Posted on Sunday / January 22
In this week’s edition of the Family Update we highlight Family Teacher Conferences, you have your first opportunity to reserve your scholar’s seat for the 23/24 school year, we celebrate the Lunar New Year, and outline report card distribution.
First, please enjoy this message from Democracy Prep CEO Natasha Trivers about the Lunar New Year.
“This Sunday [Jan. 22] is Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year is a commemoration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar. One of the most important holidays celebrated in South Korea, people come together with family to perform Korean rituals, eat traditional foods, play games, and enjoy other traditional activities.
This year is the year of the rabbit, which is the symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity. Looks like 2023 will be a year full of hope and progress, which I believe is fitting for this next chapter of Democracy Prep!
I wish you a happy Lunar New Year and our scholars do too! Let this Sunday be full of fun, joy, and love.
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End of Quarter 2
Family Teacher Conferences – Wed., Jan. 25. 1:30 – 6:30pm
Friday, Jan. 13 marked the end of Quarter 2. All families are invited to participate this week in Family Teacher Conferences (FTC’s) on Wednesday, January 25th. This is an important time for families to partner with teachers and receive an accurate snapshot of where your scholar is academically as well as behaviorally. FTC’s provide families with an opportunity to celebrate growths and successes, to learn strategies to improve struggling grades, and partner with teachers to ensure your scholar reaches their goals! Please be on the look out for communications directly from your scholar’s classroom teachers for instructions to sign up for your FTC’s.
Report cards for the second quarter will first be available at Family Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, January 25. On Thursday, January 26 any report card packets that were not picked up will be sent home with scholars. In the Family Update that goes out on Friday, January 27 there will be a digital report card request form where families can also request an electronic version of their report card.
Weekly Progress Reports
Weekly Progress Reports will resume on Friday, January 27. We do not provide progress reports in the final week of a quarter as we look towards final report cards. We also do not provide progress reports in the first 2 weeks of a new quarter because there is not enough graded material to provide meaningful information to families. If you ever have questions about your scholar’s academic or behavioral progress you are always invited to reach out to your teachers via phone, text, or email.
DPAC Calendar & Events
Dismissal Schedule and No-School Days
For a copy of the full year calendar outlining all half-days and no-school days please follow THIS LINK:
- Wednesday, January 25 – Half Day 12:30 dismissal for Family Teacher Conferences (regular dismissal remainder of week)
- Monday, January 30 – Friday, February 3 – regular dismissal schedule
- Monday, February 6 – Friday, February 10 – regular dismissal schedule
DPAC Board of Directors Meeting January 24
All are invited to the DPAC Board of Directors meeting schedule for Tuesday, January 24th at 5:30pm. This will occur in person on the DPAC campus as well as online via Zoom; the link is shared below. Please click here for the full meeting announcement and agenda.
Meeting ID: 987 314 9005
Nevada Reading Week
The Nevada Department of Education helps organize the Nevada Reading Week each year. We are excited to participate this year Feb 27 – Mar 3. The NDE website explains “Nevada Reading Week serves to promote a life-long love of reading. From students in Pre-Kindergarten listening attentively on a circle rug to their teacher’s riveting read-aloud to high school seniors engaging in rigorous discussions about a novel, the joy of reading is evident.” More information will be presented in the coming weeks. We hope you will join us in celebrating and promoting this lifelong joy of reading.
Parent University – FAFSA Night February 2, 5:30pm
We are excited to share that there are some small, but important, shifts coming to how scholars in 11th and 12th grade are graded. These changes include granting a passing D letter grade for course grades of 60%-69%. More details will be shared directly with High School families in the coming days. We encourage all families to join in our Parent University on Thursday, February 2 at 5:30pm for an opportunity to ask questions. Agenda items for Parent University also include FAFSA-how to help pay for college, and community committees available to families organized by the DPAC Board of Directors. We hope to see you on February 2!
Originally we announced scholar ID distribution scheduled for Friday, January 20th. The printed ID cards we received had many errors and we were forced to postpone the ID card distribution. The majority of scholars will receive their ID’s this week during advisory for 6th – 12th Grade Scholars. Remaining ID’s will be printed shortly and distributed. These ID’s are important because they confirm to public agencies that your scholars are students, but they are also scannable ID’s that will be utilized during lunches, can be scanned for access to athletic events, and will be linked to scholar assigned tech. Please help us by reminding your scholars to bring their ID every day to school.
Winter Map Testing Practice Tests and Videos
Practice Tests and Videos for Winter Map Testing
Students can try Practice Tests and watch videos to become familiar with MAP Growth tests. The link appears on the student log-in page (test.mapnwea.org) on their Chromebooks, or scholars can access the tests and videos by following this link: studentresources.nwea.org
You can also open the practice tests directly from this website: practice.mapnwea.org
- Username = grow
- Password = grow
To practice with the calculator:
MAP Growth uses the Desmos calculator. To learn more, visit www.desmos.com and these practice sites:
Reserve Your Scholars Seat for 23/24 School Year
To reserve your scholars seat for the next school year, all you need to do is fill out this brief form!
Congratulations on nearing the close of another school year. Because of your Hard Work, your scholar is one step closer to Going to College and Changing the World! As you know, our commitment to you when you enrolled at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus was that we would ensure your child is successful in college and beyond and lives a life of active citizenship. We are eager for all of our scholars to continue with us in the upcoming year. After all, at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus, we play the long game and we’re confident that if you stay with us, we will deliver on that promise of success in the college of your choice. If you are feeling unsure about whether your child will continue with us, we need to know this immediately so that we can discuss your concerns and try to work through them. But, ultimately our goal is to help you find the best educational institution for your child moving forward, even if it is not with us. If you choose another option for your child next year, we would like to have the opportunity to offer your child’s seat to another scholar who needs it.
Please use this Intent to Return Form to let us know whether you expect your child to return next year. Hard copies of the form are also available in the front office at your convenience. Please either complete the survey below or send back the completed hard copy to school with your scholar as soon as possible.
Please note that there will be several options to fill out this form before the end of the year, but if you do not reply, your seat at Democracy Prep at the Agassi Campus may be filled by another student on our student waiting list at the end of the school year.
Thanks in advance for your cooperation and understanding.
Community Committees to Support DPAC
The DPAC Board of Directors has created three unique community committees to help support the direction and effectiveness of the overall DPAC community. The three committees are on DPAC Academics, Finance & Fundraising, and Board Governance & Community Partnerships. If one of these community committees interests you, please fill out this brief INTEREST FORM . A DPAC Board member will follow up with you after the January 24th Board Meeting to learn more about your level of interest and share more about the committees.