4th and November 5th, as of this publication, times had not been determined. There will be a $100 fee that will cover the cost of uniforms, officials, and other related program cost. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Sherwood at

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