October 21, 2021

Dear DAA Middle School Families,

With three of the four MAP tests complete, a couple of EXPO field trips, fantastic learning opportunities in our classrooms, and a long weekend, we are drawing near to the end of October!  I am so proud of the activities and challenges that are taking place in the middle school.  

Our grade 6 Global Outcomes teachers took their class to visit the Center of Excellence to pique their interest in an ongoing activity.  Students explored Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to get an idea of how they might be able to represent their chosen moment in history!

Professional learning days at DAA are sacred.  We appreciate your understanding that this time is very productive for our staff and enables them to enhance the learning experiences your children have each day. This past week, our teachers focused on what individualized, inspired, and interconnected assessments look like in DAA by digging into their standards, rubrics, and moderating those assessments with their colleagues.  I am so proud of the teacher leaders who helped to facilitate the learning for their colleagues.  The workshops were meaningful and teachers are able to take what they’ve learned and implement it in the classrooms.

Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates

For all events, click here for the K-12 Academic Calendar.

slices cards

Slices Catering

All students should now have their DAA ID cards and should take them to Slices to make purchases.  It is much faster to use the card than cash, so please top up your child’s Slices account to help with the efficiency of purchases at lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Mikhail at mikhail@slices.ae.

MS Student Innovation Team - Zumi AI Robotics Competition

I’m so thrilled to share some wonderful positive feedback about our Student Innovation Team, who took part in an AI robotics competition yesterday. I would like to congratulate all our students for the amazing work, dedication, and collaboration they demonstrated on this journey. They have been working extremely hard to code their robots for the past 3 weeks, and this culminated in some outstanding performances yesterday.  Students showed resilience in the face of some setbacks, motivation, collegiality, positivity, and most importantly embodied the culture of kindness we promote at our school.

While all of our teams scored very well in the competition, in the final standings two of our teams placed 3rd and 4th place.  So I am very happy to see that one of our teams will be taking a place in the world finals being hosted by Singapore later this year – more details will follow soon from the organizers.


I would like you to join me in congratulating our young innovative leaders on this journey and share in their tremendous success.

MAP Testing

We are almost at the end of our MAPS journey for the fall session. We have now completed Math, Science and Language Usage and are doing very well with catching students up with completion. Next week we will be starting Reading during Social Studies lessons. We do very much appreciate your support from home and reinforcing that these tests are important although they don’t show up in their reports. So far Middle School is off to a great start with improved results from last year!

EXPO 2020


Grades 7 and 8 got took their first trip to EXPO last week.  Students experienced a variety of different pavilions in the “World of Opportunities” journey!  We are working with the EXPO coordinator to have our grade 6 trip rescheduled, and are all looking forward to our second journey in early December!

Getting fit at daa!

As you may be aware, the Dubai Fitness Challenge will be taking off soon.  There are a couple of ideas below to help your family participate in some healthy habits!

Dubai Fitness Challenge

Mark your calendars as the Dubai Fitness Challenge will return for the 2021 edition. The event will run October 29-November 27, 2021. More information can be found online:  https://www.dubaifitnesschallenge.com/ 

More information will follow in the coming weeks.

26 in 26 Challenge (The Daily Mile)

26 in 26 encourages staff and students to run (or walk) a mile each school day, at their own pace, for 26 days with the final mile to be run on a weekend - of the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon - by which time staff and students will have run 26 miles in total, the distance of a marathon.

To get involved, the track will be available daily from 7-7:30 OR 3-3:30 for staff and students. Students will only have to commit one session per day.  The information below is also posted to the Middle School Bulletins on Google Classroom.  Students can also register HERE.  Hope to see you there!!

Middle school staff directory

Would you like to contact a middle school teacher or staff member?  Please see the list of email addresses here.

technical issues

If you are still having technical troubles, please make sure to raise a ticket if the teacher is unable to help your child with a fix.  Send an email to studenthelpdesk@gemsdaa.net and they will help resolve the issue.

I hope you all stay well,

Dr. Justin ReynoldsPrincipal, DAA Middle School

Counselors Corner

counselor's corner issue 7.pdf
25th October - Emotional Resilience During Uncertain Times - Dr. Daniela.pdf

Dr. Amy Bailey

Clinical Child Psychologist

Head of Psychology


The 2015 winner of the Princess Haya Award for Outstanding Clinical Psychologist, Amy has been with kidsFIRST Medical Center since 2011. Amy works across a wide range of psychological difficulties and offers an eclectic approach drawing on diverse psychological theories and practices. She holds specialist interest in attachment theory and trauma work. Amy is a certified practitioner for Secret Agent Society, a ground breaking, evidence-based program for children with autism, anxiety, and social communication difficulties. She also offers supervision to school counselors within Dubai.

Register Here 


key contacts

MS General Email: 



Sonal Gandhi s.gandhi_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9722

Middle School Attendance: 

msattendance_daa@gemsedu.com / 04 704 9728

Middle School Counselors

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