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DVHS PTSA Parent Ed: College Planning for Parents and Students

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DVHS PTSA Parent Ed Night

November 6 at 7pm - DVHS Commons

"Happy, Health, Almost Stress-Free College Planning for Parents & Students",

presented by Harlan Cohen, New York Times Best Selling Author.

OVERVIEW: College planning can be stressful and overwhelming! For most high school students and their parents, the process is all about being the best so you can get into the best school. But once students arrive on campus, millions of them struggle while navigating the social, emotional, physical, financial, and academic changes in front of them. There is a different and better way to approach college search and selection. It's a fresh approach that gives students control over the process and reduces stress. It sets them up to be successful before ever arriving on campus.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: "Happy, Healthy, Almost Stress-Free College Planning" applies a new lens to an old process that shifts the power from the college to the student. Mr. Cohen walks attendees through a step-by-step approach that helps high school students (and their parents) focus more on what they want and less on being wanted. It saves time, emotions, and money.

About the Speaker: Harlan Cohen gives attendees a framework that can be applied to life in high school and during the college years. This new approach turns college search into an exciting and positive experience. Harlan uses his trademark humor, stories from students, personal anecdotes, facts, stats, and audience interaction. He takes questions via text message during his event.

Co-Sponsored by DVHS PTSA and the College and Career Center

DVHS Parents and Students are invited to this event.

Sister Program

Help us support our Sister School, CUES (Community United Elementary School) in Oakland with our Annual Holiday Toy Drive!

Holidays are around the corner. Please Consider helping us collect new, unwrapped toys for boys and girls age 4-11and bring a warm smile to children less fortunate...
Here are few toy ideas - Puzzles, Art supply kits, Activities , Toolkits, Board games, Actions figures, Books & more  etc.

Drop off items between November 1 and December 15 in the collection bin in the DVHS Office.

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! PTSA ExpenseDay 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!


DVHS Calendar

Monthly DVHS PTSA Meetings (2018-19)

2018-19 PTSA Meetings - ALL Welcome

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 - TBA

February 12* - TBA

March 19 - TBA

April 16 - TBA

May 21 - TBA

*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.