HIGH SCHOOL highlights

from high school

October 17, 2019

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe that we have only been in session for seven weeks, we have accomplished so much but as you can see below there is a rich program to come.

Looking ahead, we are officially 4 weeks away from parent teacher conferences set for November 13th and 14th. Closer to the conference, we will send out an online link to book your appointment with each teacher. We look forward to seeing you all.

As a reminder, school will not be in session this upcoming Sunday and Monday. Our staff will be engaged in rigorous professional learning, reflecting and planning for the year ahead. We look forward to seeing all students well rested on Tuesday.

Please see below outline of the next few week’s important dates as well as an overview of the innovative learning our students have been engaged in.

We hope you all have a restful weekend.

Kind Regards,

Tammy Jochinke

HS Principal

Upcoming important events

  • Professional learning days for all DAA staff- October 20th and 21st (no school for students)
  • Pink Day Bazaar - October 24th
    • Dress down for students (pink or white) voluntary donation of 5AED, all proceeds to go Al Jalila Foundation (to be used for breast cancer research)
  • Diwali - October 27th
    • 12pm release
  • 30th October- differentiated schedule based on grade level
    • Grade 9- Community building activities
    • Grade 10 and 11- PSAT assessment
    • Grade 12- College/University readiness sessions
  • UAE Flag Day - November 3rd
    • Dress down- National dress or UAE colors
  • Parent Teacher conferences
    • November 13th and 14th

Psychology Behaviors using the Green Screen Studio:

Mr. Stewart’s Psychology class has been researching common psychological disorders. Each student team had to first make a video production showing the symptoms in a real life scenario before going inside the brain and discovering what is happening chemically, physically and cognitively. Students used the green screen studio with the help of Mr. Mack to analyze the signs and treatments of the conditions and connect their scripts to researched case studies.

Yearbook selects themes and begins production

The High School yearbook has had a tradition of being colorful, interesting and unforgettable. To continue in the tradition students analyzed various themes in DAA yearbook history, looking to something that would be important to this class. After creating their themes, it was voted that the media they had growing up would inspire this year’s book. TV shows, books, music and games they played as kids will create scavenger hunts, recall favorite moments and connect to experiences in high school before graduation. If you have pictures or stories to share with the yearbook staff please upload them here: https://forms.gle/99GiyBienZB7BwE1A


To the DAA Parent Community,DAA is proud to be a founding member of MESAC, the Middle East South Asia Conference of Schools, which includes ABA IB School in Oman, American Community School in Abu Dhabi, American School of Doha, ASD, and American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. Our selected students from Grade 8-12 participate in several Activities and Athletic Competitions, three times a year, at these locations. Our teams are Athletic or Academic based, and we have several teams during each season.

This season, DAA is proudly hosting MESAC Academic Games from November 7-11th. We are welcoming approximately 60 scholars from our member schools and are looking for DAA families who would be willing to assist with hosting.

Even if you do not have older children, or anyone competing in MESAC, you are welcome to help host. Your main responsibilities include providing comfortable accommodations, driving students to DAA in the mornings and picking up from DAA in the evenings, and providing one or two meals (depending on the competition schedule). It is a wonderful experience for our families, and the start of lasting camaraderie between players and students.

Like our own students, these visiting students have worked hard all season, and as they travel away from home, it is the host school's responsibility to ensure that they are taken care of, during their time in Dubai. Help us show our Leopard Pride by ensuring that all families and players have a positive MESAC experience. If you are interested in housing two visiting students from these schools, please contact Yvonne Sidani at y.sidani_daa@gemsedu.com


PowerSchool is our student information management system which houses grades and marks for middle and high school.

If you have not yet received an email with your child's Access ID and Password for your PowerSchool account, or if you are having any difficulty logging in, please email psparenthelp@gemsdaa.net.


HS Attendance Secretary

Roma Agtarap / 04 704 9747 / r.agtarap_daa@gemsedu.com

HS Secretary to Principals

Nashmia Saleem/ 04 704 9723 / n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com

HS Secretary to Counselors

Jan Evans/04 704 9831 / j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com