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  • Where can I download a student supply list?

    Incoming students and families are excited about getting ready for the first day of school. Unfortunately, in compliance with the California Department of Education, we cannot post a "School Supply List". Please follow this link for more information.

    The Dana Association posts a suggested student supply list on their own website. You can view it here.

    Please make sure to join our eBlast system to receive emails from our Parent Association regarding this topic.

     

    How can I learn more about Dana Middle School?

    Q: My child will be attending Dana Middle School next year. How can I learn more about Dana?
     
    A: There are a variety of ways you can learn more about the educational program at Dana Middle School:
     
    *We have a variety of tours and parent events
    *Our GATE Department webpage provides a description of our GATE/Seminar program
    *Our Electives Program web page provides details on the variety of electives offered at Dana Middle School
    *The Digital Toolkit educates parents on digital tools available to both parents and students
    *The Dana Association section of the website educates parents on how they can support their students at school

    In addition, we will be conducting a “new student orientation” for all incoming students in September. The orientation provides both parents and students with an opportunity to explore the campus, meet teachers, and ask questions. Additional information will be mailed home to families in early August.

I am the parent of an new student to Dana. How can I learn more about Dana Middle School?

There are four ways parents and students can learn about the exciting and innovative educational program at Dana Middle School!

  • Take a parent tours
  • Take a student tour
  • Visit our website
  • Attend our parent breakfast
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  • When is New Student Orientation?

    The New Student Orientation will be held the Friday before the first day of school. 6th Grade Orientation begins at 8:30 AM. 5th Grade Orientation begins at 11:00 AM. Parents and students are encouraged to arrive 30 to 45 minutes ahead of time to obtain a student schedule.

    Students will obtain their schedule on the playground. The orientation will begin in the Dana Jackson Theater where families will be introduced to the Dana staff members. Students will have the opportunity to practice walking their schedule. Teachers will be present in their classrooms to meet students.

    Dana families will receive an invitation via US Mail in August.
     

    Can I pick up my student schedule before Student Orientation?

    Student schedules will not be available earlier because our team is still finalizing the information.
     

    I can't pick up my schedule during orientation. Can someone else pick it up for me? If not, when can I pick it up?

     
    Student schedules will be distributed before school on the first day. Yes, you may have someone else pick it up for you. All schedules not picked up at Orientation will be available for pick up before school on the first day.
     

    What are the school hours?

     
    School starts at 7:35 AM and ends at 2:25 PM. School ends at 12:15 pm every Thursday.
     

    I want to change my child's teacher. How do I do this?

    Talk to your child’s counselor. Both counselors will return to campus the Wednesday before school begins. Please email them directly. Please follow this link to view the Counseling Department website.
     

    I have a question regarding my child's placement in classes. Who should I speak with?

    Talk to your child’s counselor. Both counselors will return to campus the Wednesday before school begins. Please email them directly. Please follow this link to view the Counseling Department website.