This Week at DSA, December 22, 2014

This week at DSA

Vacation!! Happy Holidays to all!!!

DSA offices will be closed from December 22 – January 2. We will reopen with teacher workday on January 5. Students return on January 6 (Day 1 classes).

​Infinite Campus portal access will be intermittent from December 19-January 2 to allow for the district to upgrade some infrastructure features.

First Semester Report Cards and Production Credit Reports will be issued January 8.

Know of families interested in apply to DSA for the 2015-2016 school year? The DSA application is available. Visit the DSA website to download the application and view days/time for information sessions. Application deadline is February 2, 2 pm.

Applause please!

Ms. Beth Williams, social studies department, was appointed to the Governor’s History Council! This advisory board will work with others agencies across the state of Georgia to invest in preserving the rich history of the state.

The “Soles for Souls” campaign collected over 500 pairs of shoes to ship overseas. Thanks to all for generous donations!

DSA’s Beta Club contributed 230 pounds of food to the Atlanta Food Bank in November. This was enough food to serve 192 meals.

DSA’s STAR student for the Class of 2015 is Ms. Thesesa Mayo. The STAR student is the senior who has the highest SAT score in one sitting by the November administration. Ms. Mayo selected Mr. Brian Daniels, math, as her STAR Teacher nominee. Congratulations to both Theresa and Mr. Daniels.

The Georgia Department of Education released the 2013-2014 College Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores this week. DSA receives both a middle school and high school score. The middle school score of 95.5 was increase of 4.9 points from 2012-2013. The high school scores of 94.5 was a slight decrease (.5) from 2012-2013. The combined school score of 94.7 showed a .6 increase from the previous year. For a complete listing of all schools in the state, visit​.

To all the DSA family, old and new, most heartfelt wishes for a joyous holiday season and happy new year!


There are still 3 ads left for purchase in DSA’s yearbook. The Spotlight staff will sell them at last year’s prices. Show your graduating student how proud you are of their success!

  • Full page = $150
  • 1/2 page = $80
  • 1/4 page = $50

Dance Concert January 16th, 17th and 18th, 2015

Volunteer for the Dance department’s ballet, Firebird here.

If you’re able to help with costumes please contact Pauline Marshall ( Parent Co-chair) email or 404-428-2973.

Updates on DCSD happenings

Stay current with progress on the superintendent search with the DCSD superintendent search information page.

Superintendent Michael Thurmond’s presentation on the Druid Hills annexation issue here.

Legislative Update

At Wednesday night’s Board of Education called meeting, the Board approved hiring PROACT, the only superintendent search firm that responded to the RFP. The Board did not choose to appoint a candidate selection committee. For a meeting recap, click here.

A panel of five state legislators is working to determine the boundary between the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker. The House Governmental Affairs Subcommittee set the boundaries for the proposed cities of La Vista Hills and Tucker. These boundaries are “set in stone” and will not be reconsidered during the legislative session. For more information, click here.

In an effort to address the issues between DeKalb County Schools and Together In Atlanta (the Atlanta annexation movement in Druid Hills), Superintendent Thurmond and representatives from Druid Hills will meet in January. The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is organizing the meeting in hopes that it will slow the annexation movement and save millions of dollars in legal fees.

DSA Announcements

The 2015-2016 DSA Application is now available on the DSA web-site. If you know interested families, please direct them to the new application.

College Corner

For all college related information please see Dr. Crosslin’s edmodo site.