Q: What is a Dana Student Recognition Assembly & when is it held?
A: 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 trying to promote in our students. This assembly is conducted at the end of the school year. Students are eligible to receive two types of awards:
Academic Recognition - Academic GPA of 3.5 or greater and No D’s or F’s
Character Recognition - Students are recognized for their grit/resilience, honesty, kindness/empathy, responsibility, and courage. Each teacher identifies one student per category.
- Biliteracy Certification
Special Recognition Awards in the following categories:
- Tariq Kahamisa Peace Award for being compassionate, a problem solver and an all–around peacemaker
- Leadership Award for demonstrating excellent communication skills, for being trustworthy, and for possessing the ability to take charge
- Award for Innovative Thinking for being creative, global-minded, tech-savvy, and thinking outside the box
- Richard Henry Dana Mariner Award for possessing an adventurous spirit, for being intellectually fearless and for displaying incredible self-confidence
- OB People's Co-Op Go Green Award for dedication and commitment to increasing environmental awareness and for making a difference in the community
- Physical Excellence Award for demonstrating incredible self-discipline, high levels of perseverance and for being goal oriented
- Zeiger Award for demonstrating great enthusiasm, positive energy, and a dedication to the arts
- Hope of America - 6th graders - For possesing outstanding leadership ability, ethical and moral character, and achievement in academic studies, and for showing promise of future success and service to the community
Q: Is this policy new?
A: Yes. Prior to the 2018-19 school year students were only recognized for meeting academic and citizenship requirements. This was formerly known as “honor roll”. The celebration of character traits was not incorporated into our Honor Roll program. We changed our policy to better align with key concepts we are promoting with students through “The Pointer Way”. Please click this link to learn more about The Pointer Way.
Q: How do students qualify?
A: Academic Recognition is based solely upon the Academic GPA. The Academic GPA is included on the semester report card. Academic GPAs are weighted based upon the frequency which a class occurs. Please follow this link to download a jobaid describing how to calculate a GPA on your own.
Q: What is the difference between a Progress Report and a Report Card?
A: A job-aid with visual diagrams representing relationships between progress reports and report cards is available for download.The job aid also provides details on how to calculate academic and citizenship GPA (look for GPA Progress Report Jobaid for Parents)
Q: What is a GPA and how is it calculated?
A: Grade Point Average (GPA) a measure of scholastic attainment computed by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of credits of course work taken. GPA's are calculated every six weeks using the most recent grades awarded by your child's teacher.
A job-aid with visual diagrams representing how a GPA is calculated is available for download. This document was distributed to parents along with the first progress report. (look for GPA Progress Report Jobaid for Parents)
Q: What types of GPA's are used at Dana? What is a Citizenship GPA?
A: Dana uses two different types of GPA's, academic and citizenship. The academic GPA represents school work. The citizenship GPA represents effort and behavior. Dana teachers use a Citizenship Rubric to determine a child's citizenship grade. A copy of the Citizenship Rubric is available for download. Follow this link to download the document (look for Citizenship Rubric). An academic and citizenship grade is reported for each class.
Q: How are GPAs calculated?
A: Each grade is assigned a number of points. The scale below is used to determine the number of points assigned for each grade:
A - 4.0
B - 3.0
C - 2.0
D - 1.0
F - 0.0
NOTE: Plus and minus grades represent teacher comments. They are not recorded in your child’s academic history and not part of the GPA calculation.
G -Exceed Standards - 3.0
S - Meet Standards - 2.0
N - Not Meeting Standards - 1.0
Your student earns an academic and citizenship grade for each class. A GPA reflects the average of these grades. This process can be complex because grades are weighted based upon the frequency the class meetings. Students spend twice the amount of time in a language arts class as they do for math or social studies. As a result, the language arts grade earns twice the value. Students spend half the amount of time in PE and science as they do in math or social studies. As a result, these classes earn half the value. We have developed a job-aid to help parents understand this process.
Q: Are plus and minus grades worth more or less than standard grades?
A: No. According to SDUSD policy, a student receives credit for one of the following grades: A, B, C, D, or F. The plus or minus comment is used to help the student understand how close they are to receiving a different grade. In other words, as far as GPA's are concerned, a B+ is the same as a B-.
Q: Why is the Citizenship GPA important?
A: The school uses academic and citizenship GPA to determine if you can participate in the following events:
6th Grade Field Day
Please view our calendar for progress report and report card distribution dates for the current school year.