38 DSA Students 2016-2017 Reflections Entries Advance to County Level! 

We are pleased to announce the following students’ works of art have been chosen to advance to the DeKalb County level of judging in the 2016 – 2017 Reflections Program with the theme of What’s Your Story?
Category             Grade & Place    Name  
Literature            8 – 1st                   Willa      Pevey
Literature            8 – 2nd                 Roan      Lucas
Literature            9 – 1st                   Lilly        Kersh
Literature             9 – 2nd                York       Lewis
Literature            10 – 1st                Naylah Canty
Literature            10 – 2nd               Katherine  Whisnant
Literature            11 – 1st                Holsen   Thigpen
Literature            11 – 2nd               Victoria  Armstrong-Mensah
Literature            12 – 1st                Abrianah  Witchett
Literature            12 – 2nd               Cassandra Turk
Literature – Special Artist              12 – 1st    Aaron  Armstrong
Visual Arts           8 – 1st                   Annaleah Seufert
Visual Arts           9 – 1st                   Michael  Yelton
Visual Arts           9 – 2nd                Chloe  Barton
Visual Arts           10 – 1st                Mariya  Kurbatova
Visual Arts           11 – 1st                Amy  Coon
Visual Arts           11 – 2nd                 Malik Strong
Photography       8 – 1st                   Madelyn Pelissero
Photography       8 – 2nd                 Giana Simon
Photography       10 – 1st                 Maya Owens
Photography       10 – 2nd               Amanda  Kiefer
Photography       11 – 1st                Henry  Howell
Photography       11 – 2nd                 Sarah  Lewis
Photography       12 – 1st                Amelia Stork
Photography       12 – 2nd                 Destini Henley
Music Composition         8 – 1st                   Hannah Mufuka
Music Composition         11 – 1st                KalonJee Gallimore
Dance Choreography      9 – 1st                   Kirsten Jones
Dance Choreography      10 – 1st                Charizma  Lawrence
Dance Choreography      11 – 1st                Song Tucker
Dance Choreography      11 – 2nd                 Elise Foster
Dance Choreography      12 – 1st                Morgan  Burns
Film Production                8 – 1st                   Ana Gates Shields
Film Production                8 – 2nd                 Zahra Ahmed
Film Production                10 – 1st                Imani  Andwele
Film Production                10 -2nd                Riley  Breed
Film Production                11 – 1st                Amy  Coon
Film Production                12 – 1st                Thalia  Butts

This Week at DSA 11/7/16

Dates to Remember:

November 8          Election Day – Teacher Work Day – No Students
November 9          Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences
sign-up online HERE
November 11        Post 13.5 Week Grades


November 15        PTSA General Meeting  7pm  – Theater
November 17        13.5 Week Progress Reports Issued
November 18-20  Creative Writing and Drama Ensemble:
Advance Ticketing HERE; ticketing opens
November 7
November 21-25   Thanksgiving Break (Offices Open 8-3, M-W)

*First Semester Finals: December 16-21

Updates and Reminders:

*Dr. Morgan, DSA Head Counselor, is ready to begin advisement sessions for 2017-2018 course selections.
10th and 11th Grade Advisement:
Click HERE to schedule group advisement session
11th Grade:  November 9,10,15,17, 18(make-up session)
10th Grade:  November 29, December 1,6,8, 9(make-up session)
8th and 9th Grade Advisement will be in January 2017

*As we head towards the final week of the semester, parents are encouraged to monitor student grades through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  Speak daily with your child about their progress.  One of the most significant issues for grades lower than expected is students not turning in their work or turning work in late.  Students are encouraged to use some type of planner/organizer to keep track of assignments and rehearsals with the busy schedule of DSA.  Please contact the teachers directly for issues or concerns with student grades.
*Thanks to Ms. Posley, Dr. Pottinger, and Beta Club for a Campus Clean-Up on Oct. 30.  Students cleaned desks, gathered trash from the lawn, and other “tidy tasks”.

*The Grounds Committee will be doing a campus clean-up as part of Scenery Saturday to prepare for Dark Night.  If you signed up to be on the Grounds or Campus Beautification Committee, please consider volunteering for Scenery Saturday on NOVEMBER 12.  Please bring yard tools! (rakes, tree pruning tools, hand tools, string strimmers, etc.) Thank you in advance.

This Week at DSA 10-30-2016

Dates to Remember:

November 4          SPA Meeting 2:20pm


November 8           Election Day – Staff Work Day – No Students
November 9           Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences – Online
registration will open November 4
November 11         Post 13.5 Week Grades
November 15         PTSA General Meeting 7pm Kyle Theater
November 17         13.5 Week Progress Reports
November 18-20   Creative Writing: Dark Night – Ticketing opens
November 7
November 21-25    Thanksgiving Break

Updates and Reminders:

*Thank you to SPA, SGA, and all the parent volunteers for making the SPA Dance a fun time for our DSA students.  It was “spook-tacular!”
*Congratulations to Ms. Lambert and 2016-2017 Drama Ensemble for taking 1st Place at the Region One-Act Play Competition on October 27.  Justice Pate won Best Actor.  Drama Ensemble will go on to compete on November 5 at the State Competition in Cochran, GA. Break a leg!

This Week at DSA 10/24/16

DSA Celebrates Red Ribbon Week- DSA SGA and SADD organizations want to increase student awareness of making great decisions to support a successful and productive life:

October 24:  Wear Red
October 25:  Put Drugs to Sleep – Pajama Day
October 26:  Drugs are Tacky – Tacky Wear Day
October 27:  Put  a Cap on Drugs – Hat Day
October 28:  Say “Boo” to Drugs – Costume Day
(No masks or full face make up)
October 29:  SPA Dance “Monsters Unleashed”  7 – 11pm
Tickets on sale now at lunch, $10


November 4:  SPA Meeting
November 8 : Election Day-Teacher Work Day-No Students
November 9: Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences 4 – 6 pm
November 15: DSA PTSA General Meeting 7pm
November 18 – 20:  Creative Writing – Dark Night – Student Written
and Directed Short Plays
November 21 – 25: Thanksgiving Break

Updates and Reminders:

*Thank you to all our amazing parent volunteers who assisted with the band, orchestra, chorus, and Theater for Young Audiences performances this week.  Your support is greatly appreciated as it assists directors with focusing on students!
*DCSD continues to test for lead in all school buildings across the district.  Elementary schools, especially older facilities, are being tested first.  For complete information on the district process and school results, click HERE  .  DSA’s facility water testing is scheduled for next semester (early January).  As mandated by the district, we will let our school community know the results as soon as possible.
*9 Week progress reports were issued on October 20.  Please make sure parents are reviewing grades with students.  If challenges appear, talk with students about what is creating barrier(s) to their success.  Parents can monitor student grades through the Infinite Campus Portal.  Click HERE for account information.

Change in Show Times for This Weekend’s Jungal Book

Important Announcement Regarding A Change in Show Times for This Weekend’s Theater for Young Audience’s (TYA) Production of “The Jungal Book”:

Show Times Are As Follows:
FRIDAY, October 21, 7:00pm
SATURDAY, October 22, 2:00pm
SATURDAY, October 22, 7:00pm

***There will be NO SUNDAY PERFORMANCE***

Click HERE to purchase tickets

This Week at DSA 10-17-2016

Dates to Remember:

October 18             Band and Orchestra Concert 7pm DSA Gym
October 19             PSAT Grades 8-11  8:00am-11:30am
*Students must be present and on time!!!
Seniors – College Visit Day
October 20            Choral Concert 7:00pm
Avondale Baptist Church
9 Week Progress Reports Issued
October 21-22       Theater For Young Audiences:
The Jungal Book – Tickets HERE !!!

October 21
GHP Applications Due to DSA.
For complete information, Click HERE
PTSA Reflections Contest Entries Due to DSA.
For complete information,  Click HERE


October 24 -28      DSA Celebrates Red Ribbon Week
October 29             DSA SPA Dance “Monsters Unleashed”
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Tickets go on sale soon! Look for many
opportunities for parent volunteer hours!
November 8          ELECTION DAY-No Students-Teacher Work Day

Updates and Reminders:

*DSA welcomes Dr. Tequila Morgan as new DSA Head Counselor! If you need to contact her, please call or emailTequila_T_Morgan@dekalbschoolsga.org
*DSA Class of 2017 Commencement exercises will be May 23, 2017, at 4:00pm at the World Congress Center.  Seniors and Seniors Parents – Be on the lookout for more details leading up to this great day!
*District and school leaders will soon start the design process for the anticipated move of DSA in Fall of 2019.  We will keep the school community updated on the process over the next 2 years!
*DCSD continues to test for lead in all school buildings across the district.  Elementary schools, especially older facilities, are being tested first.  For complete information on the district process and school results, click HERE  .  DSA’s facility water testing is scheduled for next semester (early January).  As mandated by the district, we will let our school community know the results as soon as possible.