December/January Parent Newsletter
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A Message from the Principal
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a restful break. We are happy to be back to school at the start of this new semester.
Spring semester is an exciting time when our freshmen settle into high school after experiencing each step of the high school process during first semester. Conversely, our seniors are getting ready to move on. This semester will bring many senior activities as we celebrate their high school careers and accomplishments. We hope they make many positive memories to take forward into the next phase of their lives.
It is important to remember that while our students are growing and becoming adults, they still need our support. Please continue to monitor their grades and attendance through the ParentVUE or StudentVUE apps. Reach out to us when you have questions or concerns.
Let’s continue to partner to support our students,
Ms. Grajales' students are pictured here celebrating 3 Kings Day and New Year's Day. This was a project where the students had to choose a holiday celebrated in any of the Spanish-speaking countries and recreate it.
Students in Ms. Elder's Peer Facilitation class participate in "Teamwork Tuesdays" projects in which they lead an entire class period through an icebreaker and reflection questions to demonstrate skills they've developed throughout the semester.
Check out this important information from our Counseling Department!
Academic Planning Night
Dacula High School will be hosting our annual Academic Planning Night on January 30, 2023 at 6pm at the high school. Information specific to dual enrollment, advanced placement, worked-based learning, as well as a session specific for our 11th grade students and parents will be covered. More information to come next week. Please mark your calendar for this event!
Dacula High School will be hosting our annual Academic Planning Night on January 30, 2023 at 6pm at the high school. Information specific to dual enrollment, advanced placement, worked-based learning, as well as a session specific for our 11th grade students and parents will be covered.
More information to come next week.
Please mark your calendar for this event!
Maxwell High School of Technology and Grayson Tech will open their enrollment applications on January 10, 2023 via the student eClass page. For more information on these programs, please check them out!
Maxwell HS - Open House is February 9th (5-7PM)
Grayson Tech - Open House is February 7th (5-7PM)
The counselors met with seniors to assist with the college application process on November 16th. Several students submitted a college application!! We have more good news related to post-secondary planning. (see John Cash)
As we approach the end of this semester, it is time for students to prepare for their first semester final exams. Parents, please review the GCPS testing tips with your student by visiting https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/30405. Also, please don’t forget to encourage your student to use tutor.com if they need help while they are reviewing their assignments to study. If you want to know more about tutor.com, you can visit the following website. https://www.gcpsk12.org/Page/26020
Also, if you or a family that you know of is in need of a warming station, please visit https://www.gwinnettcounty.com/web/gwinnett/departments/communityservices/healthhumanservices/warmingstations for more information. The warming stations are for residents to receive temporary, overnight relief. Residents who visit the sites will be able to warm up, eat a meal, and get some rest. The warming stations will be available from 6:00 pm until 7:00 am at the locations listed on the website.
Dacula is excited to add 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.
The FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FASFA) opened October 1, 2022! Click HERE for some helpful links.
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
The week before Thanksgivings break, the counselors partnered with the Health teachers to present Lifelines to all 9th grades taking Health this semester. GCPS uses Lifelines, an evidence-based curriculum, to educate students in grades 7 and 9 on the facts about suicide and students’ role in suicide prevention.
College and Career Updates
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!
Here's what's coming in the month of January...
Elective course selections for the upcoming school year will begin later this month. Encourage your student(s) to start thinking about their electives early. More communication will be shared soon.
January 16- Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL
Students will return to school on January 17!
January 17-20 - ACCESS Testing
ACCESS is the test that English Language Learners participate in to determine their level of academic language proficiency. This testing will be taking place during the week of January 17th. During that week approximately 190 students will be pulled at various times. Students will receive information about testing!
January 30 @ 6PM - Academic Planning Night
Dacula High School will be hosting our annual Academic Planning Night on January 30, 2023 at 6pm at the high school. Information specific to dual enrollment, advanced placement, worked-based learning, as well as a session specific for our 11th grade students and parents will be covered. More information to come soon! Please mark your calendar for this event!
At the high school level, schedule changes are often made during the transition from first semester to second semester for a variety of reasons. All schedule changes are made in the best interests of students. As we approach second semester, keep it mind that it is not unusual to see a change in your student's schedule as they enter second semester.
Upcoming MAP Growth Screener
Our 9th and 10th grade Falcons will participate in the Winter administration of the MAP Growth Screener when we return in January. The purpose of the MAP Growth Screener is to determine every student's academic skills in math and reading. The interactive platform adapts to how students answer questions to make sure we are able to identify specific areas of strengths and growth. At Dacula, we are using these scores along with class performance, end-of-course assessments, and teacher feedback to identify students who would benefit from either additional supports or acceleration. Our Falcons took the Fall administration back in August/September, and parents are able to access those scores via ParentVue. All you have to do is log into ParentVue, click on Documents, and click on Literacy Communication 2022. Goal setting is an important part of this process, as we expect to see our Falcons' scores improve from Fall to Winter to Spring, please take some time over the break to share this document with your child(ren) and have them set a growth goal. For additional information about the Map Growth Screener, please visit https://www.nwea.org/family-toolkit/
See the flyers below if you are interested in becoming a mentor and making a difference in the lives of GCPS students.
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.
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 November/December - Conner Krieger
The November/December Freddie Award for Teacher of the Month goes to Conner Krieger! Coach Krieger is a great teacher and works so hard for Dacula High School. In his first year of teaching he has accomplished so much and helped so many students be successful! Congratulations, Coach Krieger!