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DVHS PTSA Parent Education Presentation:

DVHS PTSA Parent Education Presentation:

Drug Awareness & Substance Usage Among Teens

October 16 at 7pm in the Library

DVHS Parents are invited to join us at the PTSA Meeting on October 16, 7pm in the Library for a special parent education presentation: "Drug awareness & Substance usage among teens - Vaping, Alcohol, Marijuana & Prescription Drugs." Our special guest speakers, who include, Patty Hoyt, Discovery Counseling Center and Katie Williams, School Resource Officer, will educate the parents on the new substance/drugs currently used among teens, what we as parents can do to intervene and how school tackles these issues.


You do not have to be a PTSA member to attend PTSA meetings or these Parent Education events. But please consider becoming a member here to support programs and valuable presentations that PTSA bring to the community.

DVHS PTSA Presents: S-Word Film Screening - September 20

S Word Video Screening Update



Thank you to all the parents and students for being a part of the brave conversation. Special Thank you to our panel members, Sarah Campbell - DVHS School Counselor, Joe Ianora - DVHS Student Support Counselor, Katie Williams - DVHS School Resource Officer, Dia Mundell - SRVUSD Foster and Homeless Youth Liason, Tehseen Khan - SRVUSD District Social Worker, Scott Chavez - Contra Costa Crisis Center Outreach Lead, Kathy Kane - Discovery Counseling Center, Rachel Kincaid - Discovery Counseling Center, Andi Li - National Alliance of Mental Wellness


Our goals for showing this movies were:

  • Raise awareness about suicide prevention and resources

  • Expand the conversation about suicide to everyone and not a small group of people as our community has been touched by student loss last year

  • Talk openly about suicide without judgement, shame or discrimination

  • To get parents think about suicide in a completely different way

For articles, resources and signs to look for in your student, please view the Tip Sheet.


"Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American teenagers and many adolescents suffer in silence. By teaching students to recognize the warning signs of depression and suicide, we are building their capacity for empathy, social responsibility, and social activism, leading to safer schools and communities, and providing them with vital knowledge they can use for the rest of their lives. Suicide is preventable; everyone has a role in saving lives."

Source: www.sandyhookpromise.org/prevention_programs 


About the movie:

"A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action. THE S WORD chronicles her journey and these survivors in a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face to a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. THE S WORD skillfully weaves stories of survivors from a cross section of America including LGBT, African American and Asian American communities, who candidly share their profoundly emotional stories of trauma, mental health challenges, survival and advocacy." Source: www.gooddocs.net/the-s-word 


View the movie trailer here.

DVHS Principal and Librarian Presentation at DVHS PTSA Meeting

On August 21, the Dougherty Valley High School PTSA held its first meeting of the school year in the library with a full capacity crowd of over 130 parents, students and staff. The PTSA conducted its regular business and discussed 2018-19 goals and priorities. It also appointed students and parents to join staff on a Mental Wellness Committee and a Safety Committee. If you are interested in learning more about these committees, please contact PTSA President Rajee Subramanian.


DVHS Librarian Kerri Knapp also presented information about the DVHS Library goals, priorities, resources and utilization. You can VIEW THE PRESENTATION here. Ms. Knapp thanked the parent community, the PTSA, and the Education Fund for the donations and support. If you'd like to do more, please take a look at the Library's wish list here.


DVHS Principal Dave Kravitz provided a very informative presentation as to the current status of DVHS in terms of safety, as well as information about the short and long term plans and goals to improve safety at DVHS. VIEW THE PRESENTATION here.


Finally, leadership students provided updates on what's going on at DVHS, some club information and information about what the students are doing with respect to Mental Wellness.

Congratulations PTSA Members and Supports! You make the difference!


Day in and day out throughout the year, our PTSA volunteers and supporters have made a difference -- through donations, through advocacy and through many, many volunteer hours. We look forward to working together in the coming year. Your donations, your time and your voice make a difference! We are proud to highlight some of the accomplishments of our PTSA in 2017-18:

  • Spent $15,000 to fund student lunch picnic tables to foster connectedness between students, improve culture and create a safe and comfortable place for students to eat comfortably with friends during lunch.
  • Awarded 5 (five) DVHS High School Senior Scholarships, totaling $5000.
  • Awarded $6300 in DVHS Teacher/Staff Grants.
  • Supported the SRVEF community Run for Education, which raised funds for DVHS.
  • Worked closely with DVHS teacher representatives and staff to support academics, climate, communications and more.
  • Worked collaboratively with College and Career Counselor, Vice Principal, Principal and other Booster Groups to ensure smooth execution of school related tasks and priorities.
  • Improved school-wide communications through newsletters, social media, website and Peachjar flyers.
  • Hosted numerous presentations and guest speakers throughout the year, including:
    • "Coping with Family Transition" presentation when your child leaves to college;
    • "I can" child presentation;
    • Assemblywoman Catherine Baker;
    • School Community Stress Project presentation;
    • School Campus Safety presentation;
    • DVHS Traffic Coordinator;
    • DVHS College and Career Counselor and College Connect Counselors;
    • DVHS Admin updates;
    • School Resource Officer (latest drug trends, prescription drug abuse prevention; and
    • DVHS Teachers, Counselors, student leaders and more!
  • Sponsored "Words Matter Week" in coordination with the Inclusion and Diversity Committee and the school district.
  • Coordinated and promoted student participation in the National Reflections Arts Program - encouraging entries in art, music, dance, photograph, video and writing.
  • Collaborated with Interact club to host a multicultural event.
  • Coordinated donations for our Sister School in coordination with leadership students.
  • Coordinated and hosted four (4) teacher/staff luncheons.
  • Supported student leadership in hosting the "Breaking Down the Walls program."
  • Supported safety and improve traffic flow by coordinating the creation and distribution of a traffic map.

PLEASE JOIN US IN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 2018-19! Join PTSA and be part of the largest and oldest advocacy group in the nation and in our school! Whether you simply want to join, to donate or to volunteer, we appreciate your support!

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DVHS Calendar

Monthly DVHS PTSA Meetings (2017-18)

2017-18 PTSA Meetings - ALL Welcome

DVHS Library, 7-8:30 pm

August 21 - Dave Kravitz, Principal

September 19 - Special Education Presentation

October 17 - Social Studies Presentation

November 14* - World Languages Presentation

December 19 - Math Presentation

January 16 - VAPA Presentation

February 20 - Physical Education Presentation; Family Transitions Presentation

March 20 - Counseling Presentation and Elections

April 17 - English Presentation

May 15 - Science Presentation


*Date moved due to holiday schedule

Legislative Advocacy Update

High School Voter Registration

California State celebrated High School Voter Education during the last two weeks of April. To encourage and support local students and schools, Contra Costa County has created a free, mobile texting tool just for high school students. Using this program, Contra Costa County students 16 and up can preregister and those 18 and older can register to vote.

1-Text your school name to: 2Vote (28683)
2- Receive a reply text with a link to quick, easy voter registration tools.

Additional election-related resources specifically for younger voters (mock elections on youth-oriented topics, poll worker opportunities, HS voter registration drive ideas) can be found on the California Secretary of State website. 

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