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KEY TERM DATES: 2023–24

Keep up to date with the academic year at Dalian American International School with these key dates for your calendar.
Third Quarter
Thursday, Jan 18 to Friday, Mar 29 2024
Chinese New Year Break
Thursday, Feb 08 to Friday, Feb 16 2024
Fourth Quarter
Saturday, Mar 30 to Friday, Jun 07 2024
Spring Break
Monday, Apr 01 to Friday, Apr 05 2024
High School Graduation
Sunday, Jun 02 2024
Last Day of School
Friday 07 Jun 2024
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CHILD PROTECTION

A child’s welfare is paramount, and each student at Dalian American International School has the right to be protected from harm and exploitation. We adopted the Nord Anglia Education Guidance and Procedure for Safeguarding, Protecting and promoting the welfare of our students, and every person who works at DAIS is committed to follow this policy.
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ACTIVITES FOR EVERY STUDENT

Our first-class facilities provide opportunities for achievement, excellence, health, and wellbeing.
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Soccer
Physically and mentally challenging, soccer teaches valuable lessons in sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork.
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Our soccer teams practice their skills by competing against other teams of similar age and ability.
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Basketball
A great opportunity to try something different and get involved in fast-paced, physical activity.
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Basketball ensures year-round team sports, taking place in one of the two indoor gymnasiums located on campus. The professional equipment allows our students to play national level games.
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Table Tennis
This course aims to cultivate kids’ interest in playing a fast-paced, heart-racing indoor sport.
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We stimulate students' potential through fitness and physical coordination training. Through a "positive discipline" teaching method, students can develop self-discipline, responsibility, cooperation, and the ability to solve problems by themselves.
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Coding
In this course students will learn coding using Scratch – the programming language for students developed at MIT.
 
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Students can use Scratch to code fun projects and build their own objects. This graphical programming language improves your child’s logical thinking skills, independent mindset, and even teaches them some basics of AI.
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Math and Rubik Cube Club
Students will learn how to apply their math skills.
 
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The practical application of math to solve challenging puzzles, including the famous Rubik’s Cube.
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Sea Dragon Choir

A welcoming group that finds and nurtures talent to dazzle a DAIS audience.

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Upper elementary students sing, move, and play instruments allowing them to develop their musical skills in this fun and exciting ASA.
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Makerspace
Your child will get the chance to learn practical skills through hands-on activities.
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Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.
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Kids Read
Preparation to compete in the annual Kids Read tournament.
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Students are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints.

DAIS PORTALS

Use the Student & Parent PowerSchool Portal to find out about attendance, grades, academic tests, schedules, billing, and appointments.

Use the SchoolsBuddy Portal to sign up for athletics and after school activities.
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Athletics and Activities: Useful Links

The after-school activities program is aligned with the ideals of Dalian American International School. Our students develop intellect, character, and health in a safe and welcoming environment. For more information, please download the documents linked below:
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Athletic Handbook
This handbook serves as a guide for new and returning athletes and their guardians. School policies and procedures are outlined as well as philosophical standards that we hope to achieve through our athletic programs.
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ASA Handbook
This handbook serves as a guide for new and returning families. School policies and procedures will be outlined as well as addressing philosophical standards that we hope to achieve through our After School Activities programs.
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
The school has an AQI reader on campus to monitor the most accurate data. Modifications or cancellations of activities may occur in response to AQI levels.

Parent Support Group

The school values the relationship with parents and encourages their involvement in supporting the children at our school. The purpose of our Parent Support Group (PSG) is to provide support for the education and healthy development of our children and also to provide our parents with a range of activities to suit their interests and needs.

PSG is a volunteer organization that plans and operates activities and events that help to create a sense of our strong but diverse community. PSG also assists student studies and their parents in consultation and coordination with the Head of School, Principals and School Leadership Team in order to enrich the spirit of the whole DAIS community.

Your opinion and ideas matter to us. Please feel free to contact our Board members:

CONTACT PSG
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SCHOOL LUNCH MENU

All ingredients are provided by a trusted third-party supplier who has been working with all our schools since inception. Prepared by our onsite chef, your child is guaranteed a balanced and nutritious meal from a menu that changes weekly.  
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OUR LIBRARIES

DAIS has three libraries on campus – the Secondary Library, the Elementary Library, and the Bilingual Library. Each library is a warm and welcoming space with robust collections of both print and non-print materials for students, faculty, staff, and families. We offer a range of digital resources to help students in school and at home. Our Libguides help students in the effective use of online databases, digital collections, digital magazines, and other electronic subscriptions.
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Technology

Since its inception, DAIS has been committed to supporting and enhancing education through the use of modern technology. We envision students, faculty and staff using technology appropriately to enhance learning and advance understanding. We use innovative technologies to help students to develop 21st century communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills that are essential in preparing them to become future-ready global citizens. 

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Elementary School

In elementary school we aim to challenge students and teachers to pursue relevant and purposeful ways to integrate technology into meaningful learning experiences. Technology education is integrated into teaching and learning in age-appropriate ways across every level and subject. Pre-K through Grade 3 students are provided tablets/laptops for educational use during the school day through their homeroom teacher. Grade 4 and 5 students are required to bring their own laptops to use as one of their primary devices for learning purposes in school and at home.

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In grades 6-12, students participate in what is called a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) classroom. A BYOT classroom incorporates the use of such items as laptops, iPads, tablets, Smart phones, or other devices with browsing capacity for educational purposes only. Though students are encouraged to make use of the variety of technologies that they bring to school, it is expected that each secondary student brings to school each day their own personal laptop that meets the school expectations.

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Emphasis on Quality
At Dalian American International School, we embed technology into language, math, art, and science. Technology is integrated across grade levels and subjects in developmentally-appropriate ways. Students have access to computer labs to help with instruction and support. Instruction is aligned to the National Education Technology Standards, and for the most part consists of project-based activities that are an extension of core subject matter units and/or lessons. DAIS follows ISTE Standards, an internationally recognized framework designed to prepare students for success in a digitally connected world.
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UPCOMING EVENTS 2023–24

Join us for the upcoming events at Dalian American International School and save the dates to your calendar. 
Middle School Transition Camp
Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17 2024
Trash to Treasure
Saturday, May 18 2024 09:00AM - 12:00PM
High School Prom
Saturday, May 18 2024 18:00PM - 21:00PM
Art Show
Thursday, May 23 2024 16:00PM - 17:30PM
Middle School Talent Show
Friday, May 24 2024 16:00PM - 18:00PM
NHS Induction Ceremony
Tuesday, May 28 2024 16:00PM - 17:30PM
Field/Discoveryland Day
Thursday, Jun 06 2024

LATEST NEWS

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Wilderness, Survival and Teamwork Outdoor Camp
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Family Bridges: A Program Dedicated to Provide New Insights into Parent-Children Communications
This program led by high school students aims to minimize communication barriers between parents and teenagers.
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Iconic Tradition: International Diversity Day Celebration
We welcome and appreciate the cultural diversity that each of us brings to our school community!
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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR

Contact us to find out more about what makes our school special, and how we can make your child’s education experience a memorable one that will prepare them for life, wherever they are in the world.

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