DACULA HIGH SCHOOL 2019-20
Focused On Learning
Welcome to Dacula High School where our business is teaching and learning. Our entire faculty and staff are dedicated to providing you the best possible education. Together we will make Dacula High one of the premier schools in the state and the nation. I want to encourage you to work hard each day to prepare for your future and to become involved in your school, during the school day and in extracurricular activities.
Dr. Bryan Long
Vision for Gwinnett County Public Schools
Gwinnett County Public Schools will be a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education at the postsecondary level and/or enter the workforce.
Core Beliefs of the Gwinnett County Board of Education
Commitments of the Gwinnett County Board of Education
Mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools
The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.
Students and Parents of DHS,
We are excited about this upcoming school year and the opportunities we have to join together as a team to make a difference in our school and community.
We believe that, although our children are growing in knowledge and independence, they still need and want caring, loving, and involved parents.
We work with school leaders to support a college fair, awards night, seminars and programs to equip and encourage this changing but vital relationship.
The Georgia PTA website offers numerous links and resources to assist in this effort.
We are always a phone call or email away to answer questions or link you to those who can. We added our membership form to our school webpage. It is as easy as printing out the form, filling it out and sending it along with the $8 dues.
If you would like to volunteer please let us know. We look forward to serving with you this year.
Dr. Bryan Long
Dr. Eli Welch, III
Community School Director
Athletic & Activities Director
Dr. Zach Smith
Regular Bell Schedule
1st Period 7:15 - 8:16
2nd Period 8:23 - 9:15
3rd Period 9:22 - 0:14
4th Period 10:21 - 11:13
5th Period 11:20 - 12:12
6th Period 12:19 - 1:11
7th Period 1:18 - 2:10
*All students will have a lunch period 4th, 5th or 6th
HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL SAFE
Weapons – Drugs – Alcohol Confidential Hotline: 770-822-6513
Please call - You do not have to give your name.
STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES
If you believe you are being mistreated by school employees on the basis of your race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin or handicap, you have a complaint and a remedy. Please tell any school employee in whom you have confidence that you have a complaint about the manner in which you are being treated and why. You may also contact the school system’s equity compliance coordinator for assistance by writing or calling:
Equity Compliance Coordinator - Gwinnett County Public Schools - 678-301-6062
Dacula High School Alma Mater
Our strong bond can ne’er be broken;
It can never die.
Far surpassing wealth unspoken,
Sealed by friendship’s tie.
Dacula High, our Alma Mater,
Thee in our hearts we’ll hold.
We will love and cherish ever
Dacula’s Blue and Gold.
HELPFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Athletic Director 770-277-4478
Attendance Office 770-338-4757
Community School 770-338-4667
Counseling Office 770-338-4669
Instructional Office 770-338-4767
Main Office 770-963-6664
School Resource Office 770-338-4751
IF YOU NEED
Accident Insurance Claim Form
Assistant to the Principal
Advisement for College/Career/Scholarship
College & Career Specialist
Athletics, Activities, & Clubs
Front Lobby Clerk
Community School Information
Community School Clerk
Dacula Leadership Team
Community School Director
Driver’s License Information (Certificate of Attendance and ADAP)
Ms. Angela Wilson
Hospital Homebound Instruction
Lost and Found
Lunch Information (Free/Reduced Lunch)
Medicine Check-in and Administration
Front Lobby Clerk
Print & T-Shirt Shop
Ms. Watson & Ms. Carrie Cole
School Resource Officer
Senior Class Information
Special Education Information
Student Support Team Coordinator
Withdrawal From School
Work Based Learning
Ms. Angela Wilson
Dacula High School issued identification cards are used for textbook check-in and check-out, testing, and tutoring/TLC purposes and must be readily available to faculty/staff upon request. They will be provided after student pictures have been taken. Students can purchase a replacement card for $5.00 in the front office.
Information concerning buses and bus routes will be available at registration. Additional information may be obtained in the Main Office. Bus drivers have the same authority as a teacher in the classroom. Failure to abide by the bus rules and the bus driver’s directions can result in the student being denied the privilege of bus transportation. If a student needs to ride a bus other than his or her own, a written request from a parent or guardian must be presented to the Main Office at the beginning of the school day. The request should include the reason for the change, the destination address, and a telephone number where the parent/guardian may be reached for verification. If a parent/guardian cannot be reached for verification, the request will be denied. Requests can only be accepted for changes involving one or two days. Problems or requests for bus changes involving more than two days must be made through the Gwinnett County Public School’s Transportation Office at 770-513-6686.
Breakfast will be served from 6:55am to 7:15am. The cost is $1.50. The lunch cost is
$2.50 per student (these prices are subject to change). Students will not be allowed to charge for any meals. Students will not be allowed to check out for lunch or to bring food or drinks from an outside restaurant. In addition, students are prohibited from exiting the campus, or visiting the tennis courts, gyms, or track during their lunch period. Any student who leaves campus during lunch will be considered AWOL. Students are expected to pick up their trash and clean their eating area. Studen ts may not purchase food after breakfast or before their scheduled lunch period. Any parent that wishes to eat lunch at DHS will need to make prior arrangements through their student’s grade level administrator.
DAILY SCHEDULE (Arrival and Dismissal)
Students will NOT be allowed inside of our campus until 6:30am each morning. After 6:30am the doors will be unlocked by our custodial staff and students may report to the commons area since it will be supervised by a staff member at that time. We dismiss each day at 2:10pm, and we then announce that by 2:30pm every student should be with a teacher or coach if they remain in the building after 2:30pm; otherwise they need to exit the building. However, we do realize that some days it’s extremely cold outside or wet, so we do allow those students to wait in the main office lobby if they need to wait on their ride due to inclement weather. NOTE: We will assign consequences for those students that remain in the building after 2:30pm and are NOT with a teacher or coach. Finally, we also encourage you to pick up your students promptly from the Dacula Park and/or library each day after school as those areas are also NOT supervised beyond 2:45pm each day.
Dacula High School: Student Drop-Off Process .
This process was designed to enhance student safety and to expedite student drop-offs.
An important note, the school will assign consequences to students for failure to follow directions if parents and students do not adhere to the new drop-off process. Likewise, our school resource officers will write traffic citations for parents who release students on Dacula Road, Broad Street, or any location other than the designated drop-off area.
As a reminder, students are not allowed to enter the building until 6:30am effective August 6, 2018.
DACULA ON TIME
Students are expected to be at school and in class on time. When the tardy bell sounds, teachers will shut their doors. Students will not be admitted into classrooms unless they have a pass from administration or D.O.T. Students still in the hall after the bell will report to the attendance office to receive a tardy pass. Once they receive their pass, students have five minutes and should report directly to class. Excessive tardiness will result in administrative consequences.
DELIVERIES AND MESSAGES FOR STUDENTS
Deliveries of projects, gym clothes, lunch/meals etc. cannot be guaranteed. Deliveries of flowers, balloons, food, and gifts will not be made during the school day. Flowers and balloons are not allowed in any classroom or lab. Transportation issues should be resolved prior to arrival to school. Telephone messages for students will not be taken. Students may check for necessary deliveries at their convenience.
Dacula High School’s dress code is designed to maintain an academic focus in the classroom and on campus. Before coming to school, students and parents should ensure the student’s clothing meets the following dress code guidelines. If, in the judgment of the administration or staff, a student’s attire is likely to cause distraction or disruption, the student is required to change clothing. Time out of class due to a dress code violation will be regarded as unexcused. Dress code is enforced upon student’s arrival to school until 2:10pm.
Shirts/Blouses/Tops/T-shirts: Blouses/shirts may not expose cleavage or any portion of the waist, hips or midriff. If the midriff shows when arms are raised to shoulder height, the blouse/shirt is unacceptable and the student will be made to change into a shirt meeting dress code. Simply putting on a jacket or shirt over a midriff shirt will not be permitted. Students wearing a midriff to school will receive a dress code violation and be required to change into a shirt meeting dress code.
No strapless shirts of any kind may be worn during the school day.
This includes shirts that are meant to be worn off the shoulder---these are not allowed and all shirts worn must have straps on both shoulders.
No sleeveless undershirts of any kind may be worn during the school day.
Undergarments: No undergarments should be visible at any time.
Shorts/Skirts/Pants: Shorts and skirts must be no more than 6 inches from the knee. Slits, rips, or holes 6 inches above the knee must not show skin. Waistlines should rest on or above the hips with no undergarment of any kind showing.
Biker/spandex shorts are allowed. However, they must be no more than 6 inches from the knee.
Headwear: Full head coverings or apparel/objects that partially or fully cover or obscure the face are not to be worn on school premises during normal school hours. This includes, but is not limited to, caps, hats, hoods, bandanas, wave caps, do-rags, and sunglasses. Pointed objects such as combs, rakes, curlers, or picks are not to be worn in the hair.
** Exceptions for religious or medical reasons to be granted by the principal.
Shoes: Health regulations and safety factors require that shoes be worn at all times. Bedroom shoes are not allowed.
Pajamas or sleepwear: Pajamas or sleepwear are not to be worn. Blankets and pillows are NOT to be brought to school.
Words or symbols: Clothing shall not display words or symbols that advocate, depict, or imply: weapons, violence, racial overtones, drugs, alcohol, sex, gang affiliation, illegal activity, or anything that suggests inappropriate language or actions.
Jewelry or accessories: Jewelry or accessories that may be used as weapons are not allowed to be worn on campus. This includes, but is not limited to wallet chains, spiked rings, spiked bracelets, or two or three finger rings that are joined. Sharp objects such as spikes are not allowed on clothing or book bags.
Gang: Students are not allowed to display clothing or symbols that have been identified as being gang-related. This includes but is not limited to the following: one pant leg rolled up, bandanas, armbands on one arm, Clothing that has been altered to change names or markings, clothes/towels or other objects draped over the shoulder/neck or hanging out of pockets, belts hanging down one side of the body, wearing a particular color on only one side of the body or any clothing or accessory that distinguishes one side of the body. Garments, jewelry, body art, and tattoos that communicate gang affiliation shall not be worn at school.
The principal or his/her designee may, for specific reasons, make individual exceptions to the DHS dress code.
DRIVER’S LICENSE INFORMATION
All students ages 15 - 17 are required to obtain a notarized Certificate of Attendance and a Drug Awareness (ADAP) card prior to applying for a driver’s license or permit. Dacula students must have this certificate completed by the staff at Dacula High School. This document certifies that the student has not had more than 10 unexcused absences, discipline history complies with state requirements, and that the student is not on suspension or expulsion when the certificate is issued. Report cards are not acceptable documentation. Students must pay $5.00 through www.mypaymentsplus.com. Bring the receipt to the attendance desk, complete the application form and turn it into the attendance clerk before or after school. Students should submit the form THREE SCHOOL DAYS prior to the date the certificate is needed.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND CELL PHONES
Electronic devices and accessories may be used in the hallways and commons area before school, after school, during class changes, and during lunch. This privilege is subject to removal at the discretion of Dacula High School staff members. Electronic devices and accessories may not be used in the classroom. At their discretion, teachers may allow for electronics use in their classroom for instructional purposes. When using electronic devices, students must still be able to hear directions from staff members and volume must not be high enough to be heard by others.
*Please be aware that students bring these items at their own risk.
FOOD AND DRINK
Students may not purchase food or drinks during a class period. Students are not allowed to have food or drinks in any classroom or lab with the exception of water in a sealable container. Food and drinks brought for lunch, with the exception of water, must be stored in a book bag or locker. Outside foods (ex. McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A, etc.) are not allowed.
Lockers are the property of Dacula High School and may be inspected and/or searched by school officials. No decorations, decals, stickers, or padlocks may be put on lockers without permission. All students who pay a locker fee are assigned a school locker. Students should not give locker combinations to anyone or share a locker with other students. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen articles, including textbooks. If a locker does not lock properly, the student should notify the appropriate office immediately and should not use that locker. The non-working locker will be repaired or a new locker will be issued as soon as possible.
Due to the number of request we have for elevator keys, we need proper medical documentation along with a deposit & signed agreement to obtain an elevator key. The agreement, that will need to be signed by the student, states that the student agrees and understands the rules and use of the elevator. If the student is found in violation of the agreement, documentation of a referral (not following the rules), will be issued by an administrator.
The deposit and agreement will be obtained prior to the student receiving a key. If a deposit is not obtained, then a key will NOT be issued to the student. Once the student has medical clearance from their doctor and no longer needs to use the elevator key, then the key should be returned to the front office, and the deposit will be returned to the student. Again, this exchange will be documented by having the student sign and date that they have returned the elevator key to the school.
LOST AND FOUND
Items found in and around the building will be taken to the commons area and kept for a limited time. Students may also check in the main office for lost valuable items.
MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION
Students will be admitted to the Media Center during a class period with a Media Center pass, completely filled out and signed by their teacher. Students will stop at the circulation desk, leave pass, and sign in upon entering into the Media Center and sign out when leaving. ABSOLUTELY NO GAMES! Students using games on school computers will lose computer privileges. Students must be working on school- related assignments while in the Media Center.
Circulation policies: Students must know their school/library ID to enter the Media Center to check out books or use computers. Students may check out up to 3 books at a time for a period of 3 weeks. Reference books may be used in the Media Center only. Fines for regular books are 25 cents per school day. Students may not check out additional materials until all overdue books and fines have been cleared through the Media Center. If a book is not in, students may put the book on hold. Students may put up to 3 books on hold at a time.
Other Media Center services: photocopies – 25 cents per page; book binding – 1.00 dollar per book; color computer printouts/color copies – 25 cents per page; laminating – 25 cents per foot, black and white printing from computer -- first 10 pages are free, after 10 pages -- 10 cents a page.
The Media Center is open from 6:55 am to 3:00pm Monday –Thursday and 6:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday. Many Media Center online resources may be accessed from home through the student portal by clicking on the Online Research Library. Passwords can be found by clicking on the lock of the Online Research Library Button.
Students requiring medication at school must first obtain an Administration of Medication Form from the clinic. A parent or guardian must complete the form adhering to all guidelines. All prescription and non-prescription medications must be brought to the clinic in its original container upon arrival to school with the completed Administration of Medication Form. Parents are required to bring all medications considered controlled substances such as Ritalin, Adderall, prescription pain medication, etc. to the clinic.
Students may not be in possession of any medication during the school day. Students may only carry an epipen, insulin, or inhaler if the Allergy Emergency Plan and the Hypodermic Injection Plan/Permit are completed and on file in the clinic. These students must follow county policy which includes completing the necessary paper requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to report to the clinic to take the medication. No medication will be given without parental permission. Medications not retrieved by parents by the last day of school will be disposed of in accordance with the state pharmacy regulations. The clinic phone number is 678-377-3944.
PARENT PORTAL (Internet access to student records)
The Gwinnett Parent Portal allows parents access to pertinent information. To access the Portal, parents will set up one secure account that will provide access to test history, attendance, conduct and weekly grade updates for all their children. Parents must sign up for the Parent Portal in person. Weekly grade reports will no longer be sent via e- mail.
Since bus transportation is provided for all students, students who choose to drive to school do so at their own risk. Parking permits will be available to a limited number of students. School personnel have the authority to regulate the operation of motor vehicles on school property and property used by the school with permission of the owner. Car trouble is considered unexcused for attendance reasons. Students and parents should read the parking application and agreement carefully before signing.
Students may only park in designated areas. Parking is a privilege and any violation of the rules may result in the revocation of a student’s parking permit, parking fines, towing or other disciplinary measures. Poor academic standing, tardiness, absenteeism, or AWOL activity may also result in the loss of parking privileges. Students must pass five out of six classes the previous semester to obtain and keep their parking privileges. If a parking permit is revoked for any reason, no refund will be issued. Illegally parked vehicles may be fined and/or may be impounded. Dacula High School reserves the right to either deny or cancel any student’s parking privilege.
NOTICE: Parking fines are $25.00 per offense this school year. No warning tickets will be issued. Tickets should be paid within 10 days of the date of issue. In addition, tickets for homecoming, Prom, Graduation and other school events will not be issued if ticket(s) are not paid prior to the event.
Students are responsible for their personal property. Students should avoid bringing valuables (electronic devices) or large amounts of money to school. Students should immediately report any theft to the School Resource Officer. Dacula High School is not responsible for any theft or damage to personal property.
School authorities may search students, student lockers, or student vehicles when reasonable suspicion exists that the student is in possession of items that violate school rules and /or law. A student’s failure to permit searches and seizures will be considered grounds for consequences which may include involving the local police agencies in emergency situations as determined by the school administration.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
Officers Wes Hardin & Kacy Stewart are the School Resource Officers for Dacula High School. Their offices are located at Dacula High School, and they can both be reached at 770-338-4751.
Students are NOT allowed in teacher workrooms, mailrooms, and restrooms at any time.
Textbooks and media center books will be checked out to students using Destiny Textbook Manager or Library Manager available at each school. At the end of the established loan period, textbooks and library books are expected to be returned in useable condition and checked in via Destiny Textbook Manager or Library Manager. Students or their parents/guardians will be responsible for reimbursement to the school for damage to school property, including lost or damaged books. The cost of the lost textbook will be the full, current price (also referenced as the replacement price) as noted in Destiny Textbook Manager. In addition, the full cost of replacement must be paid if a textbook is declared unusable due to excessive damage and/or if both barcodes are missing from the textbook. The cost for the lost/damaged media center books will be determined by the Media Services office. If the student is unable to pay the fee for the replacement cost of the material, appropriate voluntary service to the school, as approved by the principal, may be arranged. Students failing to pay for lost or damaged books may lose one or more privileges at the discretion of the school principal, such as loss of participation in an extracurricular activity, loss of school privilege, or restricting the privilege to checking out additional books from the media center. Grade reports, diplomas, or certificates of progress may be withheld until restitution is made.
Parents are always welcome at Dacula High School. We require that an appointment be made to see a teacher, counselor, administrator, or to visit a classroom. Only visitors who have legitimate business at school should be on campus. All visitors must sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. No guests are allowed without administrative approval. Visitor passes will not be issued during final examinations, other testing periods, and any time during which an administrator deems inappropriate. Any person found on school grounds without permission is trespassing and subject to arrest. The 1,000 foot Safe School Zone applies to visitors. Due to supervision responsibilities, appointments with administrators will not be made from 6:45-7:30am and 2:00-2:30pm
STUDENT TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
The Board recognizes that electronic media, including the Internet, provides access to a wide variety of instructional resources in an effort to enhance educational opportunities. Use of electronic resources must be in support of and consistent with the vision, mission and goals established by the Board and for the purpose of AKS instructional support. All users of the district wide area network and/or other electronic informational services must maintain strict compliance with all applicable ethical and legal rules and regulations regarding access. Strict compliance with all applicable ethical and legal rules and regulations must be maintained by all users of the wide area network and/or other electronic informational services including electronic mail (e-mail). Users must respect intellectual property rights and understand that school system data accessible over the network constitutes property. All electronic, telephonic, and communications transmitted by, received from, or stored in these systems are property of the Gwinnett County Public Schools. Users of such systems should have no expectation of privacy. Student e-mail use for legitimate educational purposes will be subject to monitoring and review, including review of text and attachments that are related to that student or students. At NO TIME should a student consider GCPS e-mail private or confidential in any way. It is important to note that with a global network it is impossible to control or predict all materials a user may accidentally or purposefully discover on an electronic resource. Gwinnett County Public School personnel will make every effort to educate and guide all users in the proper use of electronic media, including the Internet. Because access to the Internet provides connections to other computer systems located all over the world, users (and parents of users) must understand that neither the Gwinnett County Public Schools nor any district staff member controls the content of the information available on these other systems. Some of the information available is controversial and sometimes may be offensive. The Gwinnett County Public Schools DOES NOT CONDONE the use of such materials. Therefore, it is imperative that the user be held accountable for the appropriate utilization of this technology. ACCESS IS A PRIVILEGE - NOT A RIGHT! Inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of these privileges as well as possible assignment of disciplinary action consistent with the policies and procedures of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Local schools may establish additional regulatory guidelines for use of electronic resources that include, but are not limited to, guidelines established by this system wide procedure.
Building administrators shall establish a process for informing students and staff about the district and local school Acceptable Use Procedures. The definition of GCPS information and data resources will include any computer, server or network, or access provided or supported by GCPS, including the Internet. Use of the computer facilities includes the use of data/programs stored on GCPS computing systems, data/programs stored on magnetic tape, floppy disk, CD-ROM's, DVD-ROM's computer peripherals, or other storage media, that is owned and maintained by the GCPS. The "user" of the system is the student using GCPS technology. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that all GCPS technology users share the GCPS technology resources in an effective, efficient, ethical and lawful manner. GCPS technology should be used for legitimate educational reasons only, and not for personal use. Access is a privilege, not a right, and all students are expected to treat this learning tool with respect.
Dacula High School provides each student with an educational Google account which includes cloud-based storage and an email address (@daculahs.org). This resource is provided under the same policies and procedures outlined in this acceptable use document and should only be used for educational purposes.
GCPS technology and electronic resources must not be used to:
Failure to follow these guidelines can violate the Official Code of Georgia, OCGA, Codes 16-9-90, 16-9-91, 16-9-92, and 16-9-93, as well as United States Public Law 106-554, known as the Children's Internet Protection Act. Such actions can also lead to disciplinary actions, up to and including loss of access to GCPS technology resources and further disciplinary actions as defined by existing GCPS policies.
Finally, please note that GCPS technology use is subject to auditing for legitimate purposes, as well as live monitoring where appropriate.
ACADEMICS AND INSTRUCTION
A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 74 - 79
D 70 - 73
F 0 – 69
All Gwinnett County high school students are required to take exams. No student will be allowed to take an exam before the designated exam period. Seniors may exempt a class final exam for spring semester if they are an honor graduate or they have a 90% or above average in the class
SELECTION OF VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN
Valedictorian and Salutatorian are identified based upon the graduating senior with the highest and second highest numerical cumulative GPA at the completion of his/her seventh semester of high school.
GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
The Gwinnett County Public Schools gifted program serves students in grades K-12 by providing academic challenges for those who are intellectually advanced. Dacula High School offers gifted classes in most subject areas at every grade level. The gifted classes offer accelerated learning and enriched experiences that focus on and extend Gwinnett County Public Schools’ Academic Knowledge and Skills. The Quest Internship, an off-campus class in which students work directly with a mentor in the business or professional work place, is available to junior and senior gifted students.
Referrals to the gifted program may come from teachers, parents, peers, or as a result of system-wide testing scores. Students are identified and placed in the gifted education program based on criteria established by the Georgia General Assembly and the Georgia State Board of Education. Students who transfer from gifted education programs within the state of Georgia have reciprocity into the Gwinnett program providing the original placement was correctly completed. Students who transfer from out-of-state must meet Georgia requirements. Parents should notify the school when registering their child that he/she was identified as a gifted education student in the previous school.
Report cards will be issued each semester. Students will receive their report cards from first semester at the beginning of second semester. Second semester report cards will be mailed to the students.
ACADEMIC HONOR CODE
Standardized test required by the State of Georgia are handled by the DOE and students are subject to zeros for misconduct and academic dishonesty.
As a community focused on learning, Dacula High School strives to maintain an academic environment that embraces academic honesty and integrity. Honesty, responsibility, respect, and integrity are essential components of academic excellence and are ethical principles essential to all areas of student success. Individual student excellence in education must be earned through the honest pursuit of academic knowledge, and individual student achievement must accurately represent the student’s knowledge. The commitment to academic excellence rests upon four pillars: honesty, responsibility, respect, and integrity.
Our focus will be on a culture change. Starting in Dacula Way, students will be introduced to a Dacula Honor Code to be signed at the start of the school year. Teachers school wide will hold students to the code.
When students cheat on a major assignment or assessment they will be required to complete work and earn the points based on the following scale:
Examples of academic dishonesty include, but are not limited to the following:
ACADEMIC LETTERS & COMMUNITY SERVICE CORDS
Students may earn an academic letter by meeting the following two criteria: maintaining a 90% semester average for the previous two consecutive semesters while enrolled at Dacula High School and participating in extracurricular activities at Dacula High School.
Dacula High School awards a community service cord for students who complete a minimum of 400 service hours during their high school career. For information regarding requirements and deadlines for applying for the cord, please ask in the Counseling office.
Teachers and administrators at Dacula High School support student success by recommending struggling students to attend teacher-led tutoring sessions. Each department designates a weekly tutoring day so that subjects will not overlap. At Dacula High School, we are focused on learning for every student.
Teachers, counselors, and administrators make every effort to explain graduation requirements and various courses of study. It is ultimately the responsibility of the parent and student to comply with and fulfill graduation requirements. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in planning the student’s educational goals. There are only three reasons to drop/add a class:
After ten days, a student may not drop a course except for “undue hardship.” The instructional office can be reached at 770-338-4767.
Testing Coordinator: Dr. Beverly Renales 770-513-0966
In order to receive a regular high school diploma from Dacula High School, students must take and pass the GATEWAY assessments in both Science and Social Studies.
Gwinnett County Gateway Assessment:
The Gateway Assessment was developed for the purpose of measuring and reporting student progress on the Gwinnett County core curriculum- the Academic Knowledge and Skills. Students will take this test in the spring of their sophomore year. The content areas covered on this test include language arts, science and social studies. The format of this test is an essay. Students will write an essay based on science content and an essay based on social studies content.
The Main Administration for the Gateway is for primarily for SOPHOMORES, but any student who may need another opportunity to pass any section of the test will be allowed to sit for the test.
The Retest Administration for the Gateway is available for seniors and juniors new to GCPS, students who were absent during the main administration and students who have not yet been successful.
SAT Test Dates:
Visit www.collegeboard.com for dates, test locations and to register
SAT Prep Classes
SAT Prep classes will be offered through the Community School.
Contact Michael Nicholson @ 770-338-4667.
PSAT Test Date: October 16, 2019
ACT Test Dates: Visit http://actstudent.org/regist/nextdates.html for dates, test locations and to register.
From the GADOE Examiner’s Manual:
No cell phones, PDAs or other electronic communication devices are permitted in the testing room at any time during testing. If you are found with one of these devices during testing, it will be taken from you, and your test may be invalidated.
Additionally, students ARE NOT allowed to listen to ANY electronic devices during the testing period. In the event of any violations, you will face disciplinary action from Dacula High School.
Dacula High School 2019-20 Testing Calendar (TBD)
Whenever possible, the regular bell schedule will be maintained so that testing affects only the students taking the tests not the entire school. Teachers of the students who are taking a particular test will be assigned as test examiners. Full details for each main administration will be distributed in advance.
*The calendar will be updated as dates are announced
GWINNETT COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ATTENDANCE POLICY
Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages and promotes good student attendance. School attendance is important because it underscores the significance of learning and the importance of obtaining an education in our society, in addition to helping students develop good work habits that will carry over in life. Good attendance also correlates strongly with improved grades. A minimum level of attendance is required for attainment of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) curriculum. The responsibility of school attendance is that of both parents and students.
DACULA HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
Absences: Students must be present at least one half of the school day (In school before 10:30/out of school after 10:30). They are considered AWOL from class if they are 7 (seven) minutes late to class. The first day a student returns to school after an absence, he/she should bring a hand written note, signed by his/her parent or guardian or a note from his/her physician. Include date, parent phone number, home room teacher, student number and specific reason for the absence(s). Absence(s) will remain unexcused if notes are not presented within two days of the students return to school. The note is to be presented to the attendance clerk for verification. Students attending Maxwell High School or Grayson High School for a portion of the day must follow these procedures with a copy of their documentation provided to both schools. Students will be allowed five parent notes after which time medical/legal documentation will be required. The absence will be unexcused unless it qualifies to be excused under one of the following areas defined by State Board of Education Rule 160-5-1.
Students must be present at least half the school day (In school before 10:30/out of school after 10:30) in order to participate in or attend any extra-curricular activity that afternoon or evening. This includes practices and/or rehearsals. If a student misses one half of any class, they will be considered absent from that class.
Students who are serving out-of-school suspension may make up all work assigned by their teachers while on suspension. Work must be turned in upon return to school.
It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the Dacula High School Registrar immediately when there is a change in the student’s address and/or phone number. Please remember, these numbers are used to contact the parent(s) in case of emergency.
Pre-arranged Absence: If parents find it necessary for students to miss school due to an out of town trip, absences must be approved by the Attendance Administrator. If the absence is approved, it may still be classified as unexcused, but students will be allowed to make up work. The required pre-arranged absence form should be obtained from the attendance office. This form should be completed and signed by a parent and the Attendance Administrator. It should be initialed by all teachers and turned in to the attendance office at least 3 days prior to the planned absence. This procedure should be followed for college visits as well. All pre-arranged absences, if unexcused, will count toward the 10 days absent per semester. All pre-arranged absences are limited to five days during the course of the year.
Absences Beyond 10 Days: School sponsored field trips and suspension days will NOT count in the 10 day limit. Any student who has exceeded 10 absences in any class and feels that there are extenuating circumstances, such as long-term illness, may have the parent appeal, in writing, to the Attendance Administrator. Students missing 10 or more days will be reported for non-compliance of the Georgia Driving License Law.
CHECK IN AND CHECK OUT PROCEDURES
Checking In: All students arriving after 7:15 am must report directly to the front lobby for check in. Notes for tardiness should be presented at the time of check-in. Late, unexcused check-ins count towards DOT totals.
Checking Out: Parent(s)/ guardians should be prepared to present ID in order to check a student out of school. Any student finding it necessary to leave campus during the day must check out through the attendance office. If a parent is picking up their student, the parent must physically sign the student out at the Attendance Desk. Students may not check out after 1:40 pm. Contact with a parent will be required before a student is released. Phoned in messages for a check-out will not be accepted. In order for students to check out, they must have a clinic card on file. Once a student comes to school, he/she may not leave without following the check out procedure. Students who check out are required to leave campus immediately. Students who do not follow these procedures will be subject to disciplinary actions. Attendance personnel will not allow students to check out without speaking with a parent or guardian.
Check Outs During Exam Blocks: Check outs are not permitted during an exam block. If a student must check out on an exam day, in order to protect the integrity of the tests, they will only be allowed to leave between testing blocks. Phone calls for check-outs will not be allowed. Notes for check-outs must be left with the attendance clerk upon the students arrival to school and not later than 8:00 a.m.
Pre-planned Check Outs: If a student has a note from a parent requesting permission to leave for an appointment, the student should present the note to the attendance office prior to the beginning of first period for confirmation. Notes should include the first and last name of the student, their student number, date, phone number of a parent, and the name of their home room teacher. The student will be sent a check out slip or called to the attendance office at the appropriate time in order to sign out. If the parent intends to pick up the student, the parent must physically sign the student out at the attendance desk.
Emergency Check Outs: Students who leave school during the day due to illness or an emergency must follow routine check out procedures. Only parents or guardians may give permission for a student’s release from school. No student may be released prior to contact with a parent either in person or by telephone.
Repeated Checking Out: A student who checks out of school repeatedly will be subject to disciplinary consequences including having his/her parking privileges revoked at any time. A student/parent/administrator conference will be held for students excessively checking in or out. Absences due to checking in and out of school count toward the 10 day limit in each class.
Days Prior to Special Events and School Holidays: On these dates parents/guardians may be required to personally check out their students.
Funerals: If a parent/guardian wishes for a student to check out to attend a funeral, he/she should write a note stating such. Funerals of immediate family members will be excused (parent of student, brother, sister or grandparent). Notes should include student name, student number, homeroom teacher, grade and a phone number to reach a parent and be presented to the attendance office prior to first period, as contact with parent/guardian is still necessary.
TARDY TO SCHOOL POLICY
Notes for tardies will be verified and are only accepted upon arrival to school. Notes will not be accepted for a tardy to school on the following day.
AWOL: A student will be considered AWOL based on the guidelines in the Student Code of Conduct and the following: Student leaves campus without following proper check out procedures (even if the school day has not yet begun), student leaves school during lunch, STUDENT IS OUT OF PLACE DURING LUNCH, student is more than seven (7) minutes late to class, student is absent from school without prior knowledge of a parent or guardian, student is absent from class without school permission, student arrives after the tardy bell and fails to check in with the Attendance Office.
TARDY TO CLASS POLICY
CHRONIC ILLNESS – HOMEBOUND
It is the responsibility of the parent to notify teachers and the attendance office in writing each semester if the student has an illness or other condition which might interfere with school performance or learning. If a student is expected to miss more than 10 consecutive days due to illness, please contact the Attendance Administrator and/or the homebound coordinator.
Students who need to make an appointment to see a counselor may stop by the Counseling office before or after school or during lunch at the Counselors’ Corner. Parents who have a question or would like to make an appointment should call the Counseling office or visit www.daculahighschool.org and click on the counseling link. The current assignment of students to counselors is as follows:
Ms. Julie Floyd
Ms. Tamika Grimes
Mr. Andy King
Ms. Susan Oglesby
Ms. JoAn Adams
Ms. Teresa Daugherty
Student Services Office Clerk
Ms. Tammi Boswell
Counselors are always available to assist students with academic and personal needs. Students who are faced with a crisis will be seen on a priority basis. In order to better serve parents, appointments are necessary for conferences with counselors. Unfortunately, there are times we cannot accommodate visitors without appointments. If a parent does not wish for his/her student to meet individually with a counselor, he/she must make request in writing to the attention of the grade level administrator.
CAREER & COLLEGE COUNSELING
Each year students have the opportunity to participate in core curriculum lessons to foster career/college awareness and exploration. A brief summary is as follows:
Career information is available in the counseling office.
Homeless children have the right to a free, appropriate public education.
Live in a shelter or motel; ~Share housing with relatives or others because you lost your housing or cannot afford housing; ~Live in a campground, car, abandoned building, or other inadequate shelter; ~Don’t have a permanent address and/or permanent housing; ~Live on the street;
You have the right to:
We strongly encourage parent/teacher communication through websites, email, and telephone. Parents may call the front office and leave a message for a specific teacher to call them back during his/her planning period. To arrange a group parent-teacher conference with several teachers, parents may call the Counseling office to schedule the meeting. Meetings will usually be scheduled after school hours. All conferences must be prearranged. Parents may contact teachers any time using email. The appropriate format is as follows: first name_last email@example.com
STUDENT RECORDS DEPARTMENT
Contact your counselor, consult your Choice Book, or visit the Counseling web site. Requirements vary for each graduating class.
State-required areas of study
To graduate, Georgia students must earn a minimum of 23 credits (also called units) in the following areas of study:
Required Area of Study
Modern/Classical Language and/or Technical Education and/or Fine Arts
Health and Physical Education
Official transcripts are available through the Counseling office at a cost of $5.00 each. Students should pay for the transcript by going to their account on www.mypaypmentsplus.com. Bring a copy of the receipt to the counseling office. There is a 24 hour processing time for them. Students sending transcripts to colleges in Georgia can do so by going to www.gacollege411.org. There is no cost to send them via the internet.
MAKING UP CREDITS
GCPS offers several ways for students to recover failed credits. Phoenix High School, On-line courses, & credit recovery classes are available throughout the year. Summer school is also available online and face-to-face. There are costs associated with these options. Contact the counselors or go to the school website for more information.
VALIDATION OF WORK FROM NON-ACCREDITED SCHOOLS
In accordance with the Southern Association of Schools Standard 3.4.9, please be aware that Gwinnett County Public Schools will validate competency, by course, before awarding Gwinnett County Public School credit for work completed at a home school or private school that is not accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or its equivalent.
Students entering a Gwinnett County Public High School from a non-accredited private school will be required to validate competency through testing or through scholarship performance in specific trailer courses. Students entering from a home school will be required to earn credit through testing.
If you attend or plan to attend a non-SACS accredited school or a home school and subsequently request credit for the experience from a Gwinnett County Public School, please check with local school personnel for details involving awarding of Gwinnett Public Schools Credit.
RISING SENIOR SUMMER ASSIGNMENT
To assist students in narrowing down their future goals, the Counselors require rising seniors to complete some research over the summer. This will allow us to complete college/scholarship recommendations and speak more knowledgeably to the students when we meet in the fall to do their Senior Letters. This information can be found on the school website.
MOVE ON WHEN READY
Students interested in earning college credits while still in high school should learn more about these programs. See the school website, go to gacollege411.org or talk to a counselor for more information. A parent meeting is held each January or February to discuss the programs.
All students in PE will be required to wear a plain grey t-shirt and plain Navy shorts. The PE Department will have PE Gear available for purchase this spring and during registration. The T-shirts (with full sleeves) will be GREY and the shorts (5 – 7 inch) will Be NAVY. Shirts and shorts will be designed with a DACULA PE logo on each and a place for students to write their names. ALL School Athletic Team spirit wear can also be worn in PE classes as long as it matches the designated colors.
Cost = 17.00 per set.
Lifetime Fitness and Health are requirements for Graduation. All 9th Grade Students will be registered for these classes.
Team membership is subject to tryouts in some sports and Georgia High School Association regulations. In order to be eligible to compete in athletic and/or academic competition, students must have earned least 2.5 credits the preceding semester and must be on track for graduation. A student also must meet the residency requirement for athletics, i.e., live in the Dacula school district.
EXTRACURRICULAR, CLUB, AND ATHLETIC FUNDS
Donations and payments to a student activity club may be accepted. Fundraisers may be conducted, following appropriate GCPS procedures, for any student club account. Full and/or partial refunds following a student quitting or being dismissed are not guaranteed.
Football – Football is open to all eligible students in grades 9 through 12. Football fields three teams. Spring practice is held in May and summer practices begin in June. The season runs through December.
Cheerleading – Cheerleading fields seven teams: 9th grade football/ basketball, JV football, JV basketball, Varsity football, Varsity basketball, and Varsity and JV competition. Tryouts are held in the spring.
Fast-Pitch Softball – Softball fields two teams: JV & Varsity. Tryouts are held in late spring semester. Dates are announced before tryouts occur.
Cross Country – Cross country is an endurance running event which requires speed, strength and stamina. Summer practice begins in June and officially begins in August.
Volleyball – Volleyball begins the last week in July and the season runs through October. Volleyball fields three teams-9th, JV, & Varsity. It is a tryout sport.
Girls’ & Boys’ Basketball – Boys basketball fields three teams – 9th Grade, JV, & Varsity. Basketball starts with a summer program in June, followed by pre-season conditioning and weightlifting in August. Tryouts are in October and the season runs through February.
Wrestling – The wrestling program has 9th grade, JV, & Varsity teams. The season begins in October and concludes with the state tournament in February.
Swim & Dive – This team offers both swimming and diving opportunities. The season begins in October and runs through February. Practices are at Collins Hill pool.
Boys Track – The season begins in February and runs through May. There are six field events and ten running events.
Girls Track – Girls track includes running, jumping and throwing events. The season begins in February and runs through May.
Baseball – Baseball fields 9th grade, JV, & Varsity teams. The season begins in January and runs through May. It is a tryout sport.
Girls Soccer – Girls soccer has a JV & Varsity team. The season begins in January and runs through May. It is a tryout sport.
Boys Soccer – Boys soccer fields a JV & Varsity team. The season begins in January and runs through May. It is a tryout sport.
Tennis – Tennis fields both girls and boys JV & Varsity teams. The season runs from February through April. It is a tryout sport.
Lacrosse – Lacrosse is in its inaugural season as it fields both girls and boys JV teams and soon-to-be varsity teams.
Golf – Golf has both a girls and boys team. The season runs February through May. It is a tryout sport.
HEAD COACHES 2019-2020:
Cheerleading (Football Spirit)
Cheerleading (Basketball Spirit)
Cross Country (Girls)
Cross Country (Boys)
Major Quincy Hudson
Swim & Dive
Track & Field (Girls)
Track & Field (Boys)
African Caribbean Student Association
Provides all students with a unique opportunity to learn and to promote qualities of effective leadership that can be applied to everyday life. The (ACSA) is open to all students at DHS.
Ms. Kelsey Johnson
To learn about animation and also create them. We will be making inspirational animations for everyone of all ages.
Dr. Heather Krissel
Promote and support the advanced placement program
Mr. Michael Peterson & Ms. Courtney O'Brien
Michael_Peterson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Courtney_K_O'Brien@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.326 & 5.314
Dacula High School offers classes for Concert and Symphonic Band and Percussion. Members of these classes combine along with the color guard to create DHS Marching band which practices after school and performs at football games, and marching competitions. In addition to these bands we also have a jazz band that meets after school and a basketball pep band which performs at the girls and boys varsity home games
Best Buddies Club
Each buddy will be matched with a student(s) in our self-contained department. They will spend time with them occasionally at school when possible, and the club will plan parties/events after school for all of the students to attend periodically.
The Beta Club is a service organization and honors society. We serve our community by participating in projects such as working with the elderly, assisting underprivileged children, and participating in canned food drives.
Mr. Stephen Orr & Ms. Erin Payne
Stephen_A_Orr@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Erin_Payne @gwinnett.k12.ga.us
The DHS Choral Department has a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Classes are available for all students who love to sing. A simple audition is required to make sure each student can match pitch and has a vocal range wide enough to sing a part.
Mr. James Williams
The Color Guard is the skill of spinning flags, choreographed movement and dance to music. The color guard performs with the marching band at football games, marching exhibitions, parades and other events. Tryouts are held in the spring.
“Breaking Boundaries” is the goal for the students and to meet new people, and create friendships while having fun breaking stereotypes. “We are one.”
Dacula Diversity Club
The DDC is an organization of cultural diversity and inclusiveness among all of our cultures that make up Dacula High School. The purpose is to increase knowledge and understanding of cultural backgrounds and nationalities that attend DHS.
Mr. Ali Reid
Dacula Leadership Team
In DLT, students learn leadership skills which they are expected to use to impact their clubs and sports. DLT meets 4 times each semester and completes 2 service projects per year. Students must apply and be accepted to participate in Dacula Leadership Team.
Ms. Betsy Kelly
Actors can showcase their talent and passion for acting through after school discussions and Improvisation.
Mr. Phillip Cate
To better our school and community using eco-friendly activities and help our environment.
Ms. Knetha Wiley
Fandom Club members would participate in activities such as watching movies or reading parts of the fandoms, writing fan-fiction, making fan-art, playing games, role- playing, LARPing, and talking about anything and everything fandom-related.
FBLA is an educational association of students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. The FBLA Mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. More information about National FBLA can be found at http://www.fbla-pbl.org
Dr. Heather Krissel & Mr. Chris Autrey
Heather_Krissel@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Chris_Autrey@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
1.319 & 1.331
FCA is the largest Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.
Ms. Jessica Pucciano
FCCLA is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private school through grade 12. (www.gafccls.com)
Ms. Madison Blakenship
Future Educators Association is an organization for students who have thought about pursuing a career in the field of education.
Dr. Shirleen DeGrenier & Ms. Caroline McLean
Shirleen_DeGrenier@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Caroline_McLean@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.219 & 5.239
To create a setting that supports the questions and concerns of first generation students regarding academic and career issues.
Ms. Lori Battaglia
The French Club is open to all students who are enrolled in a French class. Activities are cultural in nature, such as visits to museums for French exhibits, French restaurants, and French films.
Ms. Christy Belbey
French Honor Society
French Honor Society is by invitation only to students in French II or above. Students must have an A average in French and a B average overall the three semesters preceding induction.
Ms. Christy Belbey
Georgia Academic Decathlon
The Academic Decathlon is a ten-event national scholastic competition. The events include prepared and impromptu speeches, an essay, Super Quiz oral relay and a series of written tests on subjects ranging from science to art. The Decathlon team consists of nine team members and several alternates. Beginning August, students interested in participation meet weekly to study topics focused on the main theme of the year.
Mr. Matt Ludewig
Ms. Andrea Marchese
German Honor Society
Ms. Andrea Marchese
Girls Who Code
The purpose of Girls Who Code is to teach young girls about computer science in an effort to bridge the gender gap in technology. Throughout the year we will learn the four core concepts of computer science which students will use when developing apps, websites, and programming robots. In addition to learning code, we will also learn about the importance of teamwork, sisterhood, and confidence.
This organization will be promoting leadership and education for Hispanic/Latino students. HOPE Leadership Chapters are tailored to provide students with a unique opportunity to develop leadership and make a change in the community.
Ms. Waleska Grajales
Junior Classical League (Latin Club)
The JCL is the official state organization whose purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. The JCL is open to any student currently enrolled in Latin.
Ms. Maddie Pannell
The Key Club is affiliated with Kiwanis Club International, and is our community service organization here at Dacula High School. We undertake projects focused in the school and within the community in general, to assist others in need.
Ms. Brandi Poore & Ms. Jan Zeller
Brandi_Poore@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Jan_Zeller@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
1.221 & 1.234
Latin Honor Society
Latin Honor Society is by invitation only to students in Latin II or above. Students must have an A average in Latin the three semesters preceding induction and a B average overall.
Ms. Maddie Pannell
Majorette Dance Team
The purpose of majorette dancing is to put on a show, connect with others on your team, and try out new things. Majorette dancing lets you experience performing in front of your peers and to just have fun!
Ms. April West
The math team will compete in five county competitions after school at high schools in Gwinnett County. Bus transportation will be provided for these competitions. Additionally, the top 8 students will compete outside the county on several Saturdays during the year.
Ms. Cherie McAdams
Mock Trial is a competitive organization that simulates a real-life trial in front of a Judge and jury. The organization is designed to help students develop problem solving abilities, advocacy skills and public speaking. Students can serve as both attorneys and witnesses. The Mock Trial team competes against other Gwinnett County high schools in mock trial competitions for a chance to compete at the State and National Championships.
Ms. Kelsey Johnson
Model United Nations is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure-all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.
Ms. Carrie Cole
Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is a National Mathematics Honor Society. We are dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school.
Ms. Cassidy Morin
Nat'l Art Honor Society
A service organization that emphasizes outstanding artistic scholarship and service to the school and community through the development of artistic endeavors together with a strong mental character.
Ms. Lori Battaglia & Ms. Carol Arrington
Lori_Battaglia@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Carol_Arrington@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.163 & 5.161
Nat’l English Honor Society
The National English Honor Society, and extension of Sigma Kappa Delta, will exist to: Recognize and reward outstanding achievement in English language and literature; Provide cultural stimulation and promote interest in English on campuses and in the communities they serve; Foster English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing; Promote good professional interaction among members; and exhibit high standards of academic achievement.
Ms. Dimitra Hill
Nat'l Honor Society
NHS is a service honor society in which membership is based upon cumulative grade average, service involvement, leadership roles, and character. Membership is voted upon by a faculty council. See Mrs. Lackey for more details or check out the link on the school website.
A journalism class that students can take as an elective creates monthly editions of the school newspaper. Students write articles, take pictures, sell ads, and design the layout of each issue.
Ms. Lyle Cruse
No Place for Hate
To provide a safer place for everyone in a club.
The Dacula High School Orchestra is made up of students who play violin, viola, cello, and bass. It is recommended that students have three years of experience playing a string instrument. The Orchestra performs several times throughout the year. There are also opportunities to perform in smaller chamber groups as well as take field trips. The DHSO is growing quickly and maintains a high standard of excellence.
Mr. Andrew Davidson
To Promote Excellence and Raise Leadership Skills within ALL young ladies with that desire. WE hope to decrease some of the discipline for our young ladies while promoting proper ways to handle and approach various situations.
Peer Leadership is a two semester course wherein students participate in meaningful activities that affect society in positive ways (civic participation), learn a framework for understanding the problem solving process by utilizing conflict resolution skills, learn effective communication skills, adhere to ethical codes of practice, learn and promote qualities of effective leadership, and exercise tolerance and advocacy of others’ rights. Students must apply to be in this class
Ms. Amy Benson
Ms. Kelsey Johnson & Ms. Courtney O'Brien
Kelsey_Johnson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Courtney_K_O'Brien@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.338 & 5.314
The purpose of the council is to promote club memberships, promote community service, and school events. The council will strive to improve school life and form strong bonds between clubs and better inner club connectivity.
Ms. Kelsey Johnson & Ms. Courtney O'Brien
This club is for students who enjoy reading and discussing books from the Georgia Peach Nominees List. Club members may qualify to be on the Readers Rally team. Readers Rally is a quiz bowl style competition for students in grades 4-12. Students read books from a predetermined list and answer questions about those books. Each Gwinnett County school may send one team of up to 10 players to the Readers Rally.
Dr. Vicki Couch
1.242 & 1.297
Relay for Life
Relay for Life is a club geared to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students organize fundraisers and work toward a school goal. The culmination of participating in the club is attending the two-day Gwinnett County Relay for Life event in the spring.
Ms. Kristin Croteau
Quiz Bowl (Scholars Bowl, Scholastic Bowl, Academic Team, etc..) is a “sport of the mind” that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. The game is typically played with a lockout buzzer system between two teams, usually consisting of four or five players each. Players are read questions and try to score points for their team by buzzing first and responding with the correct answer. In short, Quiz Bowl allows academically talented students to take the knowledge that they have gained in their classes and apply it in a competitive format, thereby promoting such ideals as camaraderie and a passion for learning.
Ms. Erin Payne
The purpose of SAFE Zone is to foster a safe and affirming climate for all students. In doing so, SAFE seeks to improve academic achievement and engender positive social growth among Dacula High School Students
This council will be composed of one athlete from each athletic team. This council will meet with the Athletic Director to discuss issues and promote the athletic programs.
Mr. Jason Berube & Ms. Caroline McLean
5.317 & 5.239
Science National Honor Society
To encourage and recognize scientific and intellectual thought within the student body and to advance students’ knowledge of classical and modern science. We will encourage students to participate in community service and in turn, encourage a dedication to the pursuit of scientific knowledge that benefits all humankind.
Ms. Lindsay Giglio
5.331 & 1.342
The purpose of the Science Olympiad is to enter into national competitions to win awards and scholarships. There are teams of 15 students that compete at regional, state, and national levels.
Mr. Justin Harvey & Mr. Alan Cummings
Justin_Harvey@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Alan_Cummings@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.335 & 5.329
The Gaming & Strategy Club is a club designed to meet the needs of students interested in any type of game. The club provides a variety of video, board and card games for students to play. Several tournaments and competitions are hosted by the club throughout the school year. The club meets once per week and we focus on playing games in which students are interested.
Mr. Michael Peterson, Mr. Andrew Davidson, & Mr. Jason Berube
Michael_Peterson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Andrew_Davidson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us & Jason_Berube@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
5.326, 1.161, & 5.317
Students in Spanish Club participate in cultural activities like eating at authentic Spanish and Mexican restaurants and Latin dance lessons, and perform community service projects.
Ms. Waleska Grajales
Spanish Honor Society
Students who have maintained an honor average in the study of Spanish for a minimum of three semesters and are in the 10th grade or higher are invited to join. Students maintain a 90 average throughout Spanish classes and complete 30 hours of Spanish related activities.
Ms. Jessica Pucciano
Students are given the opportunity to express themselves in ways other sports cannot. The Step Team allows a chance to show your athletic ability through a form of Art.
Ms. Amy Williamson
The Student Government Association of DHS. Our mission is to build passionate, well-rounded leaders and involved, committed citizens through community outreach, school involvement, and personal development.
Ms. Kelly Cooper, Ms. Amy Benson, and Ms. Stephanie Douglass
Kelly_Cooper@gwinnett.k12.ga.us Amy_Benson@gwinnett.k12.ga.us Stephanie_Douglass@gwinnett.k12.ga.us
Thespian Society is an honor society for actors who have met specified requirements through involvement in the theatre. Membership is acquired through a point system based on involvement.
Mr. Phillip Cate
UNITE is a club whose whole purpose is to Increase race relations, empower youth, and allow students to feel needed and accepted.
To support future writers at DHS. We will beta read and peer edit each other’s writing. Together we will explore different aspects of the publishing industry.
Dr. Vicki Couch
1.242 & 1.297
Yearbook is a class that focuses on the production of a full color publication that covers the students and the activities of the students at Dacula High School. Students must apply and be accepted in order to be in the yearbook class.
Ms. Sonia Yoder