Family Update for the Week of Sep 26th

Posted on Sunday / September 25

Thank you for taking the time to read the weekly Family Update!  This newsletter provides all the event details and information relevant to families at DPAC over the next 7 days. We want families to stay in-the-know! We kick off each week with this informational newsletter and then on Friday we email an academic progress report for all scholars.  The first Progress Report will go out this Friday, September 30th.  We apologize that technical difficulties have prevented us from sending the Friday progress reports until now, but we are excited to begin this important communication tool to help keep all families up-to-date with their scholars behavioral and academic progress!

If you have questions regarding any of the below articles please reach out to dpac_info@democracyprep.org

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Upcoming Celebrations: Homecoming Spirit Week / Community Fiesta
This Week’s Events: Open Soccer Practice / Homecoming Tickets Available
New Policy Reminders: Masks Are Optional / New Arrival Procedures
Supporting Scholars Beyond the Classroom:  iReady / CORE / Coding Classes / College Opportunities
Public Notices: Board of Directors Meeting / Test Security Notice / Financial Aid Notice 

Upcoming Celebrations

Homecoming Spirit Week

This week we are preparing for the joy and celebration that comes with homecoming week! Each day next week, beginning on Mon., Oct. 3rd, scholars are invited to wear Spirit Week themed clothes and participate in celebrations throughout the week.

Monday: Cultural Pride – In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invite students to dress in traditional cultural wear to celebrate the heritage and cultures that make up the world.
Tuesday: White Out – White-Out against Bullying is a movement, effort, and initiative to wipe out practices that demean, embarrass, belittle, or hurt others. Show your support by wearing all white.
Wednesday: Super Fan – Show your classmates and teachers that you are the ultimate fan! Wear items to show off your favorite team, musician, movie, superhero or anything else you are a fan of!
Thursday: Purple & Teal – In honor of Suicide Awareness Month, dress more comfortably in JEANS to practice self-care! Show your support by wearing Teal & Purple.
Friday: DPAC Pride – Ultimate DPAC Spirit Day, Dress in Blue & Yellow/ DPAC Gear to show your school spirit.
Saturday: Homecoming! 7:00 – 10:00PM Tickets on sale this week. Details below.

Scholars not participating must be in FULL Uniform. No Ripped Jeans, Pajamas, Crop Tops, Crocs or Slides

Community Fiesta

As a part of our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration we invite you all to come and enjoy a Community Fiesta at DPAC!  The event is Wednesday, Oct. 5th from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Come and enjoy Mariachi, games, and food available for purchase!

This Week’s Events 

Homecoming Tickets On Sale This Week

High School Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, October 8th from 7:00-10:00 PM. Tickets are $20 each and a signed permission slip is required, No Refunds. Permission slips will be provided on Monday. Tickets will be on sale throughout the week.

Board of Directors Meeting

Our next Board of Directors Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th.  This meeting is open to the public and will occur in the DPAC cafeteria, but you may also join via zoom if you prefer. Full details along with an agenda are available by following THIS LINK. Thank you! We hope to see you on Tuesday!

New Policy Reminders

Removal of Mask Mandate

Thank you to the nearly 300 families who participated in the Mask Mandate Survey! We took under consideration the results to the family/staff survey, health recommendations from trusted health agencies, and local school charter oversight guidelines to help guide our decision making. As of Monday, September 19th masks are encouraged, but no longer required while on the DPAC campus. DPAC will no longer provide masks. The results of the survey were approximately 2 to 1 in favor of removing the mask mandate. We understand that many families did still have strong feelings in favor of keeping the mask mandate, thank you for sharing your input. We encourage everyone to still wear their mask as an optional personal safety precaution. This transition will keep us in compliance with local SPCSA, Nevada Department of Health, and CDC guidelines.  Masks are optional, however there are certain circumstances that will require mask wearing. Families will be responsible for providing masks for their scholars if required. DPAC will no longer purchase or supply masks. Masks are required if:

  • If a scholar tests positive, please notify the school immediately, they will quarantine for 5 days and then continue to wear a mask on days 6-10.
  • If a scholar or staff is symptomatic they may be assigned to wear a mask for 10 days by the DPAC Nurse.
  • If a scholar or staff is deemed a close contact to a positive case on campus, they will be required to wear a mask for 10 days.
Safety Procedures Upon Arrival

DPAC has implemented a new daily procedure upon arrival where all 6th – 12th grade scholars must pass a metal detector prior to entering campus. Please see THIS LETTER from Dr. Nash that went out on Thursday, September 15th outlining the rationale and detailing the new procedures. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Supporting Scholars Beyond the Classroom

i-Ready
i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill levels and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn. Your scholar can complete iReady Lessons at home on a tablet, laptop, or computer by logging into Clever!
CORE – Opportunity for 9th Grade Scholars

We are excited to announce a new program at DPAC.
ARE YOU IN 9th grade?
Do you want to be successful in high school?
Do you want to be part of a community that is focused on creating a positive change?

What is CORE?

CORE is a long-term after-school program that provides scholars and their families with social and emotional support, college readiness and academic support, and experiential learning opportunities. Through individualized evaluations and project-based learning, CORE works with scholars to identify career interests. In addition, CORE provides Scholars with advisors, tutors, mentoring, and college tours to help them meet short-and long-term goals. We also offer a network of support to your entire family, creating a community of success around you.

Scan the QR code on the right to sign-up and connect with a CORE Team Member and join a CORE Interest Meeting or contact one of our team members.

ADVISOR: SCHOLAR SOCIAL EMOTION CHAMPION:
Ms. Machelle Ms. Vianey
Phone:  (725) 273-2856 Phone: (725) 273-3814
Email: Machelle@corewecan.org Email: Vianey@corewecan.org

Public Notices

Financial Aid Notice

Nevada College Kickstart Program: https://collegekickstart.nv.gov/families/Overview/

“In the fall of 2013, the State Treasurer’s Office launched an exciting new pilot program aimed at instilling the dream of a college education in the minds of Nevada school children. The Nevada College Kick Start Program established 529 college savings scholarship accounts for all new fall 2013 kindergarten public-school students in 13 of Nevada’s most rural communities. In February 2014, the Nevada College Kick Start Program expanded statewide to include all public-school kindergarten children in Nevada. As of September 2019, more than 208,000 students have been added to the Program statewide.

The Nevada College Kick Start Program does not cost parents anything and parents are not able to contribute to the account. It truly is a free $50 college savings scholarship account for your child. The Program uses a portion of program management fees, not taxpayer dollars, to open an SSGA Upromise 529 college savings account with an initial deposit of $50 for every public-school kindergarten student in Nevada.”

If you would like to apply for this program, please visit the “Opt In” form link HERE or view the program information link shared above.  Thank you.

Family Update for the Week of September 19

Posted on Sunday / September 18

In this week’s Family Update we share important updates regarding the removal of the mask mandate on DPAC campus, and new metal detecting procedures during morning arrival. We also want to highlight our active civics program as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and prepare for Get Out the Vote!

Many DPAC teachers started on Thursday, the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month, with lots of rich information about the contributions the Hispanic culture has provided for everyone here in the United States. Ms. Munson, our Elementary School Civics Coordinator has made plans to ensure we “keep the celebration going, at least once a week,  allowing time for open discussions, research presentations, videos, read aloud books, arts and crafts, drawings, music and let’s not forget the delicious, tasty good Hispanic and Latinx food we can share in so many different ways with our scholars to bring awareness to this important culture here in America.” Thank you for joining in the celebration! If you have questions regarding any of the below articles please reach out to dpac_info@democracyprep.org

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Important Changes: Masks Are Now Optional / Safety Procedures During Arrival
This Week’s Events: Open House (meet your teachers) / Homecoming Tickets Available
Civics Update: Get Out The Vote (GOTV)
Supporting Scholars Beyond the Classroom:  iReady / CORE / Coding Classes / College Opportunities
Public Notices: Board of Directors Meeting

Important Changes

Removal of Mask Mandate

Thank you to the nearly 300 families who participated in the Mask Mandate Survey! We took under consideration the results to the family/staff survey, health recommendations from trusted health agencies, and local school charter oversight guidelines to help guide our decision making. Beginning Monday, September 19th masks will be encouraged, but no longer required while on the DPAC campus. DPAC will no longer provide masks. The results of the survey were approximately 2 to 1 in favor of removing the mask mandate. We understand that many families did still have strong feelings in favor of keeping the mask mandate, thank you for sharing your input. We encourage everyone to still wear their mask as an optional personal safety precaution. This transition will keep us in compliance with local SPCSA, Nevada Department of Health, and CDC guidelines.  Masks are optional, however there are certain circumstances that will require mask wearing. Families will be responsible for providing masks for their scholars if required. DPAC will no longer purchase or supply masks. Masks are required if:

  • If a scholar tests positive, please notify the school immediately, they will quarantine for 5 days and then continue to wear a mask on days 6-10.
  • If a scholar or staff is symptomatic they may be assigned to wear a mask for 10 days by the DPAC Nurse
  • If a scholar or staff is deemed a close contact to a positive case on campus, they will be required to wear a mask for 10 days.
Safety Procedures Upon Arrival

DPAC has implemented a new daily procedure upon arrival where all 6th – 12th grade scholars must pass a metal detector prior to entering campus. Please see THIS LETTER from Dr. Nash that went out on Thursday, September 15th outlining the rationale and detailing the new procedures. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

This Week’s Events 

Open House – Wednesday

We are excited to open the campus and the classrooms for an Open House on Wednesday, September 21st! This will be an opportunity to meet teachers and see your scholar’s classrooms. The event will go from 4:00 – 6:00pm, with main introductions in the gym and cafeteria occurring from DPAC leadership at 4pm and again at 5pm.  Following the introductions, families may visit their scholar’s classrooms for a brief presentation from their teacher.  Each teacher presentation ends with a Q&A session with the entire group.  This is not to be mistaken with Family Teacher Conferences, which will occur on November 10th.  Open House allows you to visit the classroom, meet your scholars teachers, and ask questions in a group setting.  Family Teacher Conferences will provide an opportunity to discuss  your scholar’s specific academic or behavioral updates in a 1 on 1 setting with teachers.

Homecoming Tickets On Sale This Week
High School Homecoming Dance will be on Saturday, October 8th from 7:00-10:00 PM. Tickets are $20 each and a signed permission slip is required, No Refunds. Permission slips will be provided on Monday. Tickets will be on sale on Tuesday during school hours for scholars.

Civics Update

Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

Voting is the most effective way to make your voice as a member of our society heard! It is a shared American freedom, but to exercise this basic right, we must be registered to vote! On this National Voter Registration Day, please consider taking one of the following actions::

  • Visiting weall.vote/democracyprep to:
    1) Check your voter registration status and/or
    2) Register to vote
  • Encouraging 3 friends or family members to vote!

The deadline to register to vote in our state is November 3rd, 2022. To learn more about absentee voting, visit: www.vote.org  To learn more about what’s on the ballot, visit: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

  • All 435 House of Representatives seats and 35 Senate seats will be up for election.
  • 36 states will vote for Governor.
  • Altogether, 309 state executive offices — including Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, and more — are up for election across 44 states.
  • 99% of elected positions up for election are at the state and local levels!

Thank you for taking the necessary steps to grow as an active citizen-scholar!

Supporting Scholars Beyond the Classroom

i-Ready
i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill levels and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn. Your scholar can complete iReady Lessons at home on a tablet, laptop, or computer by logging into Clever!
CORE – Opportunity for 9th Grade Scholars

We are excited to announce a new program at DPAC.
ARE YOU IN 9th grade?
Do you want to be successful in high school?
Do you want to be part of a community that is focused on creating a positive change?

What is CORE?

 

CORE is a long-term after-school program that provides scholars and their families with social and emotional support, college readiness and academic support, and experiential learning opportunities. Through individualized evaluations and project-based learning, CORE works with scholars to identify career interests. In addition, CORE provides Scholars with advisors, tutors, mentoring, and college tours to help them meet short-and long-term goals. We also offer a network of support to your entire family, creating a community of success around you.

Scan the QR code on the right to sign-up and connect with a CORE Team Member and join a CORE Interest Meeting or contact one of our team members.

ADVISOR: SCHOLAR SOCIAL EMOTION CHAMPION:
Ms. Machelle Ms. Vianey
Phone:  (725) 273-2856 Phone: (725) 273-3814
Email: Machelle@corewecan.org Email: Vianey@corewecan.org
Coding Classes for Middle School Scholars

Please CLICK HERE for the full flyer. Beginning on Wednesday, September 21 from 3:00 – 4:15, 6th – 8th grade scholars are invited to join in a community wide Coding class through EFTW (Engineer for the Week). Scholars interested should sign up using the registration link on THIS FLYER. There will be two groups over the course of the year. The first group starts September 21 and goes to

Winter Break. The second group will begin after Winter Break and end at the end of the school year. There will be a second registration for the second group closer to the end of the year so scholars should only register if they are able to attend right now.

College Opportunities

Please see the following message from the Asian Community Development Council (this event is open to everyone)

Opportunity #1): The Asian Community Development Council’s 8th annual College Readiness Bootcamp will be on Sat 9/24 from 9am-2pm and will include a UNLV tour, free dining hall meal and presentations from various colleges and current students on how to apply for college, financial aid and advice for students and parents. This event is open to all 9th-12th grade students and families and is a free event.  Sign up link: bit.ly/acdcrb2022

Opportunity #2): Faith Lutheran will host its annual college fair on Sunday, October 16th, from 2 pm to 4pm in our gyms with over 80 colleges scheduled to attend. This fair is free and open to the public, so we encourage you to pass out the information Registration is now open at www.strivefair.com. For future updates and information about the other college fairs in town, please check https://bit.ly/SNCWLV

Public Notices

Board of Directors Meeting

Our next Board of Directors Meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th.  This meeting is open to the public and will occur in the DPAC cafeteria, but you may also join via zoom if you prefer. Full details along with an agenda will be available on Tuesday, September 20th.