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March 28, 2019

Course Selection 2019 - 2020

Grade 8 Elective and Course Selection Process:

As we are nearing spring break, we wanted to reach out and make sure that you have all the information needed about DAA elective options and upcoming subject course selection.

Elective Course Selection:

Please find attached the elective courses students have the opportunity to take next year. Please note that some electives are year long and others are semester based. While we strive to give students their choice, there may be cases where it may not be available. Please follow this link for DAA elective choices

It is very important that students are placed correctly into the classes they are interested in as we have a strict 8 day add/drop period at the start of the year. Our ability to accommodate changes at the start of the year is also based on availability and space in the class.

Subject Course Selection:

Teachers of select subjects (Math and Languages) recommend students for levels of subject courses. Teachers use a range of information to support their recommendations including, but not limited to: professional judgement, previous achievements, placement tests, interest in the subject and MAP scores (where applicable). Students will receive an email once recommendations have been made so they can view their options.

If a recommendation has not been given, students will have the time to approach their teacher and/or their counselor to discuss their options. Students will be making their elective and subject selections once we return from the Spring break.

Thank you and we hope you have a nice Spring break,

High School Administration

Grade 9 Elective and Course Selection Process:

As we are nearing spring break, we wanted to reach out and make sure that you have all the information needed about DAA elective options and upcoming subject course selection.

Elective Course Selection:

Please find attached the elective courses students have the opportunity to take next year. Please note that some electives are year long and others are semester based. While we strive to give students their choice, there may be cases where it may not be available. Please follow this link for DAA elective choices

It is very important that students are placed correctly into the classes they are interested in as we have a strict 8 day add/drop period at the start of the year. Our ability to accommodate changes at the start of the year is also based on availability and space in the class.

Subject Course Selection:

Teachers of select subjects (Math and Languages) recommend students for levels of subject courses. Teachers use a range of information to support their recommendations including, but not limited to: professional judgement, previous achievements, placement tests, interest in the subject and MAP scores (where applicable). Students will receive an email once recommendations have been made so they can view their options.

If a recommendation has not been given, students will have the time to approach their teacher and/or their counselor to discuss their options. Students will be making their elective and subject selections once we return from the Spring break.

Grade 10 Elective and Course Selection Process:

As we are nearing the Spring break we wanted to reach out and make sure that you have all the information needed about DAA subject selections so that you can support your child in their research over the break into potential universities and courses. To help guide this process, the grade 10 students have been through the following so they should have a good idea of their subject choices:

There is a lot of information here so please take some time to read through it so that you are fully informed before making your subject selections.

It is very important that students are placed correctly into the classes they are interested in as we have a strict 8 day add/drop period at the start of the year. Our ability to accommodate changes at the start of the year is also based on availability of the class and space in the class. Our guidance for student subject selections and HL recommendations take into consideration students previous achievements, their interest in the subject, their professional judgement, MAP scores as well as achievement in English and /or Math.

To be accepted into Higher Level (HL) subjects, students need a recommendation from the subject teacher. We have encouraged the students to approach the teachers (If they have not already done so) and ask if they would have the recommendation for the subjects they want to pursue at HL. Teachers make the HL recommendation based off what is best for the students and whether a teacher thinks a students will be successful in that HL subject. Students will receive an email once the recommendations have been made so they can see their subject selection options. If a recommendation has not been given, students will have the time to approach their teacher and/or their counselor to discuss their options. Students will be making their subject selections once we return from the Spring break.

The changes to the IB Math program have been communicated to the students (The presentation used is above). We will be running a parent coffee morning on the 15th at 8am in the auditorium, we hope you join us.

Dubai Cares at IFF

Written by Eman Qadumi, G.12

Last weekend was nothing less than an experience! It was exhilarating to be surrounded by all the different cultures that DAA shares within this community. The Dubai Cares booth was a huge success, surprisingly even with the extensive rain! Typically when it rains people prefer not to have icy cold water or sodas, but just our luck everyone wanted to quench their thirst, helping us raise around 3 600 AED! This was very humbling, and as the Dubai Cares President, I am thrilled to have had this success and excited to put this towards the great cause that Dubai Cares supports! Thank you to everyone who came and stopped by to donate!

High School Counseling

We were thrilled to meet with so many grade 11 students and parents during last week’s Parent Teacher Conferences. Thank you to all of the families who joined us for your first University Counseling Meeting.

If you were not able to meet with your student’s counselor during Parent Teacher Conferences, we encourage you and your student to make an appointment through Mrs. Evans, the Counseling Department Secretary, j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com. We will give you a lot of information about the upcoming university application process including the infamous College/University Counseling Handbook! We hope to see you soon.

Borneo IB Biology Trip

On March 17th, 22 grade 11 IB Biology students embarked on a 7 day trip to Borneo to look at real life examples of human impact on native species as well as the various methods of conservation that governments are funding in order to conserve the biodiversity of their native forests. The students examined in situ and ex situ methods of Orangutan conservation both in national parks and also in wildlife reserves. They also had the unique opportunity to visit a private island dedicated to the conservation of sea turtles and were lucky enough to even see a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle nesting site complete with 150 eggs.

They trekked through the rainforest and had a very close encounter with a group of macaques and got up close to a sleeping green pit viper. They rode boats through the mangroves and learned about the adaptations of these important salt tolerant trees and how they are home to many indigenous species including crocodiles!

They also gave back to the people of Borneo by planting some trees and cleaning up one of the many beaches in Borneo that are affected by floating plastic from neighboring countries.

Anne Rowlands

IB Biology Teacher

One of the things that makes DAA a special place, is our Culture of Kindness. During our MEA class, we have started to write about the kind things that others do for one another here in the High School. These Acts of Kindness are ones that we have experienced or witnessed. Here at DAA, we understand that as individuals, we can make someone’s day better through our kind thoughts, words and acts.

Our High School Student Ambassadors have been busy creating a Kindness Tree from which we will hang our written Acts of Kindness. We would also like to know about the kindness our wonderful High School students display at home and within their communities.

Please fill out this form to tell us about how your son(s) or daughter(s) in the High School has been kind while at home, or in your community.

We can’t wait to read all of your stories of kindness!

St. Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference

DAA high school Model United Nations students are engaging in lively debates and cultural experiences in St. Petersburg, Russia. The students are interacting with and debating students from around the world at the 23rd annual St Petersburg International Model United Nations Conference, making lasting memories and new friendships in the process. At the opening ceremonies at the historic Tauride Palace, students heard inspiring speeches from global diplomats and our very own Bahram Gandhi gave an opening address to the other delegates. Students are spending the days debating challenging issues facing our world and the evenings taking in Russian culture and heritage.

Two of our students won 'Best Delegate' awards at the Conference! Congratulations Carlos Rangel (grade 9) and Mohammed Ayan (grade 11)

IB Visual Art exhibition

Last week saw the work of our remarkable IB Art students on exhibition in the Art Dept. Their hard work and dedication from the last two years paid off with a fantastic set up, quality works and thoughtful conceptual ideas. The students took pride in talking through their work with the continuous flow of visitors throughout the exhibition. We feel incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support shown on the lead up and on the day of the exhibition. A huge shout out to our support staff for making the setup possible. The quality of work was exceptional and we look forward to what our grade 11 students bring us next year!

From DAAPA

As a way to show our appreciation to the amazing DAA teachers, we are requesting you to showcase your culinary skills and prepare an appetizer or salad, an entrée (cold or hot), or a dessert that will serve up to 20 people for the lunch. In order to get a good selection of sweet and savory, we ask that you bring an:
Appetizer or salad if your last name begins with the letters S-ZEntrée if your last name begins with the letters A-FDessert if your last name begins with the letters G -R
(For example, Smith begins with “S”, so bring an appetizer)
Kindly email a brief description of your dish to daaparentconnect@gmail.com by Sunday, April 14th.
Wishing you a wonderful holiday, DAAPA Teacher Appreciation Lunch Committee

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