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


Office Hours

Dr. Wills 
Monday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dr. Wilson
Tuesday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dr. McCladdie
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Principal Thomas
Monday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dr. Taylor
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Dear D.A.T.E. Family,

The holidays are here and I wish you a joyous and festive season.
Remember, this is the season for Friends and Family, nothing is more important.

Dr. M. Wills
Greetings D.A.T.E. Family,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe and wonderful Holiday Season. May you take this time to enjoy your family members and Friends.

Dr. K. Taylor,
Chief Academic Officer


Dear D.A.T.E family,

With great joy and festivity, I send you greetings. This has been and awesome start to the school year as we prepare for the milestones. Our students are working hard and enjoying the many activities that we have had this year. Our teachers are determined to provide relevance, rigor and build relationships with all of our students. The support that we get from all stakeholders is wonderful and it makes me proud to be a part of this community! We continue to move 100% toward making DATE one of the top ten charter schools in the nation. Though we have had some setbacks, we continue to make many strides toward achieving this goal. We are truly grateful for you entrusting your precious commodities to our care.

 This is the time of the year for rejoicing and rededication! This is a very stressful time of year. I hope that you continue to review the tips I sent out last week for a more relaxed season. Remember that this break should be a time for families, not about stuff and how much we can accumulate.  Continue to be wonderful and be thankful for all that you have including family and friends. Have a safe restful holiday!

Dr. Edward Wilson,
Middle School Principal

Hi Parents!! 

As the Holiday Season is getting underway, I would like to wish you all a Safe and Fantastic Winter Break.

We celebrated this week with a Gingerbread Day.
Below are a few pictures of our Scholars adventures.

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

The staff and I would like to wish you and your family a “Happy Holiday Season”!

We hope that you enjoy the time with your family over the holiday season.

Just a few reminders:
Winter Break Dec 23rd, 2019 – Jan 3rd, 2019.
Students should return to school on Monday, January 6th, 2020.

Dr. H. McCladdie,
Director of Student Services
Happy Hanukkah to the Farbstein Family.

A Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

The kinara holds seven candles, one black, three red and three green, which represent the people, the struggle and the future. They also represent the seven principles: unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia), collective responsibility (ujima), cooperative economics (ujamaa), purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani).

Wishing the Dodd Family a Happy Omisoka

A Japanese traditional celebration on the last day of the year. Traditionally, it was held on the final day of the 12th lunar month. 
4H - Juniors, Cloverleafs, & Cloverbuds would like to say THANK YOU for your generous donations.
Just a little poem for safety sake
To all the drivers here at D.A.T.E.
It’ s that time of year to spread some great cheer
And remind you to keep your radio off so you can hear
Use those turn signals coming in and going out
So we all know which way you’re going, without a doubt
In the afternoon, when the lot is full
Don’t try to enter, that’s the rule
And don’t ask if you can start a line
Because that won’t happen until 2:45 cell phone time
Here at D.A.T.E. Academy, safety is a must
Unsafe driving only causes a fuss
So let’s all pay attention and protect those kids so dear
And have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Your friendly DeKalb Police Officer


D. A. T. E. Family,

As we prepare for this festive season, I made sure to speak with all of our scholars about netiquette or as some of you may know as Digital Citizenship. A simple definition is being conscience of what you are doing online. This includes, social media, email, browsing, etc....... Here are the core rules of netiquette:

"Rule 1. Remember the human. Never forget that the person reading your mail or posting is, indeed, a person, with feelings that can be hurt. ...

Rule 2. Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life. ...

Rule 3. Know where you are in cyberspace. ...

Rule 4. Respect other people's time and bandwidth." -

Most importantly is to always use safe practices when on the internet. Don't try to get around firewalls and filters because they are in place to protect you and the network. Limit the personal information that you expose on the internet as this allows others to steal your identity at the very least. Be careful what you download as sometimes virus, botnets and malware can be embedded in your downloads. 

I know that this all may sound scary, but it doesn't have to be. Have fun surfing and be very aware of the places you visit on the internet and the things you download. 

The tech team at D.A.T.E. Academy wish you all a very happy holiday season. 

I am so excited with our 3rd and 4th graders with what they are doing with technology. They have some additional apps that I would like to highlight. Please talk to your child about these exciting tools and apps that they are learning and using here at D.A.T.E. Academy. 

The link below is an app that we use named StoryJumper and the student is using a  voice over feature:

The link below is a 4th grade using the Writereader app to create their own book:
StoryJumper with voice over done by the student:
Infnite Campus Instructions
Google Classroom FAQ
Parents can enter their students carpool numbers in the app beginning at 2pm Monday - Friday within the boundaries of E Ponce de Leon Ave and Stonegate Industrial Blvd and in the D.A.T.E. parking lot. Doing so, will help expedite your student coming out at the end of the day.

After the app is downloaded, please send an email to advising us as to the type of device the app was installed on and the email address that was used to register the account so that we can activate the account.

Please click on the link below for additional information and assistance.
Silent Dismissal

Elementary School

Students finished creating their Date Academy Store Website.

Students have added their Webpage where they created a subpage of all the items that will be sold in their stores.  

Students also created a Question & Answer Page and imported their D.A.T.E. Academy Google Sheets into their website.

Students also started adding buttons, maps, and linking videos to their website.

When students return from the Winter break they will start presenting their D.A.T.E. Academy Store Website.

Middle School

Students have finished creating their HTML Dictionary Website using html tags. This website project will then be used in other classes to help develop students' vocabulary terms.  

Students used a variety of tags such as: <html>(open website), <head>(header), <title>(title), <body>(body), <h1>(heading), <p>(paragraph), <b>(bold), <u>(underline), <i>(italize), <a>(link), <img>(image) and <br>(breaks).

Students also create a weekly blog. Some of the topics are:

  • How has technology helped you as a student?
  • List and describe 5 ways that technology has helped improve your personal life.
  • Name and describe how technology can or has been used to improve at least 3 of your special classes.
  • Name and describe at least 3 technology products that are considered wearables.
Swanson Family Farms

Swanson Family Farms is owned by Mr. Wayne Swanson.  He is our agricultural expert who we acquired our goats from.  We will be getting a cow from him later this year.  

Student are learning to create and make organic compost in our chicken coop.  During this lesson, students utilized shovels to dig holes in search of insect that break down wood chip, old vegetation and "clipping" such as carrots, onions, lettuce, and other healthy clean kitchen scraps. Once the compost is ready we will transport it to the outdoor garden to help us grow the biggest and healthiest plants. The compost will work by improving the soil. This is an exciting process.  Looking forward to seeing our results in the Spring. 

Ms. N. Shillingford,
Environmental Specialist
S.T.E.M. / S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator
D.A.T.E. Family,

This has been an absolutely great semester. Students have been learning about everything from The Anatomy of the Human body, compared to the anatomy of the different animals we have here at D.A.T.E. Academy, to Simple Machines that were designed to solve all kinds of problems.  

We also dug deeper into the understanding of Sustainability and what that really means to us as humans, and we have used an actual shovel to dig into the ground on the inside of the chicken coop to look for small organisms created from the "Non-Animal food scraps" we've buried. Kids at D.A.T.E. are great! We have had a good time learning these past weeks. 

Now, we have come to another winter break and glorious holiday.  I send well wishes out to all. Have an absolutely wonderful break.  Get some well needed rest and enjoy your loved ones and family.  

Peace, Joy, and Happiness to all of you!


Ms. N. Shillingford,
Environmental Specialist
S.T.E.M. / S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator

Dear D.A.T.E. Families,

As we prepare for our winter break, D.A.T.E. PTO hopes this holiday season finds you happy and healthy. Enjoy the time spent with family and friends then come back in the new year revived and refreshed. See you all in 2020!

Holiday Poem 

This season is filled with special joys,
And the very best of all
Is contemplating those dear to us,
And the memories we recall.

We often think at Christmas time
Of people, affectionately,
And we realize how blessed we are
To have you as part of our D.A.T.E. family!

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

Thank You,
Nicole Lundie
PTO President

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