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Principal's Welcome


Welcome to Dover Air Base Middle School!  I know that this is an environment in which your student will thrive.  DABM is a small school, where you will find a dedicated and caring staff serving predominantly children of military personnel.  We look forward to building a partnership with parents so that we can ensure your child reaches his or her full potential not only academically, but also socially and emotionally. 

To that end, we stress constant improvement.

I had the pleasure of reading the book My Personal Best:  Life lessons from an All-American Journey by John Wooden, who was the head basketball coach of UCLA, and won 12 national titles in the 1960’s and 70’s.  Here is one of my favorite excerpts from the book, as he recalls his father’s words of wisdom:

“Johnny, don’t try to be better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can be. You have control over that, the other you don’t.”

Some have suggested that one of the reasons UCLA often outscored opponents was that I never stressed outscoring opponents—that is “beating” someone else or “needing” to win a game.  I don’t know if it is true or not.  Try your hardest, make the effort, do your best. That’s what I stressed, and it came from Dad.  Today, almost a century after he first taught that lesson to me, I believe his advice is as good as gold. 

Hard work and perseverance towards constant personal improvement is at the heart of what we do at DABM.  We not only demand it of our students, but we demand it of ourselves.  As a staff, we pride ourselves on constantly evaluating our programs and strategies to improve upon them, so that, in turn, we serve our students and their families as effectively as possible. 
We also know that it is imperative that we work alongside our parents to stress this most important concept.  We urge you to become an active part of your child’s learning experience by ensuring that they are organized and prepared, complete their assigned work in all classes, and come to school each and every day rested and ready to learn.  We also ask that you be a constant presence on Home Access, so that you are monitoring your child’s performance.   We know that when we work together, our children will get the most out of their middle school experience, and the result will be a student who is confident and capable.  We look forward to our partnership!

David W. Santore, Ed.D.

Important Announcements

  •  Attention cast of the school play, Wishful Thinking. There is play practice October 27th, after school until 4pm. Be prepared to be off book for these final rehearsals.






    Our October Dance (on October 28th) is always a blast, as students dress up for the Fall Holiday. Here are the guidelines for the costumes:

    • All costumes must meet dress code. This includes shoulder coverings, length of skirts/pants/shorts, low-cut shirts, sheer clothing, and anything else that may infringe on good taste and modesty.

    • You may not assemble your costume or put makeup on once at the dance. What you leave your house with is what you are allowed to enter school with.

    • You can wear a mask, but you may be asked to remove it upon entering so that you can be identified. You can wear it again once inside.

    • You may not bring “props”, such as plastic swords, firearms, pom-poms, scythes, etc….

    Please know that dressing up is optional, as coming as a middle school student is frightening enough!

    If you would like to chaperone the dance, contact me via email at by Wednesday October 26th at 11:00 a.m. Come join the fun!


    Red Ribbon



    Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. In response to the murder of DEA Agent Enrique Camarena, angered parents and youth in communities across the country began wearing Red Ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to raise awareness of the killing and destruction cause by drugs in America. Today, Red Ribbon week serves as a catalyst to mobilize communities to educate youth and encourage participation in drug prevention activities. 


    DABM will have "Theme" days this week to highlight the Anti-Drug campaign.  They are the following:


                    Monday - Wear RED to support the message

                    Tuesday - Be healthy inside and out - Wear your clothes inside out

                    Wednesday -Dress for Success - Dress to Impress

                    Thursday - This is Your Hair on Drugs! - It's Crazy Hair Day!

                     Friday - Our Future is Bright! - Wear your brightest clothes!



    2016-2017 YEARBOOK SALES!



    Yearbooks are on sale! The Yearbook costs $25.00. If you’d like to personalize your yearbook, there is an additional $6.00 charge. Order forms can be found in the main office, or online at DABM Yearbook







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The staff at Dover Air Force Base Middle School is dedicated to providing all students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to succeed in high school and beyond. To that end, we will push students to read and write, to think and solve, to be creative, and to apply what they learn in various contexts and situations. During this journey, we also hope that students take time to socialize and have fun, but above all we hope that they learn, grow and develop both as students and as young adults.

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