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DBMS Public Forum & Choice Programs Night Wed. Dec. 13
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 28, 2017
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The Cumberland County Board of Education is holding a public forum tonight, Wednesday, December 13 at 5:45 p.m. at Douglas Byrd Middle School to discuss the Ireland Drive/Byrd Middle School Plan. This proposal would convert Ireland Drive Middle (currently 6th grade only) to grades 6 through 8, and also convert Douglas Byrd Middle (currently grades 7 and 8) to grades 6 through 8. Each school would have their own attendance area. This plan will only affect those who live in the current Ireland Drive/Douglas Byrd District.  In the event the proposal is not approved, Ireland Drive would remain a 6th-grade school, and would continue to be paired with Douglas Byrd Middle for 7th and 8th grades.

DBMS Choice Programs Night

        
Congratulations!
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 21, 2017
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Congratulations to our Athletes of the Month for October and November!

October and November DBMS Athletes of the Month

        
Battle of the Books/Crochet Club
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 16, 2017
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There will be no more Battle of the Books or Crochet Club meetings after school until Tuesday, January 9.

Please see Mrs. Sartain for an updated schedule.

        
Wellness Tip
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 7, 2017
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Keep Moving!Now that summertime is over, lets warm up as temperatures cool down by staying active. Remember during the fall season, raking the leaves counts! Learn more Tips for an Active Lifestyle and how to Be an Active Family. For more healthful tips, visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

        
Looking for job opportunities?
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 2, 2017
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CCS Human Resources

        
DBMS wins Library Grant!
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 1, 2017
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DOUGLAS BYRD MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMED AS A 2017 RECIPIENT OF A LIBRARY GRANT

FROM THE LAURA BUSH FOUNDATION FOR AMERICA’S LIBRARIES

 On May 23, 2017, Douglas Byrd Middle School received a $5,600 grant from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.  More than $930,000 in grants will be distributed to 160 school libraries across the country this year for the purchase of books and reading materials. Douglas Byrd Middle was one of only eight schools in North Carolina chosen to receive this grant.

“As a former librarian, I know school libraries play an important role in improving student achievement and encouraging students to love reading.” said Mrs. Laura Bush. “With this grant, your librarian will make your library the perfect place for students to fall in love with reading.”

The librarian at DBMS, Kristy Sartain, is in her first year with Cumberland County Schools and her fourth year as a school librarian. “This year, I was able to really open up the library to students and have increased circulation over last year by more than 300%. I am lucky to have a principal, Mrs. Meshonda Williams, who is very supportive of the library and allows me to use some out-of-the-box ways to get students in here. This grant will allow me to purchase the books students are asking for, like graphic novels, mysteries, romance novels, and biographies of their favorite actors, artists, and athletes. I am a firm believer that every child can be a reader. They just need to find the right book that sparks it for them.”  Read more

        
Congratulations to Mrs. Smith, the DBMS Teacher of the Year!
Published by Kristy Sartain on November 1, 2017
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Mrs. Smith, DBMS Teacher of the YearMy teaching philosophy is that every child can learn, we must only figure out how to reach them. Everyone is gifted at something. As an educator, it is my job to try and find that gift and help the child to see it. Discovering our strengths gives us the courage and fortitude to strengthen our weakness. I try to help my students see that challenges and failures are all apart of process that leads to success. In the words of Albert Einstein “You never fail until you stop trying. I have had the privilege to work at DBMS for six years. My first year was spent volunteering at the school and I discovered that some of the greatest and most talented children in Cumberland County are right here in the Douglas Byrd Community. There is greatness here! As a community, we must continue to expose and push our youth toward excellence. We have to help them see past the immediate and help them build dreams for the future. We must remind them of the great possibilities that await and the decisions they must make in order to be successful. We must support, encourage, and challenge them to be the best versions of themselves.

        
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