This Week at DSA 8/22/16

Dates to Remember:

August 22     Begin after-school rehearsals and auditions
August 23     Yearbook Pictures
(Grades 8 – 11, Grade 12 for Student ID)
August 26     Arts Major/Minor Meetings

Updates and Reminders:

*Parents – Do you have a few hours each week to volunteer at the school? DSA Media Center needs assistance at least 1 hour a day, and the front office would appreciate assistance with answering the phones and general information (3-4 hours a day). To volunteer in the media center, contact Ms. Hill (ifeude_hill@dekalbschoolsga.org).  To volunteer in the office, contact Mrs. Howard (donna_howard@dekalbschoolsga.org)
*DCSD will release SPLOST V Facilities and Feasibility studies  the morning of August 23. Plan to attend one of the two meetings this week to review and give feedback on the proposed plan(s).  ClickHERE for meeting details.
*We appreciate the timely pick up of students after school for the first two weeks. Students not in rehearsals or auditions should still be picked up by 4:00pm.  As students start after school rehearsals, parents are reminded to be timely in the pick up as well .  Students should communicate to parents the end times of rehearsals/auditions.
*Senior families – Have you scheduled your Senior Meeting with Dr. Crosslin? If not, refer to the information given to students and mailed home to register for your appointment.  Slots are going fast!
*Student parking permits are now available.  Cost is $20 per semester.  See Campus Supervisor, Mr. Franks, for an application.  All student drivers are required to register their vehicle and have a parking permit .  Deadline for 1st semester is September 2.

 October 19 is PSAT Day  at DSA! Georgia Department of Education will pay for all 10th grade students to take the PSAT and DSA will pay for 11th grade students.  New this year, DCSD will pay for all 8th grade students to take the PSAT 8.  9th grade students wishing to take the PSAT must submit payment ($15) to the counseling department at DSA (cash or checks).  Return registration form and payment (if applicable) by September 30.

This Week At DSA 8/15/2016

Dates to Remember:

August 16             Students tested on Code of Conduct

Upcoming:

August 23             Yearbook Pictures
August 26            Arts Major/Minor Students/Depts Meetings

Updates and Reminders:

*Student and parent signature page from DCSD Code of Conduct must be returned this week.
*DSA air conditioning is improving.  The district continues to provide maintenance support to get all rooms up and running.
*Students are expected to bring all needed items to school each day.  We will no longer be able to deliver items to students during the school day (assignments, instruments, paperwork, etc.).
*PSAT Update:  October 19 is PSAT Day at DSA!  The Georga Department of Education pays for all 10th grade students to take the test.  11th grade students will take the test provided by local school funds.  New this year, DCSD will pay for all 8th grade students to take the PSAT 8.  9th grade students wishing to take the PSAT will pay $15.  Details coming soon for payment information.
*Need to renew Free/Reduced Lunch application or set up an online payment account? Visit DCSD’s School Nutrition page HERE

Volunteer Notes

VOLUNTEERS: Thank You for Making a Difference!

Some housekeeping notes for you:

*Please keep track of your volunteer hours by simply retaining either your confirmations or your assignment reminder from Signup.com.  Keep them as a Record of Proof for volunteering.

*When you donate items such as food, drinks, etc, please send an email stating how much you spent on the purchase to the volunteer coordinator WITHIN TWO WEEKS after you have worked your assignment to receive credit hours towards your donation. A receipt snapshot is not necessary. Expect to receive a confirmation email for you to retain as a record of proof within a week,

The confirmation email will note the number of hours earned for your donation. Donations equate to 1 hour credit for each $5 increment you spend.

*DSA Volunteerism outside of the normal DSA PTSA scheduled events will be reviewed with the PTSA Board and/or DSA administration when necessary.

A confirmation email will be sent to you with how to receive ‘general’ credit hours for volunteering.

Your DSA Volunteer Coordinators

Email: dsa.ptsa.volunteers@gmail.com

This Week at DSA 8/8/2016

Dates to Remember:

August 8           First Day of School – Classes Start at 8:10am Day 1
August 9           Day 2 Classes
August 13         DSA PTSA Picnic 10:00-2:00

Updates and Reminders:

*All students will report to the cafeteria to receive new schedules and wait for 8:00am dismissal to class.
*Students will follow schedule given on Monday.  Any additional schedule change requests will be addressed after the first day of school.
*In order to provide a safe and secure environment, students arriving at school before 8:00am will wait in the cafeteria or media center.  Students arriving before 7:30 am will wait in front lobby, then proceed to the cafeteria.  All students will be dismissed to class at 8:00am. Students will need passes for tutoring/make-up tests to leave cafeteria/media center before 8:00am.
*Reminder – Cell phones must be off and put away during the school day.
*Dress Code – Please review guidelines posted on DSA website.  General-no hats; sandals must have back strap; shorts, skirts, dresses must be fingertip length; no tummies showing; no tank tops/spaghetti straps.
*Dismissal 3:10pm.  Parents: Please be patient when picking up your child.  We have a large number of cars entering the parking lot after school.  Watch out for students crossing the parking lot.
*Students will be signing up for Outlook 365 email.  All students will be required to use this email for school business.
*Finally – to all students and parents – We are looking forward to a great school year filled with Purpose, Passion, and Performance!

 

This Week at DSA 5/23/2016

Important Dates

May 23           Finals:  Odd Day – Periods 1 and 5
 DSA Commencement 6:30pm, Tickets Required
May 24          Finals:  Even Day – Periods 2 and 6
ELECTION DAY
Last Day for Students To Use Lockers
May 25          Finals:  Odd Day – Periods 3 and 7
May 26          Finals:  Even Day – Periods 4 and 8
May 27          Teachers Post-Planning

Upcoming

May 30         Memorial Day – Schools and Offices Closed
June 3           Second Semester Report Cards Mailed

Updates and Reminders:

*May 24-Local Election Day-for more information on DCSD eSPLOST-V, click HERE
* On May 26 (last day of school), another high school will host graduation at Avondale Stadium, so our campus needs to be cleared by 4:00pm.
*Finals are administered through the end of the day on May 26.  No early check-outs.
*We are still awaiting End of Grade (8th) and End of Course (9th-11th) student score reports.  We will distribute scores to students as soon as they arrive.
*During finals weeks, students need to to stay focused on doing their very best on end of the semester assessments and assignments.  Expectations for student behavior, dress, and academic focus are still in place.
*Beginning June 6, DCSD schools and offices will operate on a compressed work week.  All schools and offices will be closed on Friday’s.  DSA summer office hours will be 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday – Thursday.  Please call ahead for document requests as staff may not always be available due to vacation schedules.
*Click HERE for the 2016-2017 DCSD Board approved calendar.


ELECTION DAY IS MAY 24!
E-SPLOST V
On the bottom of the ballot, you will have the opportunity to vote to continue the penny sales tax for schools. Check out what Dr. Greene has to say!
Click  HERE
SPLOST for schools will put much needed dollars to work in communities across the county! By continuing this sales tax, the investment in our schools is shared by visitiors and shoppers instead of relying on increasing property taxes.  What will it do?
-Build Better Schools:Renovate and/or upgrade existing schools
-Reduce the need for portable classrooms, promoting a better learning and teaching environment for our students and children
-Improve technology in schools across the county
For more information about SPLOST, click HERE
CONGRATULATIONS to CLASS of 2016 TOP STUDENTS: Valedictorian–CHRISTINA BURGESS and Salutatorian–NASREEN ABD ELAL

THANK YOU
to
Mr. Landes
and
The SPA Board
for a wonderful SPA Banquet!
The food was delicious and a great time was had by all!

to
All Winners of Awards at SPA Banquet!
 Click HERE for DSA’s SUMMER READING LIST and ASSIGNMENTS . Summer reading assignments are due the first week of school in August.

This Week at DSA 5/15/2016

Important Dates

May 16           SENIOR FINALS-Even Day Classes
May 17           SENIOR FINALS-Odd Day Classes
Honors Night 7:00pm, Gym
All Seniors and invited honorees grades 8-11
Seated by 6:30
If DSA parking lot is full, plan to park at Wal-Mart
May 18           AP US HISTORY EXAM am
AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EXAM pm
May 19           AP CALCULUS EXAM am
May 20          AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM am
May 21           SPA Banquet 5:30pm-Tickets $35 from Mr. Landes
Cash or Money Order ONLY
Double Tree Hotel, 4156 LaVista Road
Atlanta, GA  30084

Upcoming

May 23-26      Finals–Grades 8-11
May 23            DSA Commencement 6:30pm-Tickets Required
Schwartz Performing Arts Center, Emory University
May 24            Last Day for Students to Use Lockers
May 24            Local Elections
May 26            Last Day of School! Parents, please pick up students by
4:00pm.  Another high school is holding
commencement at Avondale Stadium, so campus needs
to be cleared by 4:00pm. THANK YOU!
May 27            Staff Post-Planning
May 30            Memorial Day-Schools and Offices Closed

Updates and Reminders:

*DCSD E-SPLOST V  VOTE is on the May 24th ballot.  Click HERE for information on the local sales tax referendum.

*End of Course (EOC) and End of Grade (EOG) assessment scores are starting to arrive.  Rosters and reports are being delivered to teachers as soon as they are accessible.  ELA and math assessments which required student constructed responses take longer to score, as do the assessments taken via paper/pencil rather than online (DSA tested about 60% of EOC assessments online).  Full student score report information is forthcoming.

*EOC scores will count as 20% of a student’s final grade for Spring Semester.

*Georgia Department of Education has waived the promotion requirement for students in grades 3, 5, & 8 due to online testing issues exeperienced.  DSA 8th grade students all tested via paper/pencil.  For more information on the waiver, click HERE

*From June 6 to July 29, DCSD schools and offices will operate on a compressed work week.  All sites will be closed on Fridays.  DSA summer office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm.  Schools and offices will be closed July 4.