Welcome to year 14 of the Digital Safari Academy. It’s been a fantastic first 13 years and we have reason to believe year 14 will better than ever!
First, we have an awesome group of Seniors. After ending last year with an incredible night of performances for ‘Speaking of I.D.entity‘, they showed themselves to be as talented a group as any we’ve ever had. And, for those of you who know anything about the DSA, that’s saying something. (See some of the videos at the DSA Vimeo channel – I’ll get the rest up soon ~ R ). This year they will be carrying DSA pride with them as we invite the International Hospitality and Tourism Academy and the Arts and Humanities Academy into our annual GreenBizz competition. We believe we have the right group to defend the DSA’s longstanding title as ‘best academy anywhere in the universe’.
Second, we have a Junior class full of the some of the friendliest and most solid people you could find anywhere. We grew in huge ways as a group and they, as so many groups that came before them, are poised to do amazing things as a class. We begin the year with our annual Speaking of I.D.entity project and finish with our first ever video podcasting project on the culture of MDHS.
Third, the DSA was selected as one of only two academies in the nation to begin the development of a college readiness and internship program for our students. We begin this year with job shadows and college trips, and then next summer will begin to place all of the class of 2011 into internships working with media in our business community. It’s an honor and privilege our students richly deserve.
Fourth, the DSA has the best teachers around. DSA teachers form a team of loving and committed professionals as good as you’ll find anywhere. We love our students, we know they’re great, and we know we’re in this thing together.
Fifth, the summer lab fairies have brought us new equipment. The working side of the lab is now running new iMacs everywhere. And, we received a grant from flip video spotlight to purchase 16 new Flip video cameras for our video podcasting project in the spring. Our new web hosting service serves up our new blog (and blogs from all your teachers), and will provide each DSA student with a digitalsafari.org email account.
Finally, we have our newest class entering the academy. The class of 2012 will be the DSA’s 15th graduating class when they cross the stage in 3 years. We certainly expect big things from a class privileged to occupy such a monumental spot in the history of ‘the best academy anywhere in the universe.’
Again, welcome to year 14. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.