March 22nd Update

Posted on 03/22/2024

State Testing begins April 29th 

English Language Arts -  4/29 - 5/3 

Math -  5/6  - 5/10 

5th grade Science -   5/13 - 5/24   

Headphones: We will supply wired headphones to any student who does not have them. If your student has wired headphones they can bring in for state testing, we would encourage that option to help us save on our supply of wired headphones. 

School Cash Online

Parents!  Please register with School Cash Online using this link Welcome

SchoolCash Online is an easy to use and safe way to pay for your children’s school fees. Now, with a few clicks, you can pay for your child’s yearbook, class trips and so much more from your own home.  All you have to do is register an account, attach your children’s names and in no time you will be able to make payments online.

5th and 6th Grade Parents to Take California Schools Parent Survey Prior To March 29th

All 5th and 6th grade parents are encouraged to take the California Schools Parent Survey (CSPS) before March 29th.

Please click this link to access the survey: (when opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select language).

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 Friday, March 15th.
  • California School Staff Survey (CSSS) - taken by Dana Staff
  • California School Parent Survey (CSPS) - taken by Dana Parents before March 29th

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.

Prime Time Applications for 2024/25

Greetings Dana Middle School Families,

The 2024-25 PrimeTime Online Application will be available beginning Monday, March 4, 2024, at 8:00 a.m.  The application can be found on the San Diego Unified School District website, link below.

You may contact Dana's PrimeTime program leader at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Principal’s Coffee Update

Here is a link to the slides from this month’s coffee with the principal about course sequences and elective options in our school. Please join us in the coming months for topics like:

  • April 18:  SEL @ Dana- planning for the future
    • How can we continue to embed more social-emotional learning in our school?
  • May 2:  State of the School- Looking to 24/25
    • What is the student experience at Dana, and how do we plan together for the future?

Upcoming Dates in the next month 

March 27 - School Site Council (SSC) meeting at 3:00 pm

March 27 - Site Governance Team (SGT) meeting immediately following the SSC meeting

March 29 - due date for California School Parent Survey (CSPS) - taken by Dana Parents

April 1-5 - Spring Break, NO School

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