March 19th Dana Update

March 19th Dana Update
Posted on 03/18/2022

Dana Variety Show Sign-Ups At Lunch

It is with great pleasure and fanfare that we announce the 2022 Dana Variety Show! This is your child’s chance to perform an act of their own choice, family members, and educators. All types of acts will be considered in keeping with the truest sense of the traditional variety show format. Sign up at lunch before Friday, March 25th. Try-outs begin Monday, April 4th. Rehearsals begin April 12th. The Variety Show airs Friday, April 22nd. See the sign up table at lunch for more information or contact Scott Schwerdtfeger ([email protected]) or Joe Quezada ([email protected]) for more information.

New SDUSD 6th Grade After School Intramurals Program

Correia and Dana Middle Schools are excited to share that SDUSD is launching Middle School Sports. Middle School Athletics will be rolled out in three phases with soccer starting this Spring.

  •  Phase 1, 2021-2022: Soccer (4/9-6/11)
  •  Phase 2, 2022-2023: Basketball, Volleyball, Flag-Football & Track
  •  Phase 3, 2023-2024: All of the above and will expand based on input surveys

Male and female teams will be offered in each sport. If participation numbers are low, then a coed team will be created. All athletic teams are available to SDUSD students in grades 6-8 FREE of charge.

Parents can find more information by visiting the district middle school athletics website.

Our first sport will be soccer. Tryouts began on March 14, 2022 but sign-ups are still open. Games will occur April 2022 – June 2022. For more information please review the Soccer Tryouts Flyer

5th and 6th Grade Parents To Take California Schools Parent Survey

Dana Families - we need your help. The district has set a goal for 70% of our families to take this survey. As of today only 50 families have responded. Please click this link to take the survey today! -

All 5th and 6th grade parents are encouraged to take the California Schools Parent Survey (CSPS) before May 21st.

Please click this link to access the survey:

The CalSCHLS system was created by the California Department of Education (CDE) in 1997 to efficiently and cost-effectively provide school districts and their partner communities with quality local data which can be used to improve student academic performance and social-emotional, behavioral, and physical health of all youth. It assesses key indicators linked to success in school, career, and life. There are three parts to this survey:

  •  California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) - Completed by 5th grade students in their Social Studies classroom on Wednesday, March 23rd
  •  California School Staff Survey (CSSS) - taken by Dana Staff
  •  California School Parent Survey (CSPS)

All three surveys were developed by WestEd with the help of Duerr Evaluation Resources and expert advisory committees of educators, researchers, and practitioners. The staff and parent surveys were added to address the needs of districts for data on school working conditions, parent involvement, and enable comparison of staff and parent perspectives to student self-reports. Follow this link for more information.

Parents can choose to opt their child out of this survey. Click this link to submit your opt out form.

Support Available For Families Around Mask Rules

As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors must wear masks while indoors at all schools and other district properties until Spring Break.


After students and staff return to campus on April 4 following Spring Break, masks will continue to be strongly recommended but no longer required. All other COVID-19 mitigation strategies, policies and safety precautions remain in place. 


As a school community, it is important to keep in mind the unique feelings and circumstances of each individual in their choice to continue wearing a mask or not after April 4. We fully support the decision of all students, families, and staff. Harassment or bullying of anyone based on this personal choice will not be tolerated.


Below are some great resources for staff and families to help students understand and ease fears and anxiety they may be experiencing:

San Diego Unified remains committed to fostering a culture of respect among all members of our school community. Thank you for your partnership in this effort to focus on helping all students feel safe and valued in a place of learning and growth. 

Save The Date For Parent Internet Safety Night - March 22nd

We are offering an informational parent presentation regarding Internet safety.  The Internet is an amazing place where kids spend a lot of time socializing and exploring.  Unfortunately, there are risks involved when having access to so many digital platforms and cyber communities.  It's really important for parents to stay informed about child cyber safety.  The San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (SD-ICAC) and the San Diego Police Foundation are providing tools to help families manage their online lives.  Learn about cyberbullying, social networking, gaming, sexting, and online predators.  Parents and guardians are invited to attend this important community event on March 22, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 PM.  

The presentation will be on Zoom. The presenters want a protected online environment. No recordings or pictures are allowed. All participants must sign in with their first and last names. They are asking for cameras and audio to remain off.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Password: 118621

Spring Break March 28 - April 1

Spring Break begins Monday, March 28th. School will resume on Monday, April 4th.

COVID Tests Distributed To Students Prior To Spring Break

All students and staff are being provided at-home COVID testing kits to self-test before returning to campus after spring break. The district plans to distribute the kits sometime between Wednesday 3/23/22 and Friday 3/25/22 to staff and students. The instructional flier is available in multiple languages: English, Karen, Spanish, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Vietnamese. The District will be sending an email to all families and staff before the break with the notice of these at-home COVID testing kits, that they are optional, and the dates of when students and staff should self-test. Reminders will also be sent to families and staff during the break. For questions, please contact [email protected]

6th Grade Class Photo April 4th

All 6th grade students will participate in a panoramic photo shoot on Monday, April 4th at 1:00 PM. Memorialize your 6th grade year with your own copy of the panoramic photo. Informational flyers will be sent home through your period six teacher.

In-Person Dana School Tour April 7th

New students and parents are invited to participate in an in-person school tour. Meet with Principal Irwin and other staff members during a Q/A session. Explore the campus and tour the library and classrooms. Dana Middle School conducts school tours on the first Thursday of the month. Our afternoon tour is held from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Reservations are not necessary. Tours start in the front office. Students are welcome. Link to school calendar.

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 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.

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!

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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