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Class Of 2021 GLC News & Notes, May 17

Class of 2021 Grade Level Coordinators

Mr. Kevin Patterson, Mrs. Stephanie Duenas, Mrs. Julie Salas

 

CLASS OF 2021 GLC NEWS AND NOTES

VOLUME 2 (SOPHOMORES) ISSUE #5           

May 17, 2019

                                                                                                                                   

“ACHIEVE, CREATE, RESPECT”           “DREAM, PLAN, PURSUE”

 

Class of 2021 Students and Parents,

 

Here are a few items of interest for your review from your DBHS Class of 2021

Grade Level Coordinators:

 

This past week on Wednesday and Thursday, Mr. Patterson and Mrs. Duenas met with approximately 170 of our 620 sophomore students in the DBHS Theater at lunch.  I mention the number 170 because that computes to less than 30% of our Class of 2021.  The topic was “Post High School Options”.  We discussed the variety of options available to our students after they leave DBHS.  It was discouraging that only 30% of our class took the 30 minutes to hear and view the presentation.   The troubling part of this is that the 70% of the students who did not take the time to attend one of the meetings will be the same students with multiple questions about what they should be doing these next 2 years in regards to planning for after high school.  We understand some students may have been home ill these two days; but we did not have 450 ill students both days.  Ok, so enough with my frustrations…I am proud of the 170 students who invested the time towards important future decisions.

 

Please discuss this with your student.  We have posted both the Power Point presentation and the Information Packet on our Class of 2021 webpage.  We encourage our parents to look both of these over and discuss with your students.  Also, we encourage the 70% of our class who did not make the meeting to take the time as well to study these items.

 

On the Class of 2021 Webpage…Look for:

CLASS OF 2021 PRESENTATION ON POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS

CLASS OF 2021 POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS INFORMATION PACKET

 

Summer School 2019

Students can attempt to add a summer school course if needed on Day 1 of Summer School, Monday, June 10 at 7:30 am in the DBHS Theater.  Adds are limited to spaces available in each course.

 

SECOND SEMESTER GRADES

Students who end up earning grades below C- in college-preparatory courses (needed to meet 4-year university admission requirements) should attempt to retake the course in summer school if it is offered. 

 

Students who earn a grade, which is lower than the grade needed as a prerequisite for a requested 11thgrade course, need to contact their GLC via email as soon as final grades are posted for the class.  GLCs will be able to adjust courses for the 11th grade year if notified of this situation prior to registration meetings.  If not, GLCs will have to make this scheduling adjustment at the summer GLC meeting with student and parent. This most likely will negatively affect what courses the student has been assigned by the computerized scheduler.

 

OFF-CAMPUS OPPORTUNITIES

If your student is looking for educational opportunities off campus please use the school website,www.dbhs.org.  Go to the Guidance Page and look for the Link-Off Campus Opportunities. Many events take place off campus and your student may find these events beneficial. 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

QUALITY BEATS QUANTITY

Students, instead of filling your busy schedule with multiple clubs and activities, focus on a few clubs or activities that are important to you.  You will get more out of your involvement this way.

 

BE A LEADER

Students do not need to run for an office and be elected or appointed to a position to experience leadership opportunities.  Students can be leaders by taking initiative in their activities.  Show your leadership skills by leading a group in class with a group assignment or project, lead an activity in a club or group you are involved in or try coaching a youth sport.  There are many ways to show your leadership abilities.  Trust us, you will learn a lot about yourself in these roles.

 

FIND A PART-TIME JOB

Holding a part-time job is as valuable if not more valuable than other extra-curricular activities.  Holding down a part-time job shows future employers and colleges that you were able to secure employment and keep employment.  This means you have exhibited a good work ethic, promptness, the ability to follow directions and it shows you are dependable.

 

KINDNESS IS COOL  (Published in High School Years-February and March 2019 issues)

Encourage your student to:

SPREAD KINDS WORDS-Ask your student to send a kind text message to someone complimenting them on a job well done in a recent activity!

 

DO KIND ACTS-Little things can really be the highlight of someone else’s day.  Tell the custodians at school thank you for keeping the campus clean and safe, tell your teacher thank you for caring, tell the staff working in our food areas thank you when they serve you, do something nice for a sibling or parent without being asked.  Some of these acts can be anonymous to add even more excitement for the recipient.

 

OUR STUDENTS NEED TO LEARN PERSEVERANCE

Did you know….

Early in his career, Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor who said he lacked imagination.  Dr. Seuss’ first book was rejected 27 times by publishers.  Both of these individuals persevered and flourished.

 

PAST GLC NEWS AND NOTES:

If you missed GLC News and Notes Newsletter #1-#4 you will find them on the Class of 2021 Webpage viawww.dbhs.org.  Click on Guidance/GLC link to find the Class of 2021 link.