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Principal's Message

Welcome to Demopolis Middle School! I am extremely honored to serve as the principal of Demopolis Middle School. At Demopolis Middle School, the entire faculty and staff is dedicated to providing an outstanding, positive learning environment for all students at DMS. The faculty and administration will meet the learning needs of all students and will ensure that all students learn. We are committed to all students achieving high standards of learning.

At Demopolis Middle School, we provide a variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities for our students. We are on an 8-period schedule. During third period, the students will have 34 minutes of advisory time. The purpose of this period is to complete needed assignments, monitor your grades, and receive the necessary help from your teachers. The faculty and staff at DMS is committed to helping you be successful in the classroom at all times.  We have many extracurricular activities which include various sports, band, robotics, chess, and scholar’s bowl. I encourage all students to get involved in some type of extracurricular activity. Involvement in an extracurricular opportunity enhances your experience at DMS.

This year, we will be implementing the “Leader in Me” program at DMS. I am very excited about being a “Leader In Me” school. This program teaches middle school students about the seven habits of highly effective teens. These habits are the seven characteristics that happy and successful teens have in common.

Habit 1: Be Proactive

Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Habit 6: Synergize

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

The students will learn about each of these habits throughout the year in their advisory period. These habits will help to lay a foundation for a successful high school career and adult life.

            In closing, we are on a mission at Demopolis Middle School to create a powerful culture of positivity, a pursuit of academic excellence, and an ever-increasing focus on being the best at everything we do each day at DMS. I ask our students to be positive and kind each day, be a “leader of your own learning,” and do your best work each day. This will ensure a positive and successful year at DMS. Please email me with any questions or concerns during the school year. Please also remember to follow us on social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, to see important information and the great things happening at Demopolis Middle School.  I am looking forward to a great year at Demopolis Middle School.

Go Tigers!


Derrick Hester

Principal, Demopolis Middle School