DHS Community Update

November 6, 2020

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Adjusting Expectations for Hybrid Learning

Greetings DHS Community Members:

I wanted to thank all of the parents who reached out in support of the adjustments we will be making to our Hybrid Learning model beginning on Monday. As a reminder, effective Monday, students are expected to attend school in-person on the day their cohort is assigned to (see schedule for the week below) and the cohort of students who are scheduled to be remote will be expected to participate in class via Google Meet--following their daily schedule. We addressed this change in expectations during Advisory Sessions this week at Dartmouth High School and shared with our students the "why" behind this adjustment.

I understand that consistency, rituals and routines are important for students and do not want to be dismissive of some feedback that I received that this adjustment is one more change for our students. At the same time, I believe the adjustment will provide a better educational experience for all students, will support the culture of health and wellness that we seek to establish at DHS, and will provide for us to more easily deliver the full curriculum to our students.

In order to ensure the transition to synchronous learning on remote days is successful, students scheduled to attend school remotely for the day are reminded that they should:

  • Use the Google Meet links shared by their classroom teacher to attend classes following their normal schedule for the day
  • Follow all directions provided by their classroom teacher with regard to google meet settings i.e. camera on, microphone muted vs un-muted, use of the chat feature, raising hand to get attention, etc.

Please note that due to Veterans Day there is no school on Wednesday, November 11th AND Cohort A will attend in-person on Tuesday and Thursday.

Next week's schedule will be as follows:

Monday, November 9, 2020--Day 3 Cohort B

Tuesday, November 10, 2020--Day 4 Cohort A

Wednesday, November 11, 2020--NO SCHOOL--Veterans Day

Thursday, November 12, 2020--Day 5 Cohort A

Friday, November 13, 2020--Day 5 Cohort B

In closing, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and well wishes for a Happy Veterans Day to all members of the Dartmouth community who have served our nation in the Armed Forces.

With Appreciation,

Ross A. Thibault


DHS Safety Protocols Video Playlist

This playlist includes all of the videos used to communicate important safety protocols put in place at DHS for Hybrid Learning. If you haven't already done so, please take a few minutes to review the videos for important safety information.

LMC To Begin Opening After School

We are happy to announce that our Library Media Center will once again remain open to students beyond the school day. Students who would like to visit the LMC after school hours MUST schedule ahead of time through Enriching Students as capacity is limited in order to comply with all COVID-19 safety guidance. Students who are not signed up in Enriching Students may not be permitted to the LMC if capacity has been reached.

The extended hours for the LMC will begin on Monday, October 26, 2020 and will be open from 2:15 p.m. until 3:25 p.m.

Please note that free bus transportation is available on a reservation only basis on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Students MUST reserve a seat on the late bus at least one day prior to the requested date.

Tuesday Late Bus Reservation Form

In order to board the Tuesday late bus, students MUST complete this form by the end of school on Monday.

Wednesday Late Bus Reservation Form

In order to board the Wednesday Late Bus, students MUST complete this form by the end of school on Tuesday.

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DHNN November 9, 2020

From the Desk of the Associate Principal

Advanced Placement

All advanced placement students should register for the AP Exams through MyAP. The College Board has waived cancellation fees this year, so it’s in every students’ best interest to register for the exam. Earn possible college credits and pave the way to pursue your passion.

Clubs and Activities

If your student has not joined a club or activity, please see our DHS Get Plugged In Newsletter to see what we have to offer. If there is a club or activity your student would like to join, please have them email the advisor.

Late buses are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please be sure to sign up by Monday in order to secure a seat on Tuesday; sign up by Tuesday to secure a seat on Wednesday’s late bus.

If a club meets on a day when a student is in a remote Cohort, the student must check with the advisor to see if he or she may participate in person as our advisors are ensuring that students can maintain 6 feet distance and follow all safety and wellness protocols. The student must also secure his/her own drop off and pick up as the buses are for the Cohort that is attending school in person that day.

Thanksgiving Theme Days: November 16 - November 25.

Class Officers are working with classes to create spirited and creative theme days.

Stay tuned for next week’s Community Update to find out what they are!

Update from the Class of 2021 regarding Spirit Week and the Superlative Dance:

Due to COVID regulations, the Class of 2021 is going to reinvent the traditional manner in which Spirit Week and the Superlative Dance unfold at DHS. The class officers and advisors are working hard to create an experience that will unite and excite us all; however, there are important updates with regards to the timeline that students should be aware of.

Spirit Week, which normally features the canned food drive, the bulletin board competition, and competitive dress-up days the week before Thanksgiving, will be moved and extended to include both cohorts of students at DHS. Spirit Week will occur December 7th-18th. Dress up day themes are still being developed, and we will send out updates as soon as the themes are finalized.

The Superlative Dance cannot be held in person this year. The Class of 2021 is currently working hard to develop a virtual event that will include the entire community. Superlative awards will still be given. To allow us time to plan, the new date for the Superlative Dance Live Stream will be Friday, February 5, 2021. Please mark your calendars. This is an event you will not want to miss.

School Counseling & Support Services Department Updates

School Counseling Updates

  • Virtual College Visit Expectations: If your cohort is in school you must report to the Guidance Office. Students will log into the link provided by Mrs. Peach and have their camera on at all times. The college admission representative holding the meeting is the admission representative that will be reviewing your application.

  • Class of 2021 - College Virtual Visits with Admission Representatives are listed on Naviance. Students will register through Naviance to attend the virtual visits. All College Virtual Visits are held during the PASE period.

    • November 9th - Suffolk University

    • November 10th - Curry College

    • November 10th - University of New Hampshire - Main Campus

    • November 12th - Fitchburg State University

    • November 16th - Keene State College

    • November 17th - Worcester State University

    • November 18th - Bentley University

    • November 19th - Saint Michael’s College

    • November 19th - Simmons University

  • The SAT and ACT test registration dates and deadlines are listed in the community update to remind students of upcoming deadlines.

    • SAT test on March 13th - registration deadline is February 12th

    • ACT test on February 6th - registration deadline is January 8th

  • New Information added to the School Counseling website! Look under College/Career side tab. Post Secondary Resources is now a link to our newly created Google Sites. The Google Sites lists all areas of post secondary planning information!

  • Future Friday Topic for Friday, November 13th - Create The Life You’ve Imagined: Navigating the Road to Success presentation from Universal Technical Institute. Emphasis on post secondary planning and labor market data. Please sign up in Enriching Students under Admin - DaSilva.

  • Quarter 1 grades close on Monday, November 16th. Students are reminded to turn in work to their teachers as well as schedule PASE periods for teachers you are having a difficult time in class understanding the course work.

School Social Workers and School Psychologist Update

  • Two new articles posted on the Padlet under “Worth the Read”

    • Student Engagement and School Completion: Strategies for Educators

    • Student Engagement and School Completion: Strategies for Families

Updates from the DHS Virtual Learning Academy

DHS counselors and social workers continue to monitor student progress and proactively reach out to connect with students weekly. Content-specific academic support continues to be available through the DHS Lead Teachers during PASE and upon request. Parents and guardians of VLA students should be receiving weekly progress reports from the Edgenuity learning platform.

NEW VLA Testing Center Day!:

Starting next week, in addition to opening on Tuesdays and Fridays, the VLA Testing Center will also be opening on Thursdays. The new testing center days/hours are:

Tuesdays: 9:30 - 11:30

Thursdays: 9:30 - 11:30

Fridays: 9:30 - 11:30

Yearbook Photos for VLA Students - Saturday November 14th:

Mare Studios is coming to DHS on Saturday, November 14th from 10:00 to 1:00 to take yearbook photographs for VLA students. Students who entered the VLA before pictures were taken at school should sign up for a timeslot here:


VLA Student Grading Update:

Quarterly grades will be awarded for VLA students using the "Actual Grade" as published by the Edgenuity Learning Program. That said, students who complete their courses at the end of the Semester (or year) will receive the FINAL grade they earned in the course regardless of their quarterly grades.

As a simple example: Student "Jones" earned an "Actual Grade" for Q1 of 70, but completed the course at the end of the semester with a 90. That student would receive an “A-” for the course.

Any questions about grades should be directed to Mr. Gill: richardgill@dartmouthschools.org.

From the DHS Health Office

If your child is exhibiting cold-like symptoms or any other symptoms that mimic or include symptoms of COVID-19, please keep your child home and call your PCP for advice. If your child comes into school with symptoms of COVID-19, they will be isolated and parents will be called to pick up their child and to have their child evaluated by his/her PCP. If the PCP feels the symptoms are related to an illness other than COVID-19, a medical note must be written to the school indicating the diagnosis and when the child may return to school. In EVERY case, the child must have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication before returning to school. Resources to support parents in monitoring symptoms are included below.

Can My Child Go To School Today?

Please use this District designed flowchart to determine whether or not it is appropriate for your child to come to school today.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club

All Dartmouth High School students were notified via email of the creation of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club at Dartmouth High School. The club is open to ALL Dartmouth High School students and is aimed at providing students the opportunity to celebrate diversity with the goal of building a more inclusive and equitable school and community.

The club will meet periodically throughout the school year during the PASE period as well as after school. Students wishing to sign up for the club should click the link below and complete the form.

Any questions regarding the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club should be directed to Mr. Thibault at rossthibault@dartmouthschools.org.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club Sign Up

Sign Up for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Club by completing this form.

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Homework Hangout has started virtually and will run after school from 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday. This fantastic support is supervised by DHS Teacher Mrs. True and provides students an opportunity to receive support from peer tutors. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, students should utilize the following link: Homework Hangout Meet Link.

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Reporting Student Absences, Tardiness & Dismissals

Attendance and academic success go hand-in-hand. We ask that parents continue to report known absences or tardiness to Dartmouth High School using the attendance line (508-961-2700 ext.1). In addition, parents are encouraged to submit medical notes and/or discuss illness related absences with Nurse Wildrick in order to ensure we are able to support your child's health and wellness. Nurse Wildrick can be reached at 508-961-2700 ext. 7420.

If your child needs to be dismissed we ask that you please email DHSdismissals@dartmouthschools.org as early as possible. This will allow us to maintain accurate attendance records.

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