On Wednesdays, We’ve Got Swag

DASH merchandise will be sold during lunch every Wednesday in September and October. The PTSA store is located in the hallway near the teacher’s lounge. We have hoodies, t-shirts, tank tops, mugs, bracelets, and more. Items may be purchased with cash, checks (payable to DASH PTSA), and Paypal.

  • Black Zip-Up Hoodie – $25.00hoodie-small
  • Black Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $15.00
  • White Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $15.00
  • White Short Sleeve T-Shirt – $10.00
    (Now approved for PE!)
  • Black Tank Top – $5.00 (SALE – reg. $8)
  • White Tank Top – $5.00 (SALE – reg. $8)
  • Mugs – $5.00 (SALE – reg. $10)
  • Bracelets – $1.00
  • Clearance Items – $3.00
    (Retro retired logo t’s and tanks)

OPEN HOUSE: PTSA will sell school merchandise, sign up parents and students for membership, and sell TASTE OF DESIGN tickets at Back To School Night on Tues, Sept. 30. Check out our website and online store here. 

Free/Reduced Lunch DEADLINE: This Week

Students who qualify for the Free/Reduced School Lunch Program receive many benefits beyond meal discounts. These include testing fee reductions such as PSAT ($14 savings for juniors), SAT (2 fee waivers worth $52.50 each per year), ACT (2 fee waivers worth $54.50), up to 4 college application fee waivers, and much more.

Participation in the program must be renewed each year. The deadline to apply/re-apply for this year is this Thursday, Sept. 18! Over the weekend, students who have not re-applied will be removed from the program and lose their benefits. See the eligibility info below and click here to apply online now!

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES Use the income chart below to see if you qualify for the free or reduced price meal program. Effective July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015
Household Members
Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks
For EACH additional household member add:



juw7G.St.56In case you missed it, this article appeared in the Miami Herald on August 10th.

Taking two buses and riding her bike, Allison Bouganim traveled 25 miles every day for three weeks, from her home in Sunny Isles to Locust Projects, an art gallery in the Design District, to participate in a program where high school students are responsible for creating an original exhibition, from the conceptual stages to the installation.“It was really important to me and there were a lot of people that had cars or parents to drive them and they sometimes didn’t show up,” said Allison, 16, a student at Design and Architecture Senior High.The project, Locust Art Builders, is an intensive summer program that has introduced close to 100 high school students in the last five years to the multi-faceted world of contemporary art.“Locust LAB is an opportunity for young artists to get real-life exhibition experience and to get a deep understanding, or at least an introduction, to the way the contemporary art world functions,” said Chana Sheldon, Locust Project’s executive director and chief curator. Continue reading the full article here.

September Feature Portfolio: Lucas Riquenes

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Link to Feature Portfolio


Far out, that’s where art goes. Whenever I look at a blank canvas, it’s not blank to me. I already see dozens of concepts and ideas fluttering on the blank surface. The ideas originate from a zone of reality that exists both in my mind and in the material world. Using the spectacular universe as inspiration and applying my ever growing ideality, I venture beyond familiar realms (figures, objects, settings). The art I compose will not just take me to unique grounds, but the observer as well.  I invite all who behold my artistry to join me in my exclusive conceptual worlds. These “worlds” are a part of me. My art is an extension of myself, primarily my mind. In my pieces I explore far, remote places of my conscience. This is where truly extraordinary and fresh ideations can be discovered. My expanding imagination carries me far out. I am an artist and my mind is my greatest medium.           -LUCAS RIQUENES