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12.15.19 - Mr. Richburg's Weekly Message


December 15, 2019


Greetings Davis Drive Families

This is our last principal message for this calendar year. The next principal message will be sent out on Sunday, January 5 for the week of January 6-10. I hope that you all have a wonderful and restful holiday break. Happy early New Year 2020. 


Carpool Reminders

It has been brought to our attention that parents are pulling over on Davis Drive and having their students meet them at the top of the street to load into the car in the afternoon.  We have received phone calls from other parents concerned about this safety issue. Due to these concerns, The Cary Police Department will be onsite to monitor these areas during our afternoon dismissal.  Please be sure that you are not having your student come up to meet you on Davis Drive. This is a huge safety concern for you, your child, and the other drivers on Davis Drive. All students will need to pick up on our campus through our carpool lane. 


Morning Arrival 

We have noticed a number of students arriving late in the morning. All students can be dropped off as early as 7:45am. 1st period starts promptly at 8:15am. Your child will need to be in their seat at 8:15am to avoid being marked tardy. Please continue to make every effort to get your child to school on time as we want them to be ready and focused at the start of their first class each day. 


Lost and Found 

Just a reminder that all lost and found items will be donated on Friday, December 20. If you are missing anything, please claim your items before Friday.


Friday, December 20

Reminder: Friday, December 20 is a full day of school for students as it is a weather make up day. 


Winter Break 

We will be closed from Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3. We will reopen on Monday, January 6 at 7:45AM. 


AIG News 

Would you like to nominate your child for the DDMS Academically and Intellectually Gifted program? The Spring Nomination Window closes January 10th. Check out the AIG website under the Academics tab for information about the program, identification criteria, and nomination process.


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 visitor 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:

  • 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

Please make plans to attend our Band Concert and hear some great sounds from our talented students. They are scheduled to perform on Wednesday, December 18 at 7:00pm in our gym. 


With Panther Pride, 


Barry Richburg, Principal

@DDMSPrincipal (Principal Tweets)

@DDMSBuzz (School Tweets) 


What’s Happening @ DDMS - Week of December 16-20 

  • Monday, December 16
    • HOME Basketball Game -vs- Salem MS 
    • Spelling Bee Rehearsal-3:15-4:30 Auditorium 
    • Rubik Cubists-3:15-4:15 Trailer 5
  • Tuesday, December 17
    • Debate Club-3:10-4:00 Room 232
    • Community Service Club-3:15-4:00 Room 251
    • Battle of the Books-3:15-4:15 Media Center
    • Public Speaking-3:00-4:00 Room 234 
  • Wednesday, December 18
    • Basketball Game @ Reedy Creek MS 
    • Band Concert-7:00 Gym
    • Chess Club-3:15-4:15 Media Center 
    • Science Olympiad 3:15-4:15 Room 263
  • Thursday, December 19
    • Newspaper Club-3:00-4:00 Room 158
    • Neuroscience Club-3:15-4:00 Room 143
  • Friday, December 20
    • No scheduled events


PTA Updates


Friday, December 20 - Holiday Staff 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!!


Yearbook Student Recognition Ads

Don’t forget to create your special yearbook ad for your student celebrating all of their milestones and successes.  Ads are available in various sizes and prices.  Go to Jostens Yearbook Ads to learn more and to create your personalized ad for your child.


8th Grade Shirts

Celebrate your final year at DDMS and show your 8th grade spirit by buying an 8th grade shirt!!!  Purchase your shirts while supplies last.  Proceeds go towards 8th grade celebrations at the end of the year.  Shirts can also be purchased through Memberhub here:  PTA Store - 8th Grade Shirts



We will have hoodies, t-shirts, magnets and agendas for sale.  Any DDMS shirt can be used for gym class.  You can also purchase spirit wear through Memberhub here:  PTA Store - Spiritwear


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!