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Major Minor Meetings
Update: Mandatory Major Minor meetings are taking place Friday, November 6th! Attendance will be taken so make sure to mark your calendars. Major meetings are from 1:00-1:25 and Minor meetings are from 1:30-2:00. Major Minor Meetings tell you what your arts program expects, and opportunities going on within it. They are a really good way to understand and learn about your department. The link for the meetings can be found HERE.
 
Bedtime for Ballerinas Performance Series
DeKalb School of the Arts' Dance Dept. presents Bedtime for Ballerinas!  Join DSA students as they bring some of your favorite story books to life, virtually!  From a T-Rex who longs for the freedom of dance, to Nina Nina who wants to stand out in the butterfly dance, to the mythical Firebird, and many more – Audiences of all ages will find something to enjoy.  New stories will premiere every week on Tues/Wed/Thurs nights at 7:00 PM (ET), from now till Thanksgiving.  Check out Bedtime for Ballerinas (free!) at https://bit.ly/DSABedtime.
 
Subscribe to DSA's YouTube Channel!
Subscribe to DSA's YouTube channel at bit.ly/DSAvideos.  It's a great way to keep up with our latest performances, video announcements, and class projects.
 
Tech Alumni Speak Up
Several former DSA students have sent in video clips about how majoring in drama and production has helped them in their careers after DSA. Watch the short video HERE.
 
Assessment Pages
Our website has a whole section dedicated to testing. It is located under ACADEMICS, or you can find it in the quick links section to the right, or click HERE.  If you visit the page you can find helpful information for students and parents on MAP, PSAT, Georgia MILESTONES or AP tests.  Be sure to check it out and prepare yourself!

The schedule for the fall MAP testing can be found HERE.
 
Morning Announcements
You can tune into the morning ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at 9:30 on the Teams app, or you can call in at 470/440-4499 Conference ID: 575 188 49#  Stay informed!  And if you missed the morning announcements and want to watch them later, or you want to find a link that was mentioned, be sure to visit our archived announcement site, bit.ly/DSAnnounce.  Also be sure to keep up with Mr. Greene on his Blog.
 
Students Now Can Check Out the Public Library's eBooks
You can now check out the public library's eBooks using only your student number (S#)!  The public library also subscribes to HOOPLA, which has music and movies for download--all free!  To see the hundreds of thousands of eBooks and other resources available through the DSA and public library go to bit.ly/DSAFreeBooks 
 
Student Absences
We may be online, but students still need to attend every virtual class every day, and remain the whole time, otherwise they will be marked absent or tardy. Teachers will take attendance each class period. If the student signs in after attendance is taken, then that student may be marked tardy-unexcused. However, if the student has a valid tardy excuse, then please email Ms. Howard as soon as possible. 

All absence emails and medical excuses must come from a parent's email and go to Ms. Howard. You can view the complete Attendance Protocol HERE.  We also have a new ATTENDANCE page in the Quick Links column to the right.
 
The Formicary is Back!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  The latest issue of The Formicary is out! You can read it HERE, and browse all the past issues HERE.
 
The Beta Club Newsletter is Back!
You can find the monthly Beta Club News HERE.
 
Library Curbside Checkout
DSA will have curbside checkout of library books every Wednesday from 10:00-2:00.  This is also a time to enlist Ms. Roohi’s help in answering questions you may have on finding resources or small technology challenges.  To access this service, email Ms. Roohi your questions or book requests before 10:00 am each Wednesday.  You may also reach her at 678/676-2521 during those hours.  To learn more click HERE.  If you need help putting a book on hold, watch this short VIDEO.
 
The PTSA Needs Your Support!
Prior PTSA meeting minutes and treasurer reports can be found at the official WEBSITE.  The PTSA supports the school and last year the PTSA did the following: 1) gave out over $5000 in grants to teachers to pay for art supplies, SmartMusic subscriptions for the entire music department, Horton dance instruction, Reading Bowl books, transportation for Drama Ensemble 2) paid for the Parchment subscription so our students can get their official transcripts, 3) paid for TimeCenter to schedule counselor appointments, 4) paid for program printing for Premiere Weekend, 5) supported farewell gifts for our seniors, 6) purchased pizza for SPA Dance and student auditions, 7) provided meals during Teacher/Staff Appreciation week and tokens of appreciation for faculty/staff, 8) supported a back to school picnic, plus many other things.  READ MORE...
 
Virtual Learning Support
Having problems with virtual learning?  There is a whole WEBSITE dedicated to what to do and how to get started.  The site covers such things as how to get started with your Chromebook (including a very important wellness check if you have a DCSD Chromebook), how to log onto Launchpad, Verge and Infinite Campus.  Not to mention who to contact when something doesn't work!  Be sure to bookmark this SITE!  You can always contact the IT desk at 678/676-1188 or fill in a HELP TICKET.

If you're looking for DSA's back to school connectivity guide, you can find it HERE.
 
Chromebook Accessories
Have you lost your Chromebook charger or bag?  Remember you are responsible for turning it in at the end of the year!  If you need to order a replacement, you may do so HERE.   
 
Registrar page

Do you have registration, Infinite Campus or Parent Portal questions?  Be sure to check out Ms. McClary's new Registrar page!  You can find it under the Academics tab on the left, or click HERE.  If you just need instructions on how to access Infinite Campus, you can find them HERE.

 
Updating Student Information
Parents can now update their student's information in Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The instructions are listed below:
  • Log into your parent portal account
  • Click on the 3 lines in the top left corner
  • Click on the "More" tab located at the bottom left of that page
  • Click on Annual Verification
  • Click on Existing Student Registration
  • The data for your child should populate
  • You should be able to update / change / enter your child's new information 
  • When you are done, click submit
 
DSA Earns a Silver from the Governor's Office!
On December 19th, the Governor's Office of Student Achievement released their annual list of schools in the state that were the highest performing on the CCRPI assessment.  DSA earned a silver award!  You can see the results HERE.
 
DSA Is Number 4 in the State!
Congratulations to DSA students and teachers who were recently named the fourth best high school in all of Georgia by US News & World Reports. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college.  In addition DSA was number two in the metro area, first in the county, and #168 in the country.  DSA was 8th in the state and 262nd in the country last year.  Way to move up ants!! 
SAT Score Ranking from 2019-2020
Congratulations to DeKalb School of the Arts for its 2020 SAT score ranking - 30th in the state with a total mean score of 1144! 
 
Who to Contact
Welcome back DSA!
 
Due to the COVID-19 school closure, faculty and staff will be working remotely. If you need assistance with anything please reach out to staff via THESE EMAILS.
 
District Events
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Early Release Day--11:25
Tue Nov 3 2020
Thanksgiving Break
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Tue Nov 24 2020
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Wed Nov 25 2020
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Thu Nov 26 2020
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Fri Nov 27 2020
Winter Break
Mon Dec 21 2020
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Tue Dec 22 2020
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Wed Dec 23 2020
Winter Break
Thu Dec 24 2020
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