DAIS Students Place in NESA Virtual Science Fair

Congratulations to Holly Dempster, Tanysha Baure, and Cassidy Eaton for their 8th place finish in the NESA Virtual Science Fair Virtual Round competition. In addition, their project took top honors for the “Best Grade 7 Chemistry” project, 2nd place in “Best Chemistry Overall,” and 3rd place for “Best 7th Grade Project. When you see these girls about, please give them a shout.

Track Meet Results


On Saturday, April 15, DAIS took eleven track members to a meet at QSI. Many students tried out new events even though they only had two practices prior to the meet. We treated it like a pre-assessment to see how far we grow until the next track meet in May. Though we were small in number and battled the wind all day, we came back victorious. Our team collected a total of 29 medals (check out the listing below for medal placements and pictures).

Over 12 Division
  • Darcy:
    • 3rd Place in 400m
  • Kesha:
    • 2nd Place in 200m
    • 3rd Place in Long Jump, 4×400 Team Relay, & 4×100 Team Relay
  • Masha:
    • 2nd Place in 1600m
    • 3rd Place in 4×100 Team Relay & 4×400 Team Relay
  • Mack:
    • 2nd Place in 400m
    • 3rd Place in Shot Put
  • Jake E:
    • 3rd Place in 800m
  • Holly:
    • 1st Place in 100m
    • 2nd Place in Long Jump
    • 3rd Place in 4×100 Team Relay, 4×400 Team Relay, & Shot Put
  • Ciana:
    • 1st Place in Shot Put
    • 3rd in 100m
  • Alex:
    • 2nd Place in Shot Put & Baseball Throw
    • 3rd Place in 4×100 Team Relay & 4×400 Team Relay
Under 12 Division
  • Harry:
    • 1st Place in Shot Put
    • 3rd Place in 100m
  • Bryan:
    • 1st Place in 100m
    • 2nd Place in 200m & Shot Put
  • Jake S:
    • 3rd Place in Shot Put & 1600m

Spring MAP Testing to Run–> April 17-28

Dear Parents,

From April 17th to April 28th DAIS students are scheduled to take tests called Measures of Academic Progress™ (MAP).  We give students MAP tests in September to determine their initial instructional level and again in April/May to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of Reading, Language Usage, Math and Science. Your child will take the tests on a computer.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to the level appropriate for your child’s learning.

As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. For about 40-60 minutes each day for 2-5 days, the Kindergarten to Grade Eight students will either go to the computer lab for testing or write the test on their laptop.  This testing is done in the morning so that students are full of energy.

Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth; this will be followed-up by a parent presentation explaining how to interpret the data provided, this presentation will also share with you the school wide test results.

We are excited to be gathering our second set of data this year. These tests, along with other teacher created assessments allow us to individualize your child’s learning program.

Plenty of rest and a good breakfast will help to set your child up for success when writing the MAP tests.  No homework will be assigned to your child the night before a MAP test, thereby allowing them extra time for outdoor play.

Please contact me if you have any questions.


Lory Thiessen


Dostyk American International School

For more information about the MAP test.  Please see:

NWEA Parent Guide to MAP

NWEA Resources for Parents

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