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DVHS PTSA ScholarshipsSenior Scholarship Applications are now available and due April 8. Visit the DVHS PTSA Senior Scholarship Page for details and the application.

SAY Something Week. A Youth Violence Prevention Program

Say Something WeekDuring the week of Feb. 25 - Mar. 1, 2019, DVHS will participate in National Say Something Week. Say Something Week raises awareness and educates students and the community through training, advertising, public proclamations and other activities. Say Something Week reinforces the power young people have to prevent tragedies and save lives when they Say Something to a trusted adult.

Join us on February 25 and wear green to kick off Say Something week at DVHS.

Say Something is a youth violence prevention program from Sandy Hook Promise. See the student training program here.

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Our schools are our home away from home, a place where we should all feel safe, and be loved.

“Say Something” week, raises awareness, and educates students, and the community through training, media events, advertising, public proclamations, contests and school awards. “Say Something” week, reinforces the power young people have, to prevent tragedies, and to protect friends from hurting themselves, or others.

The adults in our school are focused on keeping you all safe, yet they may not always see signs of trouble, or know what is going on among the students. As the eyes and ears of our community and school, there are some simple steps students can take to help out.

  • Step 1: Look for warning signs, signals and threats.
  • Step 2: Act immediately, and take it seriously.
  • Step 3: Say something to a trusted adult. If you see a problem, you don't have to solve it alone. You can find adults on the school campus, who can provide support. Your trusted adult could be a teacher, principal, vice principal, counselor, administrative staff, coach, or a police officer on campus, community leaders, parent etc. Identify your trusted adult in school today, and be sure to reach out to them, if ever you or any of your friends need some support.

Contact information for DVHS counselors, and teachers, can be found on our school’s website, and during the “Say Something” week, Feb 25th to March 1st, a list/poster will also be posted in the lunchroom, and around the school. Please take a picture of the list, and share it on your instagram, and snapchat accounts.

The “Say Something” Call to Action Week, is from February 25th to March 1st. At DVHS, we have planned to spread this message through, various activities, announcements, and posts on twitter, instagram and facebook.

Agenda for the week :-

WEAR GREEN DAY (Monday, Feb 25th) - Wear green, the Sandy Hook Promise color, to school, to raise awareness for the “Say Something” program.

I WILL SAY SOMETHING WALL (Wednesday, Feb 27th) - There will be a large poster, that reads “It is important to say something, when I see something because..”, we encourage students to write on it.

SOCIAL MEDIA DAY (Thursday, Feb 28th) - Please post photos on social media, with messages that promote the “Say Something” program, e.g., “I made the promise to #Say Something”, “I am an #Upstander", or "#Say Something”, describing the reasons you will lookout for your classmates. Tag DVHS, and invite parents and community members to join.

PARENT OUTREACH DAY (Friday, March 1st) -  We will send out information to parents and caregivers that describes the “Say Something” program, as well as the activities occurring during "Say Something Call to Action Week". We will provide guidance to parents, on how to continue the “Say Something” conversation at home.

Our goal is to ensure the safety of all the students and the staff, and to provide students with an opportunity to express themselves in a safe manner, that respects the school environment.

By following the principle, “If you see something, say something,” students, families, and employees can continue working with us as partners in contributing to the safety, security and well-being of our schools.

Take the Pledge, See Something, Say Something

Angst Movie Screening

ANGST: ANXIETY IS TREATABLE, IT'S OKAY TO SAY RAISING AWARENESS AROUND ANXIETY SCREENINGS AT DVHS ON:2/28, 3/5 AND 3/7 AT 7PM AND 3/5 AT 10AM SPACE IS LIMITED - RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!

Angst Moving Screening LogoJoin us for a FREE screening of an IndieFix Original documentary film, Angst: It's Okay to Say. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S impacting more than 50% of people, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization.

DVHS PTSA is pleased to partner with WRMS PTSA to bring this film screening in order to raise awareness around anxiety. The film:

  • Sparks a global conversation about anxiety in communities.
  • Helps parents understand what anxiety is, and how it affects normal life among children and adults, how to cope up with anxiety, types of anxiety and more.
  • Utilizes the power of film to use candid interviews to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they've found solution and hope.
  • Includes a special interview with Olympic Swimmer, Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time.
  • Provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources and tools available to address the condition.
  • Is inspirational, the courageous effort made by teens/kids in the film to face their fears and become competent in coping is heart-warming and breathtaking.

The DVHS PTSA will screen the 56-minute film on Feb 28 at 7pm, March 5 at 10am & 7pm and March 7 at 7pm at the DVHS Performing Arts Theater. You must reserve your spot at least 24-hours in advance.

Priority was provided to DVHS through today. Starting today, the screening will be open to families at our other SRVUSD high schools. There will be no "drop in" spots - you must reserve in advance, so mark your calendars, save the date and choose the best time for you while there is still space available!

The screening is open to all parents and high/middle school students only. Not applicable for elementary students.

PTSA Mtg & Parent Ed Night: 2019-20 Course Scheduling Process and Personalized Learning Initiative options (February 12, 6:30pm, DVHS Commons)

Parent Ed Presentation will directly follow the the February 12 PTSA Meeting (Meeting at 6:30pm, Presentation at 7pm) 

It's almost time for students to select their courses for the 2019-20 school year! In advance of that, DVHS PTSA is pleased to host a parent education evening to provide a chance for parents to learn more about how the SRVUSD Personal Learning Initiatives provide options tailored to your student's interests as they think about planning their courses for next school year. The presentation will take place as a parent education opportunity at our upcoming February 12 PTSA Meeting. No reservations are required, but please plan to attend early to ensure you have a seat.

Please note that this presentation does not address specific scheduling topics. Students will receive course scheduling information at upcoming in-class presentations. And, there will be grade-level parent evening presentations in the upcoming weeks to address scheduling and course selection for the 2019-20 school year.

Jessica Coulson, DVHS Counselor, will discuss various ways in which students can explore their interests and their passions while maintaining a balance in their academic and personal schedules. Learn more about how the Personal Learning Initiatives are centered around increasing options and improving students wellness by reducing "over-scheduling and student stress".

We're interested in hearing from you BEFORE the meeting to better understand how to tailor the presentation to be most effective for you. What are you interested in learning more about? Summer Course Advancement? High School Graduation Fulfillment? Non-District Courses or Physical Education Options? Let us know what topics you're most interested in and provide some specific questions. Please submit your questions here by February 7 at 4pm.

Mark your calendars to join us for the presentation at the DVHS Commons February 12 at 7pm, directly following the PTSA meeting at 6:30pm

Thank you PTSA Members and Supporters! You Make a Difference!

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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Monthly DVHS PTSA Meetings (2018-19)

DVHS Library, 7-8:30 pm


August 21 - Dave Kravitz, Principal

September 18 - Safety Presentation

October 16 - Substance Abuse

November 6* - Stress Free College Planning 

December 18 - TBA

January 15 - College Prep Info

February 12* - 2019-20 Course Selection and PLI Options Presentation by Counselor Jessica Coulson

March 19 - Elections

April 16 - TBA

May 21 - TBA

*Date moved due to holiday schedule

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.

DIRECTIONS:
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.