Counselor Newsletter
Posted on 11/09/2020
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This information was sent out in an email, but I also want to include the information here, in case anyone missed the email. The office that oversees the tutors at UC Davis got a late start this year.  I did not have contact with the student coordinator until the middle of October.  With the quarter system in the District this year, it makes placement of tutors more complicated for secondary students.  I have been communicating with the coordinator and it is still being decided how things will work.  If tutoring occurs, tutor assignments will probably be made in December, with actual tutoring beginning after the winter break.  I apologize for the delay and the uncertainty.  I will keep you updated on the progress.  You can continue to submit tutor requests, so we know what the interest level is.  For those who are new to DSIS, for the last several years, we have had UC Davis students volunteering as tutors for DSIS students.  There is no charge for the tutoring.  If the tutoring happens this year, it will be on zoom.  In previous years, it has been on site at DSIS.  More details will be forthcoming. I appreciate your patience with the process.  Here is the link for the form.  The completed forms can be emailed to and  Let me know if you have any questions.



Pandemic Professors is another free tutoring resource.  You can learn more about it at their website:

A number of our students/families are using this resource and have been pleased.



For 7th – 12th graders, please let me know if you have interest in any of the following.  Send me an email with your interest,, or through Canvas email.  If there are at least three people interested in a particular activity, I will follow up with specifics about days and times.  For all the activities, I am planning for the noon hour (except for Wednesdays), one time a week.  If you have questions, let me know.  Here are the possible activities:


  1. Yoga with Adriene, you can check her out on you tube.Here is the link:


  2. Book Group for the BOOK OF JOY: LASTING HAPPINESS IN A CHANGING WORLD.This book was the UC Davis community book 3 years ago.The content in the book is timeless. It is conversations between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The subject is joy. The book includes their own stories and teachings about joy, the most recent findings in the science of deep happiness, and the daily practices that anchor their own emotional and spiritual lives. Both the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu have been tested by great personal and national adversity, and here they share their personal stories of struggle and renewal. Now that they are both in their eighties, they especially want to spread the core message that to have joy yourself, you must bring joy to others.


  3. Team Body Project, this is another exercise opportunity.I have been doing this some at home, and if others would like to join me, I think it could be fun.Here is a link to check it out:


  4. Team Harmony Club, this would be a twice a month group, instead of weekly.Team Harmony is an international effort to engage youth in the battle against hate.They are sponsoring monthly webisodes.The club would watch these webisodes together and then discuss the content and decide what we would like to do in our lives and community as a response.You can check out their website to see if you might be



For Juniors or Seniors interested in taking a community college course while in high school, please check out this link.

Now is the time for signing up for courses that begin in January.  If you meet the criteria, taking a community college course is a great opportunity.  All courses are on-line at this time.  Let me know if you have any questions or if you have interest in this.


Below is another opportunity to learn more about advanced education:


Nicole Williams of Sacramento City College will hold a workshop on Advanced Education Applications on Thursday, November 12th from 5-6 pm. Parents are welcome to attend. You can access that workshop through this LINK ( If it asks, the passcode is 333245)


Basic Rules:

  1. Student needs to have a GPA greater than 2.7.
  2. Student needs to have completed 10th grade or be a least 16 years of age.
  3. The class(es) selected should not be available at the student’s high school.
  4. The class(es) should not be a basic skills class (i.e. EngWr 108 or Math 120).  


Students are allowed to challenge any of these rules. Please include in their packet a typed statement explaining what rule they are challenging and how they meet the criteria to participate in Advanced Education (We are looking for one to two paragraphs).  


What students need to complete in order to participate in Advanced Education:

    1. Apply online to Sacramento City College.
    2. Advanced Education Application form with all required signatures.
    3. Copy of unofficial High School transcript.


Note: Non-resident students can participate in Advanced Education however they will need to pay out-of-state tuition for their classes (about $353 per unit). All California resident students only pay student fees (less than $20 total).


Important Dates

Nov. 16th, 2020

First day to submit Advanced Education paperwork

Dec. 17th & 18th, 2020

Advanced Education enrollment dates

Jan. 8th , 2021

Last day to submit Advanced Education paperwork for full semester courses

March 8th, 2021

Last day to submit Advanced Education paperwork for late-starting courses




Davis Senior High School, in partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, is hosting a virtual Cash for College  workshop on Tuesday, November 17 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  Trained volunteers will be at the workshop to help students and parents complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and California Dream Act Application (CADAA). This is open to all seniors in the district.

More information, including links to register for the workshop, apply for an FSA ID number and a list of items to bring to the event, can be found on the Career Center’s webpage at:

On the same link, you can also find the Scholarship Bulletin.  It is updated every 2 weeks by the Career Center at DSHS.  Many of the scholarships are available to all seniors in DJUSD.  Check it out:


Davis Parent University provides a lecture series devoted to parent education.  At their website, you can access videos from previous lectures and find out about upcoming ones.  This is a great resource.  Here is the website:

I am going to conclude my newsletter, with a link to this enjoyable video:

Cesar Chavez staff performing “Feliz dia de los muertos” featuring music from Coco.