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Upcoming Events
- PTSA After School Movie
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
- Make-Up Picture Day
8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
- Music Club Mtg.
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
District Announcements
Digital Education Station: Personalized Learning

Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall discusses Arcadia Unified's journey to personalized learning in the latest field trip edition of the Arcadia Unified Digital Education Station. 
Arcadia Unified Ranked as Best Place to Teach in Los Angeles
The Arcadia Unified School District ranks as the best place to teach in the Los Angeles Area according to Niche.com. Niche also rated Arcadia Unified at the top of the class in several other categories, naming the district as the #4 best place to teach in California, the #15 best school district in the state, and gave Arcadia Unified A+ ratings in overall school district, academics, teachers, and college prep. Read more about Arcadia Unified's 2018 Niche rankings here. 
AUSD New Parent Meeting

Superintendent Dr. Vannasdall welcomes and meets with new parents to the District to discuss expectations and the crucial role of our parents. 
Chromebooks for the Summer Grades 6-11!

Students in grades 6-12 have been assigned devices for use in school and at home through the school year. After considering all options, we are excited to let you know that we will
not collect the Chromebooks from students in grades 6-11 at the end of the school year! Read more here.
Arcadia Unified Doubles Taxpayers Savings to $80 Million
It was only a couple of months ago that the Arcadia Unified School District announced a bond refinance plan that would result in an estimated $40 million in savings to Arcadia taxpayers. With the refinancing process complete, that figure has more than doubled to over $80 million. Read more about Arcadia Unified's $80 million in savings to taxpayers in the full story here.
Arcadia Unified Gives Every Student a Chromebook

Each of the nearly 10,000 students in the Arcadia Unified School District now has their own Chromebook. All middle school and high school students can even bring their Chromebooks home to use. The 1:1 Student to Technology device program began three years and was fully implemented on the first day of school this year.
Dana Announcements
Outdoor Science School

Attention all 6th graders! OSS is right around the corner so it's time to start getting ready! OSS packets have been sent home, so make sure you return those to your science teachers as soon as possible. All checks need to be turned in to Ms. Tan in the office in order to secure your spot for the best field trip at Dana. More details will be announced in science classes. You don't want to miss this amazing experience!
Pali Camp for 8th Graders

Here are some important reminders for parents of 8th grade students attending Pali:
  • All Pali payments are due by October 5
  • Pali will email health forms to parents by October 1.
  • All forms are due by October 23.
  • If your student needs medicine at Pali, please be sure to have their doctor complete this medication form and return it to Mrs Hamblen by October 23. 
  • Medication must be in the original container and delivered to the health office before the morning of November 6.
Cross Country

For the first time, Dana is offering cross country through the 210 league! Anyone is welcome to join. If you missed the information meeting but would like to join, please see Ms. Seyler in room 23 or email mseyler@ausd.net. Practices start September 11 and the last meet is November 9.

Practice Schedule:
Mondays 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. @ Dana
Tuesdays 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. @ Dana
Thursdays 7:00 - 7:45 a.m. and 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. @ Dana
Saturdays 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. @ First Ave. and Arcadia Park (meet @ First Ave.)

Meet Schedule*:
Thursday, September 28 @ Lacy Park, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 @ Eaton Canyon, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 9 @ Lacy Park- League Finals, 3:30 p.m.
There is a possibility that more meets will be added during the season. Parent drivers are needed.

210 League Flag Football

Are you ready for some football? Come support our teams as they take on the 210 league! The schedule is as follows. All games begin at 3:30 p.m. 

Games @ Clifton- 6/7 on 9/12, 8 on 9/14
Games vs. Northview @ Dana- 6/7 on 9/18, 8 on 9/20
Games vs. Santa Fe @ Dana- 6/7 on 9/19, 8 on 9/21
Games @ Foothills- 6/7 on 9/26, 8 on 9/28
Games vs. First Ave. @ Dana- 6/7 on 10/3, 8 on 10/5

6/7: 10/10 vs. TBD @ Dana and 10/17 vs. TBD @ TBD*
*Playoff game 2 will likely be rescheduled to the following week due to Catalina
8: 10/12 vs. TBD @ Dana and 10/19 vs. TBD @ TBD
210 League Volleyball

It's girls' volleyball season! Come support our teams as they take on the 210 league! The schedule is as follows. All games begin at 3:30 p.m. 8th grade plays first, followed by 6/7.

Thursday, 9/14 @ Clifton
Tuesday, 9/19 vs. Northview @ Dana
Thursday, 9/21 vs. Santa Fe @ Dana
Thursday, 9/28 vs. Foothills @ Dana
Thursday, 10/5 vs. First Ave. @ Dana

6/7: 10/10 vs. TBD @ Dana and 10/17 vs. TBD @ TBD*
*Playoff game 2 will likely be rescheduled to the following week due to Catalina
8: 10/12 vs. TBD @ Dana and 10/19 vs. TBD @ TBD
Cooking Club

Cooking Club is getting the fry pans fired up and ready to go! The club will be meeting every Wednesday at lunch in room 10 from September 27 - December 20. All students interested in joining Cooking Club MUST come to the short informational meeting on Wednesday, September 20 in room 10 at 11:50 a.m. sharp. Bring your lunch with you and eat at the meeting while Ms. Nelson covers important information concerning sign ups and the lab fee for the club. There are a limited number of spots available. This is a great opportunity for Band and Orchestra students to join so they can do some cooking this year. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Nelson in room 10 or email her at lnelson@ausd.net!
Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Please consider donating to the American Red Cross' relief fund for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. To make an online donation, please CLICK HERE. Let's support the people affected by this disaster by showing them the compassion and generosity of our Mariner community!
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