Arts and Activities
There are many programs and activities going on at Dahlia Heights to enhance and enrich the lives of students. Here’s an overview.
The Arts at Dahlia
The Arts Education Branch of LAUSD provides highly qualified arts educators, many of whom are outstanding artists, actors, dancers and musicians. All are credentialed educators in their disciplines with supporting certifications in language development (CLAD).
The Creative Arts Network: Rotations in Dance, Drama, Vocal Music or Visual Arts and year long programs Instrumental Music develop children's ability to explore and express artistically. The Arts are core curriculum and the LAUSD Arts Instructional Guide in each discipline may be viewed on the Arts Education Branch website.
Many Dahlia Heights teachers bring their own Arts expertise into the classroom and integrate arts into the curriculum.
Orchestra: Some instruments are provided by the school and by the District for student use. Instrument use is always free. Students perform in assemblies for the school and parents at the end of the year.
School Programs and Activities
Assemblies – Citizenship and School Spirit Assemblies are held monthly and a Student of the Month is awarded in each class. A character trait is highlighted each month and students who embody that character trait are recognized at the assembly. If your child is selected as a Student of the Month, your child’s teacher will contact you in advance.
E3 - Enrichment Educational Experiences - Enrichment Educational Experiences/E3 Inc. was developed to fulfill the requests of parents who were seeking an after school program that would continue the high standards and concepts of Kindergarten Enrichment. Our after school program provides students with art, music, drama, science, language arts, chess, dance, physical education clinics and a homework/study hall hour. Please visit the attached website for information about this program. Click Here!
Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) - The GATE program aims to provide high-ability and high-potential students with learning opportunities that will help develop their academic abilities to the highest level. GATE identification usually takes place during a student’s third grade year, and is generally based upon teacher screenings/referrals, assessments, and test scores (including an IQ test). Dahlia teachers Ms. Miranda is the GATE Coordinator.
P.E. Program – Physical education is offered for 20 minutes per day on a daily basis. Skills and teamwork are emphasized.
Recycling – Recycling is embraced and promoted by both staff and students at Dahlia.
School Library – Each Class spends 30 minutes per week in the library.
School for Advanced Studies (SAS) –Dahlia Heights is designated as one of LAUSD’s Schools for Advanced Studies. Our SAS program is designed to improve educational opportunities for all Dahlia Heights students and to enhance professional development to support students’ academic achievement levels. Ms. Folker is our SAS coordinator.
Student Council – Elections are held each fall to select two classroom representatives from each grade 3-6 class. Representatives then vote to select a council president and vice president. The council meets 1-2 times per month and is responsible for Spirit Days, the Student Talent Show, and fundraisers for the community, including the Penny Drive and Food Drive.
Science Olympiad- Students in 4th through 6th grade participate and compete in the Southern California Elementary Science Olympiad each spring. Spring of 2022 and 2023 our students achieved GOLD!
5th & 6th Science Grade STEA Rotations- Students in 5th and 6th grade have weekly rotations where they learn from 3 different teachers in one day. Each teacher instructs in a different content area; Science Lab, Technology (film production), Engineering (Robotics), and Visual Art.
Sixth Grade Events and Fundraisers
Annual Overnight Trip - Sixth grade students take this fun-filled trip each spring to study nature and the environment
Culmination Ceremony - Culmination and awards ceremony held the last day of school
Culmination Breakfast- Special breakfast with sixth graders and Dahlia Heights teachers and staff.
The Dahlia Heights PTA funds the annual 6th grade trip via its year-round fundraising activity. It's one of the largest expenses the PTA makes, and all 6th grade kids and parents are encouraged to help the PTA meet its fundraising goals by volunteering throughout the year, and helping with our largest fundraisers, like the Walkathon in the fall semester, and the Silent Auction in the spring semester.
E3 Session 4 - click here!