DPAC Community Update – June 2021

Posted on Tuesday / June 22

June 2021 Update.

It is June! We have all made it through one of the most challenging and trying school year’s in recent memories. We have so much to step back and reflect on. We have so much to lament, as it relates to the pandemic, to threats to our democracy, or to the persistent virus of racism in this country. But, we also have so much to celebrate. Our scholars have truly overcome some incredible obstacles this year and persevered in pursuit of their bright futures.

So many of you deserve recognition for making this year a success:

  • Scholars: Thank you for showing your grit and perseverance to make this year a good one, despite the distance and new learning platforms
  • Teachers & Staff: Your ability to move from virtual school to in-person in a blink, all while keeping high expectations was inspiring
  • Families: I appreciate your willingness to adapt to a new mode of learning while partnering with DPAC to hold your scholar to our high standards
  • Community: I am grateful to educate scholars with community members who continue to provide us resources and support to make our school thrive

This year was a true team effort and I look forward to all the great successes 2021-2022 will bring.

Take time to rest this month. In a few weeks I will email the DPAC community with our ‘Start of the Schoo Year’ email!

In Partnership,
Adam Johnson
Executive Director


Scholar Section

DPAC Summer Work:
In order to prepare for next school year, each scholar will have reading & math summer work to complete.

Please click the links for the work for grades 6-12. Work packets for grades K-5 are available at the school.

Reading:

Math Work:
If you cannot print your work packets, you can visit the front office Mon. – Friday from 7:30a – 1:00p to pick up a packet.

New Uniform Policy:
We’re excited to share that we will implement a new uniform policy for the 2021-2022 school year. The highlights are below. You can also go to the Campus Club website to see more information (DPAC Code = 1056).

DPAC Elementary:

  • Polo shirts can now be Light Blue OR Gray
  • Any color and type of shoes allowed
DPAC Middle:
  • Polo shirts can now be Navy OR White
  • Any color and type of shoes allowed
DPAC High:
  • Button down shirts can be Light Blue OR White
  • Gold & Blue tie required
  • Any color and type of shoes allowed


DPAC Events and Information

New School Leaders:

DPAC Elementary & DPAC Middle will be led by Principal Anastasia Lyons. 

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new K-8 principal and to join this extraordinary middle school community. I can assure you I share in our school community’s commitment to caring for children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment. I have dedicated myself to the DPAC campus for four years.  I am excited and eager to bring my skills as an educational leader to the Middle School and work with you as a partner in education to ensure your child’s success.

DPAC High School will be under the leadership of Principal Ali Taylor

Hello DPAC High School! I am from the Midwest having made my home in Las Vegas four years ago.  I have worked in education for the past nine (9) years — four (4) of them being at DPAC where I was a founding STEM teacher at DPAC High school.  I know the past year and a half has been challenging and unique to say the least, but I am excited for what the next school year has to bring! I look forward to partnering with our community to make it the best it can be.

DPAC Board of Directors Meeting:
The July DPAC Board of Directors meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 20 at 5:00pm. The meeting is open to the public and virtually from the link below.

Zoom Link: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/6911413308
Address: 1201 W. Lake Mead Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89106

DPAC Family Update for the Week Ending June 11

Posted on Friday / June 11
Congratulations Scholars!
We want to offer a special congratulations to all of our graduated and promoted scholars!  We are proud of you and the hard work you have put in during this unprecedented year. Accomplishments like this should be celebrated and we are grateful to share in this momentous occasion with you all. Congratulations class of 2021!
Summer Academy and Summer Programs Begin
Summer Academy begins Monday, June 14th and operates from 8:00am to 1:20pm. Immediately following the Academy is DPAC’s optional Summer Program which is available to all DPAC scholars.  This free and optional program runs from 1:30pm – 4:30pm.  To register for the Summer Program please follow this link HERE
Free Food for All Who are Hungry
Our neighbors, the Culinary Academy Las Vegas, has invited the DPAC community to participate in their free food distribution program over the Summer. If you, your family, or someone you know is in need of food assistance this Summer please view the attached flyer. Click this link HERE  for information on food pickup sites and food delivery options.
FREE Community Event – Unplug & Play
June 17th from 9:30 – 11:30am you are invited to an opportunity to Unplug and Play at Gary Reese Freedom Park! No registration required.
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¡Felicitaciones, Eruditos!
¡Queremos ofrecer una felicitación especial a todos nuestros estudiantes graduados y promovidos! Estamos orgullosos de usted y del arduo trabajo que ha realizado durante este año sin precedentes. Logros como este deben celebrarse y estamos agradecidos de compartir esta ocasión trascendental con todos ustedes. ¡Felicitaciones clase de 2021!
Comienzan la Academia de Verano y los Programas de Verano
Summer Academy comienza el lunes 14 de Junio y opera de 8:00 am a 1:20 pm. Inmediatamente después de la Academia está el Programa de Verano opcional de DPAC que está disponible para todos los estudiantes de DPAC. Este programa gratuito y opcional funciona de 1:30 pm a 4:30 pm. Para inscribirse en el programa de verano, siga este enlace AQUÍ
Alimentos gratis para todos los que tienen hambre
Nuestros vecinos, la Culinary Academy Las Vegas, ha invitado a la comunidad de DPAC a participar en su programa de distribución de alimentos gratis durante el verano. Si usted, su familia o alguien que conoce necesita asistencia alimentaria este verano, consulte el folleto adjunto. Haga clic en este enlace AQUÍ  para obtener información sobre los sitios de recolección de alimentos y las opciones de entrega de alimentos.
Evento Comunitario GRATIS – Desconecta y Juega
17 de junio de 9:30 a 11:30 am, ¡está invitado a la oportunidad de desconectarse y jugar en Gary Reese Freedom Park! No es necesario registrarse.

Complete Your Enrollment as a DPAC Blue Knight!

Posted on Monday / May 17
Complete Your Enrollment as a DPAC Blue Knight
We are proud and excited as we approach the end of the 2020-21 school year.
We’re are just as excited to have your scholar begin their academic career with us at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus for the 2021-22 school year.
In order to complete the enrollment for your scholar, please join us this Wednesday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM or on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM to get a glimpse of our campus and to submit any outstanding paperwork. On Saturday, you’ll also get a chance to see our football team in action as we host a car wash fundraiser.
Here are a few more pieces of news coming from the DPAC campus through our most recent Weekly Family Update:
Elementary Book Fair Coming May 17
The Fair will run from May 17th-21st, and all purchases will directly benefit our school. Our online store is open now through May 25th! #MoreWaysToShop
American Rescue Plan Tax Relief
Could your family use an extra $250-300/month per child? As part of the AmericanRescue Plan, most Nevada families will receive monthly #ChildTaxCredit payments fromJuly – December 2021. To qualify, file your taxes by May 17. Need help? Visit www.nvfreetaxes.org.
Make a Difference Every Time You Shop
Use the Box Tops app to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add cash to DPAC’s earnings online. From playground equipment to technology to library books, DPAC can use this money to help teachers and scholars get the supplies they need.
  1. Download Boxtop app on mobile device
  2. Choose DPAC
  3. Start Scanning Receipts

Build Your Story & Explore the World

Posted on Monday / March 22

DPAC scholars have an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Global Immersion Program during spring break (March 29th – April 2nd). During this program, scholars will virtually travel around the world exploring Belize, Costa Rica, Morocco, and Tanzania.

Travel Around the World (Belize, Costa Rica, Morocco and Tanzania)
The Deadline for scholars to register is Friday, March 26th. This opportunity is completely optional for scholars in grades 4- 12.
Please let us know if you have any questions by sending an email to dpac_info@democracyprep.org!

DPACES Parent Update

Posted on Tuesday / August 11

August 11, 2020

Hello Families/Guardians,

As we begin Virtual Learning together, I want to thank you in advance for the support you continue to provide to your scholar. This letter will map out how to support your child during our virtual learning phase. To view your scholar’s daily schedule, click here. To access this letter in Spanish, click here.

  • Clever Accounts:

Your scholars will log on to Clever.com to access all of their online platforms. Teachers will have their Zoom Sessions available on their teacher page. Your scholar will be able to click on the appropriate image and go directly to the live session with the teacher. Please see the example below. 

Clever allows scholars to access every online platform they need to be successful. They should not have to access any other websites. 

Here are additional resources to help with accessing Clever.

      1. How to Login to Clever with QR code (K & 1 Parent Resource)
      2. How to Login to Clever Without Badge (K-5 Parent Resource)

2.Google Classroom:

General Use

Google Classroom will be used as an asynchronous library. This is where your scholar can access previously taught lessons. These lessons are not live, but rather recording of live sessions posted for scholars to reference should they need more time. 

Wednesdays

On Wednesday scholars will not have live class sessions with their Gen Ed teacher. Instead they will access pre-recorded lessons for Social Studies or Science, P.E, Art,  and Music.

If your scholar has an IEP or receives any related services they may be logged on live with their ACT teacher. 

  1. i-Ready:

i-Ready is an online platform that allows teachers to assign scholars lessons virtually. i-Ready has a diagnostic assessment that all students must take initially. This assessment is not graded and we ask that you refrain from assisting your scholar during this time. This assessment reads to scholars and is user friendly. We ask that you don’t assist so that we have a true picture of where your scholar is beginning the year. 

i-Ready will be used to assign your scholar reading homework each week. 

There are many other resources on Clever, should you need any more assistance or information please contact your scholar’s teacher directly. 

In Partnership,

Anastasia Lyons-Doyle

anastasia.lyons@democracyprep.org

702-506-8005

DPACSS Prep Academy Schedules and Links

Posted on Tuesday / August 11

IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR ADVISORY, PLEASE EMAIL dpac_info@democracyprep.org.

DPAC Middle School

Your Advisory is Florida A&M (FAM U). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:

When: Aug. 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Your Advisory is Howard University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Grambling State. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Penn State. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Ohio State (OSU). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96392844610?pwd=emJhVlBSZ2piaU9vWGRwcHc5ajFaZz09


Your Advisory is Michigan State (MSU). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Northwestern University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/95247162916


Your Advisory is the University of Kentucky. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/95750774371?pwd=L1ZuVFY5bHNxK0MxWGs5dWpzN3c1UT09


Your Advisory is Vanderbilt University (Vandy). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Louisiana State University (LSU). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/4234980291


We look forward to having you join us for Prep Academy next week! Your Advisory is the University of Alabama.
You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Your Advisory is Duke University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is the University of Southern California (USC). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Tuskegee University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95576839103?pwd=bDVkWFk4RVpRcGpmQ3FuU1ZISkx0QT09


Your Advisory is Fresno State University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is Stanford University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am
Zoom Link: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/94093508627


Your Advisory is Clemson University. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug.11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is the Boston College. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is the University of Washington. You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom.
Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:
When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

Your Advisory is University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). You will spend time with your classmates from your advisory next week and when we return to campus this year, you will spend time with them in your classroom. Below is the information you will need to join your classmates on Zoom next week:

When: Aug. 10, 11, 13, & 14
Time: 8:30am – 11:30am

DPAC Scholar Material Pick Up

Posted on Friday / August 7
Even during virtual learning, scholars need materials to enhance their learning. During the week of Prep Academy (August 10 – August 14), DPAC will be hosting Material Pick Up for all scholars. Regardless of grade level, all scholars have materials that need to be picked up, necessary to fully participate during virtual learning. Please see the pick-up schedule below:
Note: Elementary Families with Secondary Scholars will not be able to pick up Secondary supplies until Thursday and Friday.
Elementary Pick Up (Grade K-5)
Monday: 8AM-11AM at the J Street Doors
Tuesday:  8AM-11AM at the J Street Doors
Wednesday: 8AM-11AM at the J Street Doors
Thursday: 8AM-4PM at the Front Office
Friday:  8AM-4PM at the Front Office
Secondary Pick Up (Grades 6-12)
Thursday:  8AM-4PM at the Front Office
Friday:  8AM-4PM at the Front Office
If you are unable to pick up your supplies at any of the above times please email dpac_info@demcoracyprep.org and we will work with you to make other arrangements.

Virtual Learning Meal Service

Posted on Thursday / August 6

Starting with Prep Academy on Monday, August 10 and continuing throughout the school year, DPAC will be providing meals to our scholars through a drive up service. Dual meals (including breakfast and lunch) for multiple days will be served simultaneously so the food can be taken home to eat or be stored for later. Here is our meal service schedule based on our families’ responses collected after our Return to School virtual town hall.

  • Mondays: 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Two dual meals (Monday and Tuesday)
  • Wednesdays: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Three dual meals (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday)

Families can pick up their scholar’s meals by entering at W Lake Mead and following the parking lot to the Elementary School J Street Entrance. Pull up to the Elementary School J Street Entrance and your scholar’s meals will be delivered to your vehicle. Walk up service will be available. See map below. 

Meal Service Map by Brian Rice on Scribd

DPAC Scholar Prep Academy Starting Monday, August 10

Posted on Wednesday / August 5

DPACES Prep Academy starts on Monday, August 10. Scholars will log on to their sessions with their new teachers. Click here for links to your Zoom session.

DPACSS Prep Academy starts on Monday, August 10. Scholars will log on to their sessions based on their grade level. Notice that different grade levels log on at different dates and some grades will join more sessions than other grades during Prep Academy.  All times are 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Direct links will be available below with new meeting links being added as they are created.

    • Monday, August 10: 6th & 9th 
    • Tuesday, August 11: 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th 
    • Wednesday, August 12: No scholars — Virtual Family Orientation
    • Thursday, August 13: 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, & 11th
    • Friday, August 14: 6th – 12th

Summer Academy After School Programming

Posted on Wednesday / June 3

Summer Academy will run from June 8 through July 30, continuing the use of virtual learning platforms. DPAC scholars entering all grades between Kindergarten and Eighth are eligible to enroll in our after school programs by completing this form. The program schedule is available here and additional details about some of the programs are included below:

Zedu Plus


  • Loving Lit
    • Category: Literature
    • Description: Reading literature is one of the foundational skills that every scholar needs in order to succeed in middle school and beyond. The Loving Lit class will have scholars reading a six chapter short story, answering questions, and developing ideas. Each week scholars will receive a chapter or two to read, multiple choice questions to answer, and a short paragraph to write.  Each lesson is accompanied by a Youtube video that will assist them. Scholars will also get a wonderful chance to have their writing skills checked with personal notes for improvement. AND THE BEST PART? The short story is a SCARY STORY!
    • Platforms: Google Classroom and YouTube
  • RACER Writing
    • Category: Literature
    • Description: One of the most difficult aspects for DPAC scholars to master is the RACER paragraph.  Scholars have to put several different parts together to create a seamless idea.  RACER Writing will help your scholar accomplish that.  Each week they will get two articles to read and then a RACER paragraph to complete.  Each lesson comes with a Youtube video that helps the scholars plan and create the perfect RACER.  After submission, each paragraph will be checked by a teacher and comments and pointers will be given.  This is a great class for those scholars that want to improve the writing skills needed for their middle and high school classes.
    • Platforms: Google Classroom and YouTube
  • Creative Writing (Walker)
    • Category: Literature
    • Description: Students learn structure that helps them express themselves in writing narrative and expository essays. With writing assignments such as “please describe the most disgusting meal that you’ve ever eaten”, this course strengthens students’ ability to write a well structured effective essay. Mini-lessons ensure that students develop informative and creative writing skills so that they come to express complex ideas clearly.
    • Platforms: Google Classroom and Google Sites
  • Sugar & Elite Mentoring (STARS)
    • Category: Human Development
    • Description: The Program’s goal is to reduce the number of teen pregnancies, suicides, and high school dropouts in Southern Nevada by providing Mentoring, Tutoring, Life Skills Workshops and Civic Engagement. The program focuses on increasing the skill sets that are needed to be self-sufficient in today’s society.  This program is dedicated to teaching youth how to set goals and overcome life issues.
    • Platforms: Zoom and Google Classroom
  • ZeduPlus (Zedu)
    • Category: Technology, Applied Technology, Human Development
    • Description: Interactive and engaging LIVE sessions every day from Monday – Thursday with engaging and interactive STEAM curriculum that will keep the participants in the loop of reading 11 interactive books that will improve their reading, literacy, and vocabulary. In contrast, participants will be engaged in interactive exercises in science, math, coding, and typing.
    • Platform: Zoom
  • Sound Steps Rhythm Dance
    • Category: Arts
    • Sound Steps Rhythm Dance Company is An All-Around Rhythm Dance Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization that provides events, performances, and resources for the dance community!  Our mission is to produce, educate, and perform the history of rhythm dance for the youth. Our main style of dance is tap, but we are affiliated with the community of rhythm dance to include, Hip-Hop, Break Dance, Clog, Irish, Body Percussion and More!
    • Platform: Zoom

Cap, Gown, and Diploma Pick Up

Posted on Thursday / May 28

Seniors and Families,

We are all so proud of your journey, the commitment made to your education, and the investments required to achieve these goals. While circumstances to celebrate are not ideal, we want to take advantage of every opportunity to recognize your accomplishments in the most appropriate manner possible while maintaining appropriate social distancing and keeping the campus safe and secured.

A select number of time slots are being made available during which Seniors and up to six members of their families may come to campus to collect their graduation packages. Packages include cap, gown, yearbook, a sweet surprise, and (of course) your diploma. 

  • Sign up for a time slot (30 minutes) available June 2 through June 4 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. (30-minute slots)
    • You may bring up to six (6) family members to the pick up.
    • Arrive in your school uniform, Senior Shirt, other DPAC gear, or professional attire. If you do not arrive in an appropriate dress, you can pick up your package. However, you will be asked to reschedule if you want to take photos.
    • If special arrangements are needed, please email Mr. Rice and Ms. Moser
  • At the time of your appointment, enter through the Emergency Exit off of Lake Mead. Staff at the front desk can provide direction if needed.
  • Space in the amphitheater is available for family photos. Staff will assist in recording a video for the June 15 graduation ceremony.
  • Everyone in your party will exit through the same Emergency Exit to Lake Mead. 

We thank you for your understanding and patience. We share in your pride.

#DPGoesTheDistance

New Registration

Posted on Thursday / May 21
  • Registration Drop Off dates and times.
  • Thursday 5/21 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Saturday 5/23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Sunday 5/24 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday 5/26 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday 5/27 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Documents can be emailed to Riunite.Hood@Democracyprep.org any time by Wednesday 27, 2020.

For the safety of our community we ask that you follow the steps below:

  1. Enter through Lake Mead side and Exit J street
  2. Remain in your vehicle
  3. Bring your own copies/Copies will be made if needed
  4. All registration documents must be turned in (listed below)

You must bring all of the following documents to the registration drop off:

  1. Guardian ID: Personal picture identification of parent/guardian
  2. Proof of Age: Birth certificate/ Passport/Certified birth card
  3. Immunization Record: Up to date medical records indicating that your child has had all the necessary immunizations.
  4. Transcript or latest Report Card: A full grade report of all completed grade levels issued by your child’s previous school. (ELEMENTARY SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL[Grades 1st-8th may bring Semester 2 Report Card]: HIGH SCHOOL: Transcript)
  5. Proof of Home Residency: Recent utility bill, rent receipt, residence lease or sales contract. If the utility bill is not in your name you will be required to bring a residential notarized statement as well.
  6. Documentation re: Special Services – IEP/504 (if applicable)

Please reach out to Mrs. Isabel Garcia (702-934-3062,  isabel.garcia@democracyprep.org) with any questions or requests for assistance.

DPAC Family Town Hall – Canceled

Posted on Wednesday / May 20

Town Hall Meetings for Thursday, May 28 and Friday, May 29 have been canceled. For additional DPAC updates, please subscribe here.


Calling ALL families! Please join us Thursday, May 28 at 4:30 PM to receive continued updates regarding Democracy Prep, the close out of the 19-20 school year, Summer Academy, and the 20-21 school year. Please follow the link below to join our virtual meeting via Zoom.

Thursday, May 28 at 4:30 PM
Meeting ID: 6911413308
If prompted, enter the password: DPAC2020
Join by phone: (US) +1 253-215-8782

 


Llamando a TODAS las familias de DPAC! Por favor de reunirse con nosotros el Viernes, Mayo 29 de 4:30 PM para recibir varias notificaciones al respecto de nuestra escuela. Favor de seguir el sitio web encontrado bajo este mensaje para reunirse con nosotros por zoom.

Miercoles, Mayo 29 4:30 PM
ID de la réunion: 6911413308
Si es necesario, use contraseña DPAC2020
Para reunirse por teléfono: (US) +1 253-215-8782

 

New Family Registration Town Hall

Posted on Wednesday / May 20

A warm welcome to all of our new DPAC families! Please join us Tuesday, May 26 at 4:30 PM to receive all necessary updates for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. At this time, we will share important dates and answer any questions you may have. Please follow the link below to join us via zoom.

Tuesday, May 26 at 4:30 PM
Meeting ID: 6911413308
If prompted, enter the password: DPAC2020
Join by phone: (US) +1 253-215-8782

Bienvenidos nuevas familias de DPAC! Por favor de acompañarnos el Miércoles, Mayo 27 de 4:30 PM para recibir todos los avisos necesarios para empezar el año escolar del 2020-2021. Durante este tiempo, compartiremos fechas importantes y responderemos a cualquier pregunta que ustedes tengan. Favor de seguir el sitio web encontrado bajo este mensaje para reunirse con nosotros por zoom.
Miercoles, Mayo 27 4:30 PM
ID de la réunion: 6911413308
Si es necesario, use contraseña: DPAC2020
Para reunirse por teléfono: (US) +1 253-215-8782

DPACSS Trimester 3 Testing

Posted on Tuesday / May 19


Good Afternoon DPAC Families and Scholars,

We hope this email finds you well. I am writing to provide more information about final exams. Due to Distance Learning, exams will look quite different this year. Scholars are still expected to take exams online as they are designed to help us understand what scholars know and how best to prepare for next year. If you have any questions after reading this email, please reach out to me at adaniels@democracyprep.org

Logistics

Scholars will take T3 Exams in all Core Content areas: Math, English, Science, and History (add Foreign Language in High School.) All T3 Exams will be released digitally to scholars on Tuesday, May, 26 at 8:00 am and scholars will have until Friday, May 29 at 11:59 pm to complete their exams. Scholars will have access to their exams through Google Classroom and Clever. Each exam has been designed to take scholars less than two (2) hours to complete. Below we have created a suggested schedule for scholars to help them complete 100% of their exams on-time.

Day of the week Middle School  High School
Tuesday 05/26 Math Math & Foreign Language
Wednesday 05/27 English  English
Thursday 05/28 Science & History Science & History
Friday 05/29

*We have left Friday blank as a buffer day. We highly discourage scholars from waiting until Friday to complete their exams.

Grading

T3 Exams are roughly worth 20% of a scholar’s final T3 grade. T3 Exams will be included in T3 Coursework, thus scholars will not receive a separate grade on their report card indicating the exam grade. Due to the challenges imposed by Distance Learning, we decided it would be in the best interest of our scholars to decrease the weight T3 Exams had on final grades.

Summer Academy

Next week, DPAC Secondary will send out letters informing families of their scholar’s Summer Academy status. For scholars joining Summer Academy, we will place scholars in one of two categories: Promoted or Summer Academy. Scholars who achieve promotion status will have the choice to opt-into Summer Academy (though it is not mandatory) and will receive skill-appropriate work to keep their brains active over the Summer. Scholars who are placed in Summer Academy are strongly encouraged to attend digital Summer Academy. The goal of this program is to remediate any skill gaps to ensure scholars are as prepared as possible prior to entering the next grade level. There will be a lot of work to make sure all scholars are on grade level when we return to school. This year Summer Academy will be 100% digital and participation is optional and will be determined by the scholar’s family. Advisory teachers will be calling all families individually on Wednesday, June 3 to answer all questions.

I appreciate you taking the time to read this email in its entirety. Please make time this week to create your family’s strategic plan for your scholar to complete their exams. Discussing exams with your scholar will significantly increase their motivation and decrease their testing anxiety.

Have a wonderful rest of your day.

One Team,

Mr. Daniels

Community Update (May 2020)

Posted on Friday / May 8

 

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COMMUNITY UPDATE – MAY 2020

Spring 2020 Update

In just a few short months, life as we know it has changed significantly and there has been no exception at Democracy Prep. We have moved all learning online across our entire network. Within a matter of days, our school mobilized to distribute more than 600 devices to scholars and ensured they all had access to WiFi by either helping them connect for free a local cable/internet service or by providing MiFis to the family for free.

Our team has displayed incredible adaptability and innovation during an uncertain time. Our teachers jumped into online teaching without missing a beat which is no small feat. Even though this has been an incredibly difficult time for our country, our school continues to provide teaching, learning, and most important of all, JOY! You can see examples of that joy by searching the hashtag #DPgoesthedistance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The remainder of the school year will look unlike any other we have experienced, but we will continue to hold our end of year celebrations sacred — even in virtual spaces.

Here’s to closing out the school year and keeping the DPAC community strong!

With much gratitude,
Adam Johnson, Executive Director


Scholar Section
DPAC Talent Show:
We are excited to have our Virtual Talent Show in June! Please see below for information:


5th Grade Town Hall:
Our DPAC 6th grade teachers are excited to welcome our 5th-grade families to learn more about life in 5th grade. Join us on Tuesday, May 19 at 4:30pm for a fun-filled town hall to help you learn more about your 6th-grade year! Please check your email and text messages for more information.


DPAC Events & Informtion
DPAC Parent Town Halls:
In late April we held Town Halls for parents. You can view the recordings of the videos at the links below:

DPAC Secondary Town Hall
DPAC Secondary Town Hall (Spanish)
DPAC Elementary Town Hall Questions
DPAC Elementary Town Hall (Spanish)

You can also find links to the PowerPoint Presentations below:

DPAC Secondary
DPAC Secondary (Spanish)
DPAC Elementary
DPAC Elementary (Spanish)

Our next Town Halls will be Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, May 29. Please be on the lookout for more information soon!

Senior Signing Day:
If it is spring it means it is time for our seniors to unveil their plans for after HS. Please join us as our seniors share their college and post-secondary choices!

Food Distribution
If you are in need of meals during the school’s shut down, please visit campus Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm for FREE breakfast and lunch. These meals are open to any child under age 18 regardless of their enrollment at DPAC.

#DPgoesthedistance
Since March 23 we’ve been actively engaged in distance learning. If you would like to have your scholar featured on some of our social media spaces, please send pictures to DPAC_info@democracyprep.org

Important Dates:
May 11: DPAC Board Meeting (Agenda is here)
May 25: Memorial Day (No School)






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After School Programs

Posted on Friday / May 1

(Remote) Mini-Mathematicians (The M&M’s)

This distance math tutoring program aims at filling in the gaps in 2nd graders understanding of math concepts. Math builds like blocks and if one is missing it can negatively affects a scholar’s understanding. Through the use of online Zoom meetings, Khan Academy lessons, Kahoot! & more, this program seeks to strengthen the students conceptual understanding so that as they grow in their education, they have a strong mathematical foundation. This program is strongly recommended for young scholars that need a comprehensive review of math fundamentals.

Grade Level Requirement: 2nd
Club advisor: Eve Gray


(Remote) Readers R Leaders

If a student reads 20 minutes a day at home, they will hear 1.8 million words per year. They will have read for over 600 hours by 6th grade and on standardized tests, they will likely score better than 90% of their peers. This compelling data on the benefits of encouraging your child to read is the motivation behind our “Readers R Leaders” distance tutoring club. Scholars will learn to use phonics and phonemic awareness to build/strengthen their reading fluency. They will learn to use text clues, pictures, and critical thinking to increase comprehension skills. This program will also help to foster a love of reading through engaging read-alouds, group reading, literacy games and activities. This program is strongly recommended for young scholars that are beginning and developing readers.

Grade Level Requirement: 2nd
Club advisor: Eve Gray

DPACES Distance Learning Attendance

Posted on Thursday / March 26

With the move to distance learning, policies around attendance tracking have been adjusted. In addition to the graded work assigned, scholars must log on to DPAC distance learning tools every school day and log off at the end of every school day to be marked as Present.

  • Attendance will be marked as Present each day when the scholar logs in to ​clever.com/in/dpps on a browser (any browser, including any Chromebook, laptop, Mac, or PC).
  • Scholars log in to Clever with their email user name (typically ​firstname.lastname@scholar.democracyprep.org) and password. Email addresses can be confirmed and password reset requests may be made here.
  • All DPAC distance learning tools are available through ​Clever. ​

Remember, the scholar must log off at the end of each school day when they have completed their work for the day and log in at the beginning of the next day in order to be counted as present.

All DPACES teachers are maintaining active office hours during distance learning. A complete list of teachers and their contact information is available here.

Name AM SESSION PM SESSION
Addison Espeseth 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Andrea Fischer 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Candace Lindsey 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Cydnee Whiteman 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (M/T/Th/F) 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (M/F)
Eve Gray 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Gwen McFadden 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Jeff Metz 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM
John Dwyer 10:15 AM-11:15 AM 1:00PM-2:00 PM
Kelly McNamara 11:00 AM-12:00 PM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Leslie Wallace 10:30 AM-11:30 AM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Ms. Mac 10:30 AM-11:30 AM 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Ms. Munson 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Nicole Leisy 10:00 AM-11:00 AM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Nona Burleson 8:30 AM- 9:30 AM None
Sadiyya Abdul 9:00 AM-10:00 AM 1:00 PM-2:00 PM
Sahar Lewis 8:00 AM-9:00 AM (T/Th) 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (M/F)
Sarah Hornsby 9:00 AM-10:00 AM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM (M/F)
Terrance Coleman 9:45 AM-10:45 AM 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
Vera Anderson 9:00 AM-10:00 AM 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Verlisha Ferrand 9:00 AM-10:00 AM (M/T/F)
10:45 AM-11:45 AM (Th)
1:15 PM- 2:15 PM (M/T/Th/F)

DPACSS Distance Learning Attendance

Posted on Tuesday / March 24

With the move to distance learning, policies around attendance tracking have been adjusted. In addition to the graded work assigned, scholars must log on to DPAC distance learning tools every school day and log off at the end of every school day to be marked as Present. Attendance will be marked as Present each day if any one of these scenarios take place:

  • Scholars log in to GSuite on a browser (any browser, including any Chromebook),
  • Scholars log in via a Clever Badge,
  • Scholars log in directly to Google Classroom, or
  • Scholars log in to their @scholar.democracyprep.org email address

Remember, the scholar must log off at the end of each school day when they have completed their work for the day and log in at the beginning of the next day in order to be counted as present.

Outside Food Restrictions during the week of March 23-27

Posted on Friday / March 13

The DPAC food program is supported by the Nevada Department of Agriculture as a part of the National School Lunch Program. An audit of our program will take place during the week of March 23-27. During this time, outside foods will be restricted and anything arriving on campus will be turned away. This will include food intended for birthday celebrations. We are certain that this will impact some scholars and families and we are truly appreciative of everyone’s understanding.

Scholars will still be allowed to bring their lunch from home.

If your scholar is celebrating a birthday between March 23 and March 27, please plan on bringing non-food treats or consider working with your scholar’s teacher to schedule the celebration sooner during the week of March 16-20 or postponing the celebration until after March 30.

We are grateful for your flexibility and consideration.