Class of 2021 Grade Level Coordinators
Mr. Kevin Patterson Mrs. Stephanie Duenas Mrs. Julie Salas
CLASS OF 2021 GLC NEWS AND NOTES
VOLUME 3 (JUNIOR YEAR) ISSUE #9
March 18, 2020
Class of 2021 Students and Parents,
As we have the past two school years, we will publish this GLC News and Notes Newsletter periodically during the school year. Our goal is to keep our students and parents up-to-date on relevant and timely topics and issues.
YOU MAY ACCESS PREVIOUS GLC NEWS AND NOTES ON THE DBHS WEBPAGE VIA THE WEBPAGE OF THE CLASS OF 2021.
Class of 2021 Parents and Students,
We are all experiencing uncertain and challenging times. We ask the following of students and parents:
- Check your student emails often for updates on our school closure.
- Check the Diamond Bar High School webpage: www.dbhs.org and the Walnut Valley Unified School District webpage as well as other social media resources often for updates on our school closure: District website: https://www.wvusd.k12.ca.us/
- Twitter: @ WVUSD_Tweet
- Instagram @walnutvalleyusd
We understand that the closure of school causes some anxiety. We are all concerned for everyone’s health and well-being first and foremost. We will continue to trust our leaders and do what is best for all of our students. Your GLCs, like all other staff, will not be allowed on campus until April 20th. We will check our emails periodically, but students should not wait for a GLC reply if in need of emotional support. In these cases, students should confide in their parents, guardians or other trusted adults.
In hopes of easing some of the academic anxiety, below are updates from the Collegeboard-(SAT) and ACT corporations in regards to SAT and ACT testing.
Please keep in mind, our entire nation is experiencing these challenging times. We have to trust that once we return to some normalcy, that our students will be able to return to a regular schedule of activities. Please don’t panic because of any interruption of academics or delay in testing. We must trust that once we are able to return to our normal routines that organizations such as Collegeboard and ACT will do what is right by all students who experienced a postponed test or delayed test etc. Remember-ALL students are in the same situation as our DBHS students.
For students who are interested in attending a 4-year university immediately after high school, you could use these next few weeks to research potential colleges. See the information below for guidelines on searching for a college and making a list of colleges, which may be a match for you.
In addition, students who are looking at other options for after high school, now is an opportunity to discuss these options with parents and other trusted adults. Enjoy the process of exploring all of the opportunities available to you after you graduate from DBHS. You may want to revisit the information we posted on the Class of 2021 webpage under FILES titled: Class of 2021-Options after High School Information Packet as well as the Power Point Presentation titled-Class of 2021 Presentation on Post High School Options.
In the meantime, please do your very best to take care of yourself and those around you. Let's all do our best to find ways to be mentally, physically, and emotionally active. That means reading and learning to keep our minds active, exercising and getting out in the sun for walks to keep our bodies active, and interacting with friends and family (even if it must be remotely) to stay socially active, even in these times. This a strange time, but if we focus on staying active and caring for each other, we'll get through this.
WHAT SHOULD A STUDENT BE DOING NOW IF PLANS INCLUDE A 4-YEAR UNIVERSITY AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
The first thing we suggest students do is to give some serious thought to what they want during their college experience. Do they want to attend a school close to home, move away and live on campus, attend a large campus, attend a small campus where it may be easier to connect with professors and classmates? Do they want a campus with a very active social scene such as athletic events, fraternities and sororities, is the weather important? Please consult the COLLEGE SELECTION CRITERIA list posted on the Class of 2021 webpage under files. This is a great list of criteria students may consider when selecting universities to pursue. There will be some criteria which are Non-Negotiable and Must Haves vs. some criteria which are Nice to Have, but not Essential. Students should determine which criteria are important as they develop their list of prospective universities. Our suggestion is for the student to determine which criteria are “Non-Negotiable” which criteria they can’t live without for example. Usually students come up with 2-3 criteria which are “Non-Negotiable”. For example a student wants to study Business Finance so the university must offer Business Finance as a degree option. Or, a student wants to be close to home so they can still live at home then the university must fit this criteria. Some criteria will be “Nice to have, but not deal breakers” such as if you are going to live on campus, you want the dormitories to be really modern and new for example. If the university you like meets all criteria but does not have nice new dormitories, the student should and would still pursue this university!
Junior year is a great time to develop their list of prospective universities. Students should research universities looking for campuses which may be a match of their selection criteria. Eventually as we approach their senior year (sometime in summer) students should narrow their list of universities. There is no magic number of universities to pursue. Generally, a list of 8-12 schools is what we suggest. Students should be strategic when developing their list. This means students should not have all 12 schools on their list be in the “Most selective or most difficult” universities in the country to gain admission category. This is where a student’s research becomes important. Universities will provide information on past classes admitted to their university in regards to the average GPA, average SAT or ACT score etc. Keep in mind that these numbers are usually averages so some students admitted will be higher than the average some at the average and some below the average. We suggest students research schools and get an idea of the “range” of past students admitted and compare this to their own GPA and projected SAT or ACT scores. The best strategy is find universities which could be a good match based on criteria and then to ensure these schools fit into the following (3) categories.
SAFETY SCHOOLS: Apply to 3-4 schools in this category. A safety school is a school that you are likely to get into. This generally means that your statistics place you in the top 25% of admitted students.
TARGET SCHOOLS: Apply to 3-4 schools in this category. .A target school is a college that you have a reasonable chance of attending. This means that your statistics place you in the mid 50th percentile of admitted students.
REACH SCHOOLS: Apply to 3-4 schools in this category. A reach school is one that you’re not likely to get into. These include all highly selective colleges, and any colleges at which your statistics place you in the bottom 25% of admitted students. Any colleges with very low acceptance rates would qualify as a reach school. Reach Schools should be pursued as admissions decisions vary greatly from campus to campus.
PARENTS AND CLASS OF 2021 STUDENTS:
PLEASE READ YOUR EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS! THIS IS ISSUE #9 OF THE GLC NEWS AND NOTES NEWSLETTER. THEY ARE EMAILED TO STUDENT AND PARENT EMAIL ADDRESSES. DON’T DISCARD THEM-READ THEM! MANY OF THE QUESTIONS WE RECEIVE FROM STUDENTS AND PARENTS HAVE ANSWERS CONTAINED IN THE GLC NEWS AND NOTES NEWSLETTERS! ALL PRIOR ISSUES OF THE NEWSLETTER ARE AVAILABLE ON THE CLASS OF 2021 WEBPAGE! WE WANT YOU TO BE INFORMED!
Remind TEXT-MESSAGE System For PARENTS:
PARENTS-Please sign up for the new REMIND accounts to receive text-message communications directly from your GLC’s. The Class of 2021 had to switch to new accounts because the company, REMIND set new limitations and capped each class at 150 students per class. If you received these TEXT MESSAGES in the past, you will have to RE-JOIN!
We have made student groups and now we are making parent groups. If you do sign up for this process, you will receive the same text messages your student will receive. These messages will become more and more important as we near our senior year!
Please make sure to sign up for the correct group so there is enough room for all who want to participate. Keep in mind, your student has already received information for their message groups. The information below is for interested parents. Here are the instructions for how to sign up for the parent groups:
TEXT NOTIFICATION DIRECTIONS:
Send text message to 81010
Then enter in corresponding, highlighted Class Code below as a message:
Class of 2021 – Last Names (a-i)
Class Code: @db2021-p1
Class of 2021 – Last Names (j-q)
Class Code: @db2021-p2
Class of 2021 – Last Names (r-z)
Class Code: @db2021-p3
Don’t have a mobile phone? Go to the following website on a desktop computer to sign up for email notifications:
Class of 2021 – Last Names (a-i)
Class of 2021 – Last Names (j-q)
Class of 2021 – Last Names (r-z)
Keep Checking the GLC/Guidance Webpage and the Class of 2021 Webpage
www.dbhs.org then…Guidance/GLC Link then…Class of 2021 Link
Your GLCs stress to all to “Be Kind”
Kevin R. Patterson Stephanie Duenas Julie Salas
Grade Level Coordinators – Class of 2021