May 27th Dana Update

May 27th Dana Update
Posted on 05/27/2023

Incoming Parent Breakfast @ Correia For 6th Grade Families - May 31st

Come have fun at our informal in-person breakfast for future 7th grade families!  Correia Principal McDade, Asst. Principal Kupper, and Friends of Dana and Correia Directors will share all of the exciting ways Correia parents are involved with their child’s experience at the middle level. The Parent Breakfast is scheduled for May 31, 2023 from 8:30-10:00 AM at Correia Middle School. Click this link for more information.

May 26th - 29th Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. All schools will be closed on both days. 

Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season.

Clarifying Misleading GATE Seminar Letter

Some parents recently received a misleading email from the SDUSD GATE office during the week of May 17th. The email was sent from the [email protected] email address and contained the following statement:

“You are receiving this message because your child was recently identified as GATE Seminar. Please visit the San Diego Unified GATE Website to download, complete, and submit the GATE Seminar Intent to Enroll form if you would like to request placement in a Seminar class. Each school site sends home the report you will need to attach to the form. Please reach out to your child’s school if you need additional support or have questions regarding the GATE programming at their site.”

This email was sent to parents by a central office staff member without the knowledge of site leadership. This email contains misleading information which can lead to confusion. 

  • You do not need to send a “letter of intent” to participate in the GATE program. The Point Loma Cluster leadership makes the assumption that all students will want to participate in programs they qualify for, and as a result we will place the student in the recommended classes unless otherwise notified. We have followed this policy for the last ten years.
  • Dana Middle offers an Honors Program instead of a GATE Seminar program. Students are offered access to our most rigorous courses based upon a variety of criteria including grades, test scores, and reading assessments. Correia Middle and Point Loma High follow this model as well. Please follow this link for more information.
  •  All students identified as GATE Seminar are automatically recommended for placement in Honors.
  • Our site previously distributed a GATE letter to the families of children who participated in GATE testing. You can view a generic version of this letter here.

We apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

June 1st - Spring Dance After School

Our Spring Dance is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st from 12:35 to 2:00 PM in our center courtyard. A DJ, photo booth, and other activities will be available. Thank you to our ASB students for organizing this event.

The Spring Dance is a reward activity. Students must be eligible to participate in this event. Students not eligible to participate will be notified prior to Thursday. Please follow this link to review our eligibility requirements.

June 1st - Campus Tour

4th grade 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.

Eligibility Requirements for End Of Year Activities

The following reward activities are scheduled for the end of the year:

  •  Thursday, June 1st - Spring Dance
  • Tuesday, June 6th - Spring Music Concert
  • Wednesday, June 14th - 6th Grade Field Day

These activities are put in place to reward students for making positive choices throughout the school year. Reward activity eligibility requirements can be found in the student planner or by clicking this link.

June 6th - ASB Spirit Day - Beach Day

Hi Dana parents, this is Logan from ASB. Our next spirit day is beach day on Tues June 6th. We will be doing Limbo, music and beach ball races and please wear sunglasses and tropical prints

June 7-9 Student Recognition Assemblies

The Dana Student Recognition Assembly is an opportunity to acknowledge students who have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment towards demonstrating the values and beliefs we are promoting in our students. Our 5th grade assembly will be held during Period 6 on Wednesday, June 7th. Our 6th grade assembly will be held during Period 6 on Friday, June 9th. Parents are invited to attend. Families of students receiving awards will be notified via email on May 24th. Click this link for more information.

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