OVHS Class of 2024

Counseling Department Newsletter: November 2020

Dear OVHS 9th Grades Students and Families,

Well the holiday season is officially upon us! We wanted to reach out today to wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving Break. I hope you all take the week next week to catch up with friends and family as well as take care of yourselves and rest. For those of you that are behind in some of your classes I know that a lot of teachers are giving you the opportunity to get caught up during this week off. Please take advantage of the time off and make the best of it! We have 4 weeks until the end of the semester so please make sure you are staying on top of your school work and finishing the semester with the best possible grades you can. Please enjoy this time off and continue to stay safe and healthy.

What are you most looking forward to about Thanksgiving Break?

Take the poll below and see what you and your classmates are looking forward to!


Freshman Presentation: High School 101 (What Every Student Needs to Know About High School)

If you didn't get a chance to check out the presentation in advisement this week. Please review it has important information that you will not want to miss!!


OVHS Grading Periods

September 18, 2020: Progress Report

October 30, 2020: Progress Report

December 18, 2020: First Semester Grades (go on transcript)

February 19, 2021: Progress Report

March 26, 2021: Progress Report

June 4, 2021: Second Semester Grades (9th-11th go on transcript)


COYOTE CATCH-UP: Mark these dates on your calendar!

Are you behind on some of your school work and need help with an assignment or help getting caught up? There will be zoom sessions where you can get help catching up!

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PAPER: Free online/24 hour a day Tutoring


Family Activities /Self-Care to Explore During the Thanksgiving Holiday

This Thanksgiving Holiday may look a little differently for you and your family this year. With the COVID-19 pandemic and recent closures you may not get to partake in the same routine or rituals that you do over the typical holiday. This may leave some students feeling upset, disappointed or distressed. Please see below some ideas and suggestions to make the best of this holiday season and week off, as well as resources should you or any member of your family need additional mental health support during these trying times. Please use this time to rejuvenate, recharge, take care of yourself and family; and return ready to finish the end of the first semester strong.
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Teen Mindfulness: The Oasis

To address the ongoing attendance concerns and the stressors that contribute to students' struggles, the Language Acquisition Team is conducting a 5 session Teen Mindfulness Series we're calling "The Oasis." The series is open to all VVUSD secondary students but is specifically designed to re engage emerging multilingual students with struggling attendance. The series is designed to provide secondary students with easy and accessible mindfulness practices, meditations, and concepts specifically designed for teens. Participants will receive community service hours for their attendance along with other incentives.

Here is a newsletter with more information:

Val Verde Unified School District Mental Health Self Referral Link

We know that times are stressful right now because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the holiday season. I wanted to make sure you all knew that we have Mental Health Therapists that are working out of the Val Verde District Office available to assist students that are struggling in these difficult times. If you need assistance please fill out the Google Self-Referral Form below and a therapist will contact you and assist you.

Additional Resources for Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, or Crisis during the Pandemic



National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Crisis Text Line

Text TALK to 741741

LGBTQ Youth Support

The Trevor Project

1-866-488-7386 orText 678-678

Managing Anxiety & Stress

Centers for Disease Control Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Urgent Mental Health Care

Riverside County Suicide Prevention Lifeline


SAFE Alternatives (Self Abuse Finally Ends)



Teen Hotline

(310) 855-4673

Text TEEN to 839863

RAINN-Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

American Pregnancy Helpline


Please Reach out to Your Counselor if You have any Further Questions or Concerns, and have an AMAZING Thanksgiving Break!