DHS Counseling News

September 2020

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The DHS Counseling Team wishes all of our scholars a happy, healthy, and safe return to school. We've missed you all and can't wait to connect with you! We will continue to bring you our monthly newsletter to keep you informed and up to date with what's happening in the Counseling Department.

Important Reminders About Schedule Changes

Students interested in making changes to their schedules must submit their request through the google form linked below. The google form will remain open through Friday, September 11th. Emails or phone calls will lengthen the process, so we thank you in advance for submitting requests through the form and for allowing time for requests to be addressed. Please understand that adjustments to schedules are often necessary due to scheduling conflicts (e.g. if classes are full or offered at the same time as other courses, or if a class is no longer being offered). In these instances, counselors reserve the right to schedule courses based on requirements needed for graduation.


Schedule Change Request Form


Examples of schedule change requests that will be considered:

  1. I am missing a class or have a duplicate class on my schedule.

  2. I am scheduled for a class that I have not met the prerequisite.

  3. I am scheduled for a class that I've successfully completed and earned credit for (i.e. summer school, credit recovery, CBE).

  4. I have failed a class and need to retake it.

  5. I am a senior in need of a course to meet graduation requirements or college admission requirements.

  6. I am requesting a different level (academic, honors, Pre-AP, AP).


Examples of non-essential schedule change requests that will NOT be considered:

  1. Request for a different teacher

  2. Request for a different lunch period

  3. Request to change the order of your classes

  4. Switching to the same class as your friend

How Can Counselors Assist You?

DHS Counselors are available to assist students and families with:
  • academic advising and intervention
  • Social/emotional concerns
  • college and career exploration and counseling (including scholarship application assistance, recommendation letters, test score interpretation, setting goals, examining post-secondary options, etc.)
  • Course selections
  • And so much more!
COUNSELOR APPOINTMENT REQUEST

To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please complete this form.

COUNSELOR CONTACT INFORMATION

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FRESHMAN FORUM

We would like to welcome our 9th grade students to DHS for a year of engaging learning opportunities as you work on becoming College and Career Ready. Beginning high school is a reason to celebrate because it means a new step toward a wonderful future. Your 9th grade counselors are here to Encourage, Inspire and Support every individual to achieve more. Please remember we are only an email or phone call away if you need assistance through the school year.


GO PANTHERS!

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Hello parents and students, A wise man once said, "And suddenly you must know it is time to start something new and trust that magic of beginnings." Yes! It is time. It is officially time to begin school year 2020-2021. Can you believe it? We are standing at the beginning of another school year. We are truly living and navigating the waters of a very special time in history. Imagine that! Within the last 5 months, we experienced a national pandemic and embarked upon virtual education- all within 5 months.

We would like to remind you to have a Can Do Attitude! We have been doing this online learning thing for a while now. We hope you are all getting into the swing of things. We know this is not easy but it is important to have a can do attitude. A can do attitude is also called having perseverance. We know that each of you can do whatever you set your minds to. We want to encourage you to keep going even when it seems hard, boring or plain unfair. Know that your teachers, families and of course your counselors are here to help you along the way. Online learning won't be forever so lets give it our best, have a can do attitude and start this school year strong!


Thanks,

The 10th Grade Team!

Junior Junction

Greetings Class of 2022!


Welcome to your junior year! One of the most important years in your high school career. We are your 11th grade counselors and we are excited to work with you this year. We realize that things look very different from what we’re used to. Virtual learning has become our new normal. As your counselors, we want you to know that even if you can’t physically visit with us in our offices, we are still just a call, email or Zoom link away. We are here to support you and hope to ease some of the anxiety that you may be having about the upcoming school year. Please see the various ways that we can be reached.


11th Grade Counselors:

Mrs. Irving- Last names, A-Gra

Email: LIrving@duncanvilleisd.org

Office number: 972-708-6594


Mrs. Knight- Last names, Gre-Pea

Email: tknight@duncanvilleisd.org

Office number: 972-708-6596


Mrs. Prince- Last names, Peb-Z

Email: dprince@duncanvilleisd.org

Office number: 972-708-3914

Senior Section


WELCOME BACK!!!


We hope you and your family had a fun, relaxing and safe summer vacation.


We miss not being able to see you on campus but wanted you to know we are here to serve you during virtual learning.

We want to wish all of you a wonderful school year as we continue writing success stories, ONE student at time.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


Coronda Raven

(A - Fel)

craven@duncanvilleisd.org


Alison Mann

(Fem - Lop)

amann@duncanvilleisd.org


Erica McKenzie

(Lor - A. Rodriguez)

emckenzie@duncanvilleisd.org


Sherita Washington-Jackson

(B. Rodriguez - Z)

swashingtonjackson@duncanvilleisd.org

Mrs. McKenzie, Mrs. Mann, Ms. Raven, Mrs. Washington-Jackson
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Mark your Calendar for September 9th 2020 for the Promise Walk-Through

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 3:30-4:30pm

ZOOM

We are the college advisors through AdviseTx serving at Duncanville HS for the academic year of 2020-2021. You will be able to nd us in the Go Center, Rm A123, where we will be working to help students map out their post-high school plans. We are excited to work alongside with the teachers and counselors to provide the needed support to our students for their future goals! Please let us know if there is anything you need from us, or if you have any questions.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to serve our rst year at Duncanville and can’t wait to get started!!

Upcoming Go Center Events

**location for all events will be on Zoom**


Week of Sept. 7-11

ACT/SAT informational:

We will be going over the dates/deadlines, how to register, tips/study material, how to request a fee waiver, and what they should know about test dates


- Tuesday, September 8, 2020 from 3:30-4:15 PM


Promise Walkthrough:

Dallas County Promise will be discussed in this workshop including how to register for the DCP, the steps to complete, and any other questions the students may have.


- Wednesday, September 9, 2020: 3:30-4:15 PM


ApplyTexas Thursdays: (2 sessions)

We will be breaking down this application in the span of 4 weeks! We will walk through each section and take time to answer questions over the sections we are covering that day.


- Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 3:45-4:45 PM (early session)

- Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 5:00-6:00 PM (late session)


Week of Sept. 14-18

Promise Walkthrough:

Dallas County Promise will be discussed in this workshop including how to register for the DCP, the steps to complete, and any other questions the students may have.


- Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 3:30-4:15 PM


Common App Breakdown:

This is where we will dive into the Common App for students who will be needing it when applying to colleges that are not on ApplyTexas. We will be going through the whole application and highlighting the differences between the two applications.


- Wednesday, September 16, 2020 from 4:00-5:30 PM


ApplyTexas Thursdays: (2 sessions)

We will be breaking down this application in the span of 4 weeks, with a different group of sections each week! We will walk through each section and take time to answer questions over the sections we are covering that day.


- Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 3:45-4:45 PM

- Thursday, September 17, 2020 from 5:00-6:00 PM


***How to get link to event:***

Sign-up for our remind101! This is where we will be releasing out link and passcode for events!!


Remind101: Text @dhsgcenter to 81010

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3 Tips for Virtual Learning Success!

Step 1: Establish a Comfortable “Learning Space”
How to Setup Your Study Space

Step 2: Set Your Daily Schedule


Once you have set up your learning headquarters it's time to get started, right?! Not quite. Before jumping in, you should make a study plan or schedule. This is a way to map out your entire day, including classwork, meals, and break times.


Remember, never skip a learning block! Even if you do not have homework due that day, keeping this schedule will help you avoid future procrastination and stay up-to-date with class activities.

Step 3: Ask for help!


  1. Connect with your classmates. You may be required to respond to discussion posts or prompts, but on top of that try to connect with your peers. Ask questions about the class, set up study groups, work together on assignments. Your peers, although distant, are your network for success!
  2. Reach out to your teacher. If you don’t ask for help when you need it, you risk falling behind or not fully understanding an important topic. Many teachers will hold virtual “office hours” which are a great opportunity to connect and establish a relationship.

Parent Quickstart Guide

Parents can use this quickstart guide to set up their student's district account and Google Apps login. Students will use this login for Virtual Learning on various platforms, including Classlink. By using Classlink, students will not have to repeatedly re-enter passwords.
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Technology Support - Scholars and Families

With the entire school district opening this week in Virtual Learning, there is a chance that some families may encounter a few technology hiccups. Don't stress. Our Technology Hotline will be available to help troubleshoot issues that may arise. Our staff will answer calls between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8 through Thursday, Sept. 10 at 972-708-2375 for English and 972-708-2385 for Spanish.
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VIRTUAL CALMING ROOM

Check out this amazing resource The site includes:


  • Calming sounds & music
  • Guided meditation
  • Yoga & exercise
  • Art Therapy
  • Puzzles & games
  • and more!

Wellness Calendar

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Mental Health Support

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you feel that you or a friend is in a crisis situation and/or need someone to talk to and there isn’t a caring adult you can reach right away, please reach out to one of the following:



  • Call 214-828-1000 – Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas (24/hr Crisis Line)
  • Call 866-260-800 – Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (formerly ADAPT)·



  • Call 1-800-784-2433 – National Hopeline
  • Call 1-800-273-825 – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Or call 911 – In case of a life-threatening emergency


These crisis lines are operated 24/7, so please call anytime you have questions or concerns, day or night.