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High School Letter

Dear High School Families,          
As we look ahead to the 2018.19 school year, the upper school faculty and staff have been busy planning and preparing for a new school year that will be full of Possibilities, Purpose and Challenges. We hope you find this letter informative and helpful as your family also prepares for an outstanding 2018.19 at SDJA.

The 2018.19 School Year Calendar
The 2018.19 A/B Rotation Schedule
The 2018.19 MUS Daily Schedule

Important dates to note

  • August 17, 8:30am – New Parent Breakfast Reception and Tour- MUS Office

  • August 17, 8:45am-  High School New Student Orientation – Moadon

  • August 20, First Day of School (Lions Day) – Breakfast provided by the PTO   after the Opening Assembly and BBQ lunch provided

  • September 6: 6:30 pm : MUS  High School Back To School Night

  • September 3: Labor Day – No  School

  • September 5, 6:30 pm: Mandatory Senior Trip Information and College Meeting for seniors and their families.

  • September 13, 6:30 pm: Mandatory college meeting for juniors and their families.

  • November 4 – November 8: High School Experiential Education Week (see details below);  12th Grade: Seniors have the opportunity to arrange their own college visits during this week; no classes are held on campus at this time.

High School Fall Team Sports Practice Start Dates:

  • Women’s Volleyball: August 13th, 2018 3:30pm-5:30pm

  • Football: August 14th, 2018 9am-11am

  • Women’s Tennis: August 20th, 2018 3:30pm-5pm

  • Cross Country: August 13th, 2018 6pm-7:30pm (Torrey Pines State Reserve, please meet at the Corner of Carmel Valley Road & Del Mar Scenic Parkway/McGonigle Road in Del Mar)

Student Supplies and Textbooks
Student schedules will be emailed before the MUS office closes on June 29th. Please use the course titles on those schedules to purchase supplies and textbooks for your students’ classes.

If you have questions regarding the schedule, please contact Annie Watt at awatt@sdja.com after August 1, when staff return to the Upper School office.

Please click here for a comprehensive list of required supplies and textbooks.

While www.amazon.com and www.bn.com are certainly reliable vendors of texts, families are free to shop ISBN numbers to determine the most convenient and economical way of acquiring books. As you place your orders, please make sure to buy only those books whose ISBN numbers are published on the link listed above and to order required titles with those exact ISBN numbers; and please make sure to account for shipping time when making your purchases so items arrive before school begins.


Students should have all textbooks and supplies in hand prior to school beginning on August 20th.

Summer Assignments
Some course offered in the upper school have summer assignments. All students, grades 6-12, who are enrolled in courses that have summer assignments must complete them prior to the first day of school on August 20th. Current students, please use your schedule to reference which classes have required summer assignments. Click here to view course related summer assignments.


Summer Reading Program
The upper school faculty designed a recommended reading list, and we are asking that every high school student read at least one book over the summer break that is not part of a course assignment. On Lions Day all high school students will participate in small group discussions facilitated by the MUS faculty. Please click here to read the complete program document.


Fall MUS Athletics – High School
Athletic Director Stefanie Hill will be mailing registration packets to every high school student who signed up for a fall sport.  A separate email will also be sent to all parents of high school students which will include specific information regarding athletics and what is required in order for your child to be eligible to participate in high school sports.


Experiential Education Week:
9th Grade Field Trip
10th Grade Field Trip
11th Grade Field Trip

12th Grade: Seniors have the opportunity to arrange their own college visits during the week when other high school grades are on class field trips; no classes are held on campus at this time.

Technology Devices
The upper school is a “bring your own laptop” school (BYOL). The scope and technical requirements for the MUS BYOL program can be found by clicking here.

All SDJA MUS students have their school email account through Google (firstname.lastname@sdjaschool.com). For all e-communication with the school, students will use their @sdjaschool.com address. If you child has not received or activated their @sdjaschool.com account, please contact Chris Hill – chill@sdja.com

Learning Management System
MUS uses a web-based learning management system or LMS called Canvas.  Every teacher in the MUS maintains a page through this system for each course you child is enrolled. The LMS is used to communicate news, homework, course descriptions, course resources, and progress reports.

New MUS students and parents will receive an access code and setup instructions. All students will use their @sdjaschool.com email account for the LMS and we ask parents to use your most frequently checked email address to set up a parent account.  If you experience problems with your account, please email Annie Watt at awatt@sdja.com.

Summer Hours
The upper school office is closed in July; office staff will return on August 1st. Faculty members will return to campus August 13th. For now: l’hitraot (see you soon), and we hope you and your family enjoy a wonderful summer!


Michael Quigley                          
Head of the Upper School

Anna Falkiewicz
Assistant Head of the Upper School for Student Life and Inclusion

Steve Kahn
Dean of Academics

Jeremy Toren
Director of Judaic Studies and Jewish Life

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