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12.08.19 - Mr. Richburg's Weekly Message


December 8, 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.


Basketball Games Attendance

Just a friendly reminder that all students and guests must purchase an actual basketball game ticket in order to attend a basketball game here at Davis Drive. We had some questions regarding this practice at our last game. Also, all students and parents must remain in the gym area while attending the games.  Restrooms are located directly outside of the gym for all visitors to use as well. Other areas of the school, including our halls, stairwells, and classrooms are closed to students and parents during that time. These areas are closed so that our custodial staff can properly clean our halls and classrooms. 


School Tours

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


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

We had an AMAZING Orchestra concert on Tuesday night. The students did an outstanding job. Thank you to all the parents who helped make this event a success. Just a reminder that 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! 


With Panther Pride, 


Barry Richburg, Principal

@DDMSPrincipal (Principal Tweets)

@DDMSBuzz (School Tweets)


What’s Happening @ DDMS - Week of December 9-13

  • Monday, December 9
    • Basketball Game @ West Cary Middle School 
    • Igniting Writing 3:00-4:00 Room 269
    • Magic the Gathering-3:15-4:15 Trailer 5
  • Tuesday, December 10
    • Community Service Club 3:15-4:00 Room 251
    • Dance Show Rehearsal-3:00-5:30 Auditorium 
  • Wednesday, December 11
    • Chemistry Club-3:10-4:15 Room 137
    • Hour of Code-3:15-4:15 Media Center 
    • Dance Show Rehearsal--3:00-5:30 Auditorium 
    • Science Olympiad 3:15-4:15 Room 263
  • Thursday, December 12
    • Dance Show-7:00-8:15 Auditorium 
    • Math Counts 3:15-4:00 Media Center 
  • Friday, December 13
    • Dance Show-7:00-8:15 Auditorium 


PTA Updates


Staff Holiday Luncheon

The PTA is hosting our annual Holiday Luncheon for staff on December 20th. The PTA is providing potatoes and chili and we are looking for help with the additional items. Please use the following link on MemberHub to sign up: LUNCHEON DONATIONS or email if you have questions or trouble signing up. Thanks in advance for helping show our staff how much we appreciate them!


General Meeting-CANCELLED

The General Membership meeting has been cancelled for December. We will meet again in Jan. ready to plan for 2020! We will be getting ready for Book Fair, 8th Grade Celebrations and more!


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!