HIGH SCHOOL highlights

FROM THE HS PRINCIPAL'S DESK

October 18th, 2018

Dear High School Parents and Students,

Spirit week came to an end this week with the High School Back to School Carnival. A huge thank you to our Student Government for all your hard work this week. Also a big thanks to Ms. Bystrak and Mr. Ghosn for your help in guiding the student government. Thanks also to those teachers who “volunteered” to be dunked in the dunk tank. It was fantastic to see your school spirit this week. Also a big congratulations to all our teams at last weeks EAC events. Please see the Athletics sections of SPOTS for more details.

A few reminders and upcoming events...

Parents with appointments in the HS

We are always happy to arrange for appointments for parents at school. If you have an appointment with a counselor please report to Ms. Jan Evans when you arrive to the High School. She will be able to direct you to where you need to go. She can also help you arrange an appointment. Please feel free to contact her at j.evans_daa@gemsedu.com

If you would like to make an appointment with a teacher, please contact the teacher directly. They will be able to suggest a time and location. It is very difficult for teachers to accommodate unannounced drop in meetings. Should you have any questions with regards to appointments with teachers please feel free to contact Nashmia in the High School office at n.saleem1_daa@gemsedu.com.

November 1st - Virgin Radio “20 Schools in 20 Days”

Kris Fade and Virgin radio will be on campus on November 1st as part of their 20 Schools in 20 Days program. The entire High School and Middle School with be attending. In order to help us all enjoy the event which happens over lunch please can we encourage as many of you as possible to bring lunch from home. The cafeteria will still be open with an emphasis on grab-and-go options but the more students who bring their own lunch the easier it will be for us logistically.

High School Students in the High School areas only please

High School students please remember that when you are at school, you should remain in High School areas between 7:40-2:55, (1:45 on Tuesday). During Lunch One you should be in the cafeteria or a lunch one area. When in lunch 2 you should be in the cafeteria or a lunch 2 area. Please be considerate of classes that will be in session. You should not be in the main lobby during this time. When you arrive at school in the morning please proceed directly to the High School level.

Access to campus after hours

Also please remember that at the end of the school day you should arrange to be picked up ASAP. You should only remain on campus if you have an organized after school activity, or are meeting with a specific teacher. The senior lounge closes at the end of the school day. Remaining on campus after hours for any other reason is not permitted. This includes weekends as well. After school, please do not congregate in the main lobby. Bus students should go directly to the bus, and if you are waiting for a ride, please wait in the covered area near gate 2.

November 8 - HS Coffee Morning the Role of the Counselor

The High School Counselors will be on hand to discuss their role from social/emotional support to university applications, and to answer any questions parents may have about this process. More info regarding time and location will be sent out soon.

Swimming has started in HS PE

Swimming classes will be starting soon. We run our swimming program in mixed gender lessons. Should you wish that your child not participate in co-educational swimming lessons, please contact your PE teacher as we do have alternative arrangements planned.

High School Assessment Calendars

As part of our drive to help students with their planning and organization as well as reduce stress levels, the high school has produced major assessment calendars for each grade level. The aim of these calendars is to inform students of a rough week when they have assessments so they can plan ahead and achieve their full potential. Teachers will still give students 7 days notice of the exact date of the assessment with no more than 2 major assessments occurring on one day. Minor assessments are not included on these calendars and are at the discretion of the teacher. Minor assessments can be set for the next lesson.

Grade 9 assessment calendar

Grade 10 assessment calendar

Grade 11 assessment calendar

Grade 12 assessment calendar

Electives/AP assessment calendar

* please note that these calendars are a rough guide to the week of the assessment and are subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to the student by the subject teacher.

Have a restful weekend.

Warm regards

Marc Starr and Tammy Jochinke

HS Administration


UNIFORMS

A kind reminder to adhere to our DAA uniform guidelines and specifically the length of skirts for our female students. We have seen many violations of this in recent weeks. Our Head of Teaching and Learning, Ms. Lisa Ramshaw and our Superintendent, Mrs. Tammy Murphy demonstrate both a skirt and a pant option at appropriate lengths.

PowerSchool Unified Classroom

Over 745 parents have logged in to PowerSchool Unified Classroom to see their child's progress and grades. If you have not yet logged in, 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.

HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS

DAA High School Clubs and Charities are underway and we're excited to share them all with you! There was a fantastic turnout at our Club Fair. There are exciting clubs that are new this year, as well as clubs that are continuing on from previous years. Below is a list of DAA Clubs and Charities. To sign up for a Club or Charity, talk to the student leader or teacher/sponsor. Lists of Clubs, Leaders and Sponsors will be posted throughout the High School next week. We are also revamping the Clubs and Charities website and the website address will be published in a future issue of SPOTS!

Anime ClubApp ClubArduino ClubArt ClubArt CubeBall for AllBest BuddiesBiology ClubBook ClubChemistry ClubChinese Culture Club(the) CinematesComputational Thinking and ProgrammingCricket ClubDAA CaresDance ClubDarts ClubDebate ClubDebate Club II
Design and BuildDubai CaresEnglish for AllFilm ClubGirl-Up @DAAGlobal Politics SocietyHealth for AllInspire ClubInvestment ClubJazz ClubLaunch X ClubLBA x DAALittle LearnersLymphedema Bracelet CharityMath Olympiad ClubModel United NationsPeer TutoringPhysics and Engineering ClubPolitical Philosophy


Psych and CharityRashid StarsSAT Tutoring ClubScrabble ClubSet Design ClubSilver PenSpanish ClubS.P.E.C.S.Spoken Poetry ClubSTEM for Middle SchoolSTEM for Primary SchoolStreet Culture ClubTedXTile^DAATutorial ClubTutoring ClubUltimate FrisbeeWorld Building ClubWorld Scholar's Club


GRADE 9 MAY WEEK

It was great to see so many parents come to our meetings about Grade 9 May Week (taking place April 26th May 2nd, 2019). For those of you who were not able to attend, we gave information about all the overseas trips on offer. If you would like more information or would like to sign your child up, please go to the following website: https://jdoubledaydaa.wixsite.com/mayweek2019

On this website you will find links to information about each of the trips as well as approximate costs for each trip. You will also see a link to the sign-up form. The sign up form went live on Wednesday October 10th at 8pm and we saw a flurry activity with more than 70 sign-ups in the first 5 minutes. The form will be active until Saturday, October 20th at 8pm.

Please ensure that it is you, the parent, who is signing up to secure a spot for your child on the trip of their choice. Trips will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and spots will be secured by making a deposit (due by the 31st of October). At this point, the Austria trip is already full due to high demand and Borneo will not run due to low interest (as many of our Grade 9’s traveled there last year). We now have more than 100 of our Grade 9 students signed up to travel during May Week.

Please keep in mind that we ask you to make a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of trips. Students who wish to travel will have to ensure that they are meeting academic and behavior expectations. Those who do not maintain these expectations throughout the school year may not be eligible to travel and may forfeit part or all of the trip cost.

For those students not travelling overseas during May Week, there will be in-school activities and day trips. Information for these activities will be sent out later in the school year.

Warm regards, Josh Doubleday - HS Dean of Students

GRADE 10 WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK

It was great to see so many parents come to our meetings about Grade 10 Work Experience Week (taking place April 26th May 2nd, 2019). For those of you who were not able to attend, we gave information about the Work Experience Week.

To clarify: During Work Experience Week, students can choose one of the following options:

  1. do an individual internship in Dubai or elsewhere (more information and support to students to come in Semester 2)
  2. take part in an in-school workshop (sign-ups available through the website)
  3. take part in an Overseas Trip which have career focused workshops(sign-ups available through the website)

If you would like more information or would like to sign your child up, please go to the following website: https://jdoubledaydaa.wixsite.com/wew2019

On this website you will find links to information about each of the trips as well as approximate costs for each trip. You will also see a link to the sign-up form.

The sign up form is now active and will be active until Tuesday, October 31th at 8pm.

Please ensure that it is you, the parent, who is signing up to secure a spot for your child on the trip of their choice. Trips will be offered on a first come, first serve basis and spots will be secured by making a deposit (due by midway through November).

Please keep in mind that we ask you to make a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of trips. This is done in case a trip does not run due to lack of interest. Students who wish to travel will have to ensure that they are meeting academic and behavior expectations. Those who do not maintain these expectations throughout the school year may not be eligible to travel and may forfeit part or all of the trip cost. Students do not have to select their 2nd choice if their first choice is unavailable.

Again, for those students not traveling overseas during Work Experience Week, there will be in-school workshops (sign up on website above) or students can select to arrange a personal volunteer internship at a company of their choosing. Information for the internship will be shared later in the school year.

Sincerely,

Josh Doubleday - HS Dean of Students

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.

scrabble anyone?

DAA IS LOOKING TO BUILD OUR FIRST COMPETITIVE SCRABBLE TEAM!

This December 13-15th, DAA will be hosting the LARGEST youth scrabble tournament in the world and we are looking for middle and high school students to represent the Leopard community! We are looking for students who are willing to work hard to expand their minds and vocabularies - all while meeting new friends and having a lot of fun! Club meetings and practices will happen every Monday from 3-4pm in the high school.

If you think you have what it takes and would like to represent the Leopards in this December's WESPA Youth Scrabble Tournament, then please contact Mr. Eric Kinderman as soon as possible!

EMAIL:

e.kinderman_daa@gemsedu.com

SUMMER 2019