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2018-19 School Calendar Posted
Published by Kristy Sartain on April 11, 2018
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Calendar Image The CCS Board-approved 2018-19 academic calendar has now been posted. Please click here to access it.

        
Mark your calendars!
Published by Kristy Sartain on April 10, 2018
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Mark your calendar!Please mark your calendars for the following events!

Friday, April 13 – Q3 Report Cards go home √

Tuesday, April 17 – 4-6:00 p.m. Parent/Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, April 18 – 5:45-6:45 p.m. DBMS Parent Power Hour

 

        
Wellness Tip: Give Your Water Some Personality
Published by Kristy Sartain on March 6, 2018
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WaterWhat you drink is as important as what you eat. Many beverages contain added sugars and often little or no nutrients, while others may provide nutrients but too much fat and too many calories. Jazz up your water by adding slices of fruit or fresh mint, rosemary, or basil. Try these Tips for Making Better Beverage Choices. For more helpful healthy tips visit wellness.ccs.k12.nc.us.

        
DBMS Celebrates Digital Learning Day
Published by Kristy Sartain on March 5, 2018
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Many of our students were able to celebrate Digital Learning Day by learning how to code using games on Hour of Code. This website is a great way to learn how to code using many different coding languages. As you can see by the pictures, we all had a great time. Hour of Code is free and can be used on any device or computer.

        
Gear Up Ribbon Cutting
Published by Kristy Sartain on March 4, 2018
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Gear Up Ribbon Cutting

We are very excited at DBMS to have our official ribbon-cutting for the Fayetteville State University GEAR UP Program. GEAR UP is funded by the US Department of Education and the purpose of the program is to prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs.  GEAR UP will begin working with our students in the seventh grade and continue to support them through their freshman year in college. GEAR UP provides early college preparation and awareness services through tutoring, mentoring, academic advising, career exploration, college visits, financial aid information, student success workshops, Saturday academies, and summer enrichment camps.

Applications are available in the front office for any student interested in participating in the program.

Pictured are Ms. Parker (DBMS Instructional Coach), Mrs. Williams (DBMS Principal), and Ms. Carr (DBMS INstructional Coach).

 

        
Congratulations!
Published by Kristy Sartain on March 2, 2018
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Congratulations to Mrs. T. Smith and Mrs. Sartain for winning a North Carolina Geographic Alliance Geo-Inquiry Institute Fellowship. They will get to travel to NCCAT at Ocracoke over the summer and learn how to implement the Geo-Inquiry Process into their teaching. The Geo-Inquiry Process relies on using a geographic perspective, offering a unique lens to analyze space, place, and the interconnections between both the human and natural world. Using both a geographic perspective and the Geo-Inquiry Process, students begin to connect complex components, see patterns, and make connections that change their communities.

        
DBMS wins Library Grant!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 2, 2018
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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

        
Looking for job opportunities?
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 1, 2018
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CCS Human Resources

        
Congratulations to Mrs. Smith, the DBMS Teacher of the Year!
Published by Kristy Sartain on January 1, 2018
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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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