February 11th Dana Update

February 11th Dana Update
Posted on 02/11/2023

5th Grade Students Enter Your 23-24 Elective Requests Before Feb. 17th

5th Grade Parents, The Dana Middle Counseling Department has created an informational letter providing you with directions for how to identify your child’s elective options for the 2023-24 school year. Please complete this task by Friday, February 17th, 2023. Students who do not submit elective choices may be randomly assigned an elective for next year. Families not attending Dana next year should use this form to communicate this information to us. Click this link for more information.

5th Grade GATE Testing March 20-22

The San Diego Unified School District GATE office has decided to offer GATE testing to 5th grade students who meet the following criteria:


5th grade students who have never been tested


 5th grade students who scored above the 85th percentile during the previous CogAt test administration

The SDUSD GATE office does not offer GATE testing for students in 6th grade and does not allow students to take the test more than twice. Questions regarding the SDUSD GATE retesting criteria should be directed to the SDUSD GATE office at [email protected].

Students who earn a lower score the second time they take the test will retain the previous higher score. Students previously identified as GATE Seminar will not retake the test. 

All students eligible for retesting will receive an OPT OUT letter in their Language Arts class on February 9th. Students who do not return the OPT OUT letter to their language arts teacher by February 27th will be tested in their language arts class between March 20 and 22nd. Schedule information will be distributed to students prior to the administration of the assessment.

GATE scores are used as only one of multiple data points when placing students in the Honors Humanities program at Dana, Correia Middle, and Point Loma High. Click this link to learn more about our Honors program, including placement criteria.

ASB Book Drive Feb. 13th - 16th

Hello Dana middle school families, this is Myka Ondre from ASB. Next week, February 13th -16th ASB is doing a Book Drive. We are collecting books to donate to San Diego Council on Literacy. Please bring new or gently used books. There will be a box in each first-period class for your child to put them in. The class with the most donations will win an ice cream sandwich party.

Athletes Needed For Dana Flag Football Team!

6th Grade Dana students have an amazing opportunity to participate in Middle School Athletics after school and on Saturdays at middle and high school campuses. We invite your student to participate this upcoming spring season in either boys flag football or girls flag football. This opportunity is for SDUSD students only. Please fill out this form to sign your student up to participate in either boys flag football or girls flag football during the spring season

Completion of this form allows your student to tryout for their school's team. 

We must have 20 students for our boys team and girls teams in order for Dana to participate in this league. Click this link to view the informational flyer.

Visit the After School Athletics webpage located under the Programs menu of our website for more information.

2023 Summer School Options For Parents

San Diego Unified's Family Engagement Department and the Extended Learning Opportunities Department offer various summer school options for parents. Visit our Summer School page under the Programs section of our website for more information.

Feb. 17th. and 20th. Holiday - No School

School will be closed on Friday, February 17th and Monday February 20th to honor President’s Day. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, the holiday became popularly known as Presidents' Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Presidents' Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, past and present.

Dana 5th Grade Students & Parents Participate in Healthy Kids Survey Feb. 20-21

As part of our Local Control Accountability Plan, our District is required to complete the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), the California School Staff Survey (CSSS), and the California School Parent Survey (CSPS). The surveys are anonymous.

5th Grade Families should click this link to complete the parent survey before February 22nd. When opening the link, choose parent survey/take survey, then select the language.

Click this link to learn more about this survey.

February 14: FoDaC Meeting @ Correia

Come join us (valentine, schmalentine) and learn more about FoDac and how you can help support the students and staff at Dana and Correia Middle Schools. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Meeting starts in the Correia Library at 6:00 PM. Visit our website for more information.

Check Out the FoDaC Website!

Your one-stop shop for all things FoDaC, including event listings, meeting minutes and grant approvals. https://fodacms.org/

Join the FoDaC Private Facebook Group

The private Friends of Dana and Correia group on Facebook is run by FoDaC volunteers who share important information and highlight school events. Join us!

Donate to the FoDaC Annual Giving Fund

We are only at 20% of our fundraising goal of $30,000, and we need your support! Funds raised will assist teachers and staff members, supply supplemental educational materials and student experiences, and support school and family social interactions. Without the generosity of your tax-deductible donations, these enrichment programs and special events are not possible. We know with everyone’s support we will have a successful campaign with spectacular outcomes that enrich our children and community!

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