The Weekly Scoop

"The Scoop" from Mrs. VanDorn, Principal.

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Congratulations Mrs. Nelson, DCMS Teacher of the Year!

The Antler Way Shirts:
The Antler Way t-shirts were delivered to students on Wed, Oct 17th.  If your order is incorrect and/or if you did not receive your order, please contact DCMS Secretary, Michelle Fick, at:
Thank you!

The Antler Way Day!
We are ready to launch our Incentive Field Trip program for the 2nd 9 weeks of school: The Antler Way Day!  In December we are going to take students to the movies for a fun day to celebrate making positive choices at DCMS!  Students must earn their ticket out of school.  See attached poster for The Antler Way Day to learn about the requirements. Students that meet the attached requirements from Fall Break to December will qualify for The Antler Way Day!

Creek Connect Meeting, Oct 23rd:
The next Creek Connect meeting will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct 23rd in the Media Center from 2:30--3:30. All students are welcome to attend and connect with other DCMS students!

Backpack Drive:

Creek Connect is participating in a backpack drive to assist the young adult homeless shelter, SISU. The packs are used by the clients to keep their personal possessions. If you have backpacks that you are no longer using that are in good condition, please consider donating them to DCMS for the SISU project. Thank you! Questions:

DCMS Hoops:

Girls' basketball tryouts were a great success, and we thank you for your participation. Teams were posted October 18 via Remind. We will have a parent meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, October 23 at 6:00pm in the DCMS gym.

Any questions email:

Girls Basketball Remind: Text @dcmsgbball to 81010

Boys Basketball tryouts for the 2018-2019 season will take place October 23 - 26. Tryouts are only for students that are already enrolled in our Athletics class.

Tryouts will last until 4 o’clock Tuesday - Thursday. Teams will be posted Oct 26. Boys Basketball parent meeting will take place on Oct 29 at 6 pm. Any questions email

Boys Basketball Remind: Text @dcmshoops to 81010 

Flu Shot Clinic Coming to DCMS Oct. 24th:
Passport Health will visit DCMS on Wednesday Oct 24th to administer flu shots to students for any families that want their DCMS students to get their flu shots at school. 

The students only are able to receive the flu shot. See attached flyers, accepted insurance plans, and consent form.  

They will not have the mist for kids this year, only the shot. The FluMist is on production hold through the manufacture as of right now. 

What to send to DCMS: The student consent form filled out with insurance info on it and a copy of the card. If someone chooses, they may pay cash, credit, or check for $28.00 for the flu shot. The clinic will be at DCMS on Wed, Oct 24th from 7:00--11:00am.  We will pull students from class when we are ready, and we will only be able to pull students that have dropped off their consent forms by 7:30am that morning.  
Picture Retakes on Thurs, Oct 25th:
Picture retakes will take place on Thursday, Oct 25th for any students that would like to return their picture package for a retake or for any students that were absent on the first picture day. Students must bring back picture packages and hand them to the photographer.  (Picture orders were distributed to students last week.)  If you would like to order, we have packets in the front office and/or you can order online at:

Red Ribbon Week Dress-Up Days:
Get those costumes ready!  At the end of the month we will celebrate our annual drug-free pledge through Red Ribbon Week, and since this is costume shopping season, we thought we'd publicize our dress-up days in advance so your child can start digging through the closet and shopping for costume pieces!
Monday, Oct 29:  "Be Drug Free with the Music in Me" Dress like your favorite musician.
Tues, Oct 30: "It's a Jungle out There, Don't Let Drugs Get You" Wear animal costumes, animal prints, animal pj's, etc.
Wed, Oct 31:  Halloween! "Be the Author/Director of Your Own Story" Dress like your favorite book or movie characters.
Thurs, Nov 1:  "Here's a Clue, Drugs are Bad for You."  Dress like a detective/investigator (sunglasses, disguises, mustaches, etc.)
Friday, Nov 2:  "Explore the Wild Frontier or Universe! Go Beyond Your Borders to Stay Drug Free" Cowboys vs Aliens, choose one!

Veteran's Day Assembly: Save the Date!

Please mark your calendars for our annual Veterans Day Assembly- Monday, November 12th at 7:30am.  See the attached invitation.

Veteran's Day Wall of Heroes:

We recognize that nearly every DCMS family has at least one Veteran but that all Veterans may not be able to attend the Veteran's Day assembly.   In order to honor each DCMS family, we will be creating a Wall of Heroes. See the attached "DCMS HERO" form. Please complete the form and include a scanned photo of the Veteran.  Hero forms can be turned in by Wednesday, November 1st to Mrs. Emmons (8th Grade) or emailed to  OR to Mr. Cory  (7th Grade) or emailed to OR they may be returned to the office.  Please do not include an original photo, photos will not be returned.  Scan an image or make a copy of an image to include on the form.  You may turn in as many hero forms as you wish. We hope that every student will be able to submit at least one to honor a family member or family friend who has served or is currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Safe School Survey:

The DCMS Safe School Committee has created a survey to help guide the committee as we look as school safety issues. Please take a few moments to complete this survey with your student. Just click the link below. These answers will be anonymous and are a valuable way to gather information from our students and families. Thank you. Questions? Please contact Assistant Principal, Stephen Buck:

DCMS Book Fair is Coming!

Our DCMS book fair will open on Thursday, October 25 and will run until Wednesday, October 31.  You can access online shopping by going to our book fair website: and click the online shopping link.  Our shopping schedule is: Titans and Squad - Oct. 25, Avengers - Oct. 26, Ninjas and Explorers - Oct. 29, Thunder and Gladiators - Oct. 30 and open shopping all day Oct. 31.  Check next week’s Scoop to see book trailers created by our Creative Technology and Drama students. We are also pre-selling the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book for $8.99. It will be released on October 30.  You can fill out the order form (attached) and get it in to Mrs. Denney by October 25 to guarantee your copy.

We Want Students Involved with DCMS:
Looking for a way to help your middle schooler "get involved" and active in our school?  We have a variety of clubs to encourage student involvement.  See attached flyer! Want to learn more and not sure who to ask?  Please contact our Student Activities Coordinator, AJ Graffeo, to learn more: 

State Test Scores:
The Oklahoma Department of Education is now using an online system to deliver annual test scores to families.  See attached Oklahoma State Testing Program (OSTP) Parent Portal Letter.  The state has also provided one copy of student scores to each school site for families that would rather pick up a paper copy; however, this is the final year that the paper copy will be available.  Thus we encourage all families to learn how to use the new state portal to obtain your child's scores.  See attached letter for more details on how to view your child's scores from April 2018.
8th Grade Yearbook Recognition Ads:

8th grade families: It’s time to recognize the hard work of your middle schooler with a recognition ad in this year’s yearbook! There’s no better way to say congratulations for making it through middle school and good luck in high school than putting it in writing as an amazing surprise for your child when he/she opens the yearbook in May and for years to follow. See the attached form for more information, please follow the instructions closely, and direct any questions to Mr. Graffeo at Please note, the yearbook staff works on strict deadlines; therefore, there will be no late submissions accepted after November 2nd.

Yearbook Name Edits:

Students---Do you have a nickname that you go by? Do you want that nickname in the yearbook instead of your given name? Grab a name change form from the front office, fill it out, have your parents sign-off on it, and turn it in to the front office by October 26th. You must do this every year for your nickname to be used in the yearbook. If you have any questions, ask Mr. Graffeo

Bake Sale Fridays:
On several Fridays throughout the year various groups will sponsor bake sales and/or donut sales at DCMS.  See attached calendar with our current schedule of Bake Sales for the year.


Buy Your Yearbook Now! (Before the price increases!)
Keep these middle school memories forever. It’s time to purchase your 2018-2019 DCMS Yearbook! Go to to purchase. Online orders only. Please make sure you search for Deer Creek MIDDLE School when ordering. The longer you wait throughout the year, the higher the price goes-so order now! Direct any questions to Mr. Graffeo at

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