October 31st Parent Update

October 31st Parent Update
Posted on 10/30/2020

Quarter 1 Ends Friday, October 30. Students attended periods 1, 2, and 3 on a daily basis during Quarter 1 between August 31st and October 30th. Starting Monday, November 2nd, students will switch to Quarter 2 and attend periods 4, 5, and 6. The new periods will follow the same start and end times as the old periods. Remember to follow the period 4,5, and 6 zoom links found on your teacher’s virtual classroom page: https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/dana-staff/home

Quarter 2 Starts Monday, Nov. 2nd. Student Schedules Will Change. View New Student Schedules In PowerSchool on Sunday, November 1st - We are asking all families to login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal on Sunday, November 1st to view the schedule your child will follow starting Monday, November 2nd. There are two important reasons for completing this task:

  • Monday, November 2nd is the start of Quarter 2 (November 2 - January 22). Students will stop attending periods 1,2, and 3 and start attending periods 4,5, and 6. The start and end times for each class will not change. Click this link to learn more about how the school day is structured.
  • Dana Middle has been asked to reduce our teaching staff by two positions as a result in declining enrollment. As a result, we must shift teaching assignments to meet our updated staffing numbers and credential requirements. Some entire classrooms will be reassigned a new teacher. A few classrooms will be disbanded and rescheduled into other classrooms in order to accommodate the loss of teaching staff. Please read our letter to parents for more information.

Our counselors are busy rebuilding student schedules. We expect to have all changes completed by Saturday evening. Students and parents should login to PowerSchool to view updated schedule information on Sunday, November 1st. 

The timing of this adjustment is challenging. Our staff is developing a plan to support students impacted by these changes. We apologize for any confusion or frustration these changes may cause.

First Report Card Distribution Dates - The SDUSD Information Technology Department confirmed final academic and citizenship grades for the first nine weeks of school will not be available until after January 22nd. The delay in posting final grades is due to technical limitations with the student information system. Click this link to learn more.

Quarter 2 Textbook / Materials Distribution Dates - November 9th, 10th, 12th, and 13th. Drive thru hours 10 am – 5 pm

  •  If you had Science in per 1A, 2A or 3A you may return Science Resources (gr5) or Earth Science (gr6) as you pick up new materials. Science textbooks may be placed on the flatbed cart while you are waiting delivery of qtr 2 items. If you were issued an Advanced 2 workbook please return this to campus as well.
  • Please check Destiny prior to coming to the drive thru.  destiny.sandi.net
  •  Students login using their six digit ID and password, click MyInfo tab-lists current items checked out  See if you have any outstanding textbooks or library books from a previous year. (You will see that your current textbooks have been pre checked out for you (note the Oct check out date).

Drive Thru directions:

  1. Enter the blacktop playground by way of the parking lot off Narragansett Ave
  2. Follow the cone pathway between the multipurpose room and the library
  3. Please remain in your car
  4. Remember to wear a mask
  5. Share a student last name, grade level, and purpose of visit with staff member
  6. Staff member will bring materials to you 

Dana Mariner Broadcast October Edition - Stay in the know! Click this link to view the latest news and information from our journalism, ASB, and media production programs. Don't miss out on the scary and spooky information we have for you!

Parent Education Series / Establishing Routines for Remote Learning - Our Parent Education Series provides parents with thoughtful and informative readings on topics related to the academic and socio-emotional development of their children. This week we are featuring an article on teaching students how to interact with online learning. Click to learn more.

A Message from the Dana Counseling Team -  All students have two ways they can talk to their school counselor.  Students can request an appointment or visit drop-in office hours Mondays on Zoom. Visit our virtual office for more information.

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