We have some very important information and tasks that we all need to be informed off and complete. Please take time to recognize the following accolades of our academy by being in the Top 5% of the State for showing growth and academic achievement. We are honored to have you as a part of our D.A.T.E. family in having the opportunity to help us make these choices.
II. Voting on our new vision:
Thanks to all of those stakeholders, who participated and voted on our new vision for the school. What does this mean? This means that we are not simply disengaging ourselves from becoming one of the top ten charter schools, but it simply means that we are becoming the best we can and we certainly want to focus on hands and minds on technology sciences, environmental sciences, and agricultural sciences, while becoming the best!
Thanks to parents, teachers, and students:
"Engaging hands and minds through the Environment, Agriculture, and Technology ".
V. Parent Survey
D.A.T.E. received a 4 out of 5 Star Rating for our Climate Survey in Elementary and a 5 out of 5 Star Rating for Middle School last year. Let's try and get 5 out of 5 Star Rating all around for this year. Please complete the link and the survey. Thanks for all that you do to make D.A.T.E. the best.
Our own, Cyncere White, has been selected at a 20 under 20 honoree
A decade ago, INtown was looking for a way to bring awareness to young people, who were giving back to the community through volunteerism and philanthropic work. With the publication of our 10th annual 20 Under 20 this month, we will have profiled 200 local students doing extraordinary things to better the city.
INtown asked public and private schools, along with service organizations and the general public to nominate students, who have been active volunteers in their communities. As always, Intown is astounded at how much time and effort these students have put into their volunteer work. The 20 students selected have collectively donated thousands of hours of their young lives, traveled to other countries, created nonprofits and worked with the underprivileged and disadvantaged as part of their service.
And we are, once again, delighted that the spirit to give back starts at such a young age.
Thank you to the businesses and schools whose advertising support makes this section possible every year.
I. We are A Reward School!
D.A.T.E. ranked in the top 5% percent (Corrected from last report based on Georgia Department of Education's definition) of schools in Georgia showing most gains in subgroups. Check us out at:
The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) 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, the Assessment Administration Department for the DeKalb County School District, has set the Winter MAP testing window to open on Monday, December 9, 2019, and close on Friday, February 7, 2020.
However, our school's Winter MAP test administration window is: Monday, December 9 - Friday, December 20, 2019. 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.
For more information about MAP Growth, visit: nwea.org .
If you have any additional questions, please contact Dr. Taylor , at 678.999.9290.
This school year will be the best ever! Thank you for choosing D.A.T.E.!
Dr. K. Taylor,
Chief Academic Officer
We are starting to prepare for the end of the semester. Wow! Time has really flown by since August and the first day of school.
It seems like just yesterday, you were dropping your babies off to begin another wonderful school year here at D.A.T.E. I did some research and decided to share with you some of the best ways listed on the web for your student to be successful during their study time for final exams, semester one.
1. Say NO to cramming: Study in intervals! Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is more beneficial than cramming.
2. Say YES to cardio: Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you're dancing, jogging or busting a sweat by walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress. Very important!
3. Eat super foods/antioxidants: Everybody knows you should eat breakfast the day of a big test. Research suggests that high-carb; high-fiber, slow-digesting foods like oatmeal are best (oatmeal is more fulfilling than cereal).
4. Alternate study spots: Shake up your finals routine! Spending all night in the library can be draining. According to the New York Times, simply alternating the room where a person studies improves retention.
5. Time management: Cramming causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and ultimately boost your test performance.
Have a great week!
Dr. Edward Wilson,
Middle School Principal
December's Book of the Month is The Gingerbread Man. "You can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man," is the famous line from this classic tale. The Gingerbread Man story has been shared for many generations and now it is time to share it with our students.
The Gingerbread Man tells the story of the most-wanted cookie chased by a string of hungry animals--until he meets his match in a wily fox. The book's Lexile level is 360, which makes it appropriate for a second grader to read the text independently. But, the story can be shared and discussed with all of our students. With so many variations of this story, I encourage you to read more than one and allow the students to compare and contrast the books. Parents, this book should take you back to your "golden" days and fond holiday memories. I do hope, that each of you will take to read and share this book. As always, thank you for helping us to create students that love to read.
Ms. Erica Thomas,
The weather is certainly has certainly changed over the past few month. Please be reminded that students are expected to be outside during dismissal and recess. However, in accordance with uniform policy outerwear is not considered a uniform item and should not be worn in the classroom of the school building.
Lost and Found
Many clothing articles are being left at the school by students. Students and parents are invited to look through the lost and found items after dismissal. Remember to write your child's name on all personal property, so the owner can be identified.
Student Cell Phone Use
Students are not allowed to use cell phones for personal use, unless approved by the teacher for educational purposes. Also, students are not allowed to use phone for recordings of other students at school. Cell phones will be confiscated, if identified for violating policy.
Dr. H. McCladdie,
Director of Student Services
Open enrollment has begun.
Phase 1 - All current students are required to re-enroll annually.
The re-enrollment of our current students will begin December 2, 2019 – December 27, 2019
How to re-enroll:
1. Goto our website: www.dateacademy.org
2. Click on ENROLLMENT
3. Complete the form and it will be sent to the School Registrar for review.
Please note that all fields on the form are REQUIRED.
(Please include the attachment for enrollment as well)
Congratulations to the following five students!!!!
They represented us at District 4 Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Band Auditions this past Saturday. The 4th District had 300 students in our district and state wide over 6000 students auditioned throughout 14 GMEA Districts, The scholars worked very hard on their audition and we hope to have someone make GMEA District 4 Honor Band and GMEA All-State Band next school year!!!!
Congratulations to the following scholars, we have 6 students that were accepted and 4 will be attending the University of Georgia Middle School Music Festival this coming Friday and Saturday.
Jamie Smith, Band Director/Music Teacher
B. S. A. Pack & Troop 1833B along with Girl Scouts Troop 9583 representing D. A. T. E. Academy at the Festival of Lights in Stone Mountain Village
What is spoofing?
Spoofing is the act of disguising communications, such as email, phone calls and/or websites as a legitimate source. This is often used to obtained and/or gain access to personal information, spread malware through links and/or attachments, bypass network security and access codes, denial of services and other compromising functions. Successful attacks can cripple or crash a personal device or even a laptop. One simple example is someone posing as you in an email. The attacker would mimic your email address and send it to users in your address book. This is the electronic version of a mail scam. Often out of curiosity we click on links and attachments in our email unknowingly giving attackers everything they need to cause havoc on our personal and work related emails and networks.
How do I protect myself against spoofing attacks?
DON’T click on unfamiliar links or download unfamiliar/unexpected attachments. Rule of thumb is to always verify before clicking on links or attachments.
DON’T answer unknown/unfamiliar phone calls. As a rule of thumb, Google unknown/unfamiliar numbers and return the call if it is legitimate.
Cybercriminals are very sophisticated so be careful what you open and where you surf. If there are network securities in place, please do not try to bypass them as they are in place to protect you.
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 email@example.com 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.
Students continue to create pages for their DATE Academy Store Website. Students have added their Items Sold Webpage, where they created an image carousel of all the items that the store will offer. Then, the students have created a subpage for each individual item that they are selling with the cost and description of the products. Students are encouraged to customize their store's inventory to items that they personally enjoy. Students also create a weekly blog. Some of the topics are: List and describe any useful technology you use at DATE Academy. What are some advantages and disadvantages of a Robot Workforce? Name and describe 5 things that can be harmful to a computer. List and describe some of the technology that you used over the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Students have begun creating their HTML Dictionary Website. Students will build there website from scratch using html tags. This website project will then be used in other classes to help develop students vocabulary terms. Students will be using 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 will begin to use different attributes in there tags to customize their website.
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,
S.T.E.M. / S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator
Dear D.A.T.E. Families,
I hope you all had a very restful Thanksgiving break. It is always a wonderful thing to celebrate with family and friends on any occasion. We are approaching the end of our first semester of this school year. What a year it has been so far!
Below, is a list of all upcoming events and volunteer opportunities for the month of December.
Dec 13th – Pizza Friday
Dec 17th - Gen PTO Meeting / Holiday Band Concert @ 6:00pm school gym