DHS Insider


A Letter From the Principal

Cardinal Families,

The year 2021 is here! I hope all of you had a relaxing, restful, and positive time with family and friends during our holiday break. The year 2020 was a difficult one for all of us. We made it through because we supported each other through this historic year. Yes, we are in a new year, however, many of our cardinals are still struggling socially, emotionally, financially and academically. To give perspective we are living through one of the top 20 plagues, epidemics and pandemics in our human history. Yes, we are in historic times and as we have seen the first part of 2021 will be similar to 2020. We must continue to work together, take care of each other, love each other, encourage each other, so we can make it though.

Like I stated above, many of our students are struggling at the High School, and we will do all we can to assist our students and their families. The DHS Guidance Office will continue to be open and work with students who need someone to listen to them. Our wonderful guidance counselors will direct families on where they can go for additional resources for more serious student and/or family needs. Also, DHS teachers are available after school everyday from 2:11 PM to 2:41 PM for students that need the extra help. We are here during school hours for a call, email, and/or a virtual meeting to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.

Furthermore, the first semester final exams are three weeks away and students will be experiencing them in new ways with online learning. Final exams are an opportunity for students to show evidence of their learning, allow students to improve grades, and gain credit if they do well enough on their finals. If a student is failing a class at the end of the semester and they earn a 78% or better on their final, they may have an opportunity to earn credit in the class.

All face-to-face students will be taking all final exams in person, including their first and second hour exams (if we continue as we are today). All 100% virtual students will be taking their final exams online during a scheduled time. If students have questions about final exams they should reach out to their teachers sooner than later.

For any important learning, especially final exams, students should study early and often to retain the information. By studying early and often, the knowledge they learned will be retained in their long term memory for students to retrieve when wanted. If students cram for a test the night before, they will be exhausted and will only retain the information in their short term memory, which is lost or useless soon after taking the assessment.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to share something we are very excited to announce. To celebrate our seniors during this historic time, we will be highlighting several students in each month's DHS Insider. If you would like to get your senior involved, please email Jane Morrison, at jmorrison@davisonschools.org with the subject line: Senior Highlight (Student’s Name). The parameters of this project include the following: less than 250 words, 1 to 3 pictures of the student, student’s high school accomplishments, future life plans, current goals, hobbies, and a little message from family if desired. All entries may be edited for space and appropriateness. If you have any questions please email Ms. Morrison, or call DHS at (810) 591-3531. We would love to get as much participation as possible to celebrate all of their hard work during these past four years.

Go Cards!

Ron J. Jacobs

Davison High School - Principal

Inspirational Video During COVID

How Being In Quarantine Can Change The World | Goalcast /McRaven "Make Your Bed" Speech

Important Dates

4 School is Scheduled to Resume

11 PAC Meeting with Google Meet at 5:30pm: http://meet.google.com/wys-xpna-nih

16-17 Boy's Basketball Tryout: 9th Grade Boys from 4pm-6pm, 10th Grade Boys to 12th Grade Boys 6pm-8pm

18 NO School- MLK Day

20 Picture Re-Take Day

21 Virtual Winter Band Concert at 6:30pm

26 Winter Choir Concert at 6:30pm, NO audience allowed, it will be taped

27 End of Semester Exams 3rd and 4th Hours

28 End of Semester Exams 5th and 6th Hours

29 End of Semester Exams 1st and 2nd Hours: *Face-to-Face students will be taking these exams IN the building*

29 End of the First Semester


Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but by all means, keep moving."- Martin Luther King Jr.
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."- Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. was a social activist and minister during his life. He had a key role in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950's. Martin Luther King Jr. sought equality and human rights for African Americans through peaceful protests. In 1964, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Martin Luther King Jr. was a driving force for the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. This man was arrested over twenty-five times, however, he never gave up on his dream. Sadly, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray. Although, Martin Luther King Jr. does not remain on Earth, his message still continues to be spread. A few ways you can celebrate MLK Day include:

1. Reading Dr. King's speeches

2. Watch a documentary on his life

3. Donate to an organization that is working for racial justice

"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Important Information

SENIORS! Local Scholarship Applications Are Ready

This is your chance to win FREE money for college. These are LOCAL scholarships that are awarded on your senior honors night.

Follow these easy directions to start the process:

1. Go to google classroom.

2. Click the plus sign (+)

3. Enter the class code: z4ffurr

4. “2021 Scholarships” will appear

5. Read and follow directions carefully. Scroll down through the many scholarship

opportunities and start filling them out. Someone has to win and it may be YOU!


Remember, the DUE DATE for ALL scholarships is March 5, 2021!

2021 Genesee Opportunity Stipend

We are excited to announce that the 2021 Genesee Opportunity stipend application is now available for the class of 2021. High school graduates who lived in and attended high school in Genesee County are eligible to receive the Genesee Opportunity stipend. The stipend can be used toward costs to attend approve colleges and training institutions. You can find the stipend applications and more details at geneseego.org.

More Scholarship Opportunities

“Local Scholarships” that are presented to senior students on Senior Honors Night are now offered via “google classroom.” Students should fill these applications out for their chance to win. SENIORS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL EMAIL. Deadline for entries is March 5, 2021. Students should reference back to the list of scholarships daily as new ones may be added.

Other “GENERAL SCHOLARSHIPS” opportunities are available in the guidance office to pick up or by clicking the links below. Please note that any statements, material and/or opinions included in those pages/websites are not those of Davison Community Schools.

Genesee County Coaches and Officials Scholarship deadline March 1, 2021

Paul Mitchell the School Great Lakes

West Flint Business Association Scholarship deadline March 31

Community Foundation of Greater Flint has several scholarships available.

MI Student Aid

Paul W. Yunker Scholarship

Michigan Sugar Queen Scholarship

Michigan Association of State and Federal Program Specialists

Helena Acre Homegrown Scholarship deadline January 31, 2021


If you need to update contact information, phone numbers, or email addresses, you must go to “ParentVue”, select “student info”, then select “edit info”, and make your changes or corrections. Do NOT go to the registration portal to do this.

You must come in or email the school to:

Change address (must provide 3 proofs) or parking permits


Counselors will be working on schedules during the month of January, if there was anything you need changed or had to discuss with your counselor, there is a very short timeline to change schedules.

For more information, please visit the 2020-2021 course selection book: https://www.davisonschools.org/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=5403&dataid=11803&FileName=20202021CourseSelectionBookupdated.pdf


Don't forget to fill out your FASFA form for financial aid opportunities! The deadline for the FASFA is March 1st. Please use the link below to start: Free Application for Federal Student Aid

There will be a virtual FAFSA event coming up on February 2nd. Mott Community College will be coordinating with us to bring this event to students.

If you need anymore help regarding your FASFA: Please visit www.FAFSA genesee.org, to reach the college advisory call or text 810-373-5385, and/or use the FAFSA helpline 1-800-433-3243.

Contact Patti Yorks, Career and College Access Network Coordinator, at pyorks@geneseeisd.org with additional questions or for support.

Please also continue to apply to colleges! If you need any help, please contact your counselor.

Need your transcripts? Click this link! https://www.davisonschools.org/Page/34

Davison Early College Program

Students are required to have two teachers and one counselor recommendation. This year, we have created an online form instead of the normal paper version. Students should be reaching out to teachers through email and sharing the Teacher Recommendation Link: https://forms.gle/12QxzqYQuHJtBnG6A and asking for a recommendation.

DEC applications and recommendations are due on February 26, 2021.

Senior Highlight Moment

Allison Gerkin is one of the very talented students at Davison High School. She does not only strive academically, but athletically as well. Allison has been on the high honor roll and received her academic and varsity letters. She has also participated in choir since middle school. Allison loves to dance, which she has done competitively for six years. Before her competitive dance career, he had danced for nine years. Allison has also competed in Solo Ensemble, where she received the highest rank. Allison wants to study nursing at a four-year university, however, she has not yet decided what school to attend. She would also like to become a foster parent and volunteer at several organizations. Allison's parents described her as, "strong willed, determined, and goal driven". Currently, she is focused on graduating and making the last few months of high school successful.


Please make sure you are parking in the parking spot which has been assigned to you! If someone is in your spot, please do not shift to the next spot as that is also someone’s parking spot! If this happens, park in the front drop off area and come to the front office to get a temporary parking permit for the day. Also, please take a picture of the car license plate and/or permit number so that we can track down who is parked in your spot.

Looking to Purchase a Yearbook?

Order your yearbook NOW at $75 before the prices go up! Order online by going to the Jostens

yearbook website at jostensyearbooks.com, call 1-877-767-5217, or fill out an order form and return to the main office at the high school. Order forms can be picked up in the front office at the high school.

Student Tutoring Opportunities

Students who need extra help with their classes can go to virtual tutoring sessions every Tuesday and Thursday. Click the link below to join a tutoring session. Times with the tutors may vary. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h7g7hKp65RCKdKG3b5fdoRtIfoAXUEGA5kmbF1ehm1U/edit?usp=sharing

NHS students are also offering face-to-face tutoring every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:15 in the library.

Senior Highlight Moment

Madison Kaffenberger is a high achieving senior at DHS. During her time here she has maintained her GPA of a 4.0 and has received many awards, including the Cardinal Code Pin, Academic Certificate, Academic Letter, Academic Pin, and she is on track to receive her Academic Plaque. Madison was also Student of the Month in her junior year of high school. She has also done over 160 community service hours, and is a proud member of NHS, where she has accumulated over 50 community service hours. Madison is planning to go to Michigan State University, where she has already been accepted, and will study Forensic Pathology. Madison has also been accepted into Lawrence Technological University, Wayne State University, Irvin D. Reid Honors College, Western Michigan University, Lee Honors College, and the University of Michigan. She currently works as a co-op student, assisting Mr. Jacobs and his secretary Ms. Hasselbeck everyday. Madison loves to read, write, and listen to music/podcasts. When she gets home from work each night, she tries to spend time with her little sister, and assist her in her schoolwork. She has several siblings, and a nephew that she loves unconditionally. A message from Madison's parents is, "Maddie, we are so proud of you. You have accomplished so many things in your life, and we know you will never settle for less than you deserve. You have worked so hard, and never gave up! Continue to always achieve your dreams, and never stop being you. With all our love, Mom, Dad, Jake, and Alyse".

Tutoring Opportunities

GVSU K-12 Connect Virtual Tutoring is available for any student in grades K-12 beginning. This program is a free, virtual 1:1 tutoring/homework support service in which students can harness additional learning support through connecting with university students, faculty, or staff with expertise in various subjects through Zoom. Whether you are looking for a one-time appointment or recurring, weekly sessions, the tutoring center can accommodate any student's tutoring needs.

Students must bring homework or content to work on to every tutoring session.

Currently, K-12 Connect offers tutoring in the following subject areas and grade levels:

  • Language: Spanish (K-12), Mandarin Chinese (K-12), German (6-12), French (9-12)
  • Math (K-12)
  • English Language Arts (K-12)
  • Science (K-12)
  • Social Studies (K-12)



Complete an online parental consent form for every child using K-12 Connect services.




Now that you've completed a consent form, you can start the process of setting up for your tutoring session by searching for an available tutor.

Search for an Available Tutor

Instructions to find your tutor:

  1. Click "Select an Option" to choose your subject and grade level.
  2. Click "Show Filter Options" to narrow your search based on availability.
  3. Next, sign up for an appointment.

Remember, you are only signing up for your first initial session with your tutor. At the end of your session, if you'd like recurring sessions set up, work with your tutor to determine best day/time/length/and duration of sessions moving forward. Your tutor will set them all up for you.

Specific instructions on how to sign up and create an account profile are provided below:

Signing Up and Creating an Account


Join your first virtual tutoring session through the Zoom link provided in your confirmation email. Be sure to have homework or content for you tutor to assist with. Students will begin in a waiting room until the receptionist is available to check them in and move them into their tutoring room.

Get to you know your tutor and share items you need support in. At the end of your time, decide if this will be a recurring session. If so, agree on a recurring day, time, length, and duration before leaving your session. Your tutor will set up future appointments.


Complete the short survey that will be linked in a follow-up email. This will help us to continually improve the virtual tutoring service.


If you have any questions or concerns, contact k12connect@gvsu.edu.

Senior Highlight Moment

Christian Thrushman is a successful student and athlete at Davison High School. He has played football for ten years and went on to play at Ford Field for the State Championship his Junior year of high school. Christian has also participated in Lacrosse from his Freshman to Junior year of high school, and he plans to participate again this year. He has also been apart of DECA, which prepares students to be college and career ready, all throughout high school. Christian became the first Freshman in Davison history to go to states for DECA. He hopes to go to trade school, and become an electrician. He hopes to spend his adult life with family and traveling, however, he is currently focused on graduating.


This year basketball tryouts will be held on Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January 17th, in the DHS gymnasium. Please enter through entrance #14 on the west side of

Davison High School. All 9th graders will attend from 4:00—6:00pm each day. 10th, 11th, and 12th graders will try out from 6:00—8:00pm each day. There will be an optional “knock off the rust” workout available for anyone trying out for any of the basketball teams from 8:30am—9:30am on both days, Saturday, January 16th and Sunday, January

17th. ALL students must have their gold card prior to January 15th in order

to try out. This includes paperwork that must be completed in the athletic office with Mrs. Bruce.


**Every student-athlete must wear a mask the entire time and bring their own bottle of water.**


Any sophomores or juniors who did not take the PSAT 10 in the fall, who is interested in qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship Award must sign-up to take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) by January 19th. The test will be given on January 26th, at the High School. This test will be administered much like the SAT. You may only take the test once. If you score high enough, you may qualify to be chosen as a National Merit Scholar. This honor is looked highly upon by colleges and future employers, plus it could earn you scholarship money for college. Sign up in the office with Mrs. Sullivan if you are interested in taking the exam.

Student Support

DHS is offering student help time every school day, Monday through Friday, from 2:11pm to 2:41pm. During this help time, DHS teachers will be supporting and tutoring our students in either Google Meet/Zoom meeting, or in a face to face meeting.

Please contact your teacher(s) for support or tutoring.

Face-to-face meetings are not available during the shutdown, google meet/zoom meetings may be scheduled.

Live Zoom Time for Counselor Support

There will be live virtual counselor support on school days only between 11:05am and 11:57am.

Sign in anytime during this time slot for questions, to make an appointment, or to get support.

Daily Live Zoom Meeting Link:


Meeting ID: 981 1565 8824

Passcode: RYz76K

Senior Highlight Moment

Kate Lawrence is another senior at Davison High School. During her time in high school, Kate has participated in DTV, where she is currently the sports director. She has won multiple awards through the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA). Kate also has participated in DECA, and won a medal at districts. She plans to attend the University of Michigan to study communications. During Kate's spare time, she likes to spend time with her family, listen to music, watch game shows with her dad, and watch true crime videos on YouTube. Kate's parents would like to say, "Kate, we love you more than you could ever know. We are so proud of the beautiful young woman you have become and we look forward to seeing all the good things that will come to you. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you think, and more loved than you will ever know".

Counseling Google Classroom

Attention all students! Please join the counseling google classrooms! Stay up to date on information and opportunities throughout the school year.

9th grade class of 2024: cx26t2k

10th grade class of 2023: 6rum7fu

11th grade class of 2022: uchvi2h

12th grade class of 2021: rutjfeu


Graduation is only a few months away! The DHS Student Council representatives

for the Class of 2021 put together 3 choices for each category for the Senior Class to

vote on. The categories are: Class Flower, Class Song, and Class Motto.

Please vote for your choice by Friday, January 8th.

Mr. Jacobs sent the Class of 2021 a link for the voting. Please look for an email from Mr. Jacobs with this information.


The college board opportunity scholarship just opened up for Juniors, to get more information click the link: https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


If you wish to take the PSAT/NMSQT test, which will take place on January 26th, 2021, please contact Mrs. Sullivan at jsullivan@davisonschools.org to sign up.

Senior Highlight Moment

Hannah Eller is another one of Davison High School's star students. Throughout high school, she has been a member of the National Honor Society, sits as a representative on the executive board for Student Council, and has participated in varsity level soccer. In addition, Hannah has excelled in her coursework over the years and has been an avid participant in photography on the side of her schoolwork and extracurriculars. This year, Hannah works in the office as the assistant attendance secretary. Hannah plans to study biomedical engineering and has not officially decided where she will be attending college in the fall. In her free time, Hannah enjoys playing chess and spending time with her friends, family, and two dogs, Angus and Hunter. She also enjoys running, singing, and swimming, and kayaking. Hannah hopes to do well on her upcoming final exams and is thrilled to begin the second semester of her senior year.

Genesee County Prevention Coalition Youth Advisory Board

Genesee County Prevention Coalition

Youth Advisory Board

This is in regards to a new youth engagement collaboration forming as part of the Drug

Free Communities grant with the Genesee County Prevention Coalition. As a

substance abuse prevention coalition, they focus on reducing risk factors as well as

promoting protective factors in our area youth. The GCPC has developed an initiative

that works to bring together a diverse group of high school aged leaders ages 14-19

years from across Genesee County as consultants for promoting substance abuse prevention in the county.

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is a body of young people that will convene on

behalf of the Genesee County Prevention Coalition (GCPC) to inform and advise

communication strategies that directly impact their peers around substance use.

YAB members will be recruited from a wide variety of organizations and schools

throughout Genesee County. The diverse perspectives provided by YAB members

will prove invaluable for GCPC’s understanding on how to promote healthy choices among Genesee County youth.

If you are interested in being a part of this group, please visit this link for more information and the application:



Volunteer Opportunities

The Care Team Hospice is currently looking for volunteers for two programs:

The first is a pen-pal program with current patients in hospice care. This opportunity requires student consent agreeing to not share any patient information as well as a parent consent if they are under 18.

The second opportunity is for in-person volunteering with hospice patients providing companionship/caregiver respite. To volunteer for this position, you must be 16 years old and have a valid state ID/driver’s license for a background check. You will also need to have a negative TB test and to attending training. This opportunity is mainly on hold due to COVID restrictions, however, we are still contacting interested volunteers to create their file with the intent to continue onboarding them as restrictions are lifted.

For any questions, please contact Ashley Gordon, Volunteer Coordinator at The Care Team Hospice at 833-483-2272 or 810-407-4001.

For any questions about current Community Service opportunities or your hours, please contact Mrs. V. in the Career Center.

To fill out community service hours, please use this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd5qPA7Ztx-Oto-HrwS1xFMmv4teRPfZWMF8CC-m1dJDJ83yw/viewform

Senior Highlight Moment

Jillian Tate is the Executive Producer of DTV, which is a broadcasting class that has its own news segment and Charter channel that is completely run by students. Jillian has participated in DTV all four years of high school and has won several awards. She took 2nd place in the nation for NSPA's Outstanding Coronavirus Coverage category. Jillian also took 3rd place in the Nation for NSPA's individual awards for COVID-19 coverage. She is proud of the friends she has made and her fame she has received on the app Tik Tok. During her free time, Jillian loves to bake, sing, and experiment with essential oils. After she graduates high school, Jillian plans to join to the Marine Corps, the Intelligence Filed specifically, and own a bunch of dogs.
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