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UPDATES AND EVENTS FOR OUR DAA COMMUNITY

v. 42 OCTOBER 4th, 2018

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superintendent's perspective

Dear DAA Families,

Do you wonder what our fabulous teachers are doing on Professional Development Days? On October 3rd and 4th our staff was immersed in a myriad of sessions to stimulate their thinking, advance their crafts and meet the strategic goals of the school around student learning and achievement.

This time allows us to create a space where our teachers learn from each other in a way that is natural, with colleagues and experts in the field. Moments for every teacher at Dubai American Academy to be more metacognitive, to take a mental breath — a professional recharge through learning and sharing. Think about it; we have a collaborative culture in which teachers create, share, and reflect through learning. A culture where teachers actually model what we ask students to do each and every day.

I’d love to share with you a snapshot of our two days.

Our All-Staff meeting set the tone for innovative thinking with our Innovation Activators and Director of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence sharing the crosswalk between our school vision and the innovation vision. A new system called Digital Diego which is a chatbot to book support and resources provides easy access for curriculum integration.

Teachers framed goals for 2018-2019 that support our school priorities

They then moved into work groups for Shift of Practice Reflections based on a book we are all reading entitled, Future-Focused Learning- 10 Essential Shifts.

The first day’s afternoon ended with various rotations in divisions on Literacy, Numeracy, Inquiry, curriculum mapping and protocols for looking at data.

Our Middle School Staff had the honor to work with Dr. Thomas Guskey on mastery learning and standards-based grading. Thomas R. Guskey is Professor Emeritus in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky where he served as Department Chair, Head of the Educational Psychology Area Committee, and President of the Faculty Council.

Our Arabic and Islamic Departments immersed themselves in rubric writing and assessment, as well as differentiation and effective use of technology.

Our high school team engaged in sessions on the upcoming MAP Assessment, PSAT and a review of IB Scripts and IB data.

Time was well spent and we thank you for giving this opportunity to advance our work as a school.

Educationally Committed to Making a Difference in the Lives of All Students,

Tammy Murphy

Superintendent/CEO

from admissions

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to inform you that we are opening Admissions for academic year 2019-2020. Before we accept external students, we would like to ensure that our existing families have priority for siblings.

Please contact the Admissions office or complete an application by November 1, 2018.

We will guarantee your child(ren)’s place on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of AED 10,000 per student which will be adjusted against Semester 1 tuition fees at the start of the next school year.

Should you have any questions please contact Gabrielle Keane, g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com.

parent portals summary

PARENT PORTALS SUMMARY (4).pdf

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fall map testing

DAA are conducting the first set of MAP tests for school year 2018-2019 from the 30th of September to the 18th of October, for students in Grades 1 through 10.

Created by NWEA, students in the U.S. and many other countries take MAP tests two to three times per school year. At DAA, we conduct MAP tests in the Fall, Winter, and Spring, with student results provided to parents at the end of each testing season.

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress. MAP tests are computer-adaptive benchmark assessments that provide a personalized testing experience for each student. The test results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

Teachers at DAA can see the progress of individual students and of their classes as a whole. This data is used to help students set goals and understand what they need to learn to achieve their goals. Teachers also use this data to help personalize lessons at the appropriate levels for their students. MAP progress results are just one of various data points that teachers at DAA use to inform instruction. They use a variety of reference points that include both quantitative and qualitative data sources to develop a holistic view of each of their students.

Curious about MAP testing? Try some practice questions at: https://practice.mapnwea.org and enter the word “grow” as both username and password.

To learn more about MAP and NWEA, please visit the NWEA Parent Toolkit at: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

The MAP Growth Parent Guide is also available to download in Arabic at: https://community.nwea.org/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadBody/2627-102-1-8030/Parent-Guide-Arabic.pdf

Should you have any questions about MAP testing at DAA please reach out to our MAP Coordinator, Ms. Anne Gomez at a.gomez_daa@gemsedu.com.

dAAPA

athletics and activities

We are right in the middle of our sporting calendar for Season One and all the teams are working feverishly preparing for games, and the upcoming EAC and MESAC Tournaments. The swim team competed this past weekend at the MENA Cup Swimming Competition lots of great swimming took place by the Leopard swimmers. They are getting ready to participate in the Nancy Crosser Meet this weekend at ASD.

Our Volleyball teams have been extremely busy and have taken part in many matches. Please see results from the tournaments:

U14 Boys 1st Place UAS Invitational
U14 Girls 4th Place UAS Invitational
JV Boys 3rd Place GAA Invitational
JV Girls 3rd Place GAA Invitational
Varsity Boys 2nd Place MENA Cup
Varsity Girls 2nd Place MENA Cup

The Leopards Golf team have been working hard on their game and took part in the EAC Friendly matches vs ASD and ACS this past week. The competition was fierce and the scores were low. Great job from the players and coaches.

On Monday October 15th the Athletic Department will host a MESAC Travel and Hosting Coffee morning for all parents whose son or daughter is participating in a season one MESAC team. This will be an informational meeting and will start at 08:30 on the first floor.

We look forward to more action in the coming weeks.

We are pleased to announce that we have launched our new Elementary School Swimming Program at DAA. Our program will help children to be more confident in and around the water, to understand water safety and to be competent in their swim stroke techniques. Our certified teachers create a fun, safe and stimulating environment for the students and focus on the first stages of the DAA swimming program. Please encourage your child to be well prepared for the swimming lessons, we don’t want them to miss the fun!

Marie-Claude Leclerc

Aquatics Coordinator

DAA had a great competition at ACS in Abu Dhabi last weekend. Our DAA swimmers are getting faster and stronger! Our Leopards performed very well and some of them beat their personal record. The next competition will be host by ASD on October 4th for the Junior Varsity and Varsity and on October 6th for U14.

Student ID badges

STUDENT IDS: We have begun distribution of DAA student ID cards. Most students in Grades 3-8 have received their official DAA student IDs this week.

These IDs are linked with Slices. If you are already registered with Slices, these cards are active and should be brought to the cafeteria for purchases. You can add money to your account via the online portal or at the Cafe.

It is our goal to be cashless in the cafeteria soon. If you have not yet registered, please visit the Slices website and set up your account on pay.slices.ae.

Important notes:

  1. Bus Students received IDs in early September. Their bus ID is their official school ID and Slices card. They will not receive an additional card.
  2. High school students will receive their IDs next week on Tuesday during MEA.
  3. Students new this year will receive their IDs shortly once their official school photos have been uploaded to the system and their cards are printed.
  4. A cost of 20aed will be charged for replacement of student IDs.

Slices Menu

Copy of October Menu2018(1).pdf

Please note that SLICES will be going through the system upgrade and our server pay.slices.ae will be down from Thursday, Oct 4th 22:00 to Friday, Oct 5th midnight.

REMINDER FROM RTA

KEY CONTACTS

Dubai American Academy Main Landline: 04 704 9777 Main Email: communication_daa@gemsedu.com
ADMINISTRATIONADMISSIONS - Registrar_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9708/ 04 704 9707Director of Admissions, Gabrielle Keane g.keane_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9706
FINANCEfinance_daa@gemsedu.com 04 704 9740 / 04 704 9744
HEALTHhealthoffice_daa@Gemsedu.com / 04 704 9761
PARENT RELATIONSHilda Tabrizi pre_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9730
GOVERNMENT RELATIONSSoheir Mohamed S.MOHAMED_DAA@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9736
SLICES CATERINGsupport@slices.ae / 054 792 7515 / 054 792 7503
STS BUS SERVICEKelvin Rosario kelvin.rosario@stss.ae / 04 704 9755

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