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


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Dear D.A.T.E. Family,

Last week, we had  a wonderful visit from the  Dekalb County School District Superintendent, Ms. Cheryl Watson Harris and other leaders in various departments. The Superintendent had an opportunity to tour our amazing facility and was able to witness the new construction, remodeling  of downstairs and take a tour of  our greenhouse, aquaponics program, agriculture environment of goats, chickens and soon to come, Andy, the cow. Other charter leaders were also present to give their impressive reviews of their charter schools. The Superintendent also had an opportunity to visit the Mobile Steam bus , where she was in awe. I want to thank my team here at the academy for all that they have done to make D. A. T. E. the choice: Ms. Shillingford, Mr. Everett, Mr. Hamilton, Mr.  Scruggs,  Ms. Grant,  Ms. Sims, Mr. Robinson, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Wilson, Ms. Thomas, Dr. McCladdie, Mr. O'Neil, Ms. Reese, and Mr. Maloyd! Your presentation and preparedness were everything!

Greetings Dekalb County School District Family,

This upcoming Monday, I will participate in the DCSD board meeting where we will discuss the next steps in our back to school plans. I will share highlights from the meeting with you as transparency is important to our academic success. You can watch the upcoming board meeting on DeKalb Schools TV (DSTV), Channel 24 in DeKalb County, or by visiting here:

As we navigate towards re-entry, please know that there is nothing more important to me than our scholars’ and staff's safety. It remains my number one priority. I also want to remind all of you to do your best to remain resilient as our approach to learning in this “new normal” evolves. Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.”  I applaud DCSD students and staff for remaining strong throughout this pandemic and pressing forward.

Division PoPin Visit and In the Field with the Office of Accountability  

Thank you to Dr. Linda Frazer and the directors from different departments in the Office of Accountability. On Thursday, I had the pleasure of learning more from them about the essential functions and support they provide our district, including:

· Continuous planning that leads to innovative learning opportunities for our scholars.
· Using data from research and assessments to identify how and where schools can improve.
· Collaborating with students and teachers to better align performance expectations.
I also want to thank the amazing team at DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment (DATE), where I met with Charter School leaders. I enjoyed speaking with all participants during our “meet and greet” while also learning about the exciting things they have planned for our scholars. I must mention that the partnership between our charter schools and the DeKalb International Student Center is exemplary. I am proud of the progress that many of our English Language Learners (ELL) are making because of these partnerships. Thank you for your continued feedback on the virtual learning experience. This feedback is essential for me and all of us at DCSD to continue to improve and reach higher. I am grateful for your commitment and dedication to our scholars’ success.

Have a great weekend DCSD!

Your #1 Cheerleader,

Mrs. Cheryl Watson-Harris, Superintendent
Charter Petition Review Update:

As we are going through another Five year Charter Petition Review, I just wanted to provide you with some updates: We have just completed two phases of the petition process. The initial petition was submitted to the county followed by a review and then corrections will be submitted this Friday for another review. We have had the stakeholders' panel discussion , which consisted of parents, teachers, faculty and staff, and the Board of Directors all involved in discussing the academy and its strengths and areas of growth. Thank you all for your professionalism and honesty. This is what makes D. A. T. E. Strong. Once the resubmission is submitted to the county, the Board of Dekalb County School District will vote and then it will move on to the Georgia Department of Education for a review. Can you believe this will be our 5th renewal petition.

16 years growing strong.

Reopening Plan for D. A. T. E.

The Academy is currently waiting for the decision for Dekalb County School District in terms of a reopening  day. However, D. A. T. E. will offer Hybrid Days, which consist of virtual learning days and A/B Days, when the decision does take place to return to school. More details to come later.

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


An eighth of the school year is already gone!!! Kudos to you for making the effort to remain engaged, navigate the challenges of technology and balance the realities of the impact of the pandemic.

We are committed to maintain instructional normalcy; we remain on target with our formative and summative testing expectations. Now, we are preparing for our Fall formative administration of the MAP assessment. MAP assesses mathematics, literacy skills and science. It measures growth over time and projects proficiency on high stakes tests and provides support to address student growth areas. In addition, results from MAP inform how educators differentiate instruction.

DATE MAP cycles for 2020_2021:

The Fall administration of the MAP assessment will be virtual. Teachers will test students in small groups and will communicate the student specific schedules the week of September 21st.


Fall 2020 MAP

Winter 2021 MAP

Spring 2021 MAP

Assess student learning loss from the Spring 2020

Establish baseline data for instruction and goal setting


Track changes/ improvement in learning

Refocus goals for the remainder of the school year

Serves as the gifted/magnet eligibility screener during the Winter administration

Will reveal how much progress was made over the school year

Will provide an overall view of the impact of learning loss from Spring 2020

Provides a data point to plan for next school year

September 28 - November 11

January 4 - February 26

April 12 - May 27


How can you prepare:

Please review these resources and get to know more about MAP and how the test results will benefit your child.

MAP Family Toolkit

MAP practice test. Get to know the MAP platform.

For practice test:

Username: grow

Passwork: grow

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

Hi Parents!! 


We are nearing the end of the first 4.5 weeks.  Grades should not come as a surprise to students and/or parents.  Here are the top 5 reasons.


1.  Parents and students can access their child’s grades on Infinite Campus.  Gain access to this resource and keep abreast of all grades.


2.  Each grade level has a Google classroom where homework and/or class assignments are posted.  Visit the teacher’s classroom so that everyone will know what students should be working on.


3.  Each student should know the expectations, assignment dates, and testing dates for each of their classes.  Students should be held accountable for completing their work and preparing themselves for class.


4. Teachers have been in constant communication with students and parents. Please check the parent's email, student's email, and Google classrooms for notification regarding assignments, missing work, extra credit and other information on a weekly basis.


5. Communication is very important especially at this time. If there are questions or concerns, please speak with the teacher. First by email and if needed a virtual conference can be scheduled.


Parents please use this 4.5-week progress report as an indicator of what needs to occur this school year.  If regrouping is necessary begin to set goals, communicate with students and teachers, check grades regularly, and be accountable. Let’s set the pace for the remainder of the school year!


Ms. Erica Thomas,
Elementary Principal
Parents Guide to Virtual Learning

What is Google classroom?
Google Classroom is a web-based learning environment. When logged into Google Classroom, students can collaborate with their peers and teachers. Google Classroom offers a digital safe space for students to view class announcements, access posted course content, view posted assignments, and turn in completed work. 

Getting Started- 
From the school issued Chromebook, ask your student to login and launch the Google Classroom App. Please note that any activity in Google Classroom is documented under the student’s login and it would be inappropriate for a parent to communicate with the teacher or other students in Google Classroom. Parents should use their personal email to digitally communicate with the teacher.

Getting Started-Option 2 (recommended)
1. Your child’s teacher will send you an invite to join your child’s classroom. You simply click on the “accept” button with the email. 
2. If you have not received an invitation to join your child’s class, email your child’s teacher to send you an invitation. As a guardian, you must receive and accept an email invitation before you can receive email summaries. Only teachers and administrators from your student’s school can send these invitations. You have 120 days to accept an invitation before it expires. 

a. The teacher or administrator emails you an invitation for a particular student.
 b. The teacher or administrator can send the invitation to any email address. 
c. In your email program, open your email invitation. 
d. Click Accept: 
i. If you’re not the guardian, click I’m Not The Guardian.
ii. You can choose the frequency of the emails, such as daily or weekly.
iii. You can unsubscribe or remove yourself from Classroom at any time

Parent Summaries 
1. You may choose several options for Google Classroom: 
a. Receive weekly summaries
 b. Receive daily summaries 
2. Guardian email summaries will include 
a. Class activity- Announcements, assignments and questions recently posted by teachers 
b. Upcoming work- Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails) 
c. Missing work- Work that’s late at the time the email was sent

Dr. H. McCladdie,

Director of Student Services

Announcing JLG@Home Book Fairs

JLG@home book fair from October 5 to October 16
D. A, T. E.'s own Mad Scientists

Mr. B. - 4th Grade

Ms. Bizzie - 2nd Grade

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
Greeting D. A.T.E. Family

We are continuously growing here in the world of Environmental Science. We’re getting an outdoor area built where our livestock, plants, experiments, and other dynamic real-world learning experiences will take place. Our middle schoolers will be completing an Engineering Design Process (EDP) assignment this week. Building is one of the steps in the process. Engineers solve problems. Our middle school scholars will be  putting on their “engineering hats” to complete a scaled drawing of an Aquaponics System.
The visuals and videos shared with them from this current outdoor project will aid then with s better understanding of the EDP. They will be able to take that knowledge and apply it to their task for the week. I will keep the D.A.T.E. Family posted on our progress and be sure to share some of the scaled drawings of the Aquaponics System with you. 
Super exited about our new addition to the campus.

Mrs. Shillingford

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

Environmental Specialist

September is Suicide Prevention Month


Suicide is a hard topic to discuss for many people. During the month of September many agencies, counselors and medical professionals provide classes, webinars and helpful documents to assist in holding the conversation. One large myth surrounding suicide is that talking about it can make someone commit suicide. This is not true by any means. In most cases talking about the feelings causing someone to feel a need to end their life will help determine what resources they need, and if they may need immediate help. 

There are several ways to engage in Suicide Prevention Month and stay in your comfort zone. Here are a few suggested by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center:

  1. Learn about effective suicide prevention

  2. Engage

  3. Empower everyone

  4. Join an alliance

  5. Create safe and effective messages

As with any mental health topic, know your limitations. If you are speaking with someone and become concerned, seek help from a professional. If you are interested in more steps or strategies please consider reading the corresponding document. 

Mrs. Angel Haye
School Counselor

For those new parents to the school, let me start by telling you what the PTO is and how you can get involved.

The Parent Teacher Organization is concerned primarily with connecting teachers and parents so that they can better discuss the nature of their child’s education and how volunteer efforts or any level of involvement might benefit all stakeholders in a dynamic way. 

Our PTO Membership drive is currently under way throughout the month of September. By getting involved, you can help make positive changes at your child’s school. Please consider joining D. A. T. E. PTO by going to our school website, clicking on Parent in the menu bar and navigating to the PTO section to complete membership.

Also, please be on the look out for our new D. A. T. E. School Store coming soon! In the meantime, you can place orders online via our school website at

For those parents that have placed orders for spirit wear, we have had shipping delays with FEDEX due to the current environment our country is in. Please be patient. As soon as the shipment is delivered to the school, we will do our best to contact you regarding pickup.

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

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