Navigator News

January 21-24, 2020


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Message from Assistant Principal Spevak

Dear DATA Students, Families, Staff, and Friends,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your assistant principal. It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have accepted a position at a job closer to my family and where I can continue to pursue my passion of supporting Arts students. This is my last month in Ventura Unified after 10+ years of growth and experiences with you. I am forever grateful for this time and I continue to be a proud cheerleader of DATA and VUSD.


DATA Music Concert

Tuesday, Jan. 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

2060 Cameron Street

Ventura, CA

Concert will be in Cafeteria and Room C6

Discover DATA School of Choice Night-Please share with prospective DATA Families

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 6pm

2060 Cameron Street

Ventura, CA

Feel free to forward this info to prospective DATA families.

Learn about our 1:1 technology, project based learning and engaging in authentic experiences, social-emotional learning, small school environment, and caring staff.

Classroom and program showcase-an opportunity to interact and meet teachers and support staff.

The lottery window for the 2020-2021 Schools of Choice program is January 17-21, 2020.

Conozca nuestra tecnología 1:1, aprendizaje basado en proyectos y participación en experiencias auténticas, aprendizaje socioemocional, ambiente de escuela pequeña y personal atento.

Exhibición de salones y programas: una oportunidad para interactuar y conocer maestros y personal de apoyo.

La ventana de loteria para el programa de Escuelas de Eleccion 2020-2021 es del 17 al 31 de enero de 2020.

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Foothill High School Information Night

Thursday, Jan. 23rd, 5:30-8:30pm

100 Day Road

Ventura, CA

Early Meeting* – 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Spirito Hall
Open School Tours – 6:30-7:30 starting in Spirito Hall
Late Meeting* – 7:30-8:30 in Spirito Hall

Spanish Translation will be available.


All students participated in an assembly regarding Middle School and High School expectations and also received details about the new device policy starting Semester 2 (1/27/20). If you have any questions, please contact your child’s aligned School Counselor: Mr. Gonzales (A-L) or Mrs. Durkee (M-Z).

Please see the presentation about the expectations below:

New Cell Phone Policy

At the beginning of Semester 2 (effective January 28, 2020), students will not be allowed to use their cell phones during nutrition and lunch in alignment with all other middle schools within our district. Cell phone use in the classroom will continue to be permitted with teacher granted permission for educational purposes.

Administrators and counselors will be presenting information to students prior to the end of semester 1 as we transition to this new site policy. Navigator News in the next weeks will have tips for parents in communicating with their child as needed. Cell phones are allowed on campus but must be powered off or silenced during the instructional day (9 a.m.-3:13 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m.-1:35 p.m. on Fridays).

DATA will continue to support the use of student issued technology (Chromebook) during nutrition and lunch in approved designated areas.

Mariachi Music Program coming to DATA

Mariachi is coming to DATA. An informational meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 3rd, 2020 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Join us to learn more about this Semester 2 evening music program that will be held at DATA school. No experience required to learn.

Tutoring available in DATA Library on Mondays

Mondays from 3:30-5:00 we will have a VHS AVID student in the DIZ who will be available for tutoring and homework help.


Ventura Unified School District Mental Health Resource Fair

Thursday, Feb. 6th, 4-7pm

100 South Mills Road

Ventura, CA

VUSD parents will be able to gain knowledge and access to various mental health resources provided throughout Ventura County as well through the school district for their children. This event will also include agencies that look at the physical health of students. Parents will be able to come and go as they please throughout the night.

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Community Service Opportunities

Below is a link for parents to look at with their students for community service opportunities in the community. A reminder that DATA students are required to complete community service hours every year below are guidelines as to what is acceptable for community service.
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Para ver esta informacion en español siga los siguientes pasos

Cuando reciba esta carta por correo electrónico presione donde sea en la página.

Cuando se habrá esta página en la internet, siga hasta el fondo de la página hasta encontrar un botón que dice “Translate”. Presione el botón y luego escoja el lenguaje "Spanish".

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De Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts

Anza Academy of Technology & the Arts (DATA) is a high achieving and innovative magnet school where students, community, and staff collaborate in authentic learning experiences. Together, we support an inclusive environment focused on relationships in order to develop skills for a global society.