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June 20, 2019

Dear HS Parents and Students,

Welcome to the last edition of SPOTS for the 2018-2019 school year. Exams are winding down next week. Report cards will be going home via email on the last day of school. Students who need a transcript should make these requests via “Parchment”. https://www.parchment.com/. Please see your counselor for more information. Students in grades 9-11 can make these requests starting the 8th of July. Recent graduates from the Class of 2019, can make those requests at any time and transcripts will be uploaded provided that the clearance procedure was complete prior to graduation.

Students, please do not forget to check Mr. Hopkin’s email with regards to the sale of yearbooks.

This time of year is always bittersweet as we say good-bye to many friends, classmates and colleagues, as many of us go off on new adventures both near and far. This year I am also one of those people leaving Dubai and DAA. I would like to take this final opportunity to thank everyone in the High School for the past six years. To my teaching colleagues, a huge thank you for everything that you do. Our students are lucky to have you. To DAA High School Parents, thanks for your support and loyalty to DAA. We are fortunate to have you in our community. Finally to the students, good luck in your remaining time at DAA. I really hope that I have the opportunity to see you again soon. Work hard, have fun and reach your maximum potential. Please do stop by my office to say good-bye.

My Sincere best wishes for a great year next year!!

Warm Regards

Marc Starr

Yearbooks

High School Yearbooks have been delivered and are available for purchase in the HS reception on the third floor.

SUMMER READING HOMEWORK

Dear High School students and parents,

It is time for summer relaxation with books and newspapers--and a summer assignment!

The traditional summer assignments for the DAA High School English Department have now been released. Each assignment has been created to reinforce existing literacy skills while preparing students for next year’s challenges.

Summer assignments are mandatory and assessed as summative minors in the 2019 - 2020 academic year.


Years ago the department trialed summer assignments with the International Baccalaureate courses, and as our IB scores will attest, the results were outstanding. In more recent years we have used similar summer assignments with grades 9 and 10, and this scaffolding method has furthered the success of our students.

Please find below the summer assignments for each course. The assignments are due on September 1st, 2019.

Sincerely,

The HS English Department

Assignment lists:

Rising 9th graders:

In preparation for English 9, students are required to complete this reading and reflection summer assignment. Click here for grade 9 assignments.

Rising 10th graders:

In preparation for English 10, students are required to complete this reading and reflection summer assignment. Additionally we recommend students to read literature and news articles regularly. Click here for grade 10 assignments.

Rising 11th graders:

Summer homework for rising 11th graders is differentiated based on courses. With the IB courses, further differentiation is based on level.

Please select the summer homework link that is appropriate:

Rising 12th graders:

Summer homework for rising 12th graders is differentiated based on courses. With the IB courses, further differentiation is based on level.

Please select the summer homework link that is appropriate:

Dr. Deborah Anderson Gallant

Dubai American AcademyEnglish Department HeadToK CoordinatorIB English Language and Literature IIIB English Literature IIEnglish 12TOK I & II

HS book return reminders

Students in 9 and 10 grade need to return their textbooks, English novels and library books. During the last MEA, they were given notices with the books that they have to return. The 24th of June will be the last day to return all the items. If a book is lost or damaged, the student will have to pay the cost in the Accounts office.

If you have any questions, you can contact me at m.perez_daa@gemsedu.com.

Happy Summer!

HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

If you know your child will be away from school, please contact Roma Agtarap, our HS Attendance Secretary at r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com or call her at 047049777 ext 747.

For general High School Inquiries, please contact Nashmia Saleem, High School Secretary at n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com