Dear Charger Families:
I am so thankful to be the principal here at Deltona Middle
School. We have an outstanding
faculty/staff who care deeply for the students and students who do not hesitate
to show empathy and compassion for others.
It is through this culture of support that helped all of us have a
fantastic 2015-16 school year!
For those of you who may not know, we made several exciting
changes at our school since the previous year ended in early June 2015. First, we reached our goal to dramatically
increase the number of students participating in performing arts. Specifically, both our band and choral
programs grew by three hundred percent in just three months. We currently have over one hundred thirty students
in each program. We also continue to
offer orchestra classes. Moving forward, we have plans to incorporate some of
these students into our new Performing Arts Academy, which will begin operating
in August of this year. Next year we
will also be the only middle school in VCS who is offering beginning guitar as
an elective for students. Performing Arts is alive and well at DMS!
Second, we are the only middle school that I know of in
Central Florida to continue to have academies operating at our school. In sixth grade we developed the STEM Academy.
The students in that group migrate together for part of the school day into
science, math and computer courses. They have been working on a number of
projects and competed in events in our district, such as Science Olympiad. For the 2016-17 school year we will expand
our STEM academy into both sixth and seventh grades, while also creating an
elective class to support our Science Olympiad efforts. We are currently
developing a STEM Academy Advisory Board made up of staff and community members
who will help evaluate and guide our efforts.
If you are employed in a STEM area, or have interest in assisting our
students, please let us know so we can invite you to our next Advisory Board
In eighth grade we created the AgriScience Academy. The
exceptional students in this program migrate together through the Introduction
to Information Technology course (a high school credit course), the third year Ag course where they experience
many aspects aligned with the Future Farmers of America (FFA), and then to
Advanced 8th grade science.
The teachers of these courses worked closely to assist the academy
students in learning and competing in FFA competitions around the state. The AgriScience Academy Advisory Board is
currently being formed and will also consist of staff and community members who
want to work together for the benefit of our students and the program.
As always, we welcome parents and community members who wish
to volunteer at our school. If you are interested in being a member of one of
our advisory boards, the School Advisory Council (SAC), or perhaps the Parent
Teacher Student Association (PTSA) that we created this year, please do not
hesitate to contact us by phone or email