October/November Parent Newsletter
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A Message from the Principal
We have all been hearing about discipline issues in schools across the county and across the nation, and I feel it is important to address that topic as it relates to our school. At Dacula HS we have seen an increase in behaviors this year. As each school navigates how to help students make appropriate choices, at DHS we are focusing on an approach that combines consequences for behaviors with interventions to help students see the impact of negative behaviors on themselves, their peers and teachers, and the larger community. We take behaviors that are disruptive or dangerous very seriously and are taking full action on any such issues. We have a responsibility and obligation to maintain a safe and orderly learning environment. Dangerous, illegal, and disruptive behaviors will not be tolerated at our school.
Overall, our students are wonderful. We have a campus full of great kids who come to school to learn from our fantastic teachers and to enjoy their friends. Our goal is to give them the high school experience they want and deserve with very few distractions. This year we have had some great events from first day of school guest speakers, to an amazing homecoming pep-rally and dance, to a Bruster’s ice cream sundae bar for students who were meeting and exceeding academic and behavioral expectations. We see examples of students helping each other, celebrating each other, and supporting each other daily. We have a great community and we have amazing students. Together we can come through this uncertain time better and stronger than we were before.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thank you for your continued support.
Proud to be a Dacula Falcon,
PS Please follow us on social media to see all the great things happening at our school, meet faculty and staff members, and learn about opportunities for your student.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Bus Driver Appreciation
Big Board Celebration
Students who earned an A on their Big Board Report Card in the Focus category were celebrated with ice cream! These students have maintained a high GPA for this semester, are passing their classes, have good attendance, and respect the school rules by maintaining good behavior!
One Act Competition
Our theater students did a wonderful job at their One Act Competition where they performed their play, Anon(ymous).
Honors Chorus & Chorus Concert
- Honors Chorus students attended the GMEA District 13 Honors Chorus on October 20. We had 25 students participate in this event in Athens, GA. Click the link below to watch them perform!
- Chorus students had their Fall Chorus Concert on Thursday, October 20. Click the second link below to see one of their songs!
Congratulations to our Dacula High School Marching Band!
Congratulations to the Dacula Falcon Marching Band for their performance at their competition October 15!!
In class A:
- 1st place color guard and percussion
- 2nd place drum major
- 3rd place band
- Superior ratings in percussion, drum major, and overall band
- Excellent ratings in color guard
- They also received 3rd place for color guard and 3rd place percussion in the Silver Division (Classes A-AAA)
At their final competition at Pike County High School:
- Drum majors Nasir O'Daniel and Eleazar Louis 1st place out of all the other drum majors
- The band also earned 2nd place in their class and won 3rd place overall for visual performance.
Check out these pumpkins that National Art Honor Society painted for teachers!
Check out this important information from our Counseling Department!
- Common App and Naviance – watch and learn how Common App and Naviance will match to support your senior’s college application process.
SAT Dates Here https://www.collegeboard.org/
ACT Dates Here https://www.act.org/content/act/en.html
Fee waivers are available for students who meet eligibility requirements. Please see Mrs. Herzberg in the College and Career room for more information.
The FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FASFA) opens October 1, 2022! Click HERE for some helpful links.
College and Career room! Mrs. Herzberg is here to help and support your students throughout their school year. Your student can book an appointment through their eClass page or stop by the Student Services office for help.
Scholarship Newsletter – you got to be in it to win it!!
Excellent job to all our students who took the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test on October 20, 2022. They were thrown a curve ball and had to complete the test by paper and pencil, but everyone did amazing. Results should be back in about 2 weeks!
Dacula is excited to add an additional support to its students! Charletta Rozzell from View Point Health will be joining our counseling team to provide social/emotional counseling for referred students through our APEX Program. Ms. Rozzell will be in our building full-time. For additional information about this program, please contact your child’s counselor.
November is Georgia Apply to College month. The counselors will be hosting a college application workshop on November 16th and 30th for any senior needing assistance. This will occur during the student’s lunch period.
Tutoring Available through GCPL
We are approaching the end of the semester, but there is still time for students to get caught up on their assignments.
Students and parents are encouraged to access tutor.com through the Gwinnett County Public Library’s digital resources for free online tutoring. If you want to know more about tutor.com, you can visit the following website. https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/26020
Also, parents should have their students access StudentVue on Eclass and then click on Gradebook to find out which assignments are missing from each class.
It takes a village to truly raise a child! Let’s all work together to get these students to pass their first semester classes!
November College and Career Information
- Excellent job to all our students who had taken the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) test October 20, 2022. They were thrown a curve ball and had to complete the test by paper and pencil, but everyone did amazing. Results should be done in about 2 weeks, and each student will get some time to learn about their results.
- FREE college applications opportunities, Seniors if you are not already in the college and career remind be sure to join to get all the information you need on upcoming applications and deadlines.
- GCPS (Gwinnett County Public Schools) Foundation Scholarships are available to our students, you can find these in the College and Career Newsletter (https://www.smore.com/q9wpf) or directly on the Foundations website (https://gcps-foundation.org/scholarships/)
- October 1 FASFA opened to students planning to go to college next Fall. Completing this early will help you continue to plan financially for your college tuition.
Helpful Terms to Know
- Early action vs. early decision: Both early action and early decision allow college applicants to apply earlier and find out the results sooner. Generally, students can apply to as many schools as they’d like with early action. But if you apply early decision and are accepted, you must enroll in that school.
- FASFA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the main application used to apply for federal or state-supported financial aid to pay for a college education. Completing and submitting the FAFSA is free, easy and provides you access to the largest source of financial aid available
- Regular decision: The most common timeline for college admissions. For regular decision, most schools require prospective students to apply by early January so applicants can hear back by April 1st.
- Rolling admission: Admissions departments who work on a rolling deadline evaluate applications as they receive them instead of waiting till a deadline. Students tend to hear back within 4-6 weeks.
College and Career Remind
2023- code @dacc23a
2024- code @dalaunch24
2025- code @dalaunch25
2026- code @dalaunch26
College & Career appointments are available. Please visit the counseling website and book your appointment.
Christmas Gift Wrap Drive
Archer, Dacula, and Grayson Cluster schools are partnering with One Power House, Blue Cares, and Lock Step to collect wrapping paper to assist cluster families this holiday season. Please turn any donations in to the box in front of the counseling office. The deadline will be November 30.
- new rolls of holiday wrapping paper
- gift tags
- scotch tape
- bows & ribbons
- holiday gift bags of all sizes
- tissue paper
See the flyer below for more information.
A Caring Christmas 2022
An event for the entire family to enjoy! Lockstep, Blue Cares, and One PowerHouse present A Caring Christmas 2022.
Where: Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1400 Grayson Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045
When: December 3, 10am-1pm
- FREE toy giveaway (2 gifts per registered child. Please bring your own bags to carry gifts home.
- bounce house/play area
- shopping/gift wrapping area for children to choose gifts for others
- hot chocolate
- visit from Santa
Fill out THIS GOOGLE FORM to register. See the flyer below for additional information.
Here's what's coming in the month of November...
November 5 - SAT Testing
Dacula High School will host the SAT on Saturday, November 5.
November 6 - AP Exam Registration Closes *EXTENDED DEADLINE*
Registration for AP Exams began on September 30th. Three years ago, the College Board implemented changes based on research that showed students' early commitment resulted in greater student performance and success on their AP Exams. All AP exam registrations will take place in the Fall, except for second semester classes in AP Macroeconomics and AP American Government. The registration window opened in MyPaymentsPlus on September 30th and closes on November 6 at 11:59pm for yearlong courses and first semester courses. Students enrolled in AP American Government and AP Macroeconomics for 2nd semester will have a different registration window (without a late fee) to order between January 9th and March 3rd for those two courses only.
When completing AP Exam registrations in MyPaymentsPlus, please have your student sit with you to ensure your student is registered for the correct exam(s).
Please review the 2022-23 AP Exam Registration information and post the deadline reminder at work or on your refrigerator. There is nothing to do currently except be aware of the upcoming registration window(s) and register your students for their AP Exams during the registration window. Please be on the lookout for future emails and feel free to reach out to Dr. Renales at firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
November 14 - LifeSouth Blood Drive hosted by Key Club
Key Club will be hosting their annual LifeSouth Blood Drive on November 14 in the Old Gym from 7:30 am - 1:00 pm. Students will be able to sign up via QR codes on flyers around the school. They can also sign up during lunches on 11/9 and 11/10.
November 16 - Beta Club Induction Ceremony in the Theater
Important School Day Updates
See the flyers below concerning pedestrian safety. We want all students, staff, and visitors to Dacula High School to be safe and smart when it comes to pedestrian safety.
Congratulations to our CTE Student of the Year - Cooper Brambley!
Cooper Brambley was named Dacula High School's CTE Student of the year! Cooper went through a vetting process with competition from high level candidates of other CTE programs around the school.
News from the Clinic - Reasons to Keep Your Child Home
Check out the Reasons to Keep Your Child Home flyer attached below.
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)
The GaDOE wants to spread the word about the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), administered by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which provides families affordable access to internet services. ACP assists eligible households in paying for home internet access by providing a credit of up to $30 per month toward internet service. Additionally, ACP provides a voucher of up to $100 per eligible household toward a one-time purchase of a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. This service is free to all districts that want to take advantage of it. CTC’s call center will call eligible families to inform them about the ACP, encourage sign up, and facilitate the application process.
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.
The yearbook price is currently $80! Next semester, the price will increase to $85. Order your yearbook today at https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/jobSearch/displayHome with the code 25024.
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.
Teacher of the Month for September - Waleska Grajales
Not only is Ms. Grajales a wonderful Spanish teacher, but she has also worked hard to ensure that Hispanic students at Dacula feel at home! This year, she's started the Hispanic Mentors Club and worked with this club to host our first Hispanic Heritage Month Spirit Week.