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12.01.19 - Mr. Richburg's Weekly Message


December 1, 2019


Greetings Davis Drive Families

Happy December!  The month of joy, happiness, and to finish what you have started is here!  Let’s focus on bringing each other joy during this last month of 2019.


School tours with Mr. Richburg will begin in January for 2020-2021 prospective families (rising 6-8). Please encourage your neighbors to come tour our great school.  I look forward to showing everyone around! No RSVP required! 

  • Friday, January 10 -- 8:30-9:00 am
  • Friday, January 17 -- 3:15-3:45 pm
  • Friday, January 24 -- 8:30-9:00 am


Our Basketball team will play here at HOME on Thursday, December 5 vs Lufkin Road Middle School.  Please be sure to come out to show your support! 


Please be sure to ask your student about our “Selfie with Mr. Richburg” contest.  The winners will be announced at our mid -year pep rally and they will also earn a pizza party with me! 


Student Services Updates

DDMS Student Services and Healthful Living Department will partner to teach 7th grade students about the warning signs of Suicide and Depression through the SOS Signs of Suicide Prevention Program. Students will receive lessons in their Health Classes on the following dates:

  • December 2nd and 3rd:  Swanger
  • December 9th and 10th: Brockman, Johnson
  • January 14th and 15th :  Jaggers

For more information, please visit the Panther News section of the DDMS website. If you have any questions and do not want your child to participate, please contact Michelle Young,, 7th grade Counselor. 


Winter Fine Arts Performances

On Tuesday, December 3, our fine arts department will host an Orchestra winter concert at 7:00pm. On Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13, our dance department will host a winter dance showcase at 7:00pm. These are going to be GREAT shows. Please be sure to come out and support our fine arts! 


Inclement Weather Updates

Please be sure that you are subscribed to all communication channels and outlets so you are able to receive up to date information about inclement weather. School delays and closures will be posted on our website and placed on both twitter sites (school and 

principal). WCPSS will also send a voicemail out to all families as well. If you are in need of updating your contact information, please call our data manager in the front office. 


With Panther Pride, 


Barry Richburg, Principal

@DDMSPrincipal (Principal Tweets)

@DDMSBuzz (School Tweets)


What’s Happening @ DDMS - Week of December 2-6

  • Monday, December 2
    • Igniting Writing 3:00-4:00 Room 269
    • Rubik’s Cubists 3:15-4:15-Trailer 5 
    • Orchestra Rehearsal 3:00-5:00 Auditorium  
  • Tuesday, December 3
    • Battle of the Books 3:15-4:15 Media Center 
    • Community Service Club 3:15-4:00 Room 251
    • Debate Club 3:10-4:00 Room 232
    • Handlettering Club 3:10-3:45 Room 113
    • Orchestra Winter Concert 7:00 Auditorium
    • Public Speaking Club 3:00-4:00 Room 234
  • Wednesday, December 4
    • Chess Club 3:15-4:15 Media Center 
    • Project Lit 3:15-4:15 Media Center 
    • Science Olympiad 3:15-4:15 Room 263
  • Thursday, December 5
    • HOME Basketball game vs Lufkin Road 
    • Math Counts 3:15-4:00 Media Center 
    • Neuroscience Club 3:15-4:00 Room 143
    • Student Council 3:15-4:15 Room 147
  • Friday, December 6
    • No Scheduled Events After-School


PTA Updates


Yearbook Student Recognition Ads

Recognize your student’s milestones and successes with a yearbook ad.  Ads are available in various sizes and prices.  Go to Jostens Yearbook Ads to learn more and to create a special personalized ad for your child.



Show your school spirit!! We have t-shirts, hoodies and magnets for sale! Purchase at the DDMS Memberhub Store.  Remember, any DDMS shirt, regardless of color, is allowed for gym class!


8th Grade Shirts

Calling all 8th graders.  We will be selling 8th grade shirts during lunch this week.  Support the 8th grade year end events and show your class pride by buying an 8th grade shirt!!!  Shirts are on sale in the DDMS Memberhub Store - 8th Grade Shirts.  We are running low on some sizes so order your shirt while supplies last.  Proceeds go towards the 8th Grade Celebrations at the end of the year.


Rent the Rock

Celebrate Birthdays or other special occasions for your student by painting the Spirit Rock!! Email for availability and to receive your code for purchasing on MemberHub.  


Follow Us on Twitter

DDMS PTA is on Twitter and we will post updates showing how you support students and staff throughout the year! Join us at @DDMSPTA. Thank you!