About Our House System
Learning From Our Past ... Preparing For Our Future
We are Dade Middle School!
“Celebrating our past, preparing for our future”......and with that, we knew we were on the right track. Those words, penned
by DMS teacher Wil Martin, sum up the idea behind DMS House System.
The House System has been in place for several years at DMS and has been revamped along the way. Our goal is that the system results in improved attendance, grades, behavior, as well as in increased school spirit.
After several meetings that featured some spirited conversations during which a slew of ideas for House names were bandied about, the idea of paying homage to our Dade County Schools’ history was brought forth. The obvious idea was to see if there were enough mascots throughout our history that we could use for the four houses. After some discussion along with some selfless research by Mr. Martin, it was decided that the House names would be the Panthers, Wildcats, Yellowjackets, and Darters.
The Panthers name pays homage to the North Dade Panthers (1949-1975). The Wildcats name and the Yellowjackets name come from the Dade County Wildcats (1949-1975) and the Davis Yellow Jackets (1961-1975) before the merger when Dade County became the Wolverines in 1975 under the name Norwest Georgia High School. That school eventually led to Dade County High School in 1995. The Darters name comes from, what we believe to be, the first Dade County mascot found in several editions of the Dade County Times from 1935.
These four Houses all fall under the umbrella of the Head of the Household, the Wolverines which embodies the idea that although we are competing, we are all one body. The heritage of all four houses is shared with the student body with the hope that they take ownership and pride in their own house as well as the system in general.
Students, as well as staff, are inducted into a House during the House sorting ceremony at the beginning of the school year. All four houses are represented equally among the studentbody. Competitions take place for students to earn points for their House with updated scores throughout the year. A Grand Champion is named at the end of the year with a prize for students in that house.
We look forward with great anticipation to each school year by celebrating our past while looking forward to our future!