This Week @ DATA

March 21 - 25, 2016 Vol. 1-27


Monday, March 21st

Spring Picture Day

Registration for high school classes for current 8th graders (at DATA)

Collection ends for Pennies for Patients

Tuesday, March 22nd

Spring Break Netbook storage begins

Wednesday, March 23rd

Incoming 6th Grade Orientation at DATA, 9-10:30 am

Thursday, March 24th

Spirit Day! Dress like a nerd!

Minimum Day – 1:35 dismissal

Friday, March 25th


March 28th - April 1st


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New 9th grade curriculum – Thank you to all who came to the informational meeting about the new 9th grade College and Career Seminar curriculum. Please note that the School Board has decided to vote on adopting the new class on Tuesday, April 26th (originally scheduled for the Tuesday, March 21st meeting) to allow additional time for modifications to the class based on parent’s suggestions.

Cougar Claw Wrestling Club – Tuesday and Thursday evenings from, 5:30-7:00 pm in the Ventura High wrestling room. This club is open to boys and girls 2nd-8th grade. See Mr. Gaeta for more information.

Help collect books for Ms. Foreman - The PTSA offered teacher grants, but we couldn’t fund them all. These are the titles Ms. Foreman requested. New or used is greatly appreciated. Please drop off at the office and label PTSA so that we can keep track of what is donated and that they don’t go to the school library.

The following list contains the 28 chosen book titles and their authors.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Time, Mark Haddon

The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer, Rick Riordan

Nightbird, Alice Hoffman

Fish in a Tree, Lynda Mullaly Hunt

The Last Kids on Earth, Max Brallier and Doug Holgate

Wonder, R. J. Palacio

El Deafo,Cece Bell

Crenshaw, Katherine Applegate

Inside Out and Back Again, Thanhha Lai

Friends for Life, Andrew Norriss

These titles are available individually or in box sets:

The Dark is Rising Sequence, Susan Cooper: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark is Rising;Greenwitch;The Grey King; Silver on the Tree

Olympians, George O'Connor: Zeus; Athena; Hera; Hades; Poseidon; Aphrodite

The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann: The Unwanteds; Island of Silence; Island of Fire

John Green: The Fault in our Stars; Paper Towns; Looking for Alaska; An Abundance of Katherines


Important Notice for Parent/Guardian(s) of 6th Graders - If your student has not had their Tdap vaccine yet, they must do so as soon as possible. Students without the vaccine will not be allowed to start 7th grade in August. Please bring proof of the vaccine to the Health Office.

Yearbook - Yearbooks on sale now for $40. To order, please see Ms. Erin, in the front office. We have a layaway programs that starts at $5. Many new items will be added this year including an online version of the yearbook and opportunity for the community to upload photos that the yearbook staff could add to the book. See Ms. Bandringa for details.

DATA is on Twitter! - Stay connected with us and follow DATA @DeAnz_Academy

GMO Mission Impossible Fair - Ms. Lukins & Mrs. Sheldon 7th Grade ELA / World Geography


Imagination Station - The Imagination Station is a place to create different kinds of arts, crafts, and other hands-on projects. This week we'll be making Automata, mechanical creations that require no electricity. See our schedule of activities on the Library Activities web page. The Imagination Station is open before school Monday and Friday and at lunch Tuesday-Thursday.

Accelerated Reader - To qualify for the 3rd quarter, students must complete 2 AR quizzes by this Thursday at 2:00 pm.

Overdue books - Please get overdue books returned or renewed before spring break.

Poetry Pageant - April is Poetry Month, just after spring break. If you'd like to submit your poem for publication, go to the DATA Library web site ( The password is I<3poetry. You can claim it or be anonymous. Categories are: school subject, humorous, family/pets, nature, autobiographical/confessional and friendship. Here is this week’s poem of the week:

She walks in silence, her eyes on the road ahead. She is wistful and unknowing of forces to come.
She waxes and wanes with the moon and rises each morning with the copper sun.
Her eyes are green and searching for the magic hidden beneath her cobblestone journey.
The cold is ruthless, but her coat flies open, the wind teasing her golden hair.
None know of her ways or fears. She is separated from us, a veil covering her peach skin.
She is forever moving forward, never looking back. She is wise in her youth and nimble on bare feet.
The light snow is her carpet, melting as she glides over it.
She is serenely beautiful, and wears an owl on her shoulder.
​None know of her identity, nor her whereabouts, but we know she is there.


Who is She?
​She could be anyone.

-- Kelsa Ropersmith


Saturday, April 16

Saturday School, 8-12:30 pm

Thank you to all that came out to our PTA's Teen Impact presentation last week!

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Make it A Great Day!

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De Anza Academy of Technology and 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.
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