v. 45 NOVEMBER 15, 2018

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There is no school on Nov. 18 & 22nd next week!

Nov. 25 @ 8am Elementary Parent Coffee Morning - Discussion on MAP Assessments

Season 2 Parent Meeting

Nov. 28 @ 8:30 in the auditorium for U14, JV and Varsity Athletics and Senior Fine Arts.

DAA National Day Celebrations K-12 will take place on November 28th

superintendent's perspective

Dear DAA Families,

It has been another successful week of learning and growing at Dubai American Academy. Our Middle and High School held their first Parent-Teacher Conferences, and I know many of you were able to take this opportunity to visit your child's classrooms and get some personalized feedback on their academic progress. I got to be a DAA mom for 50 minutes too, as I ran up and down the hallways for my child’s conferences.

In addition, we were fortunate enough to have the founder of the Future Fluencies, Lee Watanabe-Crockett on-site to both work with our teachers to further their practice and conduct an Elementary Parent Coffee. At DAA, we aim to build a community of life-long learners, both with our students and with our staff. We look forward to having more of these opportunities and will update you on the next parent meeting with Lee.

Next Thursday, November 22nd, will be both a professional development day for our teachers, as well as American Thanksgiving. There will be no school for students on this day.

As we reflect on the many things for which we are thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share just a few of them with you: We are thankful for our students who come to school every day ready to learn – they give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here. We are thankful for the support of the parents in creating an outstanding partnership for our students. We are thankful for our staff who really care about student achievement and have the best interests of our students at heart. We are also thankful for our volunteers who enthusiastically contribute so much to our school.

This week you would have received an email regarding MAP scores and reports went home for MS and HS during Parent Conferences. Elementary reports will go home on November 21st. For your reference, valuable information about MAP is reprinted below.

What is MAP?

MAP stands for Measures of Academic Progress. MAP assessments are online, interactive, and adaptive tests for Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science that help us evaluate the achievement, progress, and instructional needs of students throughout the school year. The test provides students with engaging, age-appropriate assessments. As students respond to questions, the assessment responds to students, adjusting the level of difficulty based on correct or incorrect responses. Each child takes tests specifically targeting their learning level.

Which MAP tests are taken at DAA and how often are they administered?

At DAA, students from Grades 1 to 10 take MAP tests. The subject tests they take vary slightly depending on grade level:

  • Grade 1 – Reading and Math
  • Grade 2 – Reading, Math, and Language Usage
  • Grade 3 to 10 – Reading, Math, Language Usage, and Science

Students are tested in the Fall, Winter, and Spring of each academic year. The next set of testing will take place in late-January to early February 2019, approximately.

What are MAP scores?

Your child’s MAP assessment results are represented as RIT (Rasch Unit) scores. Like inches of a ruler, the RIT scale measures in equal intervals, regardless of a student’s grade level (e.g. Grade 6) – and it remains stable over time. As a result, we can accurately measure student’s growth between tests. RIT scores enable teachers to recognize where to focus attention in order to optimize your child’s learning, and monitor their progress.

How do teachers at DAA use MAP assessments?

MAP tests are linked to the DAA curriculum through the Common Core standards for each subject and grade level. Teachers use the results to design instruction tailored to their student’s abilities and learning needs. Teachers and students work together to set individual academic goals in each subject to ensure that every student learns and grows. MAP assessments however, are just one of various assessment data points that educators at DAA use to inform instruction. We use a variety of reference points that include both quantitative and qualitative data sources to develop a holistic view of each student.

Why do we do MAP testing?

MAP assessments help each student know where they are at a given point in time, where they need to be as they set goals, and how to get there, guided by their teachers. Your child will come home and be able to share how they are progressing towards their goals with you. MAP assessments provide a consistent, objective, formative assessment that helps motivate and inspire every student.

Please find below some MAP testing resources that provides more information:

MAP Student Progress Report Quick Reference Guide

MAP Parent Guide

MAP Parent Guide (Arabic)

NWEA/MAP Parent Toolkit

On behalf of the entire DAA learning community, once again I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful long weekend!


Tammy Murphy

Please note: Talk and Walk with Tammy will move to November 20th at 8am as November 18th has been declared a holiday for the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). School will be closed on Sunday November 18. Click on the image to register.

athletics and activities

Season 2 Parent Meeting

Parents of students in U14, JV and Varsity Athletics and Senior Fine Arts are invited to a coffee morning on November 28th @ 8:30 am in the auditorium.


Season Two is now upon us! Thank you to all those students who registered, and tried out for our teams. The numbers were extremely impressive and congratulations to those students who were selected to represent the Leopards.

Throughout the season parents and students can find important information from these four sources:





Below you will find all the information regarding practice schedules:

Basketball Practice Schedule

Soccer Practice Schedule

Practice Schedules for Cross Country and Tennis

Please note there could be some minor changes to the practice schedules, and if so, those changes will be communicated to participating students by the respective coaches.

Finally, games will be beginning next week check out the game schedule posted on the Athletics Bulletin Board, and come out and check out the action.

Looking forward to a great season.

Scott Hibbard

Athletic Director

After-School Activities

Middle School ASAs have ended this week. The week of November 19th is the last week for Elementary (K2-5) Internal ASAs. External ASAs may continue to run for an additional week depending on the activity. Please contact your activity provider directly for confirmation.

JEAC (Grades 4-6)

  • Season 1 Grade 4, 5 and 6 Jr EAC Soccer Program has finished. We had over 100 boys and girls playing on our teams
  • Season 2 Grade 4, 5 and 6 Jr EAC Track and Field teams are now looking for runners, jumpers and throwers! Here’s the link to register:


Here at DAA, we cover learning objectives surrounding Moral Education from Grades 1-12. The program hopes to develop a strong moral code within our DAA students to help prepare them for a bright and positive future. The Moral Education curriculum is divided into 4 sections or pillars. They are:

  • Character and Morality
  • Individual and Community
  • Cultural Studies
  • Civic Studies (Grade 5-12)

For more information about Moral Education, please visit

UAE National Day Celebrations

The Zayed Crew comprised of Emirati students, parents along with DAA Arabic & Islamic staff has been working on planning a fun filled UAE National Day Celebration for this year. The festivities will kick off on Nov. 27th, 2018 with divisional assemblies , and the MEGA Celebration taking place on Wednesday, Nov. 28th, 2018. Should you wish to volunteer or contribute to the event in any way, please feel free to contact Noha Bishara at or Nermin Khalil at . More information will be provided closer to the date !!


Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) In The Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent the Most MercifulAssalamo Alaycom Wa Rahmatollah Wa Barakatoh…On the occasion of honoring the birth of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), the Islamic Education Department is delighted to share some information about the last Prophet (PBUH).Allah the Almighty sent all the Prophets and Messengers to call all people to worship Him, and get people out of the darkness into the light, starting from Adam, peace be upon him to the last Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, Allah The Almighty Says: (And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], "Worship Allah and avoid all evils…) the verse.
On the 12th of Rabi^ ul-‘Awwal of every year an honoured and glorified memory shines over the whole world, this occasion is the Honourable Birth of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. On Monday, the twelfth of that month, which falls on the year (571 AD) Lady Amna Bint Wahb gave her husband Abdullah bin Abdul Muttalib a beautiful Baby Boy with a bright face. His grandfather Abdul Muttalib ran to the house of his son Abdullah, then came out carrying the newborn, he was extremely happy thanking Allah the Almighty for this priceless grace. God inspired him to release the name of Mohammad for his grandson.His lineage back to the masters of Makkah and the oldest tribes, he came from a well-known and highly respected family, the name “Mohammed” is derived from the source “Al Hamd”, which means "Praise". He believed that God is One and should be worshiped alone, without any partner.
He had never engaged in backbiting anyone in his life, or participating in gossip. He taught us that Jesus the son of Mary - peace be upon him - is a great miracle of Allah's creation and that his mother among the best creation of Allah the Almighty.Prophet Mohammad PBUH never told a lie in his life and always kept his word, and was known by all the tribes in Makkah, and has a reputation as The Honest and Trustworthy.
Every noble manner of patience and humility, and others had to admit to everyone who knew him by his good manner which is unparalleled among humans.Many famous Non-Muslims when briefed on the biography of Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him, had no choice but to recognize him beholden, nobility and sovereignty, and here are some of their statements:
Mahatma Gandhi to YOUNG INDIA Newspaper, 1924:“I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life." YOUNG INDIA, 1924
Prof. Ramakrishna Rao, in "Muhammad the Prophet of Islam":
"The personality of Muhammad, it is most difficult to get into the whole truth of it. Only a glimpse of it I can catch. What a dramatic succession of picturesque scenes! There is Muhammad, the Prophet. There is Muhammad, the Warrior; Muhammad, the Businessman; Muhammad, the Statesman; Muhammad, the Orator; Muhammad, the Reformer; Muhammad, the Refuge of Orphans; Muhammad, the Protector of Slaves; Muhammad, the Emancipator of Women; Muhammad, the Judge; Muhammad, the Saint. All in all these magnificent roles, in all these departments of human activities, he is alike a hero.”... Mohammad is the "Perfect model for human life."
Michael H. Hart, in his famous book (The 100), A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History:"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level."Lamartine, the French historian, writes in his book (History of Turkey): “Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Mohammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may ask, is there any man greater than he?”Prophet Mohammad peace be upon him was a great model, and the best example to be followed in everything.Peace and blessings be upon Prophet Mohammad and all Allah’s Messengers.


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the High School organized Thanksgiving Appreciation Lunch which will take place on Monday, November 19th. The kind support of High School Parents is requested to bring in pies for the lunch. Please send an email at to confirm if you are able to contribute.

December 3rd - DAAPA High School Parent Christmas Lunch @ Address Hotel. RSVP to More details to share soon!

Congratulations to Hyosuk Jang 4EW and Jude Tamimi KG1-EM for winning the DAAPA pumpkin carving competition!

community news


Dubai American Academy is inviting all parents to submit their children’s work of art to the Junior edition of The International Emerging Artist Award, Dubai’s international contemporary art award dedicated to uncovering visual artists, founded and curated since 2011 by our DAA parent, Rebia Naim.
Selected artwork will be rotating weekly on Elevision Media, a network of 700 digital screens installed in 180 residential and business towers across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, representing over 200,000 viewers daily!
This is an incredible chance for young visual artists to get exposure at such level. The terms for entry are very simple: Parents are invited to send a clear picture of their child's work of art (min 3mb) and to email it to: Kids aged 4-17 years old are invited to participate· Submission is free· Deadline: ongoing - showing a selection of three junior artists every week. · Information required: Name and grade (nationality is optional) · Small description of the artwork (meaning medium and support used. Ex: acrylic on canvas)You can follow the selection on social media on Instagram @emergingartistaward and FB @InternationalEmergingArtistAward

calendar (updated)

Dubai 30X30 Fitness Challenge 2018

Let's Finish Strong!

With only 11 days left of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, we want to ensure we get everyone moving and continue this trend to be active for 30 minutes a day. Currently we have tracked 722 activities, moved 1600 km for a total of 614.4 hours. That is not including PE classes, intramurals and sporting activities occurring around the school. The fitness villages are in full swing. Gyms are offering free classes. There are prizes still to be awarded for student and staff participation. The weather is perfect to be outdoors so get moving while you can!Here at DAA there are still numerous activities to get involved in:






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