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2021 GLC News & Notes - April 9

Class of 2021 Grade Level Coordinators

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

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“DREAM-PLAN-PURSUE”

 

CLASS OF 2021 GLC NEWS AND NOTES

VOLUME 3  (JUNIOR YEAR) ISSUE #12

 

April 9, 2020

 

Class of 2021 Students and Parents,

 

Greetings.  As we near the end of our first full month of our school closure, we are learning much more about the Virtual/Instructional process and how your GLCs will most effectively communicate with you the updates from DBHS and from colleges and universities. 

 

April 20 will be the “official” start of the WVUSD Phase 2 of school closure and the beginning of Online/Virtual instruction. We will continue to reach out to you and provide you with the latest news!

 

STUDENTS:  Your Grade Level Coordinators will continue to communicate with you via these GLC News and Notes Newsletter and via REMIND TEXT messaging.  Please tell your peers via social media etc. to read this information and ask your parents to also read this information.

 

THE NEXT FEW WEEKS:  As we discussed with you during our classroom visits prior to school being closed, we were planning to conduct lunchtime meetings in May to prepare everyone for the COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS.  With the latest news that we will not be returning to campus this school year, we will come up with an ALTERNATE process to communicate the COLLEGE APPLICATION process to you all.  DO NOT PANIC-We will make sure you have all the TOOLS necessary to move forward, starting this summer, with college essay writing and eventually the actual applications in late summer and fall.  WE HAVE YOUR BACK ON THIS PROCESS-PLEASE BE PATIENT as we prepare these materials to be presented to you in May.

KP, SD, JS

 

YOU MAY ACCESS PREVIOUS GLC NEWS AND NOTES ON THE DBHS WEBPAGE VIA THE WEBPAGE OF THE CLASS OF 2021.

 

Highlights from the last GLC News and Notes Volume 3 Issue #10 sent out April 2nd:

·        Updates on SAT, ACT, and AP exams and procedures

·        Updates from the UC and CSU campuses

  • Articles on dealing with school closures and isolation

 

GREAT AND UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR 11TH GRADERS WHILE YOU ARE AT HOME:

Additional Virtual College Exploration Tools & College Fairs Update

WACAC is the Western Association for College Admission Counseling and is a professional organization of high school and college counselors, advisors etc.
WACAC is researching the ability to hold college fairs this fall, but will not make any formal announcements until they are first able to secure venue spaces. As they are all dealing with the changes caused by COVID-19, there is a lot of uncertainty of when venues are allowed to be open for business. In the meantime, WACAC is supporting:  

StriveScan's virtual college exploration week

https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/

This program is specifically designed for 11th graders (Class of 2021) and is an online program scheduled for Monday, April 20-Thursday, April 23.  It is FREE for students.  Topics include: 

·         Interacting and Hearing from College Admission Officers

·         Opportunity to sign up for over 96 presentations on topics ranging from

o   Choosing a College That Fits

o   The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

o   Maximizing Financial Aid at a Private University

o   Christian Liberal Arts Colleges and Universities

o   The First in My Family to Attend a University

o   The Road to College-First Steps

o   2-Year Community College and Technical Schools

o   One State-Four Different Systems:  Higher Education in California

o   Mythbusters-The College App Process

o   The Claremont Colleges

·         Over 300 Colleges and Universities Participating

 

Updates on AP Exams, SAT and ACT/Covid 19:

 

Collegeboard (SAT & Advanced Placement)

https://pages.collegeboard.org/collegeboard-covid-19-updates

https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

 

https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

 

ACT

https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html#student-parent

 

 

Updates on University of California (UC) &

California State University (CSU)/Covid 19:

 

University of California (UC)

See link for option to Sign Up for Alerts by subscribing to a newsletter for regular updates

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/coronavirus

 

 

California State University (CSU) 

https://www2.calstate.edu/coronavirus

 

 

 

Words of Wisdom-PARENTING-HOW TO MAKE HOME FEEL SAFE FOR KIDS:

 

ENCOURAGE OPEN CONVERSATION
You may not feel like you have all the answers, but it’s important to encourage children to ask questions. Here’s how:

  • Model calm behavior while providing information in a developmentally appropriate way
  • Provide reassurance, empathy and encouragement in the face of uncertainty.
  • For example, "I know things are different, but we will get through it together.

 

GET CONSISTENT SLEEP
Consistent sleep is tied to improved cognitive performance and memory — as well as better mood, self-regulation and resilience. Here are some tips for promoting good sleep habits during this time, for you and your kids.

  • Remind your family that it’s still a school/work week, even though you’re all at home
  • Turn off devices at least an hour before bed
  • Try old-fashioned alternatives like reading

 

PARENTING TEENAGERS IN ISOLATION
While young kids may love 24/7 parental attention, adolescents might not be so thrilled. To support teens:

  • Emphasize the importance of social distancing, if not for them, for you
  • Acknowledge their frustration and disappointment and find workable solutions together
  • Promote remote learning by helping them create a study schedule
  • Promote sleep, healthy eating and exercise

 

RELAX YOUR BOUNDARIES
As families increase vigilance around hygiene and social distancing, it’s okay to relax other boundaries.

  • Maintain structure for children where possible, but be flexible.
  • Phones normally off-limits on weeknights? Now that your kids aren’t socializing at school, consider making an exception.
  • Explain that this is a unique situation and that rules aren’t cancelled forever!

 

 

REMINDERS:

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:  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
  • PLEASE READ YOUR EMAILS AND TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS! 
  • THIS IS ISSUE #12 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!

 

 

Principal Dr. Reuben Jones’ Weekly Newsletter:  Week 32 Brahma Briefing 

Click HERE to access the Brahma Briefing for weekly updates about DBHS.

The Message, from our Principal, is loaded with information and links for you and your student.  PLEASE CHECK IT OUT!

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSURE RESOURCES:

 

 

 

 

SENIOR YEAR-SENIOR BULLETINS:

During your senior year, in addition to the regular GLC News and Notes Newsletter, you will receive a SENIOR BULLETIN the first day of each month.  The SENIOR BULLETIN is specifically geared to the COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS, SCHOLARSHIPS ETC. 

If you would like to get an “advanced look” at what this year’s SENIOR BULLETINS covered, you will find them on the DBHS Webpage/Guidance/GLC and then go to the Class of 2021 webpage.  Interesting reading.

 

 

 

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)
rmd.at/db2021-p1

Class of 2021 – Last Names (j-q)
rmd.at/db2021-p2

Class of 2021 – Last Names (r-z)
rmd.at/db2021-p3

 

Kevin R. Patterson  Stephanie Duenas   Julie Salas

Grade Level Coordinators – Class of 2021