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"Engaging hands and minds through the  Environment, Agriculture  and Technology. "


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Greeting D.A.T.E. Family,

 It is almost that time to return back to Face to Face  learning  for a few of us.  As we continue to gradually come back to school, I want us to remain safe and calm during this process.  It is without a doubt that this is unprecedented times and we have to remain cautious and patient during this process.

Please continue to focus on your learning, as well as, your safety for those who are returning. Our teachers have been back in the routine for about a few days now and the process is going well. Please adhere to the rules and regulations, and the signage to ensure all is safe. We will get through this.

Congratulations to Mr. John Edwards for being selected Atlanta Metros top 20 under 20.


20 under 20

As in previous years, Atlanta Intown has asked public and private schools along with service organizations and the general public to nominate students, who have been active volunteers in their communities. These students have accumulated 

thousands of hours of volunteer time, traveled to other countries, created nonprofits and worked with the underprivileged as part of their service.

This year, we noticed a trend among many of the honorees – their interest and passion for the environment and social justice causes. Many of the students are actively working at school and in the community to combat climate change and homelessness as well as mentoring refugees and underserved minority communities around the city. There has been an incredible uptick of students creating nonprofits to help raise funds not only from the community, but from corporations as well. This is our third Student to receive this award. Here is the highlight from John Edwards, who has been selected.

Age: 14

Name: John Edwards

In your own words, how has the pandemic and 2020 in general strengthen your resolve to give back to the community?

The pandemic and 2020 in general, strengthened my resolve to give back to the community by cutting down the shortage of food resources and everyday necessities, such as toilet paper. As my main focus is cutting down the shortage  of food, my goal is for after every EMPIRE FILMS production, money made by the film will go toward Hosea Helps, and other non-profit organizations.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned as a volunteer this year?

The most valuable lesson I’ve learned as a volunteer this year is to be humble. What I mean by that is people, who came to the food drive and COVID-19 testing, were not just from the county in which I live nor of the income status people have in mind when free services like the food table & COVID testing are announced. Large numbers of people came from outside of the state of Georgia to get tested and get their groceries. Also, as I talked to some of them as they were tired from driving, and each person I talked to said to be humble through large losses, great wins, and large boundaries. For the rest of my life, I will always remember to stay humble.

What are you looking forward to doing or working on post-pandemic?

I’m looking forward to doing a lot after the pandemic, like helping with the Food Drive and helping Non-Profits, but I am planning to start production for my documentary, “Through The Black Lens.” The documentary is about how African Americans are treated in America with the addition of people with different nationalities, and races explanation on how they feel about this subject along with information from world leaders and historians.

Dr. Maury L. Wills, C.E.O.
Twitter: @Dr.Willsdate
Celebrating 16 Years of "Learning with Relationships, Relevance, and Rigor"


Virtual Learning Code Conduct


All D. A. T. E., students receiving digital curriculum and direct instruction online are subject to any applicable District policies and this Student Virtual Learning Code of Conduct.

Students are responsible for proper behavior during online learning.

Students are expected to take integrity and use authenticity of their own work.

It is illegal to create harmful computer viruses.

Remote Learning correspondences are public under school’s records and subject to disclosure.

Internet Policy

Data that is composed, transmitted, accessed, or received via the Internet must not contain content that could be considered discriminatory, offensive, obscene, threatening, harassing, intimidating, or disruptive to any other person. Examples of unacceptable content may include, but are not limited to, sexual comments or images, racial slurs, gender-specific comments, or any other comments or images that could reasonably offend someone on the basis of race, age, sex, religious or political beliefs, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Disciplinary Action

Progressive discipline will continue to be utilized to create the expectation that the degree of discipline imposed will be in proportion to the severity of the behavior. Violations of the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action up to and including Districts policies and guidelines.



Dear Parent/Guardian,

DeKalb Agriculture Technology and Environment Charter Schools, Inc. (DATE) utilizes the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) as a universal screener three times a year - Fall, Winter, and Spring.

In an effort to accommodate the many schools within the district and students opting to remain in a virtual learning environment, the Winter MAP testing window opened on Monday, January 4, 2020, and will close on Friday, February 26, 2020.

For school year 2020-2021, the Winter MAP test administration window is utilized for Magnet and Gifted eligibility screening. Therefore, due to the nature of the 2020-2021 Winter MAP assessments, students in grades 3 – 8 will be administered the MAP test in two different testing modes, if applicable: remotely (Language Usage and Science MAP tests) and face to face (Reading and Mathematics MAP tests). K – 2 students will be administered the MAP test (Reading and Mathematics) in a face to face setting.

All students in grades 3 – 8 will be administered the Language Usage and Science test during the Winter MAP administration window, January 13 – February 26, 2021.

All K-8 students participating in face to face or virtual instruction will be administered the Reading and Mathematics MAP test between February 1 – February 26, 2021.

*Students assigned to the virtual learning model will report for face to face testing for reading/math following the schedule below:

Grades 6 - 8 => February 1 - 4 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Grade 3 - 5 => February 8 - 11 (9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Grades K - 2 => February 16 - 18 (9:00 AM - 11:00 PM)

Make up testing will occur daily (M-Th) as needed February 1 - 26 for any grade level.

Below are D.A.T.E.’s Winter MAP 2020 face to face test procedures:

1. Students must wear face covering or mask during the entire time that they are on the premises.

2. There will be no more than 15 student participants per test session/per examiner.

3. Students should bring the school technology device daily. Computers should be transported in a protective bag/case.

**If students are showing signs of fever, cough, runny nose, chills, or any other cold-like symptoms, they should not participate in this administration. **

**DATE will follow all Georgia Health Department and the Center for Disease Control Health and Safety Guidelines as related to the COVID-19 pandemic. *

MAP Growth tests from NWEA® are unique in that they are adaptive tests taken on a computer or tablet. This means the test questions will become more difficult when your child answers a question correctly and easier when your child answers a question incorrectly. The information presented on the test is aligned with the Georgia Department of Education curriculum and is the same information that your child should have already been exposed to in school.

If, based on your child’s IEP, 504-IAP, or EL-TPC plan, there are allowable accommodations that your child may receive on the Winter MAP assessment they will be provided as outlined in their plans.

Each remote MAP Growth test session will consist of 9 - 12 students (including your child). Each face to face test administration will consist of up to 15 students (including your child).

Below are instructions on how to prepare your child for their MAP Growth assessments. Additionally, attached to this letter is a Student Log in Quick Guide that will provide you with a visual on how to access the MAP assessment.

Prior to Test Day (virtual administration)

1. Make sure your child’s device has an internet connection. (virtual administration)
2. Make sure your device meets testing requirements using the Workstation Diagnostic Tool. (virtual administration)
3. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video
4. Practice the test at

(Username: grow Password: grow)

On Test Day (virtual administration)

1. Minimize distractions for your child as much as possible.

2. Provide a quiet testing environment.

3. Follow all instructions from the teacher/proctor.

For more information about MAP Growth, visit: If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Keidra Taylor ( ) .



Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

Dr. K. Taylor,

Chief Academic Officer
I received this from one of our students a few years back, but I thought it would be relevant today. Enjoy your family, friends and everyone that is special in your life. Most of all give back to others to the  best of your ability everyday.

Dr. E. Wilson
Middle School Principal

Whenever you read about educational theory, or initiatives you cannot get too far without hearing about school improvement or school change. Although we are living through a pandemic, schools are still expected to teach, learn, and grow.  At D.A.T.E., we are trying our best to bring a bit of normalcy to students during school hours.  Teachers are delivering standards based instructions, creating engaging activities, and teaching virtually to their best of their ability. 

As we begin next semester in virtual learning, we will continue to do all of those things.  Teachers must accelerate, remediate, differentiate in our virtual classrooms.However, this can't be done without your help.  Parents, please review Google classrooms, Infinite Campus grades, and your student's email weekly to ensure you always know expectations of students. We are aware that needs have changed since the beginning of the year and we ask for your communication.Yes, phone calls and emails take a little longer during this time, due to working remotely, but our commitment to you is still there.  Thanks for all you do to make D.A.T.E. a great place to teach and learn.

D. A. T. E.'s Motto: "Learning with Relationships,  Relevance, and Rigor."


Ms. Erica Thomas,
Elementary Principal
Dear D.A.T.E. Family,

First off, Happy New Year to you and your family!

 January is a great time to make positive resolutions which will help ensure a successful school day for your student. 
 1. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest each night - studies show students who do not get enough sleep have a difficult time paying attention in class.
 2. Regular attendance is vital - children should arrive or login on time each day and be ready to learn. 
3. Although there are times when an occasional early dismissal is necessary for an appointment or urgent family matter, however, missed instructional time should be at a  minimum for student performance.
4. Last but not least - read, read, read! Success in school depends, in large part, on a student's ability to read and comprehend. Please pick a time and read daily.  

Dr. H. McCladdie,

Director of Student Services

Kira Brown, an 8th Grader at D.A.T.E. Academy plays the clarinet in the D.A.T.E. Academy Band. She was nominated for her excellent musicianship and leadership to be a part of the "Athena Honor Ensemble."

The Ensemble is a part of the Athena Music and Leadership Camp. The Camp was founded in 2008, the Athena Music and Leadership Camp is the first to provide middle and high school-aged young ladies a five-day, music camp experience while emphasizing leadership and team-building skills.

Named for the Greek goddess of the arts and wisdom, Athena strengthens musical excellence through three main points of emphasis: performance fundamentals, theoretical understanding, and music appreciation.

Our leadership and empowerment workshops focus on confidence building, communication skills and self-awareness.The ATHENA HONOR ENSEMBLE (AHE) will showcase promising young female musicians from around the globe.

Directors must nominate students for the event. This unique virtual event will include clinics and workshops with our renowned Athena faculty and will provide supplementary music and leadership opportunities for our promising young women. Selected musicians will:

  • Create a final, recorded performance to be premiered online this spring

  • Participate in master classes and empowerment sessions with trusted Athena Music and Leadership faculty

  • Develop leadership skills through mentoring opportunities and social-emotional learning activities

  • Receive an exclusive Athena Honor Ensemble polo shirt

Congratulations to Kira and her musical excellence!!!!!!

Jamie Smith
Band Director/Music Teacher 

Phase II - Sibling Preference for Current Families           

January 12. 2021 – February 5, 2021

Is anyone given preference in the enrollment process? Yes.

  • Sibling of current students
  • Children of Staff members
  • All placement of sibling will be predicated on space availability.

How does D.A.T.E. define sibling for purposes of preferences?

Sibling is a person with whom a current student shares a residence, or maternal parent in common by blood, adoption or marriage, even if the marriage has been dissolved, or by death.

How to register a sibling:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on PARENTS
  3. Click on ENROLLMENT
  4. Click on “Sibling Preference for Current Families”
  5. In the form, enter the 2021-2022 grade level in the " Grade " box.

Please upload these additional Documents in the enrollment link

- Birth Certificate
- Shot Record
- Eye/Ear/Dental (Form 3300 or 3231)
- Discipline Report (WAIVED)
- Report Card
-Social Security Card
-Two (2) Proofs of Residence (Dwelling based ie. Power, gas, water)

 *** Be aware that all placements will be based on space availability and you will be contacted when a space becomes available. 


3rd - 8th Grades - please contact Ms. Grant if interested
You know it doesn't make much sense
There ought to be a law against
Anyone who takes offense
At a day in your celebration

'Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you

And I'm sure you would agree
What could fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

I just never understood
How a man who died for good
Could not have a day that would
Be set aside for his recognition

Because it should never be
Just because some cannot see
The dream as clear as he
That they should make it become an illusion

And we all know everything
That he stood for time will bring
For in peace, our hearts will sing
Thanks to Martin Luther King

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Why has there never been a holiday
Where peace is celebrated
All throughout the world?
The time is overdue
For people like me and you
Who know the way to truth
Is love and unity to all God's children

It should be a great event
And the whole day should be spent
In full remembrance
Of those who lived and died for the oneness of all people

So let us all begin
We know that love can win
Let it out, don't hold it in
Sing it loud as you can

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday

Happy birthday (3 times)
Ooh, yeah
Happy birthday (4 times)

We know the key to unity of all people
Is in the dream that you had so long ago
That lives in all of the hearts of people
That believe in unity
(Happy birthday)

We'll make the dream become a reality
I know we will
Because our hearts tell us so

(Happy birthday) 7 times

Happy Birthday to Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank You, Dr. King

On April 4th, 1968, I was a toddler, whose only concern was where my next meal was coming from and which one of my ten siblings was going to entertain me next. Little did I know that on that day, the last selfless national leader the African-American community has known, was gunned down at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. His name, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther king, Jr. had become the much-heralded leader of the Civil Rights Movement, ushering in legislation that would improve minority lives in multiple facets of life.

Upon hearing the “I Have A Dream” speech for the first time in later years and for many years thereafter, I would be moved to tears virtually every time. I was able to sense the emotion and urgency in Dr. King’s voice and later, appreciate the poetry in his words. A fire was lit inside of me that burned slowly for years, but burned nonetheless.

Growing up in Middle Georgia, I experienced my share of racism. I was called the n-word for the first time as an eight-year-old and had bottles thrown at me and was even spit on...AS AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD! I would be shot at later and chased multiple times by white people who wanted to do me harm.

As a college baseball player at the U of Tennessee, while playing against Mississippi State, I had a small sample of what Jackie Robinson went through. I had to endure three days of relentless name-calling and a near riot, as more than fifteen fans attempted to attack me on the field. This was a different kind of hate than I had experienced in my youth in Middle Georgia and so unnecessary.

Because of these events, and many, many more that are not documented here, I have a greater appreciation of what Dr. King endured during the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the demonstrations in Birmingham, and even that dark day in Memphis, where he made the ultimate sacrifice.

Let us be mindful of why we celebrate Dr. King. His actions have made it easier for us all to vote, purchase a home, use public transit, stay at a hotel, eat at our favorite restaurant, attend college, etc. He was truly a great man who did not have to involve himself in the Civil Rights Movement. I am thankful for Dr. King and his many successes, because his successes are my successes.

Mr. Joel Smith,
P.E. / Health Coach

Pride (In The Name of Love) - U2
Dedicated to the Honorable Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Early morning, April 4th
A shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
S. T. E. A. M. TEAM
D. A. T. E. Library Learning Commons website
BeInternetAwesome with Google
If you need to get in touch with your teachers, please use the appropriate grade level email:

Support is also offered by the School's Technology Department based on the technological need:
Parents' Guide to Google Classroom
Infinite Campus Instructions

Dear D.A.T.E. Parents,

 It is so important that all parents be connected to all the tools available to assist in the success of our students. Infinite Campus is one of those wonderful tools available to us. Connection to Infinite Campus allows you, the parent, to ensure the completion of all assigned tasks for your scholars' test scores, attendance in scheduled classes, and so much more.  Please email Ms. Armstrong at: from your personal email to request your Activation Code needed to create a Parent Portal Infinite Campus Account.
Please do not use your scholars email address to request the activation code. The email assigned to your scholar is for student communication with their instructors.


Mrs. Shillingford

S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator

Environmental Specialist

For our 8th grade parents it is that time of year! We are preparing to send your student off to start their high school experience. If this school year has shown us anything, we know that school can change on a whim to adapt to current circumstances. There are several things you should know, and dates to pay attention to as you navigate through making your School Choice decisions for high school. 

Things to note:

  • The best place to get your answers for DCSD School Choice is via their website. You can visit their website by clicking this link
  • The 2021-2022 Lottery Open Enrollment dates to apply for on-time applications are January 7, 2021at 9:00 a.m. – February 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.
  • There is a lottery calendar that the DCSD School Choice office follows for their lottery process and you can locate that here
  • There is also an open enrollment “cheat sheet” that is available for the DCSD School Choice. This document breaks down what is needed for each school that has a special program, along with providing phone numbers and times you can call the DCSD School Choice office. You can access that link here
  • To be selected for a DCSD School of Choice, you must actually apply. You can find the link to the application portion of their website here.
    • In the event that you have trouble with this portion, you have to contact the DCSD School Choice office. They are the only ones who can help with the actual application.
  • Not all schools have what is considered a “special program”. A “special program” is considered to be IB, magnet, DECA, and the audition schools (DSA). The schools that have an application are on the DCSD School Choice website. If you do not see an application, then they do not have one. You can find the directions and forms to download for applicable schools here.
  • If a school does not specifically ask for a teacher to complete a recommendation form, please do not have a teacher to write a letter of recommendation. There is a difference. For example, the IB Prep Program requests teachers to complete a recommendation, but it is a digital form. Therefore a handwritten recommendation is not appropriate. 
    • When emailing to ask teachers to complete a recommendation, it needs to be from a school that requires one. You also need to follow the protocol of the school. For example, if DSA has a specific form, then you need to make sure the teacher has that recommendation form with the appropriate signatures prior to sending it to them via email.
  • Transcripts will not be ready until after January 13, 2021. Once they are available to be printed the School Counselor will let you know it is available. 
    • If your school requires an electronic submission, please make that clear in the email. For example: where should it be sent, when, what do you need specifically sent over?
    • There will be one pick up day per week for documents requested, and they are completed in the order received. If your school requires an electronic version of documents then they will be sent over electronically. Which means you will not get a copy.


Registration for High School Courses

While completing your application for DCSD School Choice, your student will be completing their course selection at home on Infinite Campus as well. A presentation for this will be sent to students and parents next week. This will allow you plenty of time to select your courses and update your diploma types. In the past, this has all been done on paper. Thankfully, our current situation has pushed this online. Which also means that you are able to make these choices with your students. 

Things to know:

  • You will receive a link to the presentation next week via email, and in the 8th grade Google Classroom for parents. 
  • Your students will login to Infinite Campus and pick their courses. I suggest you do this with them to make sure you are aware of what they are selecting. It is nice for them to have autonomy, but nobody needs to take P.E. (5) times. 
  • Your high school enrollment is based on the address that was in Infinite Campus at the time the county rolled your student over into high school. I cannot change this information.
  • We understand that you are applying for DCSD School of Choice for high school, but you still need to select courses based on your home school.
    • They will then transfer this information to the school that your student gets into, but they have to have a schedule from their home school to have something to transfer to their new school.

This can be an overwhelming process. I often refer you back to the DCSD School Choice office because they are in charge of this process. As School Counselor’s we are not able to mitigate this situation, and that is intentional. It is a time for the parent and the students to get together and make choices regarding their future. We do fulfill your document requests, but that is really all we are able to complete. 

Embrace the process and enjoy the process

Mrs. Angel Haye
School Counselor


Virtual Support Groups

In an effort to make sure our students and parents have access to support during these uncharted times, our School Counseling Department will be providing support group services covering a variance of topics to provide strategies to parents, and an emotional outlet for children. These groups will run virtually after school on a weekly basis. Below you will find the links for the meetings.

Topics to anticipate are as follows:

  • Social challenges 
  • Academic frustrations
  • Organization and planning
  • Social engagement 
  • Ways to encourage your student
  • Promoting healthy communication
  • Supporting your student's social needs during a pandemic
  • Self-care for the caregiver

Grade Level

Link for Part 1

Link for Part 2


February 10, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

February 11, 2021@ 3:30 pm


February 2, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

February 4, 2021 @ 3:30 pm


February 17, 2021 @ 3:30 pm

February 18, 2021 @ 3:30 pm


Parent Meetings (K-8)


Ways to Encourage Students

February 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


Promoting Healthy Communication

February 16, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


Supporting your Student and their Social Needs

February 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


Self-care for the Caregiver

March 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm



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PTO President

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