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 #2
October 26, 2018
“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:
- PROGRESS REPORTS
Next Friday, November 2nd marks the end of our 12-week grading period. Progress grades will be available on Parent/Student Portal by Wednesday, November 7th. Keep in mind these are progress reports and these grades are not posted on your student’s permanent record or transcript. The grades earned at the end of the semester (18 weeks) on December 19, 2018 will be the final and permanent grades for semester one and will be posted to your student’s transcript.
- ALWAYS PLANNING FOR POST-HIGH SCHOOL
We believe the process of progressing through high school includes the academic studies your students experience, the activities your student is involved in and the relationships with peers and staff. This is all part of our students maturing and growing into the young adults they will become. We want our students to focus on their academics of course, but we also want them to enjoy the benefits of extra-curricular activities. These activities may include school-related activities, church-related activities, outside interests such as exercise, part-time employment etc. We aspire for our students to be well-rounded, well-adjusted folks who enjoy this process called high school.
Talk to your students about their interests, aspirations and dreams. We don’t expect our students to know their exact career path or post-high school path as a 15-16 year old; however, we do expect our students to be pursuing their interests and passions and learning what the world has to offer them. We believe hard work will pay off and as we navigate through the high school years, we want our students to pursue post-high school studies and plans with enthusiasm. As they find areas of interest, students will begin making more detailed plans of colleges, career paths etc.
- SAT & ACT STRATEGIES
Sophomore year is a time for students to start determining a direction they will take with required exams for college admissions such as the ACT or SAT. The recent Practice SAT (PSAT) and other upcoming PSAT dates via Kaplan test preparation are good ways for students to learn about the tests. Students may also want to contact other test preparation companies and inquire about free “mock” SAT and ACT exams they provide for students. These organizations may allow your student to take a practice SAT or ACT and based on the results your student will have a much clearer picture and direction of what test to pursue. See the link on the Class of 2021 webpage titled SAT vs. ACT to learn the differences with these two exams. Now keep in mind these test organizations will want you to sign your student up for additional programs at a cost; this is completely optional and up to individual families to decide. There are many ways to prepare for the SAT exam without spending a lot of money. There are many test prep. materials available online, in bookstores etc. Also, Collegeboard offers free SAT preparation via Khan Academy-a great resource. One test preparation organization which offers a Mock SAT or ACT exam is Test Prep Gurus: www.prepgurus.com.
Sophomore Year: Practice and Explore the tests
Junior Year: Begin taking the SAT or ACT (For College Admissions). Most students will begin taking these exams the second semester of junior year.
Senior Year: Students will have at least 1-2 additional opportunities to take these exams. We do not want students to wait until senior year to take the exams for the first time. Reserve Senior year for retakes.
SAT Subject Tests: Some universities may require or recommend students to submit scores from (2) SAT Subject Tests. As with the standard SAT exam, students may sign up and learn more about these Subject tests on the Collegeboard website. Students may take Subject tests they believe they are prepared for anytime. For example, if a student is enrolled in Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) as an 11th grader, the best time to take the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History would be the spring of junior year to coincide with the APUSH exam.
SAT: www.collegeboard.org Students should create an account on the Collegeboard website. This website has many helpful links for our students as they navigate high school.
ACT: www.act.org Students should create an account on the Collegeboard website. This website has many helpful links for our students as they navigate high school.
- GLC SUPERVISION AREAS
All of DBHS GLCs are out with our students during our morning break, Brunch, and at lunch supervising and watching our students. This is an ideal time for your student to seek us out and talk with us. Mrs. Duenas is assigned to the Middle Bridge next to the elevator for the next 12 weeks (Starting Monday, November 5) and Mr. Patterson is our Floater so he will be all around campus. Any GLC on campus or our Guidance secretaries may access us via radio when asked by a student.
- KEEPING GOOD RECORDS
We strongly suggest you create a folder to keep your honors, awards, recognitions etc. Certificates, letters of recognition and so on should be kept in this file. In addition, you may want to keep a log or chart of your activities. Years involved in the activities, number of hours, contact information of your advisor etc. This will make your college application process much easier when you become a senior.
- STUDY HABITS
There is no substitute for good, steady routines or habits when it comes to studying. Put the time in to your studies and the time spent will show with positive results. Try to set up routines such as where you study and when you study. Make sure you plan time to eat correctly, get enough sleep and participate in fun-related activities including exercise! Be organized, keep your papers organized so you know where you can find them at home and at school.
- FAMILY TIME:
Talk to your students. Yes, you can talk to them about their studies and academics, but we also suggest you talk with them about other activities as well. Open-ended questions to spark dialogue are the best. DINNER TIME: Enjoying dinner as a family is an ideal time to talk and share the events in your lives. We encourage our families to eat together whenever possible!
- RULES AND REMINDERS:
Be At School: You need to be at school each day unless you are ill. Plan and schedule other activities such as appointments for after school whenever possible.
Be On Time: Good habits such as being on time are contagious. Being on time to school and to each class puts you in the correct frame of mind to be productive and successful in class.
Student ID Numbers and Buying Lunch On Campus-BEWARE!: Please advise your student to not share his/her student ID number with other students. Be prepared to show your ID card at the lunch line to verify your identification. Students should never use another student’s ID number to purchase lunch!
- STUDENT WVUSD EMAIL ADDRESS:
All DBHS students are assigned a Walnut Valley USD student email address. For example, the email will look like this: 6-digit Student ID firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should access this email account often. Some students may want to have email messages sent to their Student Email forwarded to their personal email address so they do not miss important email messages. Mr. Randy Thomas, DBHS Technology Director, will be able to assist your student if needed. email@example.com
- PARENT AND STUDENT PORTAL:
If you are new to the WVUSD or do not have the Parent Portal set up yet, you may also register for the Student and Parent Portal. This will allow you to access student information such as attendance, grades etc. Directions on how to register for this Student and Parent Portal may be found on the DBHS website. Simply access www.dbhs.org and go to either the STUDENTS OR PARENTS pull-down menu and look for the Parent Portal File. Verification Codes may be received from Mr. Randy Thomas, Technology Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs. Mingie Han, Registrar, email@example.com.
The Parent Portal and Student Portal are valuable tools for periodically monitoring a student’s progress.
- DBHS WEPAGE AND CLASS OF 2021 WEBPAGE:
It is very important for your student to stay up-to-date with DBHS News.
- Sophomores should check the DBHS website’s Homepage dbhs.org daily. It only takes 5 minutes to review the announcements etc. Our school bulletin is only read to our student body once per week, during period 4 on Mondays. Information is posted to the website daily.
- Sophomores should check the Class of 2021 periodically as well. Once every week or so would be fine. Great source of support and information for our students. Please look at the files on the Class of 2021 webpage for outstanding information. In addition, on the Guidance/GLC Webpage you will find a link on the right hand menu titled “Off Campus Opportunities.” This site will provide you with several off-campus opportunities to support your academic studies. Check it out!
We are very fortunate here at DBHS to have a very strong support system for students. Encourage your student to reach out for help when needed.
- Grade Level Coordinator-Your GLC wears many hats and one is as our student’s counselor.
- School Psychologists. Mrs. Woodward and Mrs. Lowe (Office #252 and #253) are tremendous sources of support.
- Intervention Counselor: Mrs. Lauren Osajima-Room 277
- Wellness Center-Room 254. Students may walk in for support from our Trained Peer Counseling staff.
- REMIND TEXT MESSAGE SYSTEM:
The Class of 2021 is utilizing a free Text-Message Remind system. We believe the majority of te class has enrolled in this program last year. The process is the same as 9th grade and you only have to register/enroll one time. If you have not completed this sign-up process, PLEASE SIGN UP NOW. Students and Parents are encouraged to sign up.
PLEASE JOIN OUR TEXT MESSAGE REMIND SYSTEM. THIS ALLOWS YOUR GLC TO SEND THE ENTIRE CLASS OF 2021 (STUDENTS AND PARENTS) TEXT MESSAGE REMINDERS THROUGHOUT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW:
TEXT MESSAGE REMIND SYSTEM: TO JOIN USING YOUR CELL PHONE:
ENTER THIS NUMBER: 81010
TEXT THIS MESSAGE: @24gd92