November 13th Dana Update

November 13th Dana Update
Posted on 11/13/2022

Nov. 17th Mariner Meet-Up Starts!

Encourage your student to join our new club called Mariner Meet-Up. Dana Ambassador students will facilitate other students making new friends by running a series of fun activities in the LIbrary. This club is open to ALL students. Join us at lunch in the library every Thursday.

Nov. 18th Mix It Up Lunch!

Help us promote a welcoming environment at Dana by encouraging your child to participate in Mix-It-Up Lunch. This is an activity that encourages students to make new friends at lunch by sitting at a new lunch table, and practicing active listening skills taught to them by counselors during the prior week). Students will be provided with ice-breaker questions they can use to start conversations with other students for the purpose of making new friends. We would like to thank the Dana Counseling Department and ASB for organizing this event.

November Character Education

This month our Dana Mariner character education focuses on what it means to have gratitude and be grateful. Dana staff and counselors have been working with students to help them have gratitude for the things they have, not what they do not. We have shown students how gratitude leads to happiness. In addition, students will be filling out “Gratitude Grams” in their Language Arts classes during the month. They will think of someone they are grateful for, write a note to them, and deliver the gram, expressing their gratitude. Please promote gratitude at home. Focusing on all the positive things you have in your life will lead to a more positive outlook. Check out our student created broadcast for more information. Click here to watch the November Broadcast.

3+ Tardies = Detention

Students who are tardy to first period 3 or more times after Monday, November 14th will be assigned an after school detention.

We believe a child's academic success is dependent upon being present at school. When students arrive late to class on a regular basis, they miss valuable instruction and risk falling behind. In addition, the student may develop a harmful habit that will impact their future education and career. Please have a conversation with your student regarding the importance of arriving to class on time.

We understand as a  parent you may believe it is your fault your child frequently arrives late to school. We encourage you to adjust your morning schedule so your child can be dropped off on campus prior to 7:55 AM. We understand you may be facing childcare issues. We provide supervision on our playground for students dropped off between 7:30 and 7:55 AM. Please follow this link to contact our PrimeTime program for other childcare options.

We understand you may not be aware your child frequently arrives late to class. We encourage you to use PowerSchool to check your child's attendance on a regular basis. Follow this link to learn how to login to PowerSchool. We understand you may not be familiar with our attendance policy. Please review our Student Code of Conduct located in your child's planner or visit our website for more information.

Congrats Dana Girls Basketball Team

Congratulations to the Dana Girls Basketball team who finished the season with a winning record! We are proud of you!

ASB Fundraiser 10/25-11/15 - Cookie Dough

The ASB class is responsible for conducting our monthly spirit days. Most recently they organized Western Day where students dressed up in their favorite western wear and participated in fun lunch activities such as horse racing, ring toss, and western dancing..all while listening to music!

These events are made possible by our ASB fundraising activities. The Dana ASB is conducting a Mrs. Field’s Cookie Dough Fundraiser. Proceeds will be used for upcoming spirit days, dances, field day, and other fun activities throughout the school year. You can even order online! Cookie Dough order forms will be sent home on Tuesday, October 25th. Ask your child for the form and purchase cookie dough for your friends and family. Orders are due Tuesday, November 15th. Orders will arrive in time for the winter holidays. More information to come!

Save the Date Nov. 11th ASB Spirit Day - Opposite Day

Our next spirit day is Opposite Day! You can either wear clothes opposite from your style, wear your clothes backwards, wear opposite colors or patterns, etc. Interpretation of Opposite Day is up to you! More information to follow!

Friday, Nov. 18th - End of Second Grading Period

Progress Reports available December 2nd. Progress reports are viewed using the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Click this link to learn how to access and interpret a progress report.

Thanksgiving Break Nov 21-25

Thanksgiving vacation will take place during the week of September 21st through 25th. Please take time to express your love and appreciation for your family members. Classes will resume Monday, November 28th. Our next eBlast is scheduled for November 27th.

Winter Athletics

After a successful fall Middle School Athletics season that saw 92 teams and over 1,200 student athletes compete in basketball and track & field, SDUSD Middle School Athletics is excited to continue providing on campus structured athletics with the purpose of providing physical fitness, team bonding and communication skills.

All athletic teams are available to San Diego Unified School District students in grades 6-8 FREE of charge. Our winter season will consist of soccer and volleyball for boys and girls teams. Sign-ups for the winter season are currently open and will close on December 5th. Please utilize the link below to sign your student up to receive information on tryouts for their schools team.

Save the Date: December 2 FoDaC Family Movie Night

FoDaC invites Dana and Correia families and staff to this year's Winter Movieland featuring the movie Elf (rated PG). On the black top at Dana, and admission is free. Minors must be accompanied by an adult, with no drop-offs.


Doors open at 5:30, local middle school band Playing On the Freeway will take the stage at 5:45, and there will be a special appearance by Santa at 6pm. There will also be an ugly sweater contest, pizza, baked goods, hot cocoa, popcorn, and Dippin' Dots for sale.

Annual Toy Drive Nov. 28th - Dec. 9th

Dana Middle is partnering with Girl Scout Troops 4325 and 4106 in our annual Holiday Toy Drive. Packaged toys and gifts can be donated to needy families in our community. Drop off toys and gifts to collection boxes located in our front office. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Join The Dana SSC

We are looking for a parent who is inserted in joining our SSC for the 2022-23 school year. Please submit your name to Principal Irwin ([email protected]) by Friday, September 28, 2022. Our SSC meets in-person on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Click this link to learn more about this committee.

Keep Track Of Events - View Our Online Event Calendar

Use our online calendar to keep track of events and happenings on campus. Bookmark this link today!

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