April 9th Dana Update

April 9th Dana Update
Posted on 04/09/2022

Campus Safety Update 

Dana Community,


I am writing to follow up on recent concerns about school safety and rumors of school threats made by a student. I am happy to report that school police found no evidence to support the threat reported by parents. 


As you know, here at Dana the safety and security of our students and staff are our top priority. We have taken numerous steps to address safety concerns about our campus.

  •  We assessed our current campus supervision plan and limited access to our grass field at lunch only to students engaged in organized games.
  • Our campus is monitored by a closed circuit video system.
  • Exterior gates and side doors opened to allow children to enter campus at the start of the school day will continue to be locked after the first bell at 7:40 AM.
  • The district has agreed to incorporate the installation of an electronic access / camera monitoring system at our front entrance into the existing project to install a campus-wide security communication system.


Dana will continue to require campus visitors to check in at the front office and present ID prior to entering the building. After the front entrance security upgrade is installed, all parents will be required to show a photo ID at the door prior to entering the building. We understand this process will delay your entry into the front office but we believe you share our commitment towards providing a safe environment.

We encourage families to engage in a conversation with their children regarding the power of language. Rumors in general are harmful to the wellbeing of our community and can have unexpected ramifications. Please remind your child that rumors can damage the reputation of other students and this type of behavior is not tolerated.


The district’s “See Something, Say Something" initiative encourages students to report information to adults, school administration, or the police. This initiative should not be interpreted as sharing unsubstantiated information with peers via social media, text, or in person. Please make sure your child understands that talking about violent acts, weapons, or controlled substances at school is wrong, even if they are joking with friends. Let your child know school administration will investigate every situation and assign consequences as appropriate. 


As a parent, you are encouraged to talk with your student about his or her thoughts and feelings about the incident if the subject comes up.  Our counseling staff is available to support children who feel anxious about their safety. Please do not hesitate to contact our counselors directly. We have provided the following links for families of students struggling with anxiety associated with school safety:

We continue to work with our school police and educators every day to ensure that students have a safe learning environment.


Scott Irwin - Principal

PLCSF Meeting April 11th

Point Loma Cluster Schools Foundation Meeting — Monday, April 11 at 4:30pm via Zoom. Click for zoom link: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/9163392326

Sharon Rubalcava, Program Manager in the Counseling and Guidance department will join our meeting to discuss the California Healthy Kids Survey. This survey, along with the ones given to parents and staff, is used to improve student academic performance and social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all youth.The survey gathers information on developmental supports provided to youth; school connectedness and barriers to learning. Learn more about the surveys, why the District uses them and how the data is used.

At this meeting we will also put a call out to parents that would like to become of member of the Foundation board. If you have questions about this please email Laura Choukri directly at [email protected].

Dana Dash Jogathon April 28th


ATTENTION MARINERS: Dana Dash is back on! We have confirmed Thursday April 28, and we STILL NEED YOUR HELP! 

This year we would love to bring back the spirit of community and make this event as collaborative and energetic as possible!


1. Community partners who'd like to advertise their business and support our students by hosting an activity session at this year's jog-a-thon!

2. Parents/aunts/uncles/cousins/friends/pets (ok not your pets): any human who is able to volunteer their time and patience to make sure this event is a success for our students!

Please consider sharing your time and talents by helping to make this the best jog-a-thon yet!

Click on the link below to sign-up or edit your original sign-up!! 

Jog A Thon Volunteer Form

Standardized Testing Important Dates

Every year, California students take several statewide tests. Over the next 6 weeks, your child may be taking one or more of the following: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), and Physical Fitness Test assessments.

You are an important part of your child’s education. To help your child get ready for the test you can:

Reminding your student to bring their district issued computer, charger, and headphones on testing dates.

Talk about the test with your child. Make sure they are not scared or anxious.

Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast before testing.

Please see the table below for information on exact testing dates.

Statewide Assessment


Test Dates*

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

5th and 6th Grade English Language Learners

April 11-15

CAASPP – Science

5th Graders Only

B-Week Students

Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th


A-Week Students

Tuesday, April 26th and Wednesday, April 27th


All Dana Students

Tuesday, May 3rd and

Wednesday, May 4th


All Dana Students

Tuesday, May 10th and

Wednesday, May 11th

California Alternative Assessments

Special Education students in our Mod/Severe program

Scheduled 1:1 throughout the remainder of the semester

*Please note: Most tests are untimed. If students need additional time to complete assessments, the testing dates will be extended.

If you have any questions about statewide assessments, please reach out to Michelle Perkins ([email protected]). 

4th Grade Student Tours in April

All 4th grade students and teachers from Point Loma Elementary schools will tour Dana Middle in April. Students will meet Principal Irwin, Vice Principal Perkins, and other important staff members. Students will visit classrooms with their classmates and have their questions answered by current middle school students! All tours are conducted on the Dana campus between 9:40 to 11:30 AM. This is a student focused tour. Q&A will be student focused as well. Parent tours are available each month. Click this link to learn more about opportunities for parents or watch a virtual tour

Please see below for the tour schedule.

  •  Monday, April 25th - Cabrillo and SilverGate
  • Tuesday, April 26th - Dewey and Sunset View
  • Wednesday, April 27th - Loma Portal
  • Friday, April 29th - Ocean Beach

April - Military Child Month

April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, the Month of the Military Child is a time to applaud military families and their children for the daily sacrifices and the challenges they overcome.

FODAC Meeting April 12th

All FODAC meetings are 2nd Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 in the Dana Middle Library. Zoom link is available on the FODAC website. Click link provided in this news article for more informaiton.  Please check here regularly for updated information.

FODAC Fundraiser At Rubios April 14th

Thursday, April 14, 2-8 pm, 3555 Rosecrans St.

Visit Rubio's on Thursday, April 14, between 2-8 pm for indoor, outdoor dining or place an order to go. Fundraiser participants can order online at rubios.com or through our mobile app and enter promo code DONATE at checkout. Present the printed flyer (English - Spanish) for orders placed in the restaurant. Using a coupon disqualifies our donation. Rubio's will donate 33% of sales directly back to our middle schools. Delivery orders and gift cards do not qualify. Thank you for your support.

End Of Grading Period April 21st

P4 Progress Report grades available in PowerSchool April 29th. How are grades calculated? What is a citizenship GPA? What is the difference between a progress report and a report card? Click here to learn more.

Need Dana Logowear? - Purchase It Online

Purchase a Dana shirt or hoodie using our online store. Click this link to view the store or click this link for more information. Thank you FODAC for making logowear available!

Join the FODAC Facebook Group

The private Friends of Dana and Correia group on Facebook is run by FoDaC volunteers who share important information and highlight school events. Join us!

Use Amazon Smiles To Raise Money For FODAC

Use smile.amazon.com to raise money for the Friends of Dana and Correia Association (FoDaC) when you shop. Amazon donates .5% of all eligible purchases. Select "Steven V. Correia Junior High School Foundation” as your beneficiary (this is the title FODAC uses). All funds go directly to Dana & Correia.

Kendra Scott Fundraiser for FODAC April 23rd

April 23-24, Fashion Valley Mall

The Kendra Gives Back Event is an in-store and online fundraiser. Visit the store on Saturday, April 23, from 12 – 2 pm, and enjoy sips, sweets, and jewels with your friends, or shop online, April 23-24, at kendrascott.com using the code GIVEBACK-BQYZG. Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all sales from the in-store event and online code back to our middle schools. Thank you for your support.

FODAC-Let's GiveBIG Campaign!

Donate to the annual campaign between March 1-31 and be entered to win one of three amazing prizes.

First prize: $100 to Fiddler’s Green

Second prize: $100 to Cesarina’s

Third prize: $75 to Raglan Public House

Enter for a chance to WinBIG and support the Point Loma middle schools. No amount is too small, and every dollar counts for our students. One entry per person. Only donations made between March 1–31 qualify for the drawing. Thank you for your support! https://dana.sandiegounified.org/for_parents/friends_of_dana___correia_middle_schools__fodac_/annual_giving

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