November 19, 2020

Dear DAA Middle School Families,

It is hard to believe we are almost to holiday break.  As I go into classrooms everyday, I am amazed and grateful at how our staff and students have responded to our blended learning environment.  Your support at home during this time has been paramount in the success of students as well.

I hope you were able to connect with your child’s teachers during Parent/Teacher Conferences and glean insight to their progress.  With only a handful of weeks left before break, staff are making sure assessments are marked and entered in PowerSchool regularly so you and your child have an accurate understanding of how they are progressing with the standards.

While teachers were holding conferences, our educational assistants did professional development to reflect on ways we can help students on a daily basis.  There was rich conversation about the techniques that are used, as well as how important having a good relationship with students is to being effective in the classroom.  I am incredibly proud of the work our EAs do every day and support the learning process at DAA!

Finally, if your student is missing any items, please make sure they check for it  in the Lost & Found, located in Commons 1. There are a variety of notebooks, water bottles, and sweaters that have been turned in.

What's Happening at DAA

Upcoming Dates

Middle School Art Exhibitions

The fantastic artworks of our very talented and creative Middle School students now! Unit 1 artworks are currently exhibited all around the Middle School. In Commons 1 you will find a display of Grade 8 Art ‘Realistic Portraits’ that focus on the art elements of value and texture. In Commons 3 we have Grade 7 Art ‘Op Art’ cubes hanging from the ceiling and photos on display boards, with a focus in line and shape. In Commons 4 you will find Grade 6 Art ‘Aerial Perspective Landscapes’ that have a focus on color and value. Finally outside the Drama Room you can see the Grade 8 World Art classes finished artworks based on ‘Japan’, with a focus on origami, notans, manga and famous artworks. 

Can't roam the halls to see the exhibition? We have brought the exhibition to you! Watch Now!


MS Counselor's Corner

For those that were interested in attending this webinar, but were unable to do so, please follow the link below to view a recording. https://bit.ly/2UF6Q0J 

MS Ambassadors share their top 5 tips for online learning success - Tips For Kids, By Kids.

Our A/B Schedule

November 22nd will mark the beginning of Week 1.  We will see the A group on campus.  Below is a reminder of our A/B schedule.

I hope you all stay well,

Justin ReynoldsPrincipal, DAA Middle School


key contacts

MS General Email: 



Sarah Hole s.hole_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9722

Middle School Attendance: 

msattendance_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9728

Middle School Counselors

Grade 6 - Mrs. Mira Nasr - m.nasr_daa@gemsedu.comGrade 7 - Mrs. Pushpa Dasari - p.dasari_daa@gemsedu.comGrade 8 - Mrs. Christina DeMers - c.demers_daa@gemsedu.com
MS Principal: Justin Reynoldsj.reynolds_daa@gemsedu.com
Assistant MS Principal: Maggie Moffat Baxterm.moffat1_daa@gemsedu.com
Middle School Dean of Students: Sean McGarveys.mcgarvey_daa@gemsedu.com