HIGH SCHOOL highlights

FROM THE HS PRINCIPAL'S DESK

October 4th, 2018

Dear HS Students and Parents,

Another very busy week for our High School even though our students only attended classes for three days. By now you should have all received login details for Unified Classroom that will give you access to attendance information, schedules and the online grade book. Please refer to this letter that was sent home on Monday for more information including instructions as to what you have to do if you are having issues signing on.

As you know, at the end of this week, our teachers were engaged in professional development. Our teachers were engaged in multiple sessions at the school and division level all centered around fine tuning best practice, reflecting and goal setting. We dove into our IB data to help us think how to further improve our curriculum and instruction to better prepare our students to be Future Fluent.

Reminder to leave school promptly at end of day 1:45 on Tuesday. Other days when not in supervised activity.

Its MAP time again. Starting Sunday, October 7th students will take their MAP assessment in grades 9 and 10. Please see the schedule below:


Scholarship winners were announced and a beautiful ceremony took place on Tuesday, October 2nd in our main atrium honoring their achievements. Congratulations to them all, you make us proud every day.

The Carpet is back! This week, we were fortunate to have the Leopard Carpet make its way back to DAA and now sits in the HS foyer.

This too was a long standing tradition at DAA. In the former campus the carpet sat in the middle of the HS atrium and at some point students agreed that it would not get stepped on...and for years and years the carpet sat there, safe and untrampled, guarded only by tradition.

Another former tradition is back - the Atrium Spotlight!

Ahmad Elzarka sings and plays guitar during break in our Atrium Spotlight.

HS students will have a free dress down day (as long as the students where something pink) and students will also have a pink-themed bake sale with proceeds donated to Brest Friends, in partnership with Al Jalila Foundation.

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Nicole Atalla Gr.12 "Portrait"
Zachary Stewart (teacher) "Black and White"
Jermain Lattimore (teacher) "Instagram"

Thank you to our DAAPA moms who took part in a long standing tradition of putting together a home-cooked pancake breakfast for our Seniors.

daapa

In High School the kick off meeting is taking place on Oct 9 at the Intercontinental Marina at 8:30 am. Already seniors had their first senior treat by the Senior moms who are very supportive to them. Daaparentconnect@gmail.com is the email to communicate with HS.

Powerschool Unified Classroom Parent Help

PowerSchool Parent Help will be available October 7th - 9th for parents of students in MS/HS who are having difficulty logging in to their account.

Timings

Morning 7:30 to 8:15

Afternoon 2:45 to 3:30

MAY WEEK & EXPERIENCE WEEK

Grade 9 May Week

We will be holding our Annual May Week from April 28th to May 2nd 2019. For students staying in school this week, we will have engaging day trips and activities. For those students who would like travel, we will have many exciting destinations and experiences to choose from. I would like to invite parents to our MAY WEEK Information Evening on October 9th, 2018 at 6pm in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Camps International and Lushescapes about the various trips on offer. For those who cannot make that evening, we will be holding a MAY WEEK Coffee Morning on October 10th starting at 730am in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Camps International and Lushescapes about the various trips on offer during this session as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Doubleday (Dean of Students - High School) at j.doubleday_daa@gesmedu.com

Grade 10 Work Experience Week

We will be holding our Annual Work Experience Week from April 28th to May 2nd 2019. This year, we are offering more options for students that we believe will provide a week that is rich in experiences that will help to guide them in their future careers. For students staying in school, we will be having a Entrepreneurial 5 Day Workshop lead by leading Executives. More information about who will be leading this exciting workshop is to come. Another option for students staying close to home, will be along the same lines as last year where students investigate opportunities to gain work experience by volunteering at local businesses. Lastly, we will be offering some very exciting “Future Career”-themed travel opportunities. As a result, I would like to invite parents to our WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK Information Evening on October 16th, 2018 at 6pm in the Auditorium. There will be presentations from Compass International and Explorars about the various trips and experiences on offer. For those who cannot make that evening, we will be holding a MAY WORK EXPERIENCE WEEK Coffee Morning on October 17th starting at 730am in the Auditorium.

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Doubleday (Dean of Students - High School) at j.doubleday_daa@gesmedu.com


key contacts

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

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