May 8th Dana Update

May 8th Dana Update
Posted on 05/08/2022

Dana Mariner May Broadcast Available

Our May broadcast created by students has been posted on our website. Learn about the word of the month, upcoming events, and our celebration of Ms. Naujokaitis. Click to watch the program.


CAASPP Testing Dates

Click to learn more about standardized testing.


FoDaC Meeting on May 10th @ Correia Middle Library

Join us for the May meeting of the Friends of Dana and Correia Middle School Foundation. This in-person meeting will occur on 5/10 at 6:00 PM in the Correia Middle library. Click this link for more information, including a zoom link.


Join Our After-School Tennis Program

2 spaces open in After-School Tennis on Mondays.  Coach Gustavor Ramirez will de doing classes May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6 and 13.  To register for Session 4 go to: or call 619-722-5106. 

Kevin Surray -


Tips For Easing Transitions

Click this link to view a slidedeck of resources for families with active military members who may be experiencing transitions due to deployment. 


Forgotten Items and Lunches

We have noticed an increase in students who have forgotten their lunches or class projects at home. In these cases, parents will occasionally drop off the items in our front office and request our office staff deliver items to children, to call the classroom to send the child down to pick up their item, or deliver the items themselves. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate these requests. Please keep the following in mind:

  • We attempt to deliver items to classrooms when dropped off prior to first lunch.
  • Students who forget their lunch at home can obtain a free lunch from our cafeteria.
  • Students who forget their project at home and explain the situation to their teacher and turn the project in the following day.
  • Please instruct your child to check-in at the office during passing periods in the event they forgot their lunch or project at home.

Thank you for your support.

Collecting LCFF Data Now Via Parent Portal

Each year the district is responsible for collecting information from our students’ families to

support the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) process. This year, the California Department of Education is allowing districts to collect information now and it will be applied to the 2022 – 23 school year. We believe that starting now will reduce the burden of collecting information during the busy time of opening school in the fall.

In the Parent Portal, we ask parents and families to complete a very short questionnaire that increases the district’s opportunity to receive funds from the state. The information is only collected for this process and will not be used for any other purpose. We ask that you complete this task as soon as possible, 

Paper survey forms will be available later this spring. By completing the survey, you will not only be supporting the district’s efforts, but increasing the chances of your child’s school receiving more of this valuable funding. Click this link to view an informational letter.

Dana Math Night For Parents May 11th

This in-person event scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th at 6:00 PM in the Dana library will give parents an opportunity to learn how to interpret their child’s DEMI math score. Parents will:

  •  Learn about DEMI math assessment administered twice a year
  • Explore problems students are asked to solve
  • Gain an understanding of their child's math ability
  • Learn how they can support their child’s mathematical skills

We will provide your child's most recent DEMI scores and discuss best practices for supporting mathematics. Parents MUST pre-register for this event. Click this link to pre-register prior to May 6th. A digital version of this presentation will be made available to parents who cannot attend this in-person event at a later date.


ELAC Parents Wanted

We are actively recruiting parent representatives to serve on our English Language Learner Advisory Committee. Parents must have a child identified as an English Learner. The English Language Learner Advisory Committee makes recommendations on behalf of the English Language Learner student population at Dana. The committee meets every other month at a time that works for the committee members. Please reach out to Michelle Perkins ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining. We need a minimum of one parent to meet our legal requirements.


Spring Dance May 12th - Eligibility Requirements

We are excited to announce an upcoming series of in-person reward activities for students:

  •  May 12th - 12:30 - 2:00 - Spring Dance in the Center Courtyard
  • May 31st - BMX assembly
  • 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.


6th Grade Student Tour Correia May 13th

The Correia 6th Grade Field Trip is scheduled for Friday, May 13. The bus will depart Dana at 9:00 and arrive at Correia at 9:15. We will depart Correia at 11:15 and arrive at Dana at 11:30. Parents are welcome to participate in this tour. Principal McDade will meet with 6th grade parents in the Correia Library. Parents choosing to do so must provide their own transportation to Correia Middle.


Earth Day Event For Dana Students May 18th and 25th

Earth Day is a day set aside to recognize the importance of caring for and keeping our Earth clean. On May 18th and 25th from 2:45-5:00 pm, Dana and Correia will be at the Famosa Slough clearing paths and removing non-native plants. If you choose to participate you will earn 3 hours of community service. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating. More information to come! Glad we can put on an event that will bring our 2 schools together.

Thank you,


Hannah Sperling - ASB President - Correia Middle School


FODAC Fundraiser @ Pizza Port - May 19

1956 Bacon St. - Visit Pizza Port on Thursday, May 19, between 5-8 pm, and enjoy pizza and salad with friends. Guests must present a printed flyer when placing their order or upon pick-up. Pizza Port will donate a portion of all sales directly back to the schools. Thank you for your support.


Incoming Parent Breakfast May 25th

Come have fun at our informal in-person breakfast! Principal Irwin, Vice Principal Perkins, and Friends of Dana and Correia (FODAC) Directors will share all of the exciting ways Dana parents are involved with their child’s experience at the middle level. Refreshments and meet and greet starts at 9:00 AM. The presentation begins at 9:20 AM. Please sign-in at our front office. Click here to learn more about Dana Middle.

The Friends of Dana and Correia Foundation meets every second Tuesday of the month at 5 PM. Visit the calendar for details.9:00 the meet and greet starts and 9:20 the meeting starts. At Dana - include the logo.


In Person Open House May 25th - Download The Flyer

Our In Person Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Parents and students may visit classrooms, check out projects, and chat with teachers during our free-flowing Spring event. Click this link to download the flyer.


Homework Club Ends May 25th

We would like to thank the Friends of Dana and Correia for supporting our after school tutoring program. Homework club will conclude on May 25th. Students who were attending one or more days a week should be picked up at 2:25 PM beginning May 30th. 

2022 Summer Reading Program

Explore your world and beyond during the Summer Reading Program!  San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this event and venture beyond the beaten path and read! Click this link for more information.


Keep Track Of Events - View Our Online Event Calendar

Use our online calendar to keep track of events and happenings on campus. Bookmark this link today!

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