January 21, 2021
Only students who have pre registered will be able to complete the PSAT in person on Tuesday, January 26th. Ms. Courlander sent an email out this week asking for confirmation via a Google Form. If you have not yet confirmed your attendance, please do so now.
Subject Selection Preview
February is a big month for subject selection for all grade levels. At the beginning of February you will be receiving grade level specific emails detailing the information sessions and the timelines for students to complete their subject selections. Students currently in Grades 9 and 10 will be utilising some of the time during our HSC week (28th Feb to 4th March) to attend information and Q&A sessions about subject selection and the role of Unifrog.
Plan for Grade 9 - Tuesday, January 26th
This day will provide an opportunity for students to celebrate, reflect and look ahead. Students will celebrate the milestone of writing their first Grade 9 exams by reflecting on what went well and what they can improve on for next time. Students will additionally begin to think about their future at DAA and after graduation by participating in a session about UniFrog that will entail completing activities pertaining to:
Preliminary University Research
Four Year DAA Course Planning
Students will receive a link directly for the zoom meeting via email. The session will begin at 7:30am and last until 11:00am.
MEA plan for Grade 9 and 10 on the 27th and 28th January
On Wednesday and Thursday next week, Grades 9 and 10 will be asked to work asynchronously from home. Specifically, students will pair up with a classmate from their MEA group and explore active citizenship through the lens of sustainability.
Pairs will create a presentation to share with their peers that includes:
o An overview of a particular element of sustainability
o Relate to UN sustainability goals
o Suggest how similar projects could be run in the UAE
Graduation Gown Ordering
It has come to that time of the year where we have started preparing for Graduation. We are pleased to announce that C.L. Seifert will continue to be our official supplier for our graduations caps and gowns. Students will have the option of purchasing the gown (300AED) or renting the gown(189AED). A detailed email will be sent in the coming days from C.L. Seifert regarding sizing and how to use their online portal to order the ensemble. They will handle the following:
Handover and delivery
Please visit their website for further information: http://clseifert.com/ae/
For any questions and concerns regarding Graduation Gowns please contact Nashmia Saleem, HS Principal’s Secretary.
Calling all high school female students to take notice of the upcoming competition “GIRLS’ SYMPOSIUM”. This is a student-led competition, the purpose of which is to spur creativity and nurture ideas by female students. It was initiated by Vedha Sitlani, a DAA 11th grade student who aspired to provide a platform for girls to bring forward ideas and receive feedback from some of the most influential women spearheading innovation in the UAE. Vedha has reached out to some amazing leaders who have graciously volunteered to judge the competition. They include:
Joy Ajlouny, founder of Fetchr (dubbed the number one start-up in the Middle East by Forbes)
Mona Ataya, founder of Mumzworld
Donna Benton, founder of The Entertainer
Dana Baki, co-founder of MUNCH:ON
And now, a prize amount of up to AED 10 000 is available courtesy of Fintrek Marketing, Channel Partner of Emirates NBD
We look forward to seeing the creativity and talent of our students shine through!
High School Counseling Corner
MS/HS Musical is Coming Soon!
We are in the final weeks of rehearsing and close to starting film production for the 2021 MS/HS musical production ‘Mask-i-cal’. The cast and band have been working tirelessly during rehearsals and have now come together to perform. We also have a large crew on board. The painting crew have made large scale murals that are on display at the tennis courts. The props and costumes crew have have been sewing, painting and constructing every workshop. Finally the tech and publicity crew have been making posters, logos, and behind the scenes footage. Ahmed and Zahaan, both grade 6 students, have made two behind the scenes video to give everyone a little taste of what is to come. The Mask-i-cal will be screened live on Youtube soon. Stay tuned for more details.
The HIGH SCHOOL HUB hopes to provide students and their parents/guardians with an important resource in various areas of the high school including but not limited to areas such as: the IB, AP, Counseling department, Student Council, CAS, HS Program of Studies to name a few.
We hope you find this new resource helpful.
The best tool that we can suggest to you is the Powerschool App. The Powerschool App allows you to see your child’s:
Assignments (Late, missing, and upcoming)
For troubleshooting Powerschool contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
HS General Email:Highschool_daa@gemsedu.com
HS Attendance SecretaryRoma Agtarap / 04 704 9747 / email@example.com
HS Secretary to PrincipalsNashmia Saleem/ 04 704 9723 / firstname.lastname@example.org
HS Secretary to CounselorsJan Evans/04 704 9831 / email@example.com
Gr 9: Ms. JoAnn Porterfield A-Z https://jporterfielddaa.youcanbook.me
Grades 10-12: Katrina Watson: A-C https://katrinawatson-4.youcanbook.me/
Rhiana Courlander: D- Kep https://rhiana-2.youcanbook.me
Steven Johanson: Kh-Q https://sjohanson.youcanbook.me/
Trisha Johnson: R- Z https://mstrishajohnson.youcanbook.me/