This Week at DSA 9/19/2016

Dates to Remember:

September 20          State of the District Address with Superintendent
Green – Tucker High School -7pm
September 23-25    DSA Tour Show Premiere – Show Times and Ticket
Information HERE
PARKING ALERT:  DCSD Football Teams are also
playing at Avondale stadium this Friday and
Saturday.  Allow extra time for parking (Wal-Mart
or other locations)
September 23        DSA School Council Parent Nominations Due
(see Below for details)

Upcoming:

September 28          Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
4-6pm  Online Registration Opens 9/23
School Council Parent Elections 8am to 6pm
October 6-10            Fall Break
October 6                 DSA Foundation Distinguished Alumni Fundraiser
For tickets and other giving opportunities, click
 HERE

Updates and Reminders:

*Donations of standard sized Band-Aids, and feminine products are still needed for front office. Thank you!
*The DSA School Council will hold elections for two parent members on September 28th.  The school council assists the administration and school community in working with student achievement, attendance, and other matters to improve the programming at Dekalb School of the Arts.  The council is made up of four parents, two teachers, and principal.  Term for parents and teachers is two years.  If you are interested in running for one of the two open parent seats, please email Mrs. McCauley.  Include a brief biography and statement indicating how you could assist the school by serving.  Nominations are due by September 23.
* “On the Scene with Dr. Green” – Opportunity  for the DCSD community to engage in conversation with our superintendent.  For more information, click HERE


PREMIERE WEEKEND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Premier Weekend is September 23-25
Click HERE to VOLUNTEER!

This Week at DSA 9/12/16

Dates to Remember:

September 12-13     Senior portraits for yearbook and informal
portraits .  $25 sitting fee required.
September 13          DSA PTSA General Meeting and Curriculum
Night, 7:00pm, Theater
September 15         4.5 Week Progress Reports Issued
September 17         Scenery Saturday 10:00am-4:00pm

Upcoming:

September 23-25    Tour Show Premiers – Ticket InformationHERE
September 28          Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
4-6pm  Sign up will be online.
School Council Parent Elections 8am to 6pm

Updates and Reminders:

*PSAT Registration forms/payment due September 16.  Students in grades 8,. 10, & 11 can take the test for free.  Since the test is free, we really would like all students to take the test.  9th grade students must pay $15 (cash).  PSAT test information available  HERE  Registration form HERE
*Donations of water, standard sized Band-Aids, and feminine products are still needed for front office. Thank you!
*The DSA School Council will hold elections for two parent members on September 28th.  The school council assists the administration and school community in working with student achievement, attendance, and other matters to improve the programming at Dekalb School of the Arts.  The council is made up of four parents, two teachers, and principal.  Term for parents and teachers is two years.  If you are interested in running for one of the two open parent seats, please email Mrs. McCauley.  Include a brief biography and statement indicating how you could assist the school by serving.  Nominations are due by September 23.
* “On the Scene with Dr. Green” – Opportunity  for the DCSD community to engage in conversation with our superintendent.  For more information, click HERE


DCSD officials met with the DSA School Council and Mrs. McCauley on September 2 to outline 2 proposals for DCSD BOE consideration on September 12.  Option 1 would combine DESA and DSA at the Avondale Middle site, using $3.9 million from SPLOST IV that voters voted to use to build a combined theater/auditorium to be used by both schools.  DCSD would combine these monies with additional funding necessary to build a new high school wing.  DCSD plans to address road access to site, as well as other concerns if plan is approved. Option 2 has DESA stay at Avondale Middle and DSA at Avondale High.  DESA would receive the funding for an auditorium, which may be able to be used by DSA for large performances.  DSA would be considered for SPLOST V monies for “minor renovation” at Avondale High.  ***If Option 1 is approved, anticipated move date is Fall 2019. ****If you want Option 1 to be approved, please consider emailing your BOE members!

AdvanceED Standards Parent and Teacher Surveys

Dear Parent/Guardian,
DeKalb County School District and all of its schools are engaged in an ongoing continuous improvement process, of which all stakeholders are an integral part.  DeKalb County School District is using the AdvancED Parent Survey as a means to elicit your opinions to help target areas for the school system to improve and areas to continue to be effective.  The five sections on the survey represent the five AdvancED Standards for Quality School Systems and provide a means for learning about parent expectations of a high-quality school system.  Soon you will receive information on how to access the survey.  Your cooperation and support in completing the parent survey will be greatly appreciated.

Parent Survey Link HERE
Student Survey Link HERE

Sincerely,
Susan M. McCauley
Principal, DeKalb School of the Arts

This Week at DSA 9/6/2016

You Asked: #whataboutdsa ?

 WE HAVE AN ANSWER!

DCSD officials met with the DSA School Council and Mrs. McCauley on Friday, September 2, to outline two proposals for DCSD BOE consideration on September 12.

 Option 1

*Combine DESA and DSA at the Avondale Middle site with the funding necessary to build a new high school wing.
*The plan would focus on a comprehensive K-12 arts program with spaces for academics and arts at all grade levels with the addition of a 400-500 seat theater.
*If the plan is approved, the design and construction process would begin, with an anticipated move date of Fall 2019.
*DCSD plans to address road access to the site, curriculum needs, staffing, and unique arts programming concerns if the plan is approved.

Option 2

*DESA stays at Avondale Middle and DSA stays at Avondale High.
*DESA receives funding for an auditorium at Avondale Middle, which may be shared by DSA and DESA for large performances.
*DSA is considered for SPLOST V funding for “minor renovation” at Avondale High.

As you may remember, SPLOST IV money was earmarked for a combined K-12 arts program at Avondale Middle.  Originally, DSA was slated to move in with DESA and $3.9 million would be used to renovate and add a theater/auditorium.  The DESA and DSA communities did not like this plan because it was throwing kindergartners in with 12th graders, all in the same space.  It turns out that legally,  Dekalb Schools still has to use that $3.9 million for a combined K-12 arts program at Avondale Middle, because the voters approved that language in SPLOST IV (in 2011); however, Dekalb Schools is requesting an additional $5.4 million to build a new high school addition at the Avondale Middle site.  The long-term vision is to have a comprehensive arts program at Avondale Middle with separate spaces for academics, purpose built art spaces, and a shared theater.

At the upcoming September 12th Board of Education meeting, the Board will be asked to approve this plan.  If the plan is approved, then the contracting and design process will begin.  Both DSA and DESA stakeholders will be involved in designing the new space.  Since the plan uses currently-available funds, the project could be complete in the next 2-3 years.  If the plan is not approved, the original SPLOST IV $3.9 million cannot be used on a project at Avondale Middle or Avondale High–it will go into a contingency fund for other projects.  Additional money would be requested for a theater/auditorium at Avondale Middle, but no funding would be earmarked for DSA.

SPLOST V, which was approved by voters in 2016, shows possible “minor renovations” for DSA.  DSA needs that money, whether we are at Avondale High or Avondale Middle.  The SPLOST V project list is being developed now, so that money could go to a future combined DSA program at Avondale Middle.  That comprehensive K-12 program would likely need SPLOST VI dollars as well, in order to make it a state-of-the-art K-12 facility.  If the Board of Education does not pass the combined Avondale Middle option, then DSA would be back to requesting increased SPLOST V renovation money for Avondale High.