HIGH SCHOOL highlights

FROM THE HS PRINCIPAL'S DESK

November 15, 2018

Dear High School Students and Parents,

Thank you very much to all parents and students who were able to make it to our Parent Teachers Conferences. It was great to see so many of you visiting teachers. Please remember that if for any reason you were unable to make it or a teacher was fully booked you can reach out to teachers at any time should you like to make an appointment.

GEMS Parent Survey

Please remember to complete the GEMS parent survey. This was sent via email and only takes about two minutes to complete. We are eager to receive your feedback and hope to get 100% of our parents sharing their thoughts.

Thanksgiving Monday 19th of November

HS students please remember that Monday is our Thanksgiving Lunch and celebration for DAA support staff. For those of you who are new to DAA it is a fantastic event. HS Students, the cafeteria will be closed for all HS students and staff as will have Turkey lunch together. There will be a vegetarian option as well. Students, please refer to the email from Ms. Bystrak and student government for more information. Thanks to all everyone involved in Student Government for making this happen.

Dec 5th Coffee Morning

We would like to invite prospective IB grade 9 and 10 parents to a coffee morning to discuss the changes to the IB Math and English curriculum. The IB has a 7-year curriculum review process for all its subjects with the aim of making sure that what the students are learning is based on best-practice. The session will take place in the auditorium starting at 8 am with our IB coordinator Mr Jim Atkinson.

HS Principal Announcement

Finally, I do have a very bitter-sweet announcement to make. This year marks my sixth year at DAA and unfortunately, it will be my last. I have accepted a position at Vienna International School and will start there in August of 2019. It will be difficult leaving the community that my family and I have called home for so many years. We are forever grateful for the opportunities we have had a DAA, the friends we have made, our fantastic students and families we have had the privilege to work with. On a personal note, I would like to thank the staff in the High School and DAA’s Leadership Team. I have worked with a fabulous group of dedicated professionals and it has been a pleasure to have been part of the team for the last six years. Thank you DAA!

The process of identifying the next High School Principal has already begun. Finding the most suitable candidate is very important to us all, and this will be very rigorous. The position will be posted internally and externally. High School staff will provide us with feedback about leadership qualities. More information will follow about this important process.

We hope you have a restful long weekend.


Regards

Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke

High School Administration.


Moral Education & Advisory (MEA)

Moral Education at DAA:

Here at DAA, we cover learning objectives surrounding Moral Education from Grades 1-12. The program hopes to develop a strong moral code within our DAA students to help prepare them for a bright and positive future. The Moral Education curriculum is divided into 4 sections or pillars. They are:

  • Character and Morality
  • Individual and Community
  • Cultural Studies
  • Civic Studies (Grade 5-12)

For more information about Moral Education, please visit www.moraleducation.ae

High School Attendance: Students are expected to adhere to our high attendance standards which are also part of KHDA guidelines. It is our hope, that by maintaining the highest level of attendance, our students give themselves the best possible opportunity to achieve success in their studies. As per the High School Handbook, students are expected to attend all classes with a minimum of 90% attendance rate. Students who are not able to meet these expectations may be placed on Attendance Probation which could affect their ability to take part in extra-curricular activities such as sports team participation and travel. In some cases, poor attendance may affect a student's ability to graduate.

High School Uniform: Students are asked to wear the correct uniform everyday unless otherwise stated. This includes: School shirt, tie and pants/ skirt from Threads along with black shoes. A DAA school sweater or school sweatshirt may also be worn. Uniforms are required in the UAE by law. While there are many students who respect the uniform expectations and therefore show respect to the school and it's traditions, there are some students who are not adhering to the expectations.

Students who choose to disregard these expectations will be subject to a Category A behavior infraction. If student continues to violate the uniform expectations they move up a Category and thus, the possible consequences also change.

Elevator usage: Students are asked not to use the elevators in the school unless they have been given a elevator pass due to health reasons. A pass can be obtained from Mr. Starr. Students using the elevator without expressed permission will be subject to a Category A behavior infraction.


9th Grade MEA Poster Project

On October 10th, the 9th grade class spent the day working on a creative project making posters about the learning objectives of MEA. The posters that were selected will be professionally printed and hung up on four posts that are spread throughout the high school. This will be a beautiful representation of the ideas all classes are discussing and learning about through the Moral Education program.

Laila Hamdalla, Alexandra Ege, and Joo Hyung Lee worked together on the winning poster for the 10th grade MEA program.

Tell us what your project was and how you approached it:

The idea for our project was to show how hard work can get you somewhere. And it was connected to the MEA pillar about Active Citizenship and Community.

What all did you include in your poster?

Our slogan was, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” In our poster we started with a tree. The roots of the tree are what makes it progress. Then the actual tree itself is what comes out of a community, or the outcomes of hard work.

What are the phrases around the side of it?

Around the top of the tree are the good outcomes of a community. Things like peace, unity, sustainability, and wealth are included, and those are all things that can be achieved by helping others and creating a healthy community. Around the roots at the bottom are the tools that people can use to achieve those things: communication, helping others, positivity, hard work, mindfulness, and cooperation.

How long did it take you to come up with the idea, and what was the hardest part?

I think the hardest part was coming up with the list of tools and outcomes. The design came pretty quickly, but we had to really think about what makes a community strong to come up with those ideas.

Are you excited that it will be hanging up?

Yes. We are very proud that our work was recognized, and we can’t wait to see it hung up on a larger scale.


Grade 10 MEA Article

Pillar Two - Living a Moderate Life

Moral Education Advisory - What Students Think?

MEA MINUTE EP1.mp4

Pillar Two of grade 10 Moral Education Advisory (MEA) is all about how to live a moderate life. Students are learning to recognise and articulate the importance of living a moderate life, both physically and emotionally; and the benefits of making responsible choices. Listen to DAA students, Priscille and Nell talk about the MEA programme in the MEA Minute video above.

IB and Grade level success

For 12th Grade Students and Parents:

The second round of IB Predicted Scores will be collected on November 27th for those students applying to university. As a reminder, here is the IB Predicted Score Policy:

Just a reminder that the High School Counseling Office has internal deadlines established to support those students with upcoming university deadlines.

These deadlines allow both counselors and teachers to carefully prepare university documents, and give us time to best support students during this important time in their lives.

DAAPA hosted a Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 8th. During that presentation, the High School Counselors presented a general overview on how each grade level can be successful. Below is the slide that was presented on the Successful Grade 12 Student.

We also discussed the roles of the counselor and the student in the University application process:

Additional information about the university application process can be found in the College/University Handbook that was given out to interested Class of 2019 students in the spring. If you or your student did not pick up this book from their counselor, please schedule a meeting to do so.

The High School Counseling Office has discussed these points with students and parents previously, and we will continue to do so through graduation. If you would like more information on any of these points, please do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with your student’s counselor.

For 11th Grade Students and Parents:

DAAPA hosted a Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 8th. During that presentation, the High School Counselors presented a general overview on how each grade level can be successful. Below is the slide that was presented on the Successful Grade 11 Student.

The High School Counseling Office has discussed these points with students and parents previously, and we will continue to do so. If you would like more information on any of these points, please do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with your student’s counselor.

For 10th Grade Students and Parents:

DAAPA hosted a Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 8th. During that presentation, the High School Counselors presented a general overview on how each grade level can be successful. Below is the slide that was presented on the Successful Grade 10 Student.


The High School Counseling Office has discussed these points with students and parents previously, and we will continue to do so. If you would like more information on any of these points, please do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with your student’s counselor.

For 9th Grade Students and Parents:

DAAPA hosted a Parent Coffee Morning on Thursday, November 8th. During that presentation, the High School Counselors presented a general overview on how each grade level can be successful. Below is the slide that was presented on the Successful Grade 9 Student.

The High School Counseling Office has discussed these points with students and parents previously, and we will continue to do so. If you would like more information on any of these points, please do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with your student’s counselor.

For All Students and Parents:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor:

Surname A-C - Katrina Watson, k.watson_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname D-Kat – Shana Russell, s.russell_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname Kay-Ria – Robert Duff, r.duff_daa@gemsedu.com

Surname Rib-Z – Trisha Johnson, t.johnson_daa@gemsedu.com

For appointments, please contact Mrs. Jan Evans, j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com

drama

DAA HS Drama presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Dec 5 at 5:45 pm followed by HS Music Winter Concert with special HS student Art at 7:30 pm

Dec. 6 at 3:30 pm

Play takes place in Auditorium

20 Dhs/90 minutes no interval/Auditorium/Music Concert in Lobby

Tickets available in next few days from HS Office or at breaks & lunches

THE CRUCIBLE is on the IB English Curriculum

Suitable for ages 12+ only


Free Drama Workshops with London West End Professional

On Dec. 8 (Saturday), a professional actor from London who is a movement and stage combat specialist (Lawrence Carmichael) will visit DAA to lead two workshops. IB Theatre students must select one workshop (or two if you'd like). How and ever, as we have 20 places for each workshop, if other interested students wish to partake in the classes, you may sign up HERE. IB Theatre students must also sign up. You receive CAS hours as always. The sessions are supervised by me. They will take place in the Blackbox. If you want to do both, please bring a packed lunch. The workshops are FREE of charge for DAA students. Please wear comfortable clothing for movement.

9am- 12 Midday: "In yer face" physical theatre... a new form of theatre developed in the 1990's which grabs the audience's attention so they receive a message loud and clear. Perfect to relieve the stress of school and IB!!

1pm-4pm: The Actor in Space and Stage Combat- exploring how students engage with their imaginary environment to provide greater levels of confidence freedom and creative expression with acting in styles of your choice along with choreographed combat/fight scenes! Lots of movement and lots of fun! Sign up HERE

Theatresports at DAA

For the past two months, DAA HS students have been eagerly doing Theatresports classes on Thursdays after school in the Black Box. What is Theatresports? Theatresports is a form of improvisational theatre, which uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect. Opposing teams can perform scenes based on audience suggestions, with ratings by the audience or by a panel of judges. Developed by director Keith Johnstone in Calgary, Alberta, in 1977, the concept of Theatre sports originated in Johnstone's observations of techniques used in professional wrestling to generate heat, or audience reaction. Theatresports™ encourages performers to take risks while being good-natured. Theatresports encourages risk and allows improvisers to be fearless in their endeavour to create stories in the spontaneous moment.

The Courtyard Playhouse in Al Quoz offer FREE Youth Group Theatre on Tuesdays at 6pm.. RSVP at buff.ly/2PLtioc or email penny@courtyardplayhouse.com for more info.

DAAPA

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the High School organized Thanksgiving Appreciation Lunch which will take place on Monday, November 19th. The kind support of High School Parents is requested to bring in pies for the lunch. Please send an email at daaparentconnect@gmail.com to confirm if you are able to contribute.

December 3rd - DAAPA High School Parent Christmas Lunch @ Address Hotel. RSVP to daaparentconnect@gmail.com. More details to share soon!

international genetic disorders conference

our DAA HS students attended the International Genetic Disorders Conference this Weekend, which they entered into the young talent competition with this campaign video: https://vimeo.com/295161560/11425a2c73

Students involved:

  • jacopo Pizzuto
  • sophia caizzone
  • lara napoleone
  • Shahed Al Raeesi

Staff support:

  • Dionne Douglas
  • Paul Hopkins
  • Aimee Fleming


We didn't get the ultimate award but our students made us proud!

This was a timely conference connected to HS’s current genetics unit in science of which they gathered specific information for their extended essays. Notable speakers included: Dr. Maryam Matar - UAE genetic disorders and policy, Dr. Alireza Haghighi - Harvard - genomic medicine, and AI and Dr. David Vanzour from the University of East Anglia, UK nutrition and genetic disorders.


PowerSchool Unified Classroom

If you have not yet logged in to PowerSchool Unified Classroom, please click here to view instructions on how to set up your parent account. If you have not yet received an email with your child's Access ID and Password, or if you are having any difficulty logging in, please email psparenthelp@gemsdaa.net.

We have created a video tutorial to help you navigate the dashboard once you have successfully logged in. The dashboard also includes a help function if you require additional assistance in navigating the dashboard.

SUMMER 2019

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.