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Hello Dana Students, Parents, and Community,

 

As your principal I am honored to lead such a fine middle school. This will be my seventh year as a Mariner. I am excited about the new school year and looking forward to working with all of you to make Dana the best school it can be.

 

I ask myself all the time, what makes an excellent school? Is it the teachers, the students, the parents, the administration, the support staff? The answer, of course, is all of the above.  

 

One must start where everything begins at school: in the classroom. The level of instruction is second to none at Dana.  Our teachers are knowledgeable, dedicated, and most importantly, caring. I want you all to know how important education is to me and everyone at Dana. Every student should have the opportunity to excel academically and Dana is the perfect place to achieve this goal.

But, as you know, it is not just about teaching and learning in the classrooms. We also have what I like to call “value added” education at Dana. This refers to the events outside the classroom that add to the overall experience of every student at our middle school. There are so many events in such a short time: the grade level field trips are second to none, with the sixth grade heading to Outdoor Science Camp at Lake Arrowhead, the seventh grade boating to Catalina for camping, science, and adventure, and the eighth grade experiencing PALI Leadership Camp in Running Springs. The theme days are also a sight to behold.  The eighth graders lead the way with Career Day, the seventh graders follow with Medieval Day, and the sixth graders end the year with Ancient Civilizations Day in June. Who can forget Pi Day, created and organized by the math department? This year it is scheduled for March 14 (3/14- get it?). Add in the dress up days, school dances, voting assemblies, band and orchestra concerts and parades, WEB, ASB, student awards, talent show, and promotion party and you get the picture.

All of this could not be achieved without the support of our Dana families. You, the parents and children of Dana, make this wonderful school possible. Students come to school prepared to learn.  his does not happen in a vacuum. Parents, thank you for supporting our mission emotionally, scholastically, and financially. We are lucky to have you as Dana families.

 

I can’t thank you all enough for your warm encouragement as we continue the journey to start the 2016 - 2017 school year.  If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please email me at dhacking@ausd.net or call me at (626) 821 – 8361 ex. 6151.

 

Here’s to a fantastic school year!

Dr. Daniel Hacking

 
 

                                                 
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