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Please click HERE to access Superintendent Cheryl Watson-Harris' Weekly Newsletter.
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Summer Reading
Time to get started on your summer reading!  You can find the assignments on our summer reading PAGE.  If you have questions or the assignments look out of date feel free to email your teacher with questions.
 
DSA Ranks Sixth in State
US News & World Report once again RANKS DSA in the top ten schools in Georgia.  According to the rankings, we're first in the district, third in Metro Atlanta, sixth in the state and #254 in the country.  Even during a pandemic DSA has managed to keep academics up and once again place in the top ten.
 
DSA Gets Top Marks from the College Board
Congratulations to DSA for being named an AP Access and Support School, an AP Challenge School, an AP School of Distinction, and an AP Expansion School by the College Board as announced by the Georgia Department of Education. We literally qualified in every AP category we were eligible for!  The ones we didn't make were because we don't offer the required AP courses.  Great work students and teachers! You can read the full story in the AJC or 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.

 
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. If you're ordering a replacement charger, choose the one for $21.
 
The Formicary Newspaper
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!  The latest issue of The Formicary is out! You can read it HEREand browse all the past issues HERE.

The Formicary also wants your input!  Be sure to check their WEBSITE daily as they have new polls coming out often. 
 
The Beta Club Newsletter
You can find the latest monthly Beta Club News HEREYou can find past issues HERE.
 
Order Your Yearbook Now!
Yearbooks are on sale today! With prices starting at $55, you won't want to miss getting one so you can remember this unprecedented year!  You can place your order HERE.
 
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...
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 
 
Library Wish List
If you want to donate a book to the DSA library so we’ll have some fresh titles available when we reopen, please see our library wish list HERE!  If you have any questions EMAIL Ms. Roohi.
 
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.
 
Information Regarding Obtaining Supporting School Documents for Driving and Working
Driving Permits
Students seeking to obtain a driving permit should obtain a Certificate of School Enrollment form. This form can be obtained from Ms. Howard. Please email her HERE. These forms are only valid for thirty days, so do not request it more than a month in advance.
Driver's License
Students seeking to obtain their driver's license need to request a Certificate of School Enrollment and their ADAP Certificate. The school will only have the ADAP if the student took ninth grade health at DSA. If the student attended another school in ninth grade, then the ADAP form must be obtained from that specific school. Please EMAIL Ms. Howard to obtain these forms. Keep in mind that requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the DDS appointment date. Due to the pandemic, in-person document pick-up is limited and must be scheduled. All pick-ups will be scheduled via email with Ms. Howard. 
Work Permits
Students in need of a work permit must follow the Georgia Department of Labor guidelines. Please visit this SITE and follow these instructions. Keep in mind that employment must be secured before a work permit can be processed. Please EMAIL Ms. Howard once these steps have been followed or if there are any questions regarding the process.

 
Student Assessments
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 Georgia Milestones (EOCs and EOGs) will be administered in person at school starting Monday, April 19th. This year they are worth .01% of every student's grade.  For more information on DSA's administration of the Milestones, click HERE or go to our MILESTONES page for more general information.

If your student plans to attend EOC/EOG Make-Up Testing on Monday May 3, 2021. PLEASE email Dr. Knight ASAP so we can plan accordingly.
 
Multi-Tiered System of Support
Find out how DeKalb County and DSA provide a multi-tiered systems (MTSS) of support to their students.  A MTSS is a general education framework that supports ALL students.  Read the brochure HERE.
 
Back to School Hybrid Learning Plan

Students are set to begin returning March 9th.  Whether you will be learning in person or virtually, you will want to review our school's concurrent learning plan.  You can find it HERE.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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