Welcome to DMS!


2015 Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday
August 7 through August 16, 2015
Click link below for more information.





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ATTENTION:  The deadline for picking up free used
textbooks has been extended through Monday, July 6.



Welcome, Mr. Sanders!


I am proud to say I am product of the Okaloosa County School District.  As a student at Bob Sikes Elementary,
Richbourg Junior High and Crestview High School I gained a firm foundation to carry me to the many places I have been,”
said Sanders.

Jay began his teaching career in 1993 teaching sixth grade math at Baker School.  After spending three years at
Baker, he moved to Richbourg Middle School and then on to Davidson Middle School.  He transferred to Crestview High
School in 1999 where he would teach Geometry, Drop Out Prevention and Advanced Placement Economics. 
He also served as assistant to the athletic director. 

Sanders was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2013 was named the Dean of Students at Baker School.  He became an Assistant Principal at Baker School in 2014.  

“As a coach,  I led the Richbourg Middle School boys basketball team to two County Championships, the Crestview High School Girls basketball team to  its first District Championship in more than twenty years, the Cross Country team at Crestview to State six years in a row, and  I coached the first undefeated ninth grade football team at Crestview,” said Sanders.  “I believe educating students requires you to motivate students, making them do more than they believe they can.  It is about instilling in them a work ethic and sense of pride.  It means taking care of the small details in order to be successful. Most of all whether you are in the classroom, on the field, or in the front office, it is about giving it your best and always doing what is right for the students.”

Jay holds a Bachelor degree in Business from Troy University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He has been married to Stephanie Sanders for twenty eight years and they have two children, Matt and Jacey. 

“My career has brought me full circle, and I am proud to say I am once again a Davidson Panther!” said Sanders. 


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Senator Gaetz presents an A+ plaque to Davidson Middle School in recognition of 14 straight years of maintaining the 'A+' ranking.  Way to Go, Panthers!  Pictured L to R: Kelli Howard, Assistant Principal, Gary Taylor, Assistant Principal, Taylor Barrow, Student Council, Jay Sanders, Principal, Senator Don Gaetz, Cathy Thigpen, School Board Member Center, L to R:  Rachel Kelsey, Student Council and NJHS President, Emily Wayer, NJHS Vice-President, Oliver Tuttle, Student Council.


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FRIDAY is yearbook buying day. 
This is your LAST opportunity
to pre-order a DMS yearbook. 
The cost is $55.  Books will
be sold in front of the library
before school, and during lunches. 
Please bring exact change.  


Track Fundraiser:

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Click link for Color Guard packet:  


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READING – (Computer Based)
8th Grade, Apr. 13 & 14
7th Grade, Apr. 15 & 16
6th Grade, Apr.  21 & 22
Students, please BRING YOUR OWN

MATH – (Computer Based)
8th Grade, Apr. 23 & 24
7th Grade, Apr. 27 & 28
6th Grade, Apr. 29 & 30

SCIENCE – (Paper Based)
8th Grade ONLY, Apr. 30


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Online Book FairLink:


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The Book Fair is Coming!  Feb. 23-27.  
Click here to shop our online fair. (Opens 2/18).




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@ Davidson Middle School

Join the Davidson Middle School Relay for Life 
Team for the “Davidson Dash” Run for a Cure
5K/10K.  Your registration fee will be donated to the
American Cancer Society to continue funding much needed
research for finding a cure for cancer,
a disease that has affected so many people in our community.
This is an excellent opportunity to honor or remember loved ones who have

been affected by cancer.

Registration Deadline and Fees:

5K Run/Walk & 10K Run

Pre-registration (through January 15): $20.00

Late entry and race day: $25.00

Tech shirts guaranteed to entrants registered by Jan 15


Kids’ Fun Run

Children age 12 and under: 10.00 (anytime) 

All kids run participants will receive a t-shirt(registered by Jan 15) and medal


Post race party and awards following the Kids’ Fun Run

Registration Form: Click here to download a form

Online Registration: http://www.imathlete.com

Contact: Daniel Richards, Davidson Middle School, (850) 683-7500 ext 403


The Semester Exam Schedule is
listed in the Winter Newsletter....click below.

Click here for the Winter Newsletter.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Yearbooks are on sale at www.balfour.com.  Enter Davidson Middle,
click on Crestview, FL, and order your yearbook and accessories! 
Books are $50 through December 15th.  Prices increase to $55 on
December 16th.  Be sure to order your yearbook before the price increase! 



Click here for the School Public Accountability Reports (SPAR).





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Davidson Middle School students have been participating in a fitness challenge called the Spark 25-day fitness challenge. Please encourage your child to participate. I have attached the forms if you need them. Also, this Saturday I will be at Old Spanish Trail park from 10-11am. We are going to run the track for about 5-10 then participate in a co-ed kickball game. Parents are welcome to join in the fun! Also please take pictures of your child doing any type of fitness and post on social media: FB, Twitter, Instagram. Use #SPARKchallenge and help our school earn points. Use this link for more information




Please submit any A+ plans by Tuesday, October 21.  

We need adult volunteers to help with the Book Fair next week.
Please contact bellk@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us if you can help.


Book Fair and Online Book Fair:

The Book Fair in the media center will run 10/6-10/10,
The online fair will run 10/01/2014 - 10/21/2014
We are having the online fair instead of 
a family
Books will be shipped free to our school.
Please click on the link below to shop and support
our library!


The cost of printing 973 newsletters has become prohibitive.
If you would like a hard copy, stop by the front office and pick one up.
click the link below to access the newsletter.

October Newsletter.pdf

8th Grade Ads On Sale Now!
Click here to build your own.

FREE typing program online.  www.typingclub.com
All the student has to do is go to “get started” and go
to lesson one (1).  (CHOOSE THE FREE VERSION)
 There are 100 lessons ro master.





HOMEWORK HELP: T, W, TH, 1:40-2:30.
Must have a ride at 2:30.  Starts today!(Sept. 2, 2014)

Click on the sports tab above for updated
Football, Cross Country, and Volleyball Schedules.

Cross Country Practice Schedule: Click here.

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DMS Volleyball Camp Supports Pray for Drew.  Click here for more pictures.

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Panther Camp 2014 was a rousing success!  
Click here for more pictures.

Open House: Thursday, August 14th
7th and 8th Grade:  12:00pm - 2:00pm
6th Grade:  5:00pm - 6:30 pm.  Meet in the Gym.







Cross Country Summer Practices are Every Tuesday and Thursday night
at 6pm at the DMS bus ramp starting July 15th.  Students entering
the 6th grade and 7 and 8th graders can be on the Cross Country Team. 
Practice is for one hour.  Students must have a parent permission slip and
current physical on file in the front office to participate.


Try outs for Cross Country Team will be Monday, August 25th after school at 2:15


We are an "A+" school again.  Way to go Panthers!



Jay Sanders, Principal
Gary Taylor, Asst. Principal
aurren Seegars, Asst. Principal

Davidson Middle School
6261 Old Bethel Rd.
Crestview, FL 32536


School Hours:
Staff Hours:


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Students arriving
at school before
6:40am should
report to the cafeteria.