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Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Dana Middle School is partnering with Sharefest to provide students an opportunity to participate in a 4-week Youth Leadership Academy, from July 8 - August 12.

 

The academy will take place at San Pedro High's Olguin campus, with lunch and transportation from Dana Middle School provided.

 

If this sounds interesting, please click the link below for a flyer with more details and registration information.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 6/19/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Dana Middle School pre-registration will take place the week of August 5th – 9th.

 

All new and returning students are required to pre-register in order to complete and submit various district and school-mandated forms and information.

 

The pre-registration process is critical to ensure that your student will have a complete and accurate schedule of classes the first day of school.

 

The daily pre-registration hours are 9:00am – 1:00pm; please refer to the following schedule for pre-registration dates:

 

  • Monday, August 5: Grade 6 (NON-MAGNET)
  • Tuesday, August 6: Grade 7 (NON-MAGNET)
  • Wednesday, August 7: Grade 8 (NON-MAGNET)
  • Thursday, August 8: MAGNET, Grades 7 and 8
  • Friday, August 9: MAGNET, Grade 6

 

If you have any questions regarding the pre-registration process, please contact the Dana Middle School Attendance Office at 310-241-1104.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 6/14/19




Audience: STEAM Magnet, Homepage, STEAM Magnet, Faculty & Staff, Students, Homepage, Parents, Students, Faculty & Staff, SAS and Parents

This issue includes a summer reading list for parents of gifted/talented students. The newsletter is also available on the Gifted/Talented Programs website. We look forward to seeing many of you at the 45th Annual Los Angeles City/County Conference on Gifted/Talented Education on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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Posted by: Wendy McNeny
Published: 6/3/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Please be advised that an update to the Dana MS skateboard policy will be sent home with all students on Thursday, May 2.

This policy details that no skateboards are allowed on campus, as well as the reasons.

If you did not receive a letter from your student, or if you want to review again, please click below for the full text of the letter.

Thank you.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 5/1/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

Students can access the SBAC practice tests by clicking this link:

PRACTICE TEST

1. Select Student interface.

2. Sign in as GUEST.

3. Select grade level.

4. Select Smarter Balance Practice Test.

5. Take it as many times as you would like.

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Posted by: Wendy McNeny
Published: 4/19/19




Audience: Homepage, Homepage and SAS

Drop by Dana's library from 4:00 - 4:45 pm, prior to parent conferences, to learn about: 

  • Gifted/Talented Programs within LAUSD.

  • Characteristics of gifted learners.

  • Differentiated instruction.

  • How to support the academic and social-emotional needs of gifted learners.

  • Speak and collaborate with other parents.  

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Posted by: Wendy McNeny
Published: 3/19/19




Audience: Contact, PTO, SAS Newsletter, Faculty & Staff, PE, STEAM Magnet, Homepage, About Us, PTO, STEAM Magnet, Academics, Academics, Contact, Faculty & Staff, Students, About Us, Glori Sestich, Homepage, PE, Parents, Students, Parents and SAS Newsletter

         Parent Teacher Organization News:

 

National Teacher ( and Staff)  Appreciation week is coming soon . Monday May 6 through Friday May 10th. There will be a Thank You lunch in their honor on Thursday May 9th after school at 1:45 pm.

If you would like to volunteer of your time or donate an item toward this luncheon or raffle please go to:

 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0B44ADAA2BA4FC1-donations

 

You can also visit the parent center for a Sign up Sheet too.

If you have any questions , In the above link  you can  send a message to the coordinator of this event Leticia Page or Elizabeth Parker. Thank You.

 

You can also find up to date Dana PTO News on Facebook under

Richard Henry Dana or on Instagram: danamspto

 

                   SAVE the DATES:

                   Chicago for Ribs Family Night Thurs May 9th

                   Book Fair ( May 20-24 )

                   Yogurtland May 30 th 4-7pm

 

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 3/12/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Thank you to all community members that attended the Coffee with the Principal session on Friday, February 22, in the library.

It was an engaging conversation about campus operations (including attendance and beautification), the California Dashboard reporting system and testing, staffing, WASC, and campus support and intervention processes, among other topics.

If you were not able to attend, or would just like a copy of the slides presented, please click the link below for a downloadable PDF version of the presentation.

I look forward to future meetings and opportunities to collaborate.

 

Best,

 

Steve Gebhart

Principal

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 2/24/19




Audience: Homepage, SAS Newsletter, Homepage and SAS Newsletter

LAUSD's Gifted/Talented Programs, Advanced Learning Options, is proud to announce the 10th Annual GATE/SAS Parent Conference, scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2019, at RFK Community Schools. There is no pre-registration required. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with on-site registration starting at 7:30 a.m. Free childcare is provided.

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Posted by: Wendy McNeny
Published: 2/24/19




Audience: Contact, PTO, SAS Newsletter, Faculty & Staff, PE, STEAM Magnet, Homepage, About Us, PTO, STEAM Magnet, Academics, Academics, Contact, Faculty & Staff, Students, About Us, Glori Sestich, Homepage, PE, Parents, Students, Parents and SAS Newsletter

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 2/10/19




Audience: SAS Newsletter, Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, Glori Sestich, PE, Students, Parents, SAS Newsletter, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, PE, STEAM Magnet, PTO, STEAM Magnet, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage and Parents

 


If you are a parent that needs to set up Your Parent Portal account or if you already have an account but need you Parent PIN for verification, please contact our Parent Community Rep. Ms. Glori Sestich in the Parent Center @ 310 241-1151 do not leave a voice message it is under construction.

If no answer please email glori.sestich@lausd.net.

You must include YOUR full name and phone number, the students Full name and grade so that we can assist you .

You are Always welcome to come to the parent center as well, we are located in the main building on the first floor room 108. Any parent who does not have access to a computer at home is welcome to use our computer , we are here to help you.

#Danapride

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 2/10/19




Audience: SAS Newsletter, Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, PE, Students, Parents, SAS Newsletter, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, PE, STEAM Magnet, PTO, STEAM Magnet, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage and Parents

Please join us on Friday, February 22, at 9:00am, in the Dana MS library for Coffee with the Principal, the first "with the Principal" session of the new semester.

 

Each of these sessions is a great opportunity to get instructional and operational updates directly from the principal, in addition to building relationships with fellow parents and community members.  Among the topics that will be discussed are: spring testing, the WASC visit, Dana Middle School's California Dashboard performance, campus operations (including beautification), and enrollment and staffing projections for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to Glori Sestich, Dana MS Parent Rep, at glori.sestich@lausd.net, or call the parent center at 310-241-1151. Though RSVP is not mandatory, it is helpful in order to effectively plan and prepare for the session.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 1/30/19




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Dana Middle School teachers work hard every day to help our students reach their full potential. However, because L.A. Unified has not yet reached an agreement on a new contract, members of United Teachers Los Angeles may take strike action. 

In the event of a strike, the District's goal has always been to keep schools open so that our students do not miss the opportunity to learn. Therefore, the District is proactively assigning Central Office staff to schools and has taken steps to procure services from outside vendors to ensure that student operations remain seamless on our campus should a strike occur.

In addition, L.A. Unified has created a resource guide for families, which is posted at lausd.net, to help parents and students prepare for a possible work stoppage.

LA Unified will continue working to find solutions that take into account our economic realities, as well as out students' needs.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 1/6/19




Audience: SAS Newsletter, Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, Glori Sestich, PE, Students, Parents, SAS Newsletter, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, PE, STEAM Magnet, STEAM Magnet, PTO, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage and Parents

Dana Community,

 

If anyone needs help setting up your Parent Portal Account or verifying your Schoology PIN help is here.

 

Please email our Parent Community Rep.Glori Sestich at :

 

glori.sestich@lausd.net

 

You must include Your full name, the students full name , students date of birth and the students grade. You can also include a contact number otherwise we will email you back.

 

We will be checking in throughout the Winter Break .

 

See you all back in 2019!

 

 

#Danapride

 

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 12/15/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Thank you to all community members that attended the Pizza with the Principal session on Wednesday, November 28, in the library.

 

It was an engaging conversation about attendance, spring course rollover, fall awards, campus support and intervention processes, and community involvement opportunities, among other things.

 

If you were not able to attend, or would just like a copy of the slides presented, please click the link below for a downloadable PDF version of the presentation.

 

I look forward to future meetings and opportunities to collaborate.

 

Best,

 

Steve Gebhart

Principal

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 11/30/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

For the fourth year in a row Yolanda Aranda, Dana MS Healthy Start Navigator, will be coordinating a holiday "Sponsor a Dana Family" program.

 

This program is an opportunity for the Dana staff and community members to sponsor a Dana family for the holidays.
 
Last year, due to the generosity of Dana staff and community members, the program was a huge success in providing many Dana families with a holiday experience they otherwise would not have had.
 
Once again this year, there are Dana MS students and families that have been identified for anyone who would like to make this holiday time of year a joyous one for select Dana students and their families.
 
If anyone is able and willing to sponsor a family, or would like more information about this community support opportunity, please contact Ms. Aranda at (310) 241-1117, or via email at yaranda@lausd.net.
 
In order to provide time to coordinate with recipient families, the deadline for all contact and sponsorship donations is Friday, December 7.
 
Thank you to all staff and community members for supporting Dana MS students and families.
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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 11/26/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Please join on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:00pm, in the Dana MS library for Pizza with the Principal, the second "with the Principal" session of the year.

This will be an evening event in the hopes that those that could not attend the 9:00am session due to work or other obligation can attend this one.

Each of these sessions is a great opportunity to get instructional and operational updates directly from the principal, in addition to building relationships with fellow parents and community members.

If you plan to attend this event, please RSVP to Glori Sestich, Dana MS Parent Rep, at glori.sestich@lausd.net, or call the parent center at 310-241-1151. Though RSVP is not mandatory, it is helpful in order to effectively plan and prepare for the session.

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 11/12/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

All 8th grade students and families are invited to attend our yearly high school articulation event on Wednesday, October 24, at 6:00pm, in the Dana Middle School auditorium.

 

Representatives from Dr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Prep, California Academy of Math Science (CAMS), Narbonne HARTS Academy, and San Pedro High School and its various programs, including STEAM, Marine Science Magnet, Police Academy Magnet, and School for Advanced Studies (SAS), will be on hand to deliver information and answer questions about each of their schools and programs.
 
This event is an important fact-finding opportunity in support of the high school selection process.
 
If you have any questions about the high school articulation event, please feel free to contact the Main Office at 310-241-1100.
 
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you Wednesday, October 24.
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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 10/19/18




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Posted by: Tobias Seiple
Published: 10/17/18




Audience: Homepage and Homepage

 

Thank you to all community members that attended the initial Coffee with the Principal session of the 2018-2019 year on Friday, October 12, in the library.

It was an engaging conversation about enrollment, staffing, WASC, and campus support and intervention processes.

If you were not able to attend, or would just like a copy of the slides presented, please click the link below for a downloadable PDF version of the presentation.

I look forward to future meetings and opportunities to collaborate.

 

Best,

 

Steve Gebhart

Principal

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Posted by: Steve Gebhart
Published: 10/14/18




Audience: Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, PE, Students, Parents, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, Associates, PE, STEAM Magnet, STEAM Magnet, PTO, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage, Glori Sestich and Parents

Attention Parents and Students

We Collect Box Tops For our school.

This is FREE money at no cost to you. All you need to do is Clip the box top off of everyday items that you already purchase.
Start clipping them Now and hold onto them We are having the Box Tops drive  October 15-26th.  The Box Tops due date will be on 10/26/18. See the Bulletin Board in the Main Building for More Information or find us on Facebook under Richard Henry Dana PTO


 

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 9/27/18




Audience: Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, PE, Students, Parents, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, Associates, PE, STEAM Magnet, STEAM Magnet, PTO, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage, Glori Sestich and Parents


Please join us in the Dana Auditorium on Tuesday, September 18th from 6-8 pm. This will be a Community Screening of the critically acclaimed film Paper Tigers. First come, first served.

 

 

More than two decades ago, two respected researchers, clinical physician Dr. Vincent Felitti and CDC epidemiologist Robert Anda ,published the game-changing Adverse Childhood experiences Study. It revealed a troubling but irrefutable phenomenon: the more traumatic experiences the respondents had as children (such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect), the more likely they were to develop health problems later in life - problems such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. To complicate matters, there was also a troubling correlation between adverse childhood experiences and prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, unprotected sex, and poor diet. Combined, the results of the study painted a staggering portrait of the price our children are paying for growing up in unsafe environments, all the while adding fuel to the fire of some of society's greatest challenges.

 

However, thus very same study contains the seed of hope: all of the above-mentioned risk factors- behavioral as well as physiological- can be offset by the presence of one dependable and caring adult.

It doesn't need to be a mother or father. It doesn't even need to be a close or distant relative.

 

More often than not, that stable, caring adult is a TEACHER.

 

It is here, at the crossroads of at-risk teens and trauma-informed care, that Paper Tigers takes root. Set within and around campus of Lincoln Alternative High School in the rural community of Walla Walla, Washington, Paper Tigers asks the following questions:

What does it mean to be a trauma-informed school? And how do you educate teens whose childhood experiences have left them with a brain and body ill-suited to learn?

 

 

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 9/12/18




Audience: Teachers, Homepage, About Us, Academics, Faculty & Staff, PE, Students, Parents, Contact, PTO, Staff, Principals, Assistant Principals, Sys Admins, Faculty & Staff, Associates, PE, STEAM Magnet, STEAM Magnet, PTO, Academics, Contact, Students, About Us, Homepage, Glori Sestich and Parents

Welcome to Dana MS ! We want you to know that all parents are welcome to volunteer at our school. If you would like to volunteer, there are various opportunities.   You DO need to fill out a volunteer application for the school year and show proof of a current TB test. You can log into the Parent Portal and under forms you will find the volunteer application. Or you can go to https://achieve.lausd.net . We have parents who help with supervision, front desk, laundry, Art To Grow On (ATGO), Food and Clothing pantry, Box Tops, School fundraisers, PTO, etc. If you have any questions, please contact the Parent Center M-F 9-1

(310) 241-1151 or email the PTO @ Danams.pto@gmail.com

The PTO has a Facebook page as well under :

Richard Henry Dana PTO

Membership Drive will begin Sept.11-26th

$ 10.00 per family

The first 50 people who donate a minimum of $50 will receive a chalkboard calendar. Look for more information in your child backpack  after 9/10/18

    First PTO Meeting will be on Wed.9/26 at 3pm in the Parent Center

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Posted by: Glori Sestich
Published: 8/17/18