Dear Dana Families,
Welcome to Dana Middle School! Our administration, teachers and staff are looking forward to working with you as we prepare all of our students for the global society they will lead. At Dana Middle we challenge each of our students to reach their full potential with our quality instructional program. We hope to continue the positive relationship we have established with our parents and the community. For our students' safety, always check in at the office anytime you visit Dana Middle. Dana Middle will reopen for registration this week on August 15th.
STUDENT ORIENTATION Orientation for 6th grade students and parents will be on Friday, August 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.. Orientation for 5th grade students and parents will be on Friday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please arrive approximately thirty minutes early to obtain a copy of your child’s schedule then report to the Dana Jackson Theater for a welcome presentation. Students will be given time to visit classrooms and meet their teachers after the orientation. Dana Logo Wear will be available for purchase during orientation. Help your child prepare for upcoming Dana Spirit Days by purchasing a Dana t-shirt. SIGN UP FOR OUR FRIDAY EBLAST The Dana Administrative Team and the Dana Association President meet to create a weekly eblast that is informative, relevant, and time-sensitive. To sign up, go to www.danamiddle.com and check on the link at the very top of the home page that says, “Enter your email to get eBlast”. This is a very quick and easy way to stay informed and be connected to upcoming events. In an effort to be environmentally friendly, we rarely send home paper flyers, so make sure to sign up for the weekly eBlast if you want to know about our current events happening around campus. VISIT THE DANA WEBSITE REGULARLY – www.danamiddle.com Our website is updated weekly. Check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section. You will be able to find the answer to any question on our website. If not, let us know your question and we will post the information.
Our main office is open every day from 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM. Due to a limited budget, we only have three full-time people in our front office, but they are here to help you. If your child must be absent from school, please call 619-225-3897 to report the absence.
If you would like to communicate with a staff member, please check the staff section of our website for email addresses. Email is the most efficient method of communication. You may also call 619-225-3897.
DANA STAFF SUPPORTS
Dana has two counselors on staff to assist students and parents. Yvette McKany can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Erika Wright can be reached at email@example.com. Both counselors can also be reached by calling 619-225-3897.
All Dana students will receive a Dana Middle School student planner, compliments of our Dana Association. The planner is an important tool in promoting school success. Please set aside time to review it with your child. You will find school information such as school rules, dress code, attendance policy, and other important policies in the first few pages of the planner. You will also find important information to help your child keep organized throughout the year. They will be distributed during the first week of school. Please invest in the time it takes to read and discuss this information with your child. An informed parent is an involved parent.
CURRICULUM NIGHT / BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT
Mark your calendar – Thursday, September 14th from 5:30-7:30 PM. The purpose of this event is for you to learn about the curriculum directly from your child’s teachers. More detailed information will be posted on our website in September and sent home through our eBlast system.
21ST CENTURY LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Dana’s 5th and 6th grade students will once again participate in the One To One Netbook project. In addition to being issued textbooks, students will check out a netbook (computer laptop) and carrying case from the library for use in school and at home. Internet connectivity will be provided allowing students to access assignments and resources posted by teachers. Parents can attend an optional informational meeting. Informational meetings will be held on the following dates:
•Student Orientation – August 25th from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m..
•Back To School Night – September 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
We are looking forward to another exciting and productive year. You are always welcome to visit and volunteer in as many ways as you can. Your child is transitioning from elementary to middle school; this does not mean they no longer need you. Remember, your involvement in your child's education is a key factor in his/her success.