April/May Parent Newsletter
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A Message from the Principal
This is the home stretch of the school year. We will end the year with many fun activities and celebrations. Two big events that will happen during the school day are the Powder Puff Football game and the final Big Board celebration. In April we kicked off our senior activities with a beautiful Prom at the Atlanta Zoo. May will bring Senior Breakfast, Senior Dinner, Senior Spirit Week, Senior Picnic, and Senior Awards Night ending with graduation on May 27th.
As we enter May, please check your child’s grades and attendance regularly using ParentVUE, StudentVUE, or eCLASS. The final opportunities to demonstrate mastery of the course content can have a big impact on a student’s grades.
We are looking forward to ending this year with a healthy combination of academics and social activities. Thank you for continuing to partner with us to finish the school year strong.
Proud to be a Falcon!
2023 Falcon Olympiad
Before Spring Break, students in Chemistry celebrated the upcoming break by tie-dyeing. This neutralization reaction was the perfect way to review acids and bases while also having a little fun!
Over Spring Break, our Fine Arts department took a group of 60 Fine Arts students to New York City! Some of the highlights of the trip included a Broadway workshop, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, a Broadway show, Grand Central Station, and lots of good food! What an awesome experience!
Ms. Grimes and Mr. Cash took a group of students to visit Grayson Tech! Check out some of the cool stuff they got to see!
Mrs. Matos and Mr. McIntyre's Spanish 1 classes spent 3 weeks reading a Spanish novel tailored to their current level. They gained confidence in understanding and using the language. They discussed important topics, big themes, and social/cultural differences between themselves and the main character's experience with traveling to Mexico.
Middle School Leadership Summit
With help from their club sponsors Mrs. Matos and Mr. Lovingier, the GSLT and DLT seniors, hosted a Middle School Leadership Summit on Saturday April 22nd . More than 40 middle school students attended whole group and breakout sessions of their choice, to learn how to become better leaders and contribute their skills to the school. We are so thankful that the DHS student leaders took the time to prepare and present an engaging and inspiring summit to the next generation of students entering Dacula High School.
Dacula High School celebrated Diversity Day on April 14! Diversity Day showcased many of the wide variety of cultures present at Dacula High School. Students performed songs, poems, dances, and other cultural celebrations for their peers. We love how proud our students are of their cultures!
Students in 9th grade Language Arts are preparing to write a murder mystery narrative. In preparation for that, students worked together in class last week to solve a murder mystery using many different pieces of evidence. In solving the mystery, they practiced their collaboration, annotation, close reading, and critical thinking skills. Putting together the pieces of this narrative while prepare them to write their own narrative!
AP Environmental Science planted flowers and got some sunlight to celebrate Earth Day. The flowers were Georgia native wild flowers and students played a game where they got to celebrate why they’re grateful for our planet!
Ms. Cruse's classes participated in a Socratic Seminar where they discussed in-depth passages they'd read.
GCPS District I Area Board Meeting
Kevin Smith and Nya Neblet, as members of the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee, presented at the District I Area Board on the Portrait of a Graduate. They focused specifically on resourcefulness and collaborative leadership in their presentation. We are so proud of them!
Prom 2023 at Zoo Atlanta was so much fun! A huge shout out to our prom team, Ms. George, Ms. Watson, and Ms. Cole, and all of our spiffy chaperones for ensuring students had a memorable night!
Mock AP Exam
Students in AP World History took a mock AP Exam on April 15 to prepare for their upcoming exam! Shoutout to these students for coming to school on a Saturday to get this practice in!
What's going on in CTAE -Computer Science at Dacula?
The Computer Science, Web Development, Girls Who Code and JROTC students participated in an ACCESS pilot of Cyberstart America. It is a video game designed to teach students about Cybersecurity. We hosted a lunch and learn with pizza to expose the students to Cyberstart. Our students also competed with other high schools in the state of Georgia and had four students qualify for prizes and scholarships. These students are Patience Naagbi, Chetas Betra, Seth Gutlay and Jon Matros. They will be honored at ceremony at University of North Georgia on May 13th. They will also have an opportunity to network, attend workshops and tour the college after enjoying a luncheon in their honor.
Access and UNG partnered with InspireEDU and received donations of refurbished laptops donated by companies as they upgraded their systems. The laptops were offered to the students that participated in the Cyberstart competition. Laptops are also available to students that may need one at home. Please contact the school and speak with Ms. Gray if you would like more information.
Through our partnership, Microsoft is teaching students how to program in PHP and work on projects that would give them experience to add to their portfolio and resume. This would also give them an advantage on graduates who have no experience and allow them to potentially work in the field. Way to go FALCONS!
Please find the attached photos of the Cyberstart winners and one of the students that received a laptop.
Dacula Droids Season Summary
3/9-3/11 Dalton Qualifier Event. Qualified 25th, picked by #1 team alliance for finals. We won this event along with our other 2 alliance partners.
3/7-3/19 Gwinnett Qualifier Event. Qualified 4th overall, and were the Alliance #3 Team Captains. We chose Peachtree Ridge and Storm Robotics as our Alliance.
3/26 - all Peachtree District Qualification matches complete, and we ranked 33rd out of about 100 teams in GA and SC. The top 49 teams qualified for District Championship, so we received our invitation.
4/6 - 4/8 Peachtree District Championship in Emerson, GA. Including our performance during the Championship we ended up with a District Ranking of 44th out of the 100 teams.
Throughout the Championship we received compliments about having a very good robot for a second year team!
Check out this important information from our Counseling Department!
- The University System of Georgia (USG) votes to extend test optional admission for 2024-2025.
- Class of 2024! Junior Letter time😊 The counselors will be mailing your student’s Junior Letter home. The packet will include:
- Junior Letter
- Student graduation requirement profile
- 23-24 schedule
- Junior checklist – click here to see the checklist
Summer School 2023
Summer School 2023! If your student needs to take a summer class, please visit the GCPS website for more information. Dacula High School will also be offering its own version of summer school. Details coming soon on the DHS summer program!
College and Career Updates
College and Career End-of-the-Year Advice
Seniors – 3 things:
- There is still time to apply for colleges if you plan to go to college. If you need help applying or sending in documents for applications, let Mr. Cash know.
- Financial Aid is a huge piece for college, so make sure you complete your FAFSA ASAP. The FAFSA is usually the first step for aid at most colleges. If you need help with it, college Financial Aid offices will often assist you or you can ask Mr. Cash for help. You can apply for other scholarships, as well (check out the list on the DHS Website’s College and Career page’s Scholarship Opportunities and Newsletters tab).
- If you’re looking for other opportunities after graduation aside from the traditional college route, that’s great! If you need help finding opportunities for work, apprenticeships, or education in those fields, let Mr. Cash know.
Juniors – 3 things:
- If you know college is in your future, go ahead and start working on your application essays now! Common App has released their prompts for this upcoming year, so you can start preparing for them now.
- Apply for scholarships now! The FAFSA won’t open until December, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait to apply for other great scholarships. Look over the Scholarship Newsletter to find scholarship search sites, upcoming scholarships, and more info on how to pay for college.
- Start visiting some colleges if you haven’t already. Most colleges are open in the summer, so you can take advantage of your time to start knocking out some visits. The only bad visit is the one you don’t take.
Sophomores, Freshmen, and Rising Freshmen – same thing as numbers 2 and 3 for Juniors. It’s never too early to start applying for scholarships, and you can get matched up with some great ones through the scholarship sites on the Scholarship Newsletter. You can also start visiting some colleges if you’re interested.
Wellbeing Health Fair
Saturday, May 13, there will be Wellbeing Health Fair at Rockbridge Elementary School from 9am to 11am hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter. There will be workshops, meditation, vendors, giveaways, and presenters. To register, click here. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Grayson Technical Education Program Summer Career Academy
Rising 6th-9th grade GCPS students are invited to spend a week at Grayson Tech May 30 - June 2. Programs offered are culinary arts, cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, IT networking, music tech, and video production. Visit this website for more information!
Here's what's coming in the month of May...
🚨EOC & AP TESTING IN MAY🚨
- May 1- Biology ECO, AP US Gov Exam, AP Chem Exam
- May 2- US History EOC, AP Env. Sci. Exam, AP Psych Exam
- May 3- US History EOC, AP Lit Exam
- May 4- Algebra I EOC, AP Human Geo Exam, AP Macro Exam, AP Stat Exam
- May 5- AP US History Exam, AP Art Portfolios Due
- May 8- AP Calc AB & BC Exam, AP Comp. Sci. Principals Exam
- May 9- AP Lang Exam, AP Physics C: Mech & AP Physics C: E & M Exams
- May 10- AP Spanish Exam, AP Bio Exam
- May 11- AP World History Exam, AP Physics I Exam
May 1- Senior Letters DEADLINE
This is the chance for you, your friends and your family to write your senior notes of reflection, congratulations and encouragement.
PARENTS - you may have people mail letters to your home to compile yourself and drop them off with us all at once, or you can have them sent directly to us at the school. Each letter should be in its OWN individual envelope with the student's FULL NAME in the lower left-hand corner. Please start soliciting letters as soon as possible. We cannot accept any letters after they have been filed.
Letters can be mailed directly to us at
Dacula High School
c/o Senior Letter Project
123 Broad Street
Dacula, GA 30019
Please remember to put the student's name in the lower left hand corner.
All envelopes must be of a size that you could stick one stamp on it and mail it just fine. All letters must fit in gift bags, so we cannot accept oversized manila envelopes, courier envelopes or letters without envelopes. They will be returned to your student. We collect letters for about 550 students and are very, very strict with this policy. Please do not email letters to be printed off and no letters will be accepted after the due date of MAY 1.
May 5 - Powder Puff
Powder Puff Football is back! Can the Sophomore class beat the Seniors for a second year? Which class will show up and show out? The games will be May 5th at the end of the day. Students will be able to buy bands to go watch the game for $3 cash during lunches the week of the game.
May 8 - 12 - Senior Spirit Week!!
Themed days for Senior Spirit Weeks are TBD!
May 8 - Senior Wall Decoration Hanging Night, 4:30-6:30pm
Templates were made available after Spring Break!
May 10 - Senior Dinner @ 5:30PM in the Commons Area
Seniors will receive their yearbooks at Senior Dinner. All senior dues must be paid for students to participate in senior activities. Dues are payable at www.scholasticimages.com.
May 12 - Senior Breakfast @ 6:30AM in the Commons Area
All senior dues must be paid for students to participate in senior activities. Dues are payable at www.scholasticimages.com.
May 12 - Underclassmen Yearbook Distribution during all lunches
9th - 11th graders and any seniors who haven't already picked up their yearbooks will be able to get their yearbook during their lunch period on May 12! If you haven't ordered a yearbook and would like to, please see the information below!
- May 1 - May 6 - order here using the code 25024 for $90.
- May 7 - order on My Payments Plus for $95.
May 16 - Senior Picnic, 6th and 7th periods
All senior dues must be paid for students to participate in senior activities. Dues are payable at www.scholasticimages.com.
May 19- 1st and 7th period Final Exams
Students will take their 1st period final during an extended block at the beginning of the day, attend shortened 2nd-6th periods, and then take their 7th period final during an extended 7th period. The following bell schedule will be used to ensure students have enough time to test:
1st period FINAL: 7:15 - 9:15
2nd period: 9:22 - 9:49
3rd period: 9:56 - 10:23
4th period: 10:30 - 10:57
5th period: 11:04 - 11:30
6th period: 11:37 - 12:03
7th period FINAL: 12:10 - 2:10
May 22- EARLY RELEASE - 2nd and 4th Period Final Exams
Students will report to their 2nd period at the beginning of the day and take their 2nd period final exam. They will transition to their 4th period and take that final exam. The following bell schedule will be used:
2nd period: 7:15am - 9:15am
4th period: 9:25am - 11:30am
May 23- EARLY RELEASE - 3rd and 5th Period Final Exams
Students will report to their 3rd period at the beginning of the day and take their 3rd period final exam. They will transition to their 5th period and take that final exam. The following bell schedule will be used:
3rd period: 7:15am - 9:15am
5th period: 9:25am - 11:30am
May 24- EARLY RELEASE - 6th Period Final Exams and Dacula Intervention Block
Students will report to their 6th period at the beginning of the day and take their 6th period final exam. If students have 6th period lunch, they do not need to come to campus since they do not have a final exam. Our teachers will communicate and make arrangements with their students who will need to attend the Dacula Interventions Block, ahead of time. This time is set aside for teachers to work with students on specific content as determined by the teacher prior to the end of the semester.
The following bell schedule will be used:
6th period: 7:15am - 9:15am
Dacula Interventions Block: 9:25am - 11:30am
Graduation Name Pronunciation!
Seniors, do you want your name pronouced correctly at graduation? Please complete the flip grid link below.
- Grimes (A-Da) https://flip.com/f5b34742
- Rieken (Db-K) https://flip.com/29dc0bb4
- King (L-Q) https://flip.com/fcc7d063
- Oglesby (R-Z) https://flip.com/120c6e89
Senior Chromebook Collection
Seniors will need to turn in their Chromebook after they complete their last final exam. Chromebooks will be collected in the Media Center starting May 19th through May 26th. Seniors should not turn in their Chromebook before completion of all their final exams as it will be needed for finals. There will also be a table set up at Graduation Practice to collect Chromebooks. However, we strongly recommend your senior takes care of turning in their Chromebook before Graduation Practice as this is a short period of time that is packed with important information surrounding Graduation.
Seniors will need to bring their Chromebook and charger when turning in their Chromebooks. Students need to make sure their Chromebook is fully charged for inspection. If a student does not have either of these items, they will be issued a fine that will show up in My Payments Plus. Graduation tickets will not be released for your student until their Chromebook is collected/fines are paid.
Graduating Seniors - OFFICIAL, FINAL TRANSCRIPT
If you plan to attend any Postsecondary Institution, a final transcript must be sent. Below are two methods to obtain a final transcript.
1. IF YOUR COLLEGE IS IN GEORGIA (no fee required)
You can send your transcript electronically at www.gafutures.org. Final transcripts should be available online after Friday June 2, 2023. Please check your college deadline. (**Your SSN must be on file with Dacula HS for you to use this option)
2. IF YOUR COLLEGE IS NOT IN GEORGIA ($5.00 fee required)
Please pay the $5.00 transcript fee online at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com and submit the drop-down form (under school fees). Please mark the appropriate method of transcript delivery on the form. Also, please check the box for “Final Transcript” so that our office does not send your transcript from December 2022.
If you check the box for Dacula HS to mail your transcript, please include the COMPLETE address of the Admissions Office of the college that the transcript is being sent to.
If you check the box to pick your transcript up, the sealed final transcript will be available in the front office beginning on Monday June 5, 2023.
Graduating Seniors - STUDENT ATHLETES
Student athletes must send a final transcript to the NCAA, or NAIA as well as the college. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your transcript uploaded electronically to the NCAA or NAIA.
(Your FINAL transcript will also need to be sent to the Postsecondary Institution - see transcript instructions).
Senior Activity Dates
Please keep in mind that dues (cap and gown fees) must be paid in order to participate in senior activities, including the graduation ceremony. If you have not yet paid dues, they are now $180 and can be payable at www.scholasticimages.com.
- Senior Letter Deadline - May 1
- Senior Wall Decoration Hanging Night - May 8 (4:30-6:30 PM) - templates will be available after spring break
- Senior Dinner - May 10 (5:30-7:30 PM DHS Commons)
- Senior Breakfast - May 12 (6:30 AM DHS Commons)
- Senior Picnic - May 16 (6th and 7th Periods)
- Graduation Practice - May 26 (7:30 AM DHS Commons)
Graduation Signs and Banners
SENIOR PARENTS -
We will only be able to sell 75 graduation yard signs and 50 banners. Please get your order in early as these will sell out fast. Orders can be made on My Payments Plus. Please complete the order form and return to Chris Autrey when you place your order.
Dacula High School is offering GRADUATION SIGNS and BANNERS for ANY (Does not have to be DHS graduate) graduating senior. We have Vinyl 18” x 24” Coroplast Yard Signs with Metal Stands and 36”x50” Heavy Duty Banners with metal grommets for hanging. The sign includes the student’s name, school logo or student picture, school name, and class year in your school colors, A sample sign can be seen in the School Store or on the school website. If you would like to have the students picture in place of the school logo please send a high quality JPEG image of the student via e-mail. You must own an electronic copy of the picture, I cannot scan a yearbook/graduation picture from a photographer unless you own the rights to that picture. Optional also is the student’s college choice.
- Complete the attached order form below.
- Pay for your sign/banner on My Payments Plus and ATTACH A COPY OF RECEIPT to the order form.
- Bring the order form to Room 1.307A (make checks payable to Dacula High School), or you can mail the form
Questions? Contact Chris Autrey @ email@example.com
A message from Herff Jones-
CONGRATULATIONS Dacula CLASS OF 2023! We cannot believe how quickly the year has gone by and before you know it, you will be walking across the stage at graduation! Make sure everyone knows how hard you have worked to achieve one of the best moments of your life and announce your graduation with class. Check out the attached digital flyer to see your Dacula packages! You can use the QR code to get to the ordering site or below is the direct link to order your Official Dacula Graduation Announcements, so don’t wait.
Graduation Products by Herff Jones
Not only will your announcements have your official school crest, but they will also be personalized with your name in the text just like collegiate announcements. We also created packages to make ordering even easier, but you can always add more to them, so no one is left out. Orders will begin to ship directly to your house, and you will receive tracking information once the order ships out.
We are so proud of you and honored to celebrate this milestone with you!
Parents can begin paying for senior dues at https://www.scholasticimages.com/. Senior dues will be $160 and go up on March 1. Dues are required to participate in all senior activities, including the graduation ceremony.
AP Exam Important Information
The 2023 AP Exams will begin on Monday May 1st - Thursday May 11th. If your student is scheduled for AP testing, we have included information to prepare for a successful AP testing season. Please review both documents thoroughly with your students.
2022-23 Advanced Placement Testing Information
Additionally, please complete the Attendance and Transportation Form only once by April 30th .
We are looking forward to a successful AP testing session, please encourage your student to let their AP teachers know if they have any questions.
What should my student bring on test day?
- Black/Blue Pens and Pencils. Students are not allowed to share materials or supplies. Each student should bring several pens and pencils. Mechanical pencils are NOT allowed.
- Calculators. Students taking tests that require calculators (Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics and Statistics) must bring their own calculators. You are not allowed to share items and the school will not provide calculators.
- A water bottle. Students will have access to water during the day but should bring their own water bottle.
- A snack for between tests. If your student is taking two tests on the same day. there is a short break, and we encourage students to bring something to eat between tests.
- Transportation. All afternoon testing will end after our regular school day (2:10 pm) and therefore students must arrange for transportation. The school bus will not be available to transport your student after testing.
As a reminder, electronic devices including smart watches are not allowed on your person during testing. Students will be provided with a zip bag for their devices.
Governor's Honors Program- Congratulations Mi Mi and Payal!
Oluwamunumidun "Mi Mi" Oshigbo was selected to attend the Governor's Honors Program at GA Southern this summer! She will focus on communicative arts while there.
Payal Patel was selected as an alternate for math. If selected, she will join Mi Mi at Georgia Southern for a 4 week program in the summer. Both of these ladies have worked so hard to be able to attend GHP!
Will your student be attending a different school next 23-24 school year?
If your student will not be attending DHS next year, please read the following:
The enrolling parent must complete a withdrawal form, available from the Registrar's office. The withdrawal form can be completed any time before the last day of school. Your student won't be withdrawn until after the end of second semester. The borrowed Chromebook, charger, and any books must be returned by your student's last day of attendance.
Attention: Rising 11th Graders
Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade, must receive a dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) administered on or after their 16th birthday. Please visit your student's physician, or the local health department to have this accomplished. Your student's updated Georgia Form 3231 (certificate of immunization) should be turned into the Registrar's office to avoid exclusion from school. Meningococcal disease is a serious bacterial illness that affects the brain and the spinal cord. Meningitis can cause shock, coma and death within hours of the first symptoms.
Class of 2024
The schedule opens for class of 2024 to schedule their senior photos on May 1st at: www.cady.com/schedule
Cady Studios is the official photographer for our yearbook. Seniors must take their photo by December 1st, 2024 to guarantee their pictures in the yearbook.
DHS Sports Medicine Program
Our DHS Sports Medicine program is accepting applications! See Sarah or Andrew in the Athletic Training Room after school in the Football Fieldhouse or email Sarah directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHS Mini-Cheer Camp
The Dacula High School cheerleaders will be hosting a mini-cheer camp for children Kindergarten-7th grade on Friday, May 5 from 4:30-7:30pm. The cost for participation is $25. You can sign up at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhDl7P_ccqZkf69ZFxfiku8tdpbcKqvF8tKqInr2-E0oZ_Uw/viewform
Dacula Summer Volleyball Skills Clinic for Ages 5 to 10
Dacula HS Volleyball Tryouts, May 1 - 4 in the Main Gym starting at 2:30
Ladies Flag Football Spring Practices
This year GHSA has allowed Ladies Flag Football a spring practice period. For the first time, Dacula High School Flag Football will begin practice this May. At the conclusion of the Spring Practice Period Dacula High School Ladies Flag Football will participate in a jamboree to include Winder Barrow High School and Monroe Area. The jamboree will take place on May 18th.
There will be a player informational meeting on 4/12 after school in Coach Crabb's room. A parent informational meeting will take place in the transformational room on 4/19.
Practice dates for the Spring practice period will be 5/2, 5/4, 5/9, 5/11 and 5/16. Please see Coach Crabb for any questions.
Reasons to Keep Your Child Home
Check out this helpful flyer from the Dacula High School Clinic for guidance on when to send your student to school and when to keep them home!
Falcon Food Nest
The Falcon Food Nest is open for requests! Our school food pantry is currently filling weekly requests from students. Requests are filled to send a weekend's worth of food home to help our Dacula families. The link to the anonymous request form is located on the eClass landing page.
Our pantry offers a variety of non-perishable foods: breakfast items, pasta meals, soups, vegetables, fruits and snacks. We also have personal care items. Please read all of the information carefully in the first sections as they help us best serve you. If you do not want items from a particular section, don't answer that section. Orders will be filled by availability and family size. You will get at least one item per section you request. This form must be submitted by Wednesday afternoon for pick-up from the counseling office on Friday. Specific information about the pick up process is included on the request form.
We always gratefully accept donations. The Student Council student leaders who lead the school pantry are Jocelyn May and Avery Weaver. If you have any questions about the pantry, you can ask these students or reach out to our Student Council Sponsors Kelly Cooper and Katie Elder.
Yearbooks are here and selling fast!
- May 1 - May 6 - order here using the code 25024 for $90.
- May 7 - order on My Payments Plus for $95.
School Pictures Are Ready to Order!
Your School Pictures are now available to view and order through CADY!
If you bought a picture package before or on picture day, your package will be mailed directly to your home. If you did not purchase a package on or prior to underclass picture day, you can log in at http://cady.com/orderphotos to view and order your 2022-2023 school pictures today!
Free and Reduced Lunch
Throughout the pandemic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has allowed school systems across the country to provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge to families. However, the USDA waivers expired during the summer, and students are required to pay for meals based on their individual eligibility.
In order to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits, families must complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application and meet eligibility requirements. Click here to learn more: https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/29759
Apply today! Applications must be submitted every year (even if you filled one out in the spring, you need to fill out a new one for this school year). Applications can be submitted throughout the year if your family status changes. Note that those eligible for free and reduced priced meals may be able to access other types of assistance including College Board fees waived for AP Exams and PSAT.
- Online application (Private, Fast, & Available 24/7) http://gwinnett.schoollunchapp.com
- Application Check Status http://gwinnett.schoollunchstatus.com
- For questions, the help line is 678-301-6307