DHS Insider

February

A Message From the Principal

Cardinal Families,


Throughout the month of February we at DHS will be celebrating the accomplishments of great African Americans in history. It is our goal as an educational institution to celebrate the historical accomplishments of those who made a difference in the lives of so many Americans and the world.


I would like to take this moment to congratulate our students on finishing another successful semester. All students at DHS, whether virtual or face-to-face, put a lot of time and effort into their coursework over the semester and studying for their final exams. The students and staff at DHS continued to show their true grit and positive spirit everyday of this pandemic. While we are still living in unprecedented times, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It is important for students to remember that the start of a semester is just as important as its conclusion.


Now that the second semester is finally here and we are turning for home, it is important to continue to work hard and stay positive throughout the semester. For consistency in this non-consistent world, we will remain in the 4/2 hybrid model for the remainder of the school year, as well as, the 100% online model. With the start of a new semester it is important for students to start off on the right foot. The first semester was a learning curve or a high pitch curveball for the teachers, students, and the parents. Now that we have been in this new normal for 90 school days, we know what the rest of the school year will bring and what to expect, at least that is our hope.


Just as in the first semester, hybrid students will have four face to face classes and two online classes. The first and second hour classes will remain asynchronized online courses. One hundred percent online students will have all of their classes asynchronized, unless we have a full shutdown as we did in November. If so, we will switch to a more synchronized platform of learning for all students. The High School’s starting times will remain the same with a start time of 9:55 AM for F2F hybrid students and end at 2:09 PM. Students may enter the building at 9:40 AM and must continue to follow all COVID-19 protocols that we have in place at DHS.


Furthermore, at the High School we noticed that some of our students stopped or lost the rhythm of participating in learning activities during the course of the first semester. Therefore, many students grades reflected this non academic participation in their studies. In an effort to increase academic participation and ultimately increase academic performances of our students, we are instituting a new strategy of communication with parents. If your student is in an online class either in the hybrid or online setting and they fail to contact their teacher and/or stop performing learning activities for more than 5 consecutive school days, their teacher and counselor will reach out to you the parents through email and ultimately telephone calls. If the teacher and counselor are successful in communicating with parents the process will reset. If the teacher and counselor are unsuccessful in their attempts to communicate with the student and parents, the administration and school liaison officer will be asked to perform wellness checks and possibly a home visit if communication attempts go unanswered. We at DHS are committed to the success of all of our students and we are striving for greater partnerships with parents especially through this difficult time.


Moreover, the month of February is an important month for Seniors and their parents. February is the time to complete and submit all local scholarships and the FAFSA application. Every year over a hundred thousand dollars is donated to our Seniors and every year many scholarships go unclaimed or go to a select few students that have filled out and submitted the applications. This year our data shows a large decrease in completed applications and even fewer students completing their FAFSA forms. All February long we will be pushing Seniors to apply for local scholarships as well as, completing and submitting their FAFSA applications. In this newsletter you will find information on how to get your Senior involved in this important and life changing process. If you have any questions, please contact our Counseling Office at the High School at 810. 591.0132 and ask for Ms. Dorothy Swain.


Finally, 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

Important Dates!

1 Senior Headshots Due

1 Photo Retakes at the Photo Factory on M-15

1 AP Exam Registration Starts

2 FASA Event through Mott Community College

3 Athletic Signing Day at 5:00 PM

5 Deadline for Schedule Changes

10 Headcount Day

10 GCI Virtual Open House for Sophomores and their Parents starting at 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Go to www.geneseecareerinstitute.org to view the Virtual Open House

15 President's Day - NO SCHOOL

23 DHS Band Pre-Festival at 6:30 PM

26 Deadline for Early College Signup

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Important Information

SENIORS!

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

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!


GOOD LUCK!

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

Black History Month

Black History Month began in 1915, half a century after the Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. The brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

ATTENTION PARENTS AND STUDENTS!

DHS has a wonderful opportunity for all seniors. 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.

Missed Your School Photos?

If you missed the day for photo retakes on January 20th, you can still have a photo taken on Monday, February 1st.You will need to go to The Photo Factory at 3377 N. State Road in Davison on that date. Please call 1-800-695-0258 if you need more information.

Chromebook Issues?

If you are having an issue with your Chromebook, accessing technology, etc. You MUST email helpdesk@davisonschools.org and open a ticket with the Technology Department staff for assistance. You will be instructed from the Technology Dept. as to what to do next.

ATTENTION PARENTS!

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

Senior Highlight Moment

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Beonca has attended Davison Community Schools her entire education. She has always maintained outstanding grades, always remained focused on what mattered during her education. Beonca enjoys spending time with family and friends. She plans to pursue a career in dentistry. A message Beonca's parents want to giver her is, "We are very proud of the young lady you have become and wish you the best of luck with your future. We love you Beonca!"

Schedule Changes

ALL schedules must be finalized by February 5th, 2021. If you have a problem with your schedule, you need to contact your counselors before this date!

ATTENTION ALL SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

Sophomores and/or juniors can now apply to NHS, after the first semester grades are finalized. You must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to apply. If you would like to join NHS please see Mrs. Davis, in room 250, for an application.

Student Help 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.

Interested in getting a job but do not know where to start?

If you are age 14-19, in 9th-12th grade, and want to learn important skills to help you get and keep a job, then TeenQuest is for you! TeenQuest is a FREE, Pre-Employment Leadership and Training program designed with teens in mind and focuses on providing a basic understanding

of skills that will prepare you to STAND OUT and give you an edge professionally and personally.

TeenQuest is current a virtual program and the next session starts February 18th. To apply, please go to their website at: https://www.flintandgenesee.org/education-training/teenquest/


If you have any questions about this program or other career opportunities, please see Mrs. Valliere in the Career Center located off the Guidance Office.

Senior Highlight Moment

Emma Aumick is an outstanding senior at DHS, and is currently taking advantage of the Early College Program. She will be graduating high school with two Associate degrees, one in General Studies and one in Science. Emma is a member of NHS, and was a member NJHS for both years of Middle School. During her high school career Emma participated in Softball, Bowling, Swimming, and Tennis. She has been on the Varsity Swim Team all four years of high school and was Captain this year. Emma has also been a Student Ambassador all four years of high school. Emma has excelled in her coursework over her high school career and plans to study Pharmaceutical Science. Emma has worked while attending college classes and participating in sports. In her free time Emma loves spending time with her family, her friends, and her boxer Ozzy. Emma is creative, fun, spirited, and kind. She can make your day just by smiling or laughing. A message from Emma's parents is, "Emma, we are so proud of you and know you will excel at anything life throws your way. Always remember you are Braver than you believe, Stronger than you seem, and Smarter than you think. We love you".

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.

ATTENTION JUNIORS!

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

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS WHO PARK ON CAMPUS!

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.

Senior Highlight Moment

Neal Clayton II has been very active in his career at DHS. He has been part of the Davison Early College since his sophomore year, is a member of NHS. Neal has played soccer all four years including the varsity soccer team this year, and he has been a player on the bowling and track teams as well. He is looking forward to ending his senior year on the track team this year in the spring. After finishing his senior year, Neal will continue at Mott Community College next year where he will finish with an Associate's degree. Neal then plans on transferring to Ferris State University to major in Pharmacology. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, playing with his niece, and working at Baby Jake's Pizza. Neal's family wishes him success in everything that he hopes to accomplish. They are extremely proud of the smart, sweet, friendly, confident and outgoing young man that he has become.

Counseling Google Classroom

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


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10th grade class of 2023: 6rum7fu

11th grade class of 2022: uchvi2h

12th grade class of 2021: rutjfeu

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.

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.

Senior Highlight Moment

Abby Farrer is an Early College student who has achieved the high honor roll throughout her high school career. She is an NHS student and has enjoyed volunteering in elementary classrooms at Thomson and Hill. One of her favorite experiences during high school was going on a mission trip to Costa Rica. Abby played six years of travel and school volleyball, and has become a certified MHSAA volleyball referee. She has officiated high school and middle school volleyball for two years now. She enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and going to Michigan volleyball games in Ann Arbor. After Early College, Abby plans to transfer to a university to pursue a masters degree, and a career in psychology. Her family is very proud of her, and of how she faces and overcomes challenges, what she has accomplished, and can’t wait to see the pathway she forges ahead.

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)


FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO FIND A TUTOR

STEP 1: CONSENT

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

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STEP 2: SEARCH AND SIGN UP

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


STEP 3: JOIN AND LEARN

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.


STEP 4: FEEDBACK

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


CONTACT

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

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:


https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=goxIehnq-0eJ-

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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 eighteen.


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