January 12, 2021
Greetings Class of 2021 Students and Parents,
Welcome to our last semester of high school!
Application Workshops for MTSAC Begin Wednesday, January 13th!
If MTSAC is your choice or you are still considering it as a possibility, please attend all of the Application Workshops conducted by our MTSAC representative, Annette Monge-Hermosillo. She will be a great support to you as you apply to MTSAC. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in MTSAC’s “Connect 4” process for admission, registration, summer bridge programs etc.
See link for MTSAC Application Workshop Dates:
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS FOLLOW UP Part 1:
After submitting your college applications, please check your emails daily for any communications from the colleges. In many cases, you will receive information on creating your Admissions Portal, which you will use during the admission’s process. It is the student’s responsibility to check emails, portals and to respond quickly to university emails.
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS FOLLOW UP Part 2:
Communications with the colleges to which you applied is very important. You must notify each college you applied to if either of these situations takes place:
- If you earn a final semester 1 grade lower than a C- in a course you self-reported to the colleges, you must notify each of your colleges and inform them of this situation.
- If you adjusted (dropped a class) your schedule for semester 2 and your self-reported courses on your application are no longer accurate, you must notify each of your colleges and inform them of this situation.
You should email each college individually and you should keep records of confirmation of receipt from each college. You should not just send the email and forget about it, you should monitor each campus and ensure that you receive confirmation of your email from each campus!
COLLEGE APPLICATIONS FOLLOW UP Part 3:
Don’t forget to share with your GLC when you begin learning admission decisions from the colleges. Remember, focus on the colleges who say yes and not the ones who say no. Most college decisions will come during the month of March; however, you may hear earlier from some private colleges.
UNIVERSITY MID-YEAR REPORTS:
Your Class of 2021 GLCs will begin submitting Mid-Year Reports the week of January 18, 2021. Mid-Year reports allow your GLC to submit the student’s 7th Semester (1st semester of 12th Grade) academic transcript. If you applied to colleges using the Common Application, your GLC will automatically submit your Mid-Year Report using the Common Application Platform-so there is no need to send an email reminder to us. Your GLC will also submit Mid-Year Reports via the Coalition Application platform and SEND EDU platform if it is required. For private and/or out-of-state universities not using these Application platforms, your GLC will submit Mid-Year reports as requested via email requests. Remember, University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) applications do not require a 7th semester transcript to be submitted. If you are contacted by a UC or CSU and a 7th transcript is requested then you will follow through with submitting the 7th semester transcript. Your GLC can assist you with this process or you may order a transcript using the PARCHMENT Transcript service. You will find directions for requesting a transcript via PARCHMENT on our DBHS webpage, www.dbhs.org under the STUDENTS link.
GLC-Grade Level Coordinator and Parent Virtual Office Hours:
Mr. Patterson and Mrs. Duenas will continue with their monthly Parent Virtual Office Hours. The first Wednesday evening of each month, your GLCs will conduct Zoom Office Hours for parents from 8:00-9:00 pm. See the Class of 2021 Webpage for the Zoom Link. Office Hour Dates:
February 3, March 3, April 14 (Due to spring break), May 5
Graduation Cap & Gown Ordering-LAST CHANCE
A note from Herff Jones Company:
January 30th is your last chance to order your Cap and Gown. You may go to the Herff Jones website at http://socalgraduates.com/ to purchase your cap, gown and tassel. Cap, Gown and Tassle will be shipped to your home. If you prefer not to pay for shipping, you may contact Mr. Mike Coffey with Herff Jones to schedule an appointment to pick up your items at their Fullerton location.
Mike Coffey Herff Jones Office: (714) 838-5299
Contact DBHS Activities Director, Mrs. Van Horn, with questions! Jvanhorn@wvusd.org
Senior Photo/Portrait in the Yearbook?-LAST CHANCE
If you did not take your Senior Portrait with the Photographer earlier in the year and you still want your Senior Portrait to be in the Yearbook, you have one last opportunity. Mrs. Stacy Tenace, Yearbook Advisor, has set up a process for you to submit your photo for inclusion into our Yearbook.
The deadline to turn in the picture is Monday, January 25. Here is the link to turn in the picture:
Here is the link with instructions:
LASTLY, SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS OF HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
We certainly do not have all the answers as parents, but some things we have learned over the years working with high school students may help you as you approach graduation…Enjoy:
§ Encourage your high school senior to finish their final applications or make plans for after high school.
§ Research scholarship opportunities for them – check the institutional scholarships first and then check out finaid.com and fastweb.com for non-institutional aid
§ Take walks and talk about next steps – get to know what’s going on inside their heads, i.e., what are their dreams, their fears?
§ Make arrangements, if possible, to visit colleges where they’ve been accepted if it is safe to do so. If not then Virtual Tours are the next best thing.
§ Don’t bug them too much about school work (I’ll gain a few points here from the kids) – they need to keep up their grades, but colleges are unlikely to rescind their offer if they slip from a B+ to a B in most situations!
§ Don’t guilt them into attending your alma mater.
§ Enjoy them as they mature into young adults.
Please go to the Class of 2021 Webpage to see past emails.
Kevin R. Patterson Stephanie Duenas Julie Salas
Grade Level Coordinators – Class of 2021
Diamond Bar High School