View this email in your browser

VIsion Statement:

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


Building Hours

Monday - Thursday 9AM - 3PM
Official D.A.T.E. YouTube Channel
Back to School

I just wanted to update parents on our plan to return students back to D.A.T.E. When Dekalb County School District opens schools, D.A.T.E. will also open. We will still adhere to our first plan of action with the Hybrid A/B and or virtual for families. In addition, we will be allowing students to come in phases two weeks at a time for those, who feel comfortable with traditional school. Again, we will require all students, staff, and personnel to wear masks, keep social distancing, and maintain frequent sanitation. Your safety is our utmost concern. Please feel free to check our COVID link on our website for updated information.

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


The first phase of MAP testing will be completed this week. Kudos to the students, teachers and technology team for working through the challenges of the virtual test administration.


With almost 800 students enrolled at DATE, it’s not an ideal situation but we are getting through it!


Parents, please note that we are planning for the time when the students will be able to return to the school. This plan will be enacted once the community health data shows a decrease in Covid-19 cases. In an effort to plan effectively, we need your feedback. Please take the time to complete this survey (if you have not done so already).


School Reopening Learning Model Request:


Dr. K. Taylor,

Chief Academic Officer

The word is out, D. A. T. E. is a great place to teach and learn! As we expand our horizons and continue to adjust to this new and innovative way of teaching and learning, from all of staff members to the middle school team.  We see the opportunity for growth. I always say, every year a student is at D. A. T. E they will have new teachers to expand upon their computational and critical thinking skills as they matriculate through the promotion process.


We are no different from other schools in that manner, but where we stand apart is the quality education and caring that your child receives while they are with us, whether it be one year or nine years. Every child is special to us here, and we treat each as the individual that he or she is. Though a team, our teachers are individuals as well. Please take time to get to know your child’s teacher. Reach out and connect with them and stay connected. 


Continue to support and encourage your child and your teachers. Your child will eventually go back to spending eight hours a day with his/her teacher. You should take some time also, to reach out to your child’s teacher to understand, who is teaching your child.


Dr. E. Wilson
Middle School Principal


Work, Work, Work!! These words are not meant to cause stress. Luckily, I am providing a few tips to help ease homework or classwork time. 

✪ Be positive about all assignments. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about the work will be the attitude your child acquires.
✪ Help your child figure out what is hard work and what is easy work. Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he/she will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.
✪ Help your child with time management. Parents, if teachers have mentioned time on task or how fast/slow a student works this tip is important. Establish a set time each day for doing work and use a timer to help your child pace themselves.
✪ When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her. Children must learn to become problem solvers as it relates to their school work. 

Parents, I can't stress this enough. If help is given to much, students will be unable to perform independently on classwork or assessments. Assignments that are assigned allow students practice, prepare and extend the virtual learning experience. Let’s continue to work towards increasing student achievement together virtually!


Ms. Erica Thomas,
Elementary Principal
October marks the start of National Bullying Prevention Month. This year, in the wake of numerous, continuing demonstrations for racial justice, it’s especially important to recognize the role race plays in bullying and to support educators and families in their desire to address racially motivated  bullying acts. Please check out the PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which publishes a Kids Against Bullying newsletter specially designed for k-8 students. It includes lots of information and ideas about National Bullying Prevention Month, and how kids can become involved in their own school virtually. 

Dr. H. McCladdie,

Director of Student Services
More of the changes happening at D. A. T. E.
3rd Grade reminder:

Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Announcing JLG@Home Book Fairs

JLG@home book fair from October 5 to October 16
D.A.T.E. Library Learning Commons website:
Hector and his friends celebrate being good digital citizens and help their good friend Ming to deal with a cyberbully.
UPG's mission is to utilize our market presence in the entertainment industries of sports, dance, fashion and gaming to positively influence local communities, while bridging gaps globally to improve communities throughout the world.  UPG seeks to expose the arts and empower younger generations with viable development solutions and opportunities.
UPG presents C. T. A. E. @ D. A. T. E.

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.

The Environmental Science Department wants to say thank you to Patricia Mabren with Costa Plants along with her fabulous team of Justin, Bryon, and James from Scott’s Miracle Grow for supplying us with tools, plants, soil, and many other resources to keep the our ecosystems here on the campus thriving.

These wonderful folks come out at least twice a year to help us as a school save lots of money on these needed agricultural supplies. Additionally, they provide us with knowledge through information, experience and volunteer gardening labor hours.

Thank you all again for helping D. A. T. E in our effort to promote sustainability in our community. Each of you are contributing to the growth and education of our scholars. Your charitable gifts and time are greatly appreciated.

Mrs. Shillingford

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

Environmental Specialist

Racial Stress and Self-Care Parent Tips


2020 has been a year full of challenges, surprises, changes and events that are unmatched. Some surprises have been great, and others have been the source of stress to so many people. One of the largest stressors for many people of color has been race related. When we look at our children, the students we love, and other children around us we want to protect them from stress we experience. The reality is that racial stress is present. It’s online, out in public and bold. So how do we help the children, and ourselves, during this time?

The American Psychology Association (APA) has several suggestions for how to handle these stressors with your children. Evidence of the impact may arise in physical, emotional and spiritual effects. Spiritual effects can look like a decreased connection with the larger community, isolation from large social groups and events that they may usually enjoy. Your student may even say things such as “I’m not sure why I’m here.” or “I’m not sure what to do.”. Emotional effects are sometimes more noticeable because children may act out. They can become depressed, irritable, aggressive or anxious. When you notice emotional changes in your child, try and listen to what they are saying. It could be that they are experiencing stress and cannot verbalize what is bothering them, so their stress manifests itself in other ways. Physical effects can be harder to see in children, but you may notice that they begin taking risks that are not positive. In older (meaning 10 and up) children you may notice or suspect substance abuse, or dependency on over the counter medicines. 

As an adult you are tasked with educating your children on the issues of racism around us and how to overcome the obstacles of racial stress. There is no sure way to discuss race and challenges with your child.

There are a few steps that can be suggested:

  •  Let the child tell you what they know about race 
  • Discuss recent events with your children when you are in a mental space to have that conversation. 

  • Avoid helicopter parenting (monitoring in fear)

  • Be honest but make it age appropriate.

  • Try to have the conversation without social media. Watching these videos does nothing positive for your mental status, or the mental status of your children. 

  • Seek a professional. It is okay if you cannot hold this conversation. Seek help to make sure you are in a place where you can handle the conversation.

  • If all else fails, let them know you love for who they are always.


Remember you are not alone, you are worth more than any tangible item, we support and love you at D. A. T. E. and we are here to help you as we are able. If you have any questions or concerns about possible stress with your children please reach out to Mrs. Haye at

Mrs. Angel Haye
School Counselor

We are working hard to bring you an updated school store complete with pictures and history of orders. Please be on the lookout for this new feature within the next few weeks. For those parents that have already placed orders, please be patient as shipments have been delayed due to Covid-19. As soon as items are available, we will contact you directly for pickup. Thank you in advance for your patience

Also, we are currently looking for someone to take over the Yearbook coordination. If you are interested, please send an email to the PTO via the information below.

As always, “A strong PTO represents parent involvement and parent involvement represents student success.”

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at:

Thank You,
Nicole Lundie
PTO President

Teachers & Staples Rewards
Official D.A.T.E. YouTube Channel
View the Calendar!
Copyright ©  All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
1492 Kelton Drive, Stone Mountain, Ga 30083

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Dekalb Academy of Technology and the Environment · 1492 Kelton Dr · Stone Mountain, GA 30083-1918 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp