DC Counseling Update
Wellness Wednesdays (and now Thursdays too!)
Who: All DCHS students and staff
When: September 9th and 10th
What: United in Purple
Why: In this time of uncertainty we can all be sure of one thing - Everyone a Huskie! Please show your school pride by wearing purple on Wednesday and Thursday and know we are all here to support one another.
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020, 07:30 AM
Douglas County High School, Front Street, Castle Rock, CO, USA
FOR ALL DOUGLAS COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL AP STUDENTS
Just wanted to welcome you back to school! This is a reminder that you must follow the steps below to register through the College Board for your AP Classes. If you don’t register, I am unable to order an AP Exam for you, plus you will not have access to the online AP Library. Once you register, through the College Board, you need to pay. If you already registered, skip to Step 3.
Step 1. Go to https://www.collegeboard.org/
If you don’t have an account, create one.
Step 2. Follow the directions given on the attachment, “Joining AP Classes for Students.”
Step 3. Go to MySchoolBucks and find the exam or exams to pay for. Cost is $95 per course.
Cost will go up October 2nd, $140 per exam.
Step 4. Enjoy your classes!!! AP Exams are in May.
The join codes are listed below.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
SENIORS!!!! YOU MUST BE CHECKING YOUR EMAILS!!!
Almost no one sought student input on the drastic changes to CO schools:
Only 4.4% of students were asked for their input before online learning shifts were implemented (even though most CO schools had time during their three-week Spring Breaks).
74% of students were never asked for input, or only consulted after changes were already implemented.
When student input was sought, the contact came most often from individual teachers. Principals and school district officials were 50% less likely to reach out. Adults mostly relied on emails or online surveys to contact students.
The shift to online learning has been hard on young people’s mental health, and they aren’t getting enough support:
Over 70% of students feel that social distancing has negatively affected their mental health.
71.1% of students have gotten ambiguous or no mental health support from their schools in the aftermath of these big shifts.
Online learning has been a real mixed bag for students:
On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being most unsatisfactory, 62% of students gave online learning a score of 5 or below. The highest concentration of responses was 14.4% of students who gave online learning the lowest ranking of 1. Only 3.8% gave it a 10.
44% of students did not have access to one or more resources they needed to fully complete their schoolwork after the shift to online learning.
51.8% of students felt that online learning has been an “insufficient” way to continue their education.
There was one bright spot:
67.4% of students noticed some level of reduction in bullying during quarantine
34% of students witnessed a full stop to bullying.
High school students speak about COVID-19 and upcoming school year
Condemning Racism and Social Injustice
Our schools and classrooms must be places where our students experience acceptance and a sense of belonging regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression/identity, or disability. We all must work together to support all our students, regardless of their current journey, during this moment in history.
We are asking you to join us as we recommit ourselves to this focus of inclusionary practices and condemning acts of hate. Here are some resources you may find helpful in talking to children about racial injustice and the unrest in our country.
We must treat one another with dignity and respect. We all deserve to feel safe and loved. This is the message we launched long before the current turmoil in our world - “growing together” reminds us that we are all a work in process. This growth can only be accomplished when we provide the grace and safety to be vulnerable and allow each other the space for this to occur.
Together, we are stronger. Together, we can make a difference. We stand unified in dedicating ourselves to this urgent call to action and seek your support in joining us as we continue to Grow Together.
DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D., DCSD Superintendent