ANNOUNCEMENTS for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Announcements are scrolling daily on the TV in the rotunda AND you can view the Announcements on the DHS website!

ACADEMIC AWARDS 2017 -- On Thursday, May 4th we will be holding our annual academic awards program for senior students. Students who have distinguished themselves by achieving a cumulative 3.75 or higher grade point average, in addition to selected special awards will be recognized.

A list is posted on the main office window with award winner names. Please check the list and if you do not see your name listed under a specific academic award but you think it should be included, please see Mrs. Madrzykowski or Mrs. Lightsey in the main office immediately and they will be able to help you.

Congratulations to all students who qualify and we look forward to recognizing you. Individual invitations will be mailed no later than the end of this week.

ATTENTION 10TH AND 11TH GRADE STUDENTS -- it is not too late to register for Personal Finance or Speech. Please see Mrs. Poker if you are interested in either MC class. Classes will be taught at DHS! Thank you. (poker)

HUMANS FOR HAPPINESS -- Humans for Happiness is a new club! We are a Humanitarian group that primarily focuses on World famine and suffering of third world countries across the globe. Our first meeting will be Thursday the 4th during lunch in Mrs. V's room! (ms. v.)

AP EXAMS -- AP Exams start Monday, May 1st. Please refer to the important reminders and AP schedule handout. Come by counseling for a copy or check the DHS webpage under News.

LATIN DANCE CLUB -- Come out and support your Latin Dance Club at the Chipotle in Damascus on Monday May 1st from 5:00pm to 9:00 pm. Bring a flyer or your phone or tell the cashier you are supporting the cause! By supporting we will receive 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Latin Dance Club!!!!!!

THE YOUNG CONSERVATIVES CLUB -- will host Kyle Sefcik on Thursday, from 11:25-12:00. Come join us as Kyle shares his vision for Montgomery County and district 2. Pizza and snacks will be served.

SUMMER SCHOOL REGISTRATION -- Summer school registration for sessions 1 and 2 begins on Wednesday May 3rd. If you have any questions or need to register, please see your counselor. Information about summer school can be found in the counseling office and on the DHS website on the main page under “Damascus Links”. (poker)

PROM -- Will be held at the Gaithersburg Marriott on May 12th from 8-11:30pm. Prom tickets are currently available for purchase at the link posted on the DHS website. Cost is $60 per person. Once you have purchased your tickets and cleared all obligations, you may pick up your ticket in person on May 10th or May 11th. Tickets must be presented for admittance into the dance. ……..If you plan on bringing a guest that does not attend DHS, please complete the Guest Approval Form and return it to the security office no later than May 5th. Forms can be found at the security desk or main office. (quay)

BEST BUDDIES MARYLAND FRIENDSHIP WALK -- The Best Buddies Maryland Friendship Walk is coming up again. If you are interested in donating to the Damascus HS team just follow this link

JUNIORS -- Do you have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA or weighted 3.75 GPA? If so you qualify to apply for the National Honors Society. NHS will be accepting applications this month. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, April 28th – this is a final deadline and there will be no extensions. If you are unsure whether you qualify, stop by the media center to check with Ms. Ward.

JUNIORS AND SENIORS – Students who got measured for their tuxedos: watch for an email from M. Stein tuxedos. That will give you instructions on how to order your tuxedo, even if you are trying to match your dates dress, order now, you can add the color for your bow tie etc. later. Do NOT delay. All orders must be placed by May 1!! Tuxes will be dropped off at school on Thursday May 11 and picked up On Monday!! It's so easy!!! And the prices are extremely competitive, your tux will range from $90 to $175!

CAREER CENTER – 240-207-2383
Check out the DHS website for Career Center information


WHEN: Wednesday, May 10th, at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Northwest High School
13501 Richter Farm Road
Germantown, MD 20974
WHO: Open to the public

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To get further information, or to register for the event, please call the local office at 301-926-0300. Hope to see you there.


BOYS TENNIS -- Congrats to the boys tennis team as they are 4- 1 in their division. Yesterday in their 5-2 victory over Gaithersburg Andrew Knox dominated his opponent, Stanley Diep, the 9th grade phenom controlled his opponent. Doubles teams Ian Osterman and Ryan Torrance and second doubles Andy Thomas and Andrew Sherwood blasted their opponents to ensure the win. The entire team keeps getting better and better. Today we play Churchill and tomorrow we travel to Wheaton. Way to go guys!

VARSITY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM -- takes the division title by beating Sherwood HS 14-13. Lindsay Brown had 7 saves leading the defense with Jamie Slingluff, Allie Cruz, and Madison Boykin had forced turnovers and drive stopping defensive stands. Jacque Pino led the scoring with 6 goals, Peighton Stone had 3 goals, Caitlin Malone had 2 goals, and Allie Bacas, Brennan Wells, and Nicole Townsend each had one goal. Tori Morella and Peighton Stone led with 3 ground balls along with Jamie Slingluff, Jacque Pino, Brennan Wells, and Caitlin Malone with ground balls through out to control the game. Congratulations on winning the division title and come out to Rockville HS tonight at 7pm to see the Hornets Sting the Rockets.

JV GIRLS LACROSSE -- Ashley Bullington, Jeanie Apgar, Paige Wiedemeyer, and Emma Hamrick led the defense and Faith Busch's stellar goaltending contributed to the 4-3 win over Sherwood. Jacki Obendorfer and Julia Tomlinson each put 2 goals in the net, while Melissa Merolini dominated on the draws. The ladies take on Rockville tonight at Rockville. Wish them luck when you see them!

VARSITY POM SQUAD – Any Students who are interested in trying out for the Varsity Pom Squad should attend an informational meeting being held Monday May 1st, 6:00pm in room 120 at Damascus HS. Please invite your parent to attend with you. Meet the coaches, and talk about the new upcoming season next year as well as receiving try out informational packets. Tryouts will be held May 30th through June 3rd at Damascus HS.

DHS CHEERLEADER -- “Are you interested in trying out to be a DHS Cheerleader for the 2017 -2018 season? If so, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at DHS in room 120 at 6:00pm. Please come with a parent or guardian and get all information needed for tryouts! See Coach Burns in the girl’s locker room with any questions!”

FOOTBALL -- The swarmin' hornet Football team is hosting their 8th annual physical day fundraiser on Wednesday, May 31st from 3:00 - 6:00pm at Damascus high school. All DHS athletes, girls & boys, as well as incoming freshmen are encouraged to get their medical evaluations under the guidance of Dr. Ellen Smith. The cost is $30 per student and $20 for any additional siblings.


This is a message from the Damascus High School Counseling Dept.
AP exams start Monday, May 1st. There is an AP important reminder and schedule handout posted on the Damascus HS webpage. (Also attached). Please make sure to refer to these reminders to adequately prepare for the exams. If you have any questions please contact the counseling office at 240-207-2250.

Post Prom Ticket Sales Now Underway

For your convenience, Post Prom tickets are available for purchase online at Students who purchase tickets online will need to print and bring their tickets the night of Post Prom. Beginning Friday, April 28, paper tickets will be sold at school during lunch outside the auditorium. The cost is $10 per person. Post Prom is open to all juniors and seniors. Students DO NOT have to attend the Prom to come to Post Prom. Juniors and seniors may bring their Prom dates. Students are welcome to stay for all or part of the night. The longer they stay, the more prizes they can win!

Shop at Weis in Damascus and Help Support Post Prom!
Weis Market has generously offered to accept donations for Post Prom. Pick up a slip from the sign displayed inside the main entrance and give it to the cashier at check out to fill in your donation of balloons, flowers, gift cards, or water.

KEEP IT GREEN WHEN YOU CLEAN! -- The PTSA wants your unused household items. We want to raise $1,000, but need your help! We need to have at least 400 bags or boxes to reach that goal. Items can be: toys, games, sports equipment, kitchen items, pictures, candle sticks, clothes, shoes, bedding, books, CD’s and DVD’s (please package books separately)! Keep your items out of landfills while helping us raise funds! The PTSA will receive payment for anything you donate. Donations are being taken now in the Main Office until May 11th. Don’t forget to pick up a Tax Receipt when you make your donation. The items you donate go to the National Children’s Center in Maryland - which provides jobs to many of their clients.


• WHEN -- Friday, May 12th, 11:30 pm -- 5:00 am (on Saturday, May 13th)

• WHAT IS POST PROM? -- It's an all-night, alcohol and drug-free party held after the Prom that's filled with lots of games, activities, food, and prizes for juniors and seniors and their dates. It is sponsored by the PTSA to help keep our teens safe. Students do not have to attend the Prom to come to Post Prom.

• ACTIVITIES -- Laser tag, money machine, double shots basketball, giant LED Pac-Man, airbrush tattoos, four gaming tables, new DJ, and so much more. There will be hundreds of dollars in prizes such as a touch screen laptop, Vizio 24" TV, dry erase dorm refrigerator, Fire HD 8 tablet, among others.

• COST -- $10 per person!

• LOCATION -- Damascus Volunteer Fire Department Activities Center on Lewis Drive.

• VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED -- We welcome your assistance as we work to create an awesome Post Prom event that helps our teens avoid the temptation and consequences of underage drinking at a high-risk time. Email or visit the Signup Genius to volunteer. Many volunteers are needed for setting up Thursday and Friday evening, helping with event activities, serving food, distributing prizes, and cleaning up Saturday morning. Visit SignUp Genius at

• LET’S KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE -- Visit for more information about Post Prom.
Many thanks to the generous donations from our DHS families and community businesses! We could not hold this great event without your support!

The SSL website is:

Student Volunteers—Earn SSL Hours! Donation Drive on Saturday, May 13 from 10AM – 1PM – Location: Damascus HS Student Parking Lot; assisting with loading the truck with donations. A Damascus PTSA fundraiser. We are collecting household goods, books and clothes and need student volunteers! Contact Mrs. Alison Petersen, 410 -804-8742,

DAMASCUS LIBRARY SUMMER READING VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT -- Damascus Library is seeking friendly High School students to help with the children’s and teen Summer Reading events. Student Service Learning Program hours will be earned. Damascus Library is located at 9701 Main Street, Damascus MD 20872.

When: During weekly events from June 19 through August 31, 2017.

Duties: Volunteers assist library staff with events for children and teens ages 3-17; tasks include auditorium/meeting room chair and table set-up and clean-up, ticket-taking, crowd control, materials preparation, assisting children and teens with crafts and experiments, and overseeing LEGO and DUPLO programs.

Qualifications: You should be an energetic, polite, patient, articulate high school student (aged 13-up and finished 8th grade) who can commit to a regular weekly schedule throughout the summer; you should be able to follow directions, turn off your cell phone, have a good sense of humor and enjoy working with young children, teens, and their families. Enthusiasm for Harry Potter Cosplay required for 3 events.

Application: Interested teens should visit Damascus Library to complete an application before May 22 to facilitate scheduling; parent signature required. Call Damascus Library at 240-773-9444 for more information; any staff member can help you.

SENIORS -- Remember that you will earn the Certificate of Meritorious Service and a tassel by having 260 or more SSL hours of service documented by April 6, 2017. Any questions see Mrs. Loulou in the English Lab # 202.

RED WIGGLER COMMUNITY -- The Red Wiggler Community Farm is a popular site for students to earn their SSL hours and we have a few extra spots in our upcoming Alternative Spring Break April 11-13. Students will earn 15 SSL hours while working hard, contributing to their community and working with people with developmental disabilities. Go to the website to register:

o Contact: Molly McCracken, Education & Outreach Coordinator
o Red Wiggler Community Farm
o 301.916.2216 I

SPORTS PLUS -- is an organization that offers year-round, uniquely structured, co-ed sports and social programs for verbal children able to follow multi-step directions between the ages of 5 and 14 with mild to moderate autistic spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Both indoor and outdoor programs are offered. Volunteers assist coaches with activities, help with set-up and clean-up, and most of all, provide encouragement to the athletes. Expertise in a particular sport is NOT required, but enthusiasm is. More details can be found at If interested in any of the following activities, please contact Diane Golden at, and let her know how often you would like to volunteer. And if you want to volunteer with a friend, let her know so you can be scheduled together. Please only sign up for days you know you can commit to.

AMERICAN LEGION POST 171 IN DAMASCUS -- Looking for a few students willing to help out with Kitchen Duties on a regular basis (not just a one-time thing) on the first and/or third Thursday of each month during the school year. There are two shifts available: 4:00pm-7:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm. You can work one or both Thursdays, and you can work one or both shift times. If interested, please contact Mrs. Sefcik at

MONTGOMERY PARKS -- hundreds of Student Service Learning approved volunteer opportunities – many dates and locations – Special Events, Cleanups, and Outdoor Activities – If interested, go to to look for opportunities. You can also email, or call at 301-495-2504.

MONTGOMERY PARKS -- Natural surface trail work project – To see scheduled dates and locations and to sign up, visit and click on “Search & Apply”, then “Trails”, then “Trail Workdays.”

ROCKWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL -- is looking for student volunteers to help in their Media Center. Students can help shelve books, and perform general media tasks. Hours available are right after your school day until 4:00pm. No previous experience is required as the Media Specialist, Ms. Joanna Thompson, is very willing to train. If interested, please report to the front office of Rockwell ES to let them know you are there to volunteer in the Media Center.

DAMASCUS COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER -- Club Adventure after School Program – 3:00pm to 6:00pm (12:00pm to 6:00pm on half days). Volunteers will assist with teaching sports, games, arts, crafts, and assisting the current staff in mentoring children 5 to 12 years old. If interested, please contact Linda Panagoulis at 240-777-6935 or

CIRCLE OF HOPE THERAPEUTIC RIDING – Ongoing dates/times - When you volunteer you are able to work with horses, receive free training, and make a difference in someone’s life, plan events and fundraisers. If you would like to learn more, visit If you are ready to volunteer or have questions, e-mail

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