ANNOUNCEMENTS for Friday, March 24, 2017



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



WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PAMPERED BY YOUR FAVORITE TEACHER? -- Thursday, March 30th is Pampered Student Day! Stop by the rotunda or cafeteria this week to purchase a shot at being pampered by a participating staff member. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 15 for $10. Winners will be announced during the announcements on Monday, March 27. (Doherty)



CLASS OFFICE -- Anyone interested in running for class office, please see Ms. V in room 231 to pick up the necessary forms. Elections will be held during homeroom on April 19th.



INTERNATIONAL NIGHT -- The Fourteenth Annual International Night will be held tonight, Friday, March 24, 2017 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Damascus High school. There will be an international food tasting and cultural information in the cafeteria at 7:00. Following the food tasting, the entertainment segment will take place from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will cost $2 dollars for adults and students, and children under 6 are free. Tickets will be sold during lunch starting March 20th to March 24th. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come and enjoy the international festivities that our Damascus community has to offer.



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
https://bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/Maryland/supporting/#DamascusHS



ACT CATALYST BOOTCAMP AT DHS -- Come learn every strategy you need to outsmart the ACT with Catalyst's Bootcamp at Damascus High School on Saturday and Sunday March 25th and 26th from 9 am - 1 pm. Sign up online at www.CatalystPrep.com. The cost per Bootcamp is just $175 and includes all materials. Don't miss this great opportunity!



CURRENT SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS -- Are you interested in taking an MC class at Damascus High School in the fall? Introduction to Human Communication and Personal Finance are two possibilities. Please see Mrs. Poker in the counseling office for more information. Thank you.



ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP -- The Athletic Booster Club Scholarship in Honor of John Brown is awarded to a senior male and female scholastic athlete; each recipient will receive a $750. Any senior interested needs to complete the application and provide the required documents and return to the office in a sealed envelope. If you have any questions, please contact Tina Atkinson at tinaatkinson4@gmail.com. Seniors may pick up the application either from the main office, the counseling office or from the athletic director's office. All applications should be submitted no later than April 18, 2017.




SENIORS, JASON HADEED ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP -- The Jason Hadeed Athletic Scholarship is offering three $1,000 scholarships to seniors who participated in sports all four years and have an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Please pick up the application from Mr. Martin in the Career Center. Application deadline is April 6th.




STUDENT AMBASSADORS AND PTSA FUNDRAISER OF HOUSEHOLD ITEMS – Donations are being taken now in the Main Office and Mr. Spoales classroom, room 150. We are asking each family to donate two or more garbage bags or boxes of your unwanted gently used goods. The PTSA will receive payment for anything you donate clothes, shoes and bedding, toys, games, sports equipment, kitchen items, books, CD’s and DVD’s (please package books separately). The items you donate go to the National Children’s Center in Maryland - which provides jobs to many of their clients.



JUNIORS AND SENIORS -- Get your Prom tuxedo right from School! HOW? M. Stein Tuxedos will be at school, at lunch by the cafeteria and by the band room, March 30th & April 18th from 11-12 to measure any boys interested in renting a tuxedo for Prom. Even if boys are unsure if they will attend Prom, get measured. M. Stein will keep their measurements on file for if/when they choose to order their tuxedo. No payment is needed at the time of measurement. M. Stein will deliver all tuxedos to school on Thursday, May 11th at DISMISSAL M. Stein will again be at school on Monday, May 15th at ARRIVAL for the boys to return their tuxedos. What could be easier! M. Stein Tuxedos will donate 20% of the profits to the Damascus Music Boosters. View available tuxedos in Catalog 1 & Catalog 2 via the link below: http://www.msteintuxedos.com/catalog.html. Their prices are very competitive. If you have any questions, need assistance or clarification, please feel free to email M. Stein at msteintuxedos@hotmail.com, visit their website www.msteintuxedos.com or call 301-703-9422.



THE HARWOOD HOUSE THRIFT SHOP IN DAMASCUS -- is looking for students with good computer skills and a desire to help others less fortunate than themselves. Your skills are needed to help list donated items on eBay or Craig’s List. Skills involve cleaning and inspecting items, taking photos, listing items online and responding to questions from prospective buyers. The Harwood House is open Tuesdays from 8:30 – 2:00 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00. If interested, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Bradley at (240)988-1064. To get information about this and other SSL opportunities check out the DHS website and the SSL bulletin board in the English hallway.


SPORTS


Girls JV Lacrosse: Congratulations to our Hornet JV lady laxers on their season opener 10-4 win over rival Poolesville. Jacki Obendorfer and Julia Thomlinson each scored 3 goals, Melissa Merolini put 2 in the net and Leanne Gotard and Sydney Atkinson each contributed 1 goal. Assists were made by Ashley Burlington and Paige Callis. On Monday, the girls take on the Screaming Eagles of Seneca Valley.




DAMASCUS NEWS!

INTERNATIONAL NIGHT -- The Fourteenth Annual International Night will be held tonight, Friday, March 24, 2017 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Damascus High school. There will be an international food tasting and cultural information in the cafeteria at 7:00 pm. Following the food tasting, the entertainment segment will take place from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will cost $2 for adults and students, and children under 6 come for free. Tickets will be sold during lunch starting March 20th to March 24th. Tickets will also be available at the door. Come and enjoy the international festivities that our Damascus community has to offer.



Dear Damascus Community,


The Athletic Booster Club is holding a fundraiser on Saturday, March 25 from 7 pm - 12 am at the Damascus American Legion. The fundraiser is an 80's Bash theme, and tickets are $50 person or $90 a couple. This is a great social event for our parents that will also raise much needed funds for our school athletic programs. Tickets can be purchased at http://dhsathleticboosterclub.com/inside/80night



DHS POST PROM


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 damascusptsa@gmail.com 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 Genious at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e084daaa829ab9-post1



LET’S KEEP OUR KIDS SAFE -- Visit http://dhsptsa.weebly.com/post-prom.html 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!



POST PROM SPIRIT NIGHT AT CHIPOTLE -- Be sure to visit the Damascus Chipotle on Tuesday, March 28 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for Post Prom Spirit Night. Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting the DHS Post Prom. The PTSA will receive 50% of the proceeds to benefit this year's fun-filled and exciting event. For more information about Post Prom, visit the PTSA website at http://dhsptsa.weebly.com/post-prom.html. Download the flyer at http://dhsptsa.weebly.com/uploads/3/7/7/1/37711261/chipotle_flyer_march_2017.pdf



CAREER CENTER – 240-207-2383


Edward_K_Martin@mcpsmd.org
Check out the DHS website for Career Center information



STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


Contact: Diane_M_Loulou@mcpsmd.org
The SSL website is:
http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/ssl/



THE HARWOOD HOUSE THRIFT SHOP IN DAMASCUS -- The Harwood House Thrift Shop in Damascus is looking for students with good computer skills and a desire to help others less fortunate than themselves. Your skills are needed to help list donated items on eBay or Craig’s List. Skills involve cleaning and inspecting items, taking photos, listing items online and responding to questions from prospective buyers. The Harwood House is open Tuesdays from 8:30 – 2:00 and Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 3:00. If interested, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Bradley at (240)988-1064. To get information about this and other SSL opportunities check out the DHS website and the SSL bulletin board in the English hallway



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 5. Any questions see Mrs. Dunn in the business office.



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 www.playsportsplus.org. If interested in any of the following activities, please contact Diane Golden at golden4@comcast.net, 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 Donna.Sefcik@mcsservices.com.


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


MONTGOMERY PARKS -- Natural surface trail work project – To see scheduled dates and locations and to sign up, visit www.ParksVolunteers.org 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 Linda.Panagoulis@montgomerycountymd.gov.


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 www.chtr.org. If you are ready to volunteer or have questions, e-mail Volunteer@CHTR.org.



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