DHS Insider

March

A Message From The Principal

March is here!


I hope all Cardinal families are doing well and staying safe. We are approaching the one year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic here in Michigan. If you remember, the night of March 12, 2020, we canceled school for the following Friday because of Governor Whitmer’s orders. At that time, we thought traditional school would return in a few days or at worst a couple of weeks. I do not think any of us would have imagined that we would still be dealing with this pandemic in March of 2021, but here it is.


This past year has taught me some very important lessons. One of those lessons being the importance of persistence. Jim Watkins once said, "A river cuts through rock not because of its power, but its persistence." Due to the global pandemic, our world, our community, and our lives have changed forever. Many have lost opportunities, employment, and even some of us have suffered the loss of a friend or loved one. All of us have had loss in one way or another. We at DHS have been seeing for some time now, the increase of social and emotional issues in our students and families. Our DHS counselors are here to help students in times of crisis and to direct students and parents on where they can find additional support. The biggest takeaway is that many people in our community are experiencing higher levels of sadness, increased anxiety, and other social emotional concerns.


Moreover, the good news is that we do see a light at the end of the tunnel, the COVID-19 positivity rate is decreasing nationwide, and many of us are receiving vaccinations. We will continue to miss out on opportunities and hold alternatives to our traditional activities for the next few months. However, it is our hope that we will be back to something close to what we had before March 12, 2020, by next fall. We must, and we will continue with grit, persistence, a positive growth mindset and follow the COVID-19 safety protocols and procedures.


Finally, I would like to take a moment to remind parents and students of our upcoming Parent - Teacher Conferences on March 24, 2021, from 4 PM to 7PM. We will be conducting Parent Teacher conferences virtually as we did in the fall. The conferences will be 10 minute time slots. Parents and students can sign up for either a Zoom or telephone conference with their teacher. Parents and/or students can sign up for conference times using the “My Conference Time” link here, https://www.myconferencetime.com/dhs.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at the High School at 810.591.3531.


Stay safe, and Go Cards!


Ron J. Jacobs - DHS Principal

Important Dates

5 Local Scholarships Due

12 Progress Reports

24 Parent Teacher Conferences, Sign Up Here: https://www.myconferencetime.com/dhs

29 Spring Break Begins

MME, SAT, and PSAT Schedule Information

Cardinal Families:


As many of you are aware, the week after Spring Break has traditionally been scheduled for SAT/MME/PSAT testing for high school students. This year will be no different, however; the format will vary in that students who are not scheduled to report to school on designated days for testing will now be required to complete their school day remotely rather than have the day off from school. While this could mean that some of our face-to-face students could have up to four days of remote learning during testing week, this change will allow us to provide an optimal environment for test takers as well as prevent adding extra days to the calendar for high schoolers. We still need to meet state requirements of providing 180 days of instruction but, remember, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we started the school year two weeks later than normal and do not have any extra days to offer.


Therefore, the testing week schedule will be as follows:



2021 SAT, MME, PSAT Schedule

Week of April 12 thru April 16, 2021


Monday, April 12: Regular School Day for all students


Tuesday, April 13: SAT - All 11th and most 12th graders

Remote Learning Day - 9th, 10th and12th graders who tested in the fall


Wed, April 14: Work keys - All 11th & most 12th graders

Remote Learning Day - 9th, 10th and12th graders who tested in the fall


Thursday, April 15: M-STEP (Sci & SS) - All 11th & most 12th graders

Makeup date for SAT - 11th and 12th graders

Remote Learning Day - 9th, 10th and12th graders who tested in the fall


Friday, April 16: PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10 - All 9th & most 10th graders

Remote Learning Day - All 11th and12th graders


We believe this schedule will keep all of our students engaged in their learning throughout the week. Of course, virtual students will see little or no difference in their learning activities.


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.



Ron Jacobs, Principal

Davison High School

Scheduling 101 Video

Great information on DHS Scheduling! Very important for Eighth Grade parents to watch, however very informative for all parents of students in grades 8th thru 11th.
Scheduling Slides 2021

Explore, Discover, and Grow

A fun and informative video about all the opportunities at DHS!
Scheduling 101

Important Information

Local Scholarships

LOCAL Scholarship applications are ready for you to fill out!

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! And remember, 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.

ATTENTION 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


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

Prom 2021

The planned venue for Prom is postponed, however, we are working on alternative plans in hopes that the Michigan Health Department will allow us to hold an alternative Prom as we did last spring. We would caution against students from buying dresses, tuxedos, etc. right now. We will keep everyone updated on the situation as we learn more.

Project Graduation

We are in need of Junior and Senior parents to help with Project Graduation. If you are interested in volunteering, or have questions, contact Daniela Luna at danni.g0511@gmail.com.

ATTENTION SENIORS!

Make sure you have ordered your senior their cap and gown! If you have any questions please call the high school at (810) 591- 3531
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ATTENTION PARENTS: Senior Highlights

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 Highlights—(Student’s Name).

The parameters of this project include the following:

Less than 250 words, 1-3 pictures of the student, student’s high school

accomplishments, future life plans, current goals, hobbies, and a little message from your family, if desired.

All entries may be edited for space and appropriateness.


If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Morrison, or call DHS at 810-591-3531.

We would love to get as much participation as possible to celebrate all of the

hard work these seniors have put in during the past four years.

Kiwanis Student Athlete of the Month- Alex Facundo

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GCI Information

Please use the attached link to visit the GCI Program Guide for 2020 to 2021: https://app.luminpdf.com/viewer/602fdf3e5858100011f08d75


For more information, visit: http://www.geneseecareerinstitute.org/

Senior Highlight Moment

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Ella Brandow is another one of our special students at DHS. She will be spending the next year finishing up the Mott College program where she will graduate with her associates of applied science. Ella is a kind and caring young lady who is dedicated to helping others. She has been an active participant in NHS, she volunteers as much as possible, and has spent over 15 years dancing. Ella is a creative student who enjoys drawing and making jewelry. A message from Ella's family is, "Ella, we are very proud of all you have accomplished in your 17 years. We love you!"

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

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.

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

Senior Highlight Moment

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Mitchell Vamos has been a Davison Cardinal for his entire school career. He was a Davison Varsity Baseball player as a freshman and a second team Saginaw Valley pitcher as a sophomore. He has committed to Jackson College to further his baseball career with the Jets as a later inning side arm RHP. Mitchell is an avid outdoorsman that enjoys fishing and hunting. He is an amazing cook and loves to whip up a meal for his friends and brother. A message from Mitchell's parents is, "Mitch can catch it, clean it, cook it, and serve it! Congratulations Mitch! Your future is bright!"

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.

ENGLISH

SPANISH


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-2gIkP_pEnmrCY715L5Cj1cIXNEPT7BUNVo0NUNOSlM4OTJUSzQ2TVJJNE0yVkpZRSQlQCN0PWcu

Senior Highlight Moment

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Enoch Berhe has attended Davison Community Schools for his entire school career. He has participated in both Marching and Concert Band all four years of high school. In addition to taking high school classes he is currently taking courses through Mott as part of the Davison Early College program. He plans to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology. Those who know Enoch say that he would do anything to help out a friend, family member or even a stranger. He began working at Kroger in the midst of the pandemic and has never looked back knowing how important it is to serve those in his community. Enoch also has an amazing sense of humor and love to spend his free time with friends and family. “Congratulations Enoch! We look forward to seeing how your talents are used now and into the future!” -From your loving family

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.

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

NHS Virtual Tutoring Opportunities

Below is information and a link to access virtual tutoring.

Parents, please be aware that there must be a third person in the meeting (parent, sibling, another student being tutored) for transparency reasons.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SkR0HWa9iLhSZPxCpd5aCvMEeR09s1J4ABUdMka773Y/edit?usp=sharing

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.

NHS Tutoring

Volunteers from NHS will be offering tutoring after school every Tuesday and Thursday in the Library from 2:15—2:45.

Need a Yearbook?

Order your yearbook NOW before the prices go up! Order online by going to the Jostens yearbook website at jostensyearbooks.com or 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

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Nick Watson has been a Davison Cardinal since attending early fives at Thompson. He was a member of the DHS Marching Band for his freshman through junior years of high school and loved it! He is registered to begin classes at Mott Community College in the fall & is going into the Web Design Development program. A message from Nick's family is, "We are so proud of all the accomplishments you've made, both academic and personal. We wish you all the luck in your future and are excited to see what you do!