DACULA HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENT HANDBOOK 2021-22
Focused On Learning
Welcome to Dacula High School where our business is teaching and learning. Our entire faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the best possible education. Together we will make Dacula High one of the premier schools in the state and the nation. I 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.
Greetings from the Dacula High School PTSA!
Dear 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 PTSA 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.
Your PTSA Board
Dr. Bryan Long
Community School Director
Michael Nicholson Keith O’ Carroll
Athletic & Activities Director
Dr. Zach Smith
REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE
1st Period 7:15 - 8:15
2nd Period 8:22 - 9:14
3rd Period 9:21 - 10:13
4th Period 10:20 - 11:12
5th Period 11:19 - 12:11
6th Period 12:18 - 1:10
7th Period 1:17 - 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
Ms. Van Nus
College & Career Specialist
Athletics & Activities
Front Lobby Clerk
Community School Information
Mr. Nicholson & Mr. O'Carroll
Community School Director
firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Dacula Leadership Team
Community School Director
Driver’s License Information (Certificate of Attendance and ADAP)
Ms. Angela Wilson
Five Star Academy
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. George & Ms. Cole
firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for school
School Resource Officers
Officer Stewart & Officer Hardin
email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Class Information
Special Education Information
Student Support Team Coordinator
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. An ID card is also available for students via the Student VUE app.
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. Students 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 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.
We will assign consequences for those students that remain in the building after 2:30pm and are NOT with a teacher or coach.
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.
DHS MORNING 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.
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. 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. Students are NOT allowed to have food delivered to the school by Uber Eats, DoorDash, parents, etc. during school hours.
If students or parents are interested in sending balloons to a student, they can be purchased from the DHS School Store.
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. Dress code is enforced upon student’s arrival to school until 2:10pm.
Excessive exposure of skin is not conducive to an appropriate learning environment.
Shirts/Blouses/Tops/T-shirts: Blouses/shirts may not expose cleavage or any portion of the waist, hips or midriff. If the midriff shows, 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/crop-top 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.
Undergarments: No undergarments should be visible at any time. No sleeveless undershirts of any kind may be worn as outerwear during the school day.
Shorts/Skirts/Pants/Dresses: Shorts must cover the buttocks. Skirts and dresses should be six inches or less from the crease at the back of the knee. Waistlines should rest on or above the hips with no undergarment of any kind showing.
Head coverings can prevent identification of students in emergencies.
Head coverings or apparel/objects that partially or fully cover or obscure the face or head are not to be worn on school premises during normal school hours. This includes, but is not limited to, caps, hats, hoods, scarves, bandanas, and sunglasses. Exceptions may be made for religious or medical reasons, to be granted by the principal.
Inappropriate language and/or images are not conducive to a professional learning environment.
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.
Gang: Students are not allowed to display clothing or symbols that have been identified as being gang-related. Garments, jewelry, body art, and tattoos that communicate gang affiliation shall not be worn at school.
Shoes: Must be worn at all times
Jewelry or accessories: Jewelry or accessories that may be used as weapons are not allowed to be worn on campus.
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 is enrolled full time, 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 for either a lost ADAP certificate or certificate of attendance. 48 hours later, the student can pick up the ADAP certificate or certificate of attendance in the main office.
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 backpack or locker.
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 requests we have for elevator keys, we need proper medical documentation along with a signed agreement to obtain an elevator key. In issuing a key to access our elevator in the building, you agree to:
1. Use the elevator in its proper use and only while the doctor’s note is valid.
2. NOT have friends on the elevator with you.
Please note that failure to follow these rules will risk a discipline referral (Rule 8B). 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. If you fail to return the elevator key by the date given on the doctor’s note, your account will be charged a miscellaneous fee of $25.00. This fee is due immediately to the front office.
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 such as electronic devices.
MEDIA CENTER INFORMATION
Students will be admitted to the Media Center during a class period with a pass, filled out, and signed by their teacher. Students will stop at the circulation desk and leave the pass. No gaming allowed! Students using games on school computers may 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 checked out for one 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 0.25 per page
The Media Center is open from 6:55 am to 2:50 pm Monday –Thursday and 6:55 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.
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.
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 and traffic are 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. 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.
Parking fines are $50.00 per offense this school year. Tickets should be paid within 30 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 or large amounts of money to school. Dacula High School is not responsible for any theft or damage to personal property.
School authorities may search students, student lockers, student vehicles, and student property and possessions 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
Officer Wes Hardin and Officer 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, CHROMEBOOKS, AND OTHER SCHOOL PROPERTY
Textbooks and media center books may be checked out to students. At the end of the established loan period, textbooks and library books are expected to be returned in useable condition. 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). 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. Students failing to pay for lost or damaged books may lose one or more privileges 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. 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.
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:
SERVING STUDENT LAST NAMES
Ms. Julie Floyd
Ms. Tamika Grimes
Ms. Elizabeth Reiken
Mr. Andy King
Ms. Susan Oglesby
Ms. Sara Van Nus
Ms. Nateka Wilson
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 a 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: email@example.com
STUDENT RECORDS DEPARTMENT
DHS Attendance Assistant Principal: Daniel Garrett, 770-338-4757
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.
1. Personal illness or attendance in school endangers a student’s health or the health of others. (i) Local boards of education may request students to present appropriate medical documentation upon the return to school for the purpose of validating that the absence is an excused absence.
2. A serious illness or death in the student’s immediate family necessitating absence from school. (i) In the event of a serious illness in a student’s immediate family, local boards of education may request students to present appropriate documentation regarding the family member upon return to school for the purpose of validating that the absence is an excused absence.
3. A court order or an order by a government agency, including preinduction physical examinations for service in the armed forces, mandating absence from school.
4. Observing religious holidays, necessitating absence from school.
5. Conditions rendering attendance impossible or hazardous to student health or safety. (For Gwinnett County Public Schools, the closure of schools for hazardous conditions may only be made by the Superintendent for the purposes of excused absences.)
6. A period not to exceed one day is allowed at the discretion of the local unit of administration for registering to vote or voting in a public election.
7. Local boards of education shall count students present when they are serving as pages for the Georgia General Assembly.
8. Public school students visiting with a parent or legal guardian prior to or during leave from deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the National Guard are allowed five excused absences per school year.
DACULA HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Excusing Absence(s): The first day a student returns to school after an absence, he/she should bring a handwritten note, signed by his/her parent or guardian or a note from his/her physician that includes 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 per semester 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.
Pre-arranging Absence(s): 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 into 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 are limited to five days during the course of the year.
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, and only reasons listed for excused absences are considered excused for late check-in’s. Excessive unexcused late check-in’s will result in administrative consequences including but not limited to possible revocation of a parking permit.
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 Front Lobby. If a parent is picking up their student, the parent must physically sign the student out in the Front Lobby. 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. 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. 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 may be held for students excessively checking in or out.
Checking Out 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.
OTHER IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE INFORMATION
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.
ACADEMICS AND INSTRUCTION
DHS Curriculum & Instruction Associate Principal: Jeannie Hidalgo, 770-963-6664
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 workplace, 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
Philosophy: 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.
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:
Standardized tests required by the State of Georgia are handled by the DOE and students are subject to zeros for misconduct and academic dishonesty.
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, 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.
Contact your counselor, consult your Choice Book, or visit the Counseling website.
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 www.mypaymentsplus.com at a cost of $5.00 each. There is a 48 hour processing time after the request is submitted. The transcript will be mailed through the US Postal Service or can be picked-up from the Registrar’s office based on the submitted information. Students sending transcripts to colleges in Georgia can opt to send their transcript through GA Futures www.gacollege411.org. There is no cost to send a transcript through GA Futures, but the student’s social security card must be on file with the Registrar’s office.
MAKING UP CREDITS
GCPS offers several ways for students to recover failed credits. Phoenix High School, online courses, Credit Recovery & School Plus 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.
DHS Testing Coordinator: Dr. Bev Renales, 770-513-0966
TESTING CALENDAR 2021-2022
The tentative testing calendar for 2021-2022 is located here. Please check back regularly as the calendar will be updated as dates are announced.
Students are expected to follow all testing guidelines and procedures to maintain test security and an optimal testing environment for all students. All electronic and smart devices are prohibited from testing rooms. Please note, violation of any testing guidelines or procedures will result in disciplinary consequences and may invalidate students’ test scores.
ACT & SAT
The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area assessment in reading, math, science, English, and an optional writing assessment. The ACT is offered six times during the school year: September, October, December, February, April, and June to students in high school. Students are scored on reading, math, science, English, and an optional writing assessment. Scores for this assessment can be submitted toward college admission.
ACT Test Dates: Visit http://actstudent.org/regist/nextdates.html for dates, test locations and to register.
The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test. It tests knowledge of reading, writing, and math. SAT Prep classes will be offered through the Community School. Contact Michael Nicholson @ 770-338-4667.
SAT Test Dates: Visit www.collegeboard.com for dates, test locations and to register.
ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State)
ACCESS is a standards-based, criterion-referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS is used to determine the proficiency levels and progress of English Learners (EL) in the domains of Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing. ACCESS for ELLs serves five main purposes. These include:
ACCESS is administered from January through March to all students who are English Language Learners. The assessment is given online. Scores are reported in the four domains and proficiency in six levels: entering, beginning, developing, expanding, bridging, and reaching.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses are college level curriculum courses taught locally at Dacula High School by teachers who have been certified as College Board AP instructors. We are currently offering 21 AP courses. Students taking an AP course will have the ability to take a national AP exam in May to earn collegiate credit. Each college has their own AP credit acceptance policy. The AP Credit Policy Search by the College Board can give students and parents an overview of the scores that equate to college courses at a wide variety of schools.
Visit the College Board website for overviews of all Advanced Placement courses.
GRADE CALCULATION IN AP COURSES
Students in AP classes have 10 points added to their average by GCPS.
THE AP EXAMS
Students register for the AP Exams in the Fall for all year-long and first semester courses. Registration reopens in January for the spring one-semester courses, AP Economics and United States Government. Students must register and pay on MyPaymentsPlus before the deadlines. The AP Exams are administered in the Spring and typically begin the first week of May.
There is a $10.00 registration fee for all students. GCPS pays for one AP exam each year for students who register to test. Additionally, students with free/reduced lunch status only pay the registration fee.
Free/Reduced Lunch: If you feel that your family qualifies for free/reduced lunch, submit an application today. Applications must be submitted every year (even if you filled one out in the spring, you need to fill out a new one for this school year). Applications can be submitted throughout the year if your family status changes.
DHS AP CLUB
Our AP Club is in place to support AP students on all levels. There are monthly meetings, activities, rewards and opportunities to collaborate with others toward a successful AP experience. If you are interested in being a part of the AP Club, contact Mr. Peterson.
AP COURSES AND TEACHERS FOR 2021-2022
Feel free to contact our teachers if you want more information about their courses.
English Language (11th)
English Literature (12th)
Jed Aldridge, Kelsey Johnson
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism
Physics C: Mechanics
Michael Peterson, Jason Berube
Spencer Landis, Kelsey Johnson
Kelsey Johnson, Matthew King
District Assessments are a part of Gwinnett County Public School’s Balanced Assessment Program. They are a mixture of both formative and summative assessments administered at the classroom level to measure student learning of the Academic, Knowledge, and Skills (AKS). The Pretest, Interim, and Final assessments allow students to demonstrate what they know, understand, and are able to do.
GAA (Georgia Alternate Assessment)
The Georgia Alternate Assessment is a standardized assessment that is individually administered and enables the demonstration of achievement of the knowledge, concepts, and skills inherent in the appropriate grade level standards. The assessment is typically given in March and April to Special Education students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11. Using the results of the assessment, parents will be able to learn more about their student’s progress and educators will have valuable information to plan for instruction.
Gateway is a writing assessment that measures a student's knowledge and skills related to the Areas of Focus within U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, and Language Arts. The assessment is given in March. Students take Science Gateway in their 10th grade year and the U.S. History Gateway is taken in 11th grade. Learn more about the Gateway Assessment.
The Milestones is a state assessment that measures students' acquisition of the content and standards and their readiness for the next grade level.
Helpful Links to Prepare for the Milestones:
You may download study guides at the Georgia Department of Education. Note - the State of Georgia’s End of Course Testing Resources work best when used with Chrome.
The organization responsible for the assessment is the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of which the U.S. is an important member. The assessment is called the OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA), and is a school-level assessment based on the internationally recognized Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The OECD Test for Schools provides school-level results that can be benchmarked against other participating schools across the country and internationally, and allow for appropriate comparisons with international results from the worldwide PISA assessment. This test measures the overall performance of Dacula High School in the higher-order skills in reading, mathematical, and scientific literacy; skills necessary for the students’ future success and ability to compete in a global economy.
PSAT (The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test)
The PSAT/NMSQT is a standardized assessment that provides practice for the SAT. The state of Georgia funds the administration for all 10th graders. 9th and 11th grade students may participate by paying for the assessment. Students testing in the 11th grade are given consideration for the National Merit Scholarship. The test is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests skills in reading, writing, and math. The PSAT/NMSQT is administered in October and GCPS participates in the paper administration of this test.
Students register to test on MyPaymentsPlus beginning in early Fall.
DHS Athletic Director: Dr. Zach Smith, 770-277-4478
Team membership is subject to tryouts in some sports and Georgia High School Association regulations. To be eligible to compete in athletic and/or academic competition, students must have earned at 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 several 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.
Flag Football - Flag football fields one Varsity team. The season begins in October and ends in early December.
Cross Country – Cross country fields two teams: JV & Varsity. 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 & Girls basketball each 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.
Girls & Boys Track and Field – The season begins in February and runs through May. 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 & Boys Soccer – Both girls and boys soccer have 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 fields both girls and boys varsity teams. The season runs February through May.
Golf – Golf has both a girls and boys team. The season runs February through May. It is a tryout sport.
HEAD COACHES 2021-2022
Cheerleading (Football Sideline)
Cheerleading (Basketball Sideline)
Cross Country (Girls)
Cross Country (Boys)
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
Asian American Student Association
AASA is to build a community that promotes passion and pride for Asian culture and increase the representation of Asian Americans at Dacula.
Mr. Alan Cummings
Promote and support the advanced placement program
Mr. Michael Peterson and Mr. Alan Cummings
Michael.Peterson@gcpsk12.org and Alan.Cumming@gcpsk12.org
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
Beta Club is the nation's largest non-profit educational youth organization. Members have the opportunity to serve organizations in the Dacula area, attend leadership development conferences, and apply for over $300,000 in scholarships as a senior. Beta Club is the nation's largest non-profit educational youth organization. Members have the opportunity to serve organizations in the Dacula area, attend leadership development conferences, and apply for over $300,000 in scholarships as a senior.
Black Appreciation and Education
Dacula’s Black Appreciation and Education Club’s purpose is to help all students appreciate and support our black community and students, as well as educate the community about being black. The club’s mission is to raise awareness of the black perspective, and cultivate respectful, resourceful, and responsible leaders and conversation within our school community. We will focus specifically on voter education and registration, building community trust with local law enforcement, exploring traditional and non-traditional post-secondary education opportunities and career paths, and education of what it is like being black in America. Club Website: http://daculabae.weebly.com/
The DHS Chess Club provides students with the opportunity to learn and improve their chess skills on a regular basis. Casual games and tournament preparation is offered and boards are provided.
Mr. Shann White
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.
Students learn about cooking, catering, and other culinary career-related skills.
Chef Brandon Demby
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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.
Mr. Daniel Garrett
Actors can showcase their talent and passion for acting through after school discussions and Improvisation.
Ms. Amy Rawlins
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@gcpsk12.org & Chris_Autrey@gcpsk112.org
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. Since 1954, FCA has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful platform of sport to reach every coach and every athlete with the transforming power of Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel.
Ms. Jessica Pucciano
Mr. Josh McIntyre
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
In Film Club, students come together to discuss appreciation of the art of movies, watch and analyze movies, and create their own movies.
Mr. Adam Fiddler
The First Generation Club provides support and resources for college-bound students whose parents have not completed a college degree.
French Club is open to all students interesting in the French language and culture. The club meets once per month. Activities include making crêpes, watching French films and celebrating French holidays
Ms. Christy Belbey
French Honor Society
Société Honoraire de Français / French Honor Society celebrates scholarship in the French language! Membership is by invitation only. In order to be eligible for membership, French students must have an A average in their French classes over the preceding three semesters. Members are required to participate in 10 hours of French-related activities per year. The initiation ceremony is typically held during Spring Semester. Members enrolled in French during their senior year wear a tricolor cord for graduation.
Ms. Christy Belbey
Dacula’s Gay-Straight Alliance is open to all students, regardless of sexual orientation. Our purpose is to promote tolerance and acceptance throughout the school community and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality. Club Website: https://daculapride.weebly.com/
Ms. Andrea Marchese
German Club is open to all students interested in German language and culture. Activities include visits to German restaurants, German films and music, games, service projects, and possible participation in travel abroad. Club Website: https://daculadeutsch.weebly.com/
Ms. Andrea Marchese
HoPe is a leadership and education program for ALL students. It is founded and grounded in the Hispanic community, but our arms are wide open to everyone who wants to join this community of dreamers and achievers to impact our world. Our community and the world will feel our impact as we lead through service and empower young people to meet their own goals and to lead their peers in meeting theirs.
Mr. Joshua McIntyre
Key Club is a community service organization. We serve members of our school and community through various acts of service. Upon completing 100 hours of verified community service, members will receive a Key Club sash to wear at graduation.
Ms. Brandi Poore
Dacula High School’s Mock Trial club seeks to provide students with an understanding of Georgia’s legal system and the opportunity to assume the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a mock civil or criminal court case. Furthermore, students work alongside real attorneys and judges while honing critical thinking, analytical writing, and public speaking skills." -Taken from, Georgia Mock Trial Competition, A Brief Introduction to the Competition, 2018
Ms. Rachel Stone
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. Lindsey Boozer and Ms. Hannah Duncan
National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is an organization of students committed to promoting visual arts through volunteerism and by improving communities with the arts through the effective action and leadership.
Ms. Lori Battaglia & Ms. Carol Arrington
Lori.Battaglia@gcpsk12.org & Carol.Arrington@gcpsk12.org
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National English Honor Society
This club exemplifies an obligation to use one's gifts in service to others. Service includes peers, school, and community and part and parcel of the NEHS mission. Students interested in NEHS should represent the community of readers and writers who embrace the field of English.
Dr. Shirleen DeGrenier
National German Honor Society
The purpose of this organization is to recognize high school scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature and civilization. The organization is a national educational honorary society for the study of high school German and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG). Club Website: https://daculadeutsch.weebly.com/
Ms. Andrea Marchese
National Honor Society
National Honor Society is an invitation-only service society. Membership is extended to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a 94% cumulative GPA. Eligible candidates submit candidacy forms to a Faculty Council that decides on admittance based on Service, Leadership, and Character criterion.
Ms. Kelsey Johnson
Kelsey.Johnson@gcpsk12.org & Courtney_K.O'Brien@gcpsk12.org
Newspaper is an academic elective class offered during 7th period. Students have the opportunity to explore subjects that interest them to write articles about, take photos for, and/or create illustrations and cartoons for. Students create a monthly newspaper on school events, sports, and activities as well as events in the broader community or world.
Ms. Lyle Cruse
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
Our goal is to help students know that they can walk in confidence, respect others and show leadership qualities before they ever say a word - it's all in how you carry yourself!
Ms. Tamika Grimes
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
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This club’s purpose is to educate students about travelling abroad and to provide opportunities for group travel with teacher chaperones. Activities will focus on travel requirements, travel safety, and lifelong learning through cultural experiences. Club Website: https://projectpassport.weebly.com/
Ms. Andrea Marchese
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. Madi Blankenship
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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@gcpsk12.org & Alan.Cummings@gcpsk12.org
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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@gcpsk12.org & Andrew.Davidson@gcpsk12.org & Jason.Berube@gcpsk12.org
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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
Kelly.Cooper@gcpsk12.org & Amy.Benson@gcpsk12.org
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.
Throughout time, youth have always been a force for change. Inspired by the students of Parkland High School who took their crusade against school shootings all the way to the US Capital and some graduates of Dacula High School who have been leaders of the Black Lives Matter protests in Lawrenceville, this club would seek to allow students to gather and use their passion to change their world. We would also seek to bring experienced activists and politicians to the table to learn about the most successful methods for actually making change happen and to allow the students to discuss their concerns with these people of influence. The overarching club will be about activism and changing the world in general, and then students and faculty sponsors would have sub-clubs within it on particular areas they are passionate about seeing change.
Dr. Long, Ms. Marchese, Mr. Jackson, Ms. Poole
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