August 27th Dana Update

August 27th Dana Update
Posted on 08/27/2022

August 29th @ 7:55 AM - First Day of School

School begins on Monday, August 29th. The first bell rings at 7:55 AM and school starts at 8:00 AM. School will end at 2:45 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. School will end at 12:35 PM on Thursdays. Follow this link to download our bell schedule.

Students who were unable to attend our student orientation can obtain their schedule and campus map before school on the playground.

Principal Coffee Sept. 1st

Join us at the in-person Principal's Coffee on Thursday, September 1st from 9 to 10 AM in Room 103. We will engage in dialogue about the work taking place at Dana.

Every other month Principal Irwin and Vice Principal Simon meet informally with parents who want to chat about events, share comments, and ask questions related to Dana Middle School. The meetings follow an informal format where parents have an opportunity to obtain accurate information about questions and concerns. Our meetings are held during the first week in September, November, January, March, and May. Please visit our online calendar to view meeting dates for any given month.

Save The Date - Curriculum Night September 14th

Our Curriculum Night event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. This is an in-person event.

At back to school curriculum night you can expect to:

  •  Visit your child’s classroom and meet your child’s teachers
  •  Learn about the curriculum and instructional goals for the school year

You will follow your child’s schedule, periods one through six. A detailed schedule will be shared next week. More information to follow.

Parents Support School Culture At Home

Parents frequently ask what they can do to prepare their children for success at Dana Middle. Supporting the development of a positive school culture is a powerful way to accomplish this task. 

During the first week of school our staff will engage students in a series of activities and lessons designed to promote a positive school culture while providing clear expectations. Topics include:

  •  Explanation of A days and B days
  • How to use a student planner
  • How to organize your digital files
  • General overview of school rules
  • Dress code
  • Lunch & recess expectations
  • Bullying & harassment policy

We will review the Dana Courtesy Policy during our grade level assembly scheduled for Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Parents are encouraged to discuss our policy with their students. Ask your child to identify the behaviors and expectations that are shared between school and home. Click this link to view the Dana Courtesy Policy slidedeck.


A copy of our school policies are included in your child's planner and can be viewed online.

Purchase Dana Logowear Online

FODaC Logo Wear sales are back online! Use this link to order and pay for Dana gear. Orders will be delivered to your student’s ELA classroom. Some sizes have limited availability and hoodies are currently sold out. Stay tuned for information on new items coming available later this Fall. 

COVID Testing Update

The consent for COVID testing through San Diego Unified has expired. If you would like to sign up your student for testing during the 2022-2023 school year, please sign up here:


Select DANA if you would like your student enrolled in WEEKLY COVID testing. Select SDUSD if you would like to have their testing consent on file but DO NOT WANT WEEKLY testing.


Our Health Office will also have home test kits available for any student that needs one. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call or email the Health Office staff.

Nurse Jill Whitaker - [email protected]

Health Technician Cara Schwartz - [email protected]

Helpful Documents For Parents


The Dana Library Is Open!

Our library collection promotes literacy, supports classroom instruction, and assists our life-long learners here at Dana. Our library is a relaxing and welcoming environment for students. Please visit our Library FAQ for more information.

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