DeAnza High School

Achieving Excellence



    Weekly What’s-Up

    September 26th – September 30th 2016



    Student Handbook Delivery/WCCUSD Handbook

    6pm Debate Night in DA Theater 6pm - Free to All



    Progress Reports Due by 830am.

    Advocacy Planning Meeting 330-430pm.

    Volleyball vs. PV @ DA 530pm JV, 7pm Varsity

    Girls Tennis vs. Hercules



    Whole Staff Collaboration 240pm on DDI Cycle and Common Assessments.

    UTR Council Meeting @ Pinole Middle 4pm



    Girls Golf @ Tilden Park @ 330pm

    Volleyball vs. Swett @ DA 530 JV, 7pm Varsity.

    Girls Golf vs. Albany

    Girls Tennis vs. Albany

    Cross Country @ Albany



    Football @ John Swett. 5pm JV, 7pm Varsity.

    Instructional Highlight!

    September 27th progress reports are due for teachers by 830am so be ready!

    Want to learn how to be active with the new advocacy class? We will have a meeting on September 27th after school in the PD room. We would love for you to come out and add your input!


         Thank you to any teacher who has to period sub! We know that you give up your time to do it and we appreciate it too. Thank you to anyone who has their lesson plans ready for the period subs too!

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Progress Reports will be turned in by teachers Tuesday 9/27 by 8:30am. Reports will be printed and handed out to students in 7th period later this week.
 Principal's Message
 Welcome back to the 2016-17 school-year! As always, De Anza's Staff is committed to excellence in preparing students for college and career. By the end of their four years here we want all students to be able to think critically and creatively, communicate respectfully and effectively, and contribute locally and globally.
In order to accomplish these outcomes there are two major changes this school-year. The first is that De Anza launched it's first ever "Link Crew". Link Crew is a peer mentoring program in which 65 of our juniors and seniors were trained to lead groups of Freshman. They kicked off the year with a Freshman Orientation during which each freshman was assigned to a group of 6-10 freshman lead by two upper-classman. The Link Leaders checked back in with their freshman during the first Freshman Assembly and will continue to monitor the progress of their group throughout the school-year.
The second major change we are implementing is our modified block scheduling. The new bell schedule will begin the week of September 12th. Each Monday students will attend periods 1-7 and the classes will be 49 minutes long. Each Tuesday and Thursday students will attend periods 1, 3, 5, and 7, and each Wednesday and Friday students will attend period 2, 4, and 6. Tuesday-Thursday the classes will be 90 minutes long. The goal of the longer periods is to give students a more collegiate experience, and to give them enough time in each class to engage in projects, labs, and hands-on activities. The teachers are participating in on-going training pertaining to the block and will continue to adjust instructional practice throughout the year to meet the needs of the students.
De Anza's third major change is the addition of a "Student Advocacy" course on Friday mornings.  The purpose of the Advocacy period is to create a space within the school-day to address students non-curricular academic needs. During this class students will participate in a variety of activities geared to teach them about: opportunities and services on campus, college-readiness skills and programs, and stress management. Students will also be asked to give feedback about a variety of programs on campus. We hope that collecting their feedback and creating a space to meet their needs will help our students to feel confident in their ability to be successful at De Anza, and in whatever college or career path they choose post-high school. It is important to note that this is a required class for all students.
We look forward to an excellent year and appreciate the partnership of our community.
Summer Sigler 

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