This Week @ DATA

August 31 - September 4

The school year is off to a wonderful, albeit HOT, start. The kids are acclimating to new routines and learning how to manage the middle school environment. Thank you to all who attended Back to School Night. It was fun to have so many families on campus, meeting teachers and experiencing DATA firsthand .

We look forward to seeing you all around campus. Please don't hesitate to contact us at 641-5165 with any questions.

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Friday, September 4th

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm – Girls’ Volleyball Parent Meeting


DATA now has a PTSA! – It’s official, our Parent-Teacher Association has been modified to include students. We are really excited about this change, and we will keep you posted on how kids can get involved.

PTSA's Reflections Art Contest - All students are eligible to enter. This year's theme is "Let Your Imagination Fly". October 16th is the deadline for artwork (dance/choreography, literature, photography, film production, music composition and visual arts). October 29th is the award program that determines which projects will represent DATA in the Ventura County competition. For more information, please go to

PTSA's Reflections Art Committee – 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are needed on the PTSA Art Committee. Students interested in helping to organize the event, please let Ms. Erin, in the DATA front office know ASAP.

New Lunch Cart - In an effort to ease the lunch lines, we have a new lunch cart. The food on the cart is the same as the cafeteria, and it is located in the concrete circle outside of the front offices.

Battle of the Books – Anyone interested in finding out more about Battle of the Books, stop by to get this year's Battle list. Our first meeting is coming soon. Stay tuned for details.

HOTspot (Help Our Teachers) - Parents interested in volunteering to help DATA teachers can click: to sign up to help with specific jobs or for a brief training on how to operate the machines in the office. Teachers will post new jobs regularly to this link. You can sign up for the jobs that most interest you, and for times that work best for your schedule. Some tasks, like cutting and collating, can even be done at home.

DATA sweatshirts are here! DATA blue or black hoodies for sale in the office:

· Pullover hoodie - $25

· Zipper hoodie - $30


Volleyball - Forms are to be turned in to Mr. Ornelas as soon as possible. Uniforms will be distributed this Friday, September 4th, after school, and team photos will take place shortly after. A parent meeting is scheduled later that evening from 5:30-6:30 pm in the De Anza Gym. All volleyball information (team rosters, practice schedules, meetings, etc.) can be found on Mr. Ornelas’s website.

Intramural Paddle Tennis - There are only 3 teams that have signed up for intramural paddle tennis. We need more teams or we won't be able to play. Come and sign up with Mr. Anderson in the boys' P.E. office during lunch this week. You must have a team of two to play. Games will begin next week, if we have enough teams.


Library Hours - We're open every day at 7:50 am, during lunch Monday-Thursday, and for 30 minutes every day after school. Come in to select a book or play a board game!

DATA Library Book Fair was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who came in to support our fundraiser. We will be able to get some great new books for the library.

DATA Library Instagram is up and running for the year. Check out Sock Monkey's "Pick of the Week" for reading ideas. See what's going on in the library. We are @MizJDATALib

Compass Mentors – If you still have not come to the lib for your community service sheet from Ms. Johnson, please do that today at lunch.


  • The last of Wave II netbooks will go out early this week. Returning 7th and 8th graders, if you haven't gotten yours yet, you'll be taking the test in your ELA classes. New 7th & 8th graders, you will have Netbook Orientation today during periods 3/4 (sorry we didn't get it done last Friday). Sixth graders, you will begin Netbook Orientation on September 1st, through your Language Arts classes.
  • Parents please remind your student to bring their fully charged netbook to school everyday.


Monday, September 7th

Labor Day - No School

Monday, September 14th

Non-Student Contact Day - No School

*see Navigator News section for more detail

If you would like more information about what is happening on campus, you can check out the web site at . Here you can find the Bulletin, which is updated weekly with relevant student information, such as club meetings and community service opportunities. Also, you can view teacher web sites, Netbook News, the school calendar, the district calendar, plus much more.